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Paying the price of chocolate: Breaking cocoa farming's cycle of poverty

Industry voices discuss whether raising suggested retail prices for chocolate could incentivise cocoa farmers to invest in farms, bring them out of poverty and keep the next generation growing cocoa.

Dark chocolate can help people walk: Study

Researchers claim that dark chocolate could improve the walking ability of peripheral artery disease patients.

AAK acquires Colombian bakery fats firm FANAGRA

Swedish-Danish oils and fats giant AarhusKarlshamn (AAK) has acquired Colombian company Fabrica Nacional de Grasas (FANAGRA), which specializes in vegetable oils and fats for the bakery segment.

Forget football: Can Brazilians now stomach the unpalatable truth of confectionery exports?

Brazilian confectionery manufacturers are forced to commit up to 15% of exports costs towards resolving bureaucratic problems that hinder their sales abroad, according to the Brazilian confectionery industry Association (ABICAB).

Health ‘a strategic priority’ says Mars as it creates specialized health chief role

Mars has flagged health as a leading priority and has named Debra Sandler, former Mars Chocolate North America president, as chief health and wellness officer for the global company.

Will the UK’s first superfood truffles hit the functional choc sweet spot?

As start-up food business Sweet Virtues claims to be launching the UK’s first hand-made ‘superfood’ truffles, one industry pundit questions whether confectionery with a health dimension will ever move beyond...

High flavanol chocolate: Which cocoa flavanols are the best?

Epicatechin is the gold standard cocoa flavanol says a medical doctor, but Barry Callebaut claims all flavanols have a positive effect on cardiovascular health.

Thorntons and Booker results: at a glance

High street confectioner Thorntons and cash and carry specialist Booker both posted financial results today (July 9).

Industrial 3D chocolate printing due in 3-5 years, says Choc Edge

Industrial-scale 3D chocolate printers will be on the market within five years, according to 3D printing firm Choc Edge.

Arriba! Arriba! Nestlé taps fine flavor beans for Ecuadorian chocolate plant

Nestlé has opened a $16m chocolate molding and packaging line that will use fine flavor Arriba cocoa beans.

Petra delivers for Barry Callebaut in nine month results

Barry Callebaut has registered sales growth in its nine month results driven by the recently acquired Petra Foods cocoa business.

Reduce fat in confectionery fillings with maltodextrin, says researchers

Partly replacing vegetable fats in confectionery fillings with maltodextrin gels can cut fat content and calories without impacting taste, according to research.

BBX Capital continues premium choc spending spree with Jer’s buy

Investment firm BBX Capital has snapped up another US premium chocolate company - Californian-based Jer’s Chocolates - and is on the look out for more buys, its president says.

Future of chocolate: Attracting the next generation of cocoa farmers

An older and younger farmer discuss what the chocolate industry can do to ensure there is a future generation of cocoa farmers.

Packaging insights

Chocolate to follow cheese in sealed hygienic pack move

All chocolate will one day be packaged in fully-sealed wrappers like those used in the cheese industry, according to Theegarten Pactec.

News in brief

Buttermilk Confectionery to build $850,000 plant

UK handmade fudge maker Buttermilk Confectionery has acquired a new factory that doubles its production space.

Nestlé adds $9m Kit Kat line in Bulgaria

Nestlé has inaugurated a production line at its factory in Sofia that will produce a new Kit Kat chocolate dessert brand extension.

Bürkert FloWave starts field tests in the dairy industry

Bürkert FloWave, which measures the flow of a liquid in a pipe, is being tested in the dairy industry and has requests from a chocolate manufacturer.

The death of kingsize? UK confectioners agree 250 calorie cap

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) members including Mondelēz International have signed up to a 250 calorie cap on single-serve confectionery sold in the UK.

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Personalized candy market worth $12bn, says Canadean

The personalized confectionery market reached an estimated worth of over $12bn in 2013, according to market research firm Canadean.

Duc d’O enters US to seize on thriving premium chocolate sector

Belgian truffle company Duc d’O Chocolates has continued its global expansion by entering the US market.

Origins

Could West Africa lose its cocoa crown?

ConfectioneryNews asks industry leaders if cocoa production will gradually move closer to the burgeoning chocolate markets of China and Brazil or whether West Africa will always be the king of...

Nestlé opens Crunch chocolate factory in Egypt

Nestlé has added an extrusion line to its existing dry goods plant in Egypt that will produce Crunch.

Smaller confectioners moving to robotics, says PWR Pack

More small-scale confectionery companies are using pick and place robots to package delicate products as technology becomes more affordable, according to PWR Pack.

Kellogg, Nestlé, Mondelēz et al. promise to stop certain kids' ads by 2018

Over 20 major food firms have signed up to health and wellness pledges on advertisement to children, consistent product information, open access to formulation policies and employee wellbeing as part...

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