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Ferrero profits rise 14% as it grows in emerging markets

Ferrero has reported a before tax profit rise in fiscal 2014 driven by a growing presence in Brazil, Russia and countries in Asia.

Emerging Markets: India

Premium Indian chocolate race heats up with Cadbury Glow and Kit Kat Senses

Mondelēz’s Cadbury Glow and Nestlé’s Kit Kat Senses have joined India’s rapidly growing premium chocolate market.

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Nestlé in numbers: The world’s number #3 global confectionery player in 2014

Where are Nestlé's strongest confectionery markets? And how does it fare in global markets? ConfectioneryNews digs into data from the company's 2014 Annual Report to dish up some bite-sized facts....

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A different perspective: Cocoa Buyers must be incentivised to improve chocolate supply chain

Cocoa buying companies are the main intermediaries between the chocolate industry and farmers and should not be forgotten in the pursuit of sustainable cocoa, writes one of the largest licensed...

Rasch claims ‘plug and play’ temperer offers better viscosity for smaller confectioners

Rasch has launched a mobile tempering unit that it says has a bigger cooling surface than competitor machines and a second cooling level for more homogeneous chocolate masses.

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‘Little extra effort’ for latest heat resistant chocolate process, says Mondelēz

Mondelēz has developed a method to produce heat resistant chocolate that it says can easily be integrated into existing processes.

Who’s drawn the short straw? Chocolate makers can’t expect higher cocoa yields under short-term contracts

The chocolate industry must commit to longer sourcing agreements if it expects farmers to be able to invest in cocoa productivity and quality, according to a leading farming cooperative in...

Empowering women in agriculture is good for business

Empowering women in small-hold agriculture is essential to boosting productivity, creating new product launches and generating business - and companies are starting to realise this, says a Fairtrade Foundation report.

Mars plans $160m plant in ‘high priority’ Indian market

Mars will construct its first confectionery factory in India, producing Snickers and Galaxy.

Unlocking aroma: Barry Callebaut borrows Belgian beer techniques to control cocoa fermentation

Barry Callebaut has employed techniques similar to those used in the Belgian beer industry to develop a yeast for controlled cocoa fermentation that it claims will lead to better tasting...

Candy tax dropped from Connecticut sugar levy bill

Connecticut’s proposed sugar tax has been amended to exclude a levy on candy.

Ferrero plans first factory in ‘strategic’ Chinese market

Ferrero plans to manufacture in China to heap further pressure on chocolate market leader Mars.

‘The new macaroon’: Fairy Chocolates plans steady export rollout for Cho’clair

Belgian startup Fairy Chocolates plans to gradually introduce its éclair praline fusion Cho’clair across Europe after bagging an innovation award at ISM.

IQ Chocolate: What’s essential to ensure a start-up survives – and thrives?

Four years ago two Scottish women with little experience of the food industry started developing a gourmet chocolate brand. Now they are moving into export markets – so what were...

Fastest flow wrap machine in the East? LoeschPack touts hot seal speed merchant for Asia

LoeschPack has introduced a horizontal flow wrap machine with hot seal capabilities that it claims will help confectioners protect product integrity in hot climates and pack at greater speeds than...

Lindt 2014 profits rise as it tightens US stranglehold

Lindt & Sprüngli has reported profit gains in 2014 driven by a rising presence in the US market through its Russell Stover acquisition.

Olam opens ‘one of the world’s most advanced cocoa plants’ in Côte d’Ivoire

The world’s third largest grinder Olam has inaugurated a cocoa processing factory in San Pedro that partly runs on energy created from waste cocoa shells.

Cocoa Barometer 2015

Extreme poverty ignored in sustainable cocoa drive, say NGOs

Chocolate manufacturers have made great strides in cocoa sustainability, but are fixated on boosting productivity and can do far more to ensure cocoa farmers receive a living income, according to...

Thorntons restructures to reflect business strategy

Thorntons has restructured its board to boost performance and reflect business strategy.

Divine Chocolate questions Fairtrade cocoa sourcing program

Divine Chocolate says multinationals are escaping fuller Fairtrade commitments under the certification body’s new rules. But Fairtrade says its sourcing program is the only way to reach cocoa farmers at...

Cémoi to open chocolate plant in ‘developing West African market’

French firm Cémoi will open a chocolate factory in Côte D’Ivoire, taking the rare step of producing chocolate in a cocoa origin country.

Thorntons takes £7.7M hit as retailers reduce orders

Thorntons took a £7.7M hit to UK commercial sales in the first half of its financial year after two major accounts significantly reduced orders, although international sales partially offset the...

Mars and Hershey settle Malteser spat ‘amicably’

Mars and Hershey have reached an out of court settlement in a Maltesers trademark case in the US.

Cocoa back in deficit for 2014/15, predicts ICCO

The cocoa market is expected to revert to a deficit in the current cocoa year as dry weather and dusty winds harm production.

Strong franc fallout: Swiss chocolate consumption and domestic sales down

Swiss chocolate consumption has fallen in 2014 and domestic chocolate sales have been hit by rising competition from importers profiting from the strong Swiss Franc, says Chocosuisse.

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