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Nestlé: Reformulation could stall without EU-wide nutrition strategy

Europe must accelerate efforts to introduce a “holistic nutrition policy”, complete with targets in relation to reformulation, marketing and labelling.

Startup Spotter

Great adventure: Costa Rica roasted cocoa brand targets overseas listings

Costa Rican startup G&E Chocolate Adventure Company is to bring its packaged retail brand of flavored roasted cocoa beans to international markets.

Even doubled income for farmers won’t make cocoa sustainable: Mars

Cocoa living income may need to quadruple to secure the long term future of the crop, says Mars’ global procurement head.

900 strike at Nestlé plant in Turkey for third day

Nestlé is facing industrial action at its Karacabey factory in Turkey following a dispute with the Tek Gıda İş Union.

Brand power continues to diminish private label confectionery: IRI

Private label confectionery value shares are flat or declining in most Western economies, according to market analysts IRI.

CVS to swap candy at checkouts with better-for-you snacks

US pharmacy retail chain CVS is to replace 25% of checkout space traditionally dedicated to candy with ‘better-for-you’ snacks at almost a third of its stores.

Consumer standpoint: How should confectioners address health concerns?

Restricting marketing to children is the primary health action EU consumers expect from the confectionery sector, according to consumer group BEUC.

World Cocoa Conference 2016: In their own words

Cocoa sector remains ‘far from’ from sustainable

Stakeholders at the World Cocoa Conference 2016 acknowledge there is a long road ahead to reach full cocoa sustainability.

Around 3% of big candy brands in Walmart and Target out of stock, finds Quri

Merchandising specialist Quri has urged confectioners to ensure new items stay stocked on shelves throughout summer after discovering low availability for some top brands.

Shell-shock: Ferrero disputes ‘hook’ claim as Chile bans Kinder Surprise eggs

Kinder Surprise eggs are to be outlawed in Chile from the end of this month for using toys to ‘hook’ young consumers.

Confectionery accounts for 1% of food with sustainable palm oil label

Confectionery products account for 1% of total packaged food that carries a sustainable palm oil label, according to new ethical labels data from Euromonitor.

EU sugar prices could rise as supply and demand tightens

Global sugar prices have rocketed 30% since mid-April as the balance between supply and demand tightens. In Europe prices have remained steady but could soon increase, according to Rabobank’s latest...

Mondelēz Polish R&D centre to develop well-being snacks and e-commerce

Mondelēz has started construction on a $15m R&D center in Poland as part of the company’s plan to create a global integrated supply chain and Research, Development & Quality (RDQ) network...

It’s official: Manufacturers can make sugar replacement claims

From 20th June, manufacturers will be able to claim a “lower blood glucose rise” when using non-digestible carbohydrates as sugar replacers, following the publication of a new article 13.5 claim in...

Tech company shows sweet side with self-heating chocolate packet

Texas-based technology company Exothermix has demonstrated a self-heating packaging that melts chocolate in two to three minutes.

Nestlé selling Rosanna and other Italian candy brands to Fida

Nestlé is selling six of its Italian confectionery brands including Rossana and Fondenti to Italian manufacturer Fida.

United Biscuits North America MD Francheterre to lead Tangerine Confectionery

United Biscuits Europe and North America managing director Anthony Francheterre has been named CEO of Tangerine Confectionery.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2016

Start-up Tuanis to bring single-origin, soy-free chocolate to US

Tuanis Chocolate debuted its soy-free chocolate bar during the Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago recently, and is set to sell it at 28 US retailers, mostly Midwestern, from June...

Nestlé offers overseas products to Chinese consumers through new partnership with Alibaba

Chinese consumers are now able to purchase Nestlé brands from overseas online for the first time, including Damak chocolate from Turkey, and Baci chocolate from Italy, thanks to Nestle’s new...

Pladis: Yildiz consolidates Godiva, Ulker, UB and DeMet's into new global business

Yildiz Holding is bringing together its core confectionery and bakery businesses to form new global company Pladis.

Ferrero to double Fairtrade cocoa purchases

Ferrero is to double the amount of Fairtrade cocoa it purchases and will buy Fairtrade sugar for the first time as it targets 100% ‘sustainable' sugar by 2020.

Candy in court

Mars may be banned from selling M&M’s in Sweden

Mars will face heavy fines if it sells M&M’s in Sweden beyond this month unless it appeals a recent court ruling in a trademark spat with Mondelēz International....

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Mood Foods expands raw chocolate production as it targets 40% business growth

UK business Mood Foods has invested £1m ($1.4m) in moving to a larger facility to increase production of its raw cacao Ombar Chocolate.

R&D

Improving chocolate production: Researchers check quality of cocoa butter with ultrasound

Scientists at the University of Leuven discovered that ultrasonic waves can be used to detect differences in the crystallization of cocoa butter, resulting in a faster and more cost-effective process...

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'Worrying' obesity trend prompts EU confectioners to tackle portion sizes

Portion size control will be a focal point of the European confectionery industry’s push to address consumer concerns on health & nutrition, according to industry association CAOBISCO.

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