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Hershey seeks innovation partner to ship chocolate in hot weather

Hershey has launched a contest calling for companies to help it develop a lightweight, affordable shipping system that will keep chocolate cool even in the warmest months.

Barry Callebaut thwarts global chocolate declines to grow volume and revenue

Barry Callebaut has posted increased volumes and revenue in the first quarter of financial year 2015/16 despite declines in the global chocolate confectionery market.

Mondelēz pledges to switch to cage-free eggs in North America and Europe

Mondelēz has revealed plans to source 100% cage-free eggs in North America by 2020. 

Caffeinated chocolate brand Awake launches granola bars into Walmart

Caffeinated chocolate brand Awake has expanded into the snack bars market with a granola product packing the caffeine content of half a cup of coffee.

Consumers report ‘worse taste’ in the wake of Cadbury Creme egg sales drop

Declining sales for Mondelēz’s Cadbury Creme eggs come as almost 40% of UK consumers report the new recipe tastes “worse” than the original, according to a poll by OnePulse.

Cocoa processing rises 2% in Europe for 2015, finds ECA

Europe’s cocoa grind climbed 6% in the fourth quarter and 2% for the full year 2015, according to figures from the European Cocoa Association.

Analyst Insight

Lindt will continue to outdo competitors after 2015 sales triumph, says analyst

Lindt & Sprüngli has reported 2015 sales growth far above the overall chocolate market and one analyst believes it will continue to outpace multinational premium chocolate competitors in the coming...

Union challenges Mondelēz cost cutting strategy

Food workers unions across the globe, including BCTGM, vow to prevent Mondelēz from moving jobs to low-income areas through its cost-cutting strategy. But the Cadbury owner says its restructuring program is...

ALDI pledges to ditch junk food at its US store checkouts by the year-end

ALDI USA will replace chocolate and candy at the checkouts at its nearly 1,500 US stores with nuts, trail mix, dried fruits and granola bars by the end of the...

China's chocolate brands face image crisis amid international onslaught, says analyst

Chinese consumers are turning their backs on domestic chocolate brands they associate with questionable food safety in favor of a growing number of international brands, says China’s market research company, Daxue...

Nestlé bid to throw out cocoa child labor lawsuit in US Supreme Court rejected

A civil lawsuit accusing Nestlé, Cargill and ADM of aiding and abetting child slavery on Ivorian cocoa farms has again thwarted attempts to have the case thrown.

Graphic Packaging International to acquire Colorpak for $60m

Graphic Packaging International, part of Graphic Packaging Holding Company, has agreed to buy Colorpak, a folding carton supplier in Australia and New Zealand for $60m, with the deal expected to...

News in brief

Goss International expands into South Korea

Goss International has appointed Alles International as its agent for South Korea to get a foothold in the market.

Top three packaging F&B manufacturer concerns; Convenience, Design and Recyclability

Convenience and ease of use of packaging continues to lead the field of criteria for manufacturers in France, according to the Observatoire de l’Emballage (Packaging Observatory).

Chocolate & the War for Independence: Mars awards grant to discover use of chocolate among 18th century troops

Mars Chocolate North America has handed a $10,000 grant to Fort Ticonderoga for a new exhibition on how chocolate was used by armies and cultures that held the fort in 1777.

Toy-filled candy market opens up in US as Atlantic Candy extends licensing rights

Atlantic Candy Company, the contract manufacturer of Yowie, is now able to produce toy-filled candy using its special child-safe pod for others under license.

EquipNet opens office in Brazil after surge of international firms moving to the region buying pre-owned equipment

EquipNet has opened an office in Sao Paulo because it says it has seen an increase in the use of pre-owned F&B manufacturing equipment, due to an increasing number of...

What works for cigarettes may not work for food: Plain packaging increases snacking

The use of plain packaging on unhealthy food as an obesity prevention measure may have the opposite effect by increasing snack intake among men, a study has found.

News in brief

Dematic considering US plant closure, with up to 300 job losses

Dematic, which works with Cadbury Schweppes, Nestlè Australia, and JTM Food Group, is considering plans to close its manufacturing plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan, US, with up to 300 job losses.

The ‘underestimated’ confection

White chocolate game upped in private label to compete with rising dark side: ICAM

Retailers are improving the quality of their own label white chocolate brands to keep pace with growing sales of premium dark chocolate, says Italian brand and contract manufacturer ICAM.

'Twas the season: Gifting pushes UK confectionery sales up 8% over Christmas, finds IRI

Confectionery was the fastest growing food category in value sales for UK supermarkets over the Christmas period, according to market analysts IRI.

Reaction: Smurfit Kappa enters Brazilian packaging market with $200m double acquisition

Smurfit Kappa Group (SKG) has acquired two privately owned integrated paper-based packaging businesses, Industria de Embalagens Santana (INPA) and Paema Embalagens (Paema), for €186m ($200m) in Brazil.

‘The force is with’ magnet manufacturer as it launches ‘super strong’ magnet to extract iron particles from dairy and chocolate

Goudsmit Magnetic Group, which works with Heinz, Nestlè and Barry Callebaut, has launched a  EHEDG (European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group) approved magnet called Hydrohansu, which extracts tiny iron (Fe),...

Dark chocolate’s link to warding off pancreatic cancer overplayed in media reports, says researcher

A scientist says a New York Daily News article suggesting his new study shows dark chocolate has preventative effects against pancreatic cancer because it contains magnesium is misleading.

Do Millennials really prefer ethical chocolate? Hershey-backed study investigates

Millennial consumers claim to favor ethical products, but are often unwilling to pay the premium in practice, according to a study supported by Hershey.

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