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Which do you think is more filling – a Coke or a Mars bar?

While past research has suggested solid foods are more filling than beverages – consumers don’t always make this distinction, warn researchers. 

Night snacking woes: Is food timing is key to weight loss?

There is a lack of top level evidence to support the notion that eating ‘little and often’ is beneficial for metabolism and weight loss, say researchers who warn that more...

Origins

Undiscovered flavors? Ecuador unveils plans to bolster fine flavor cocoa sector

The Ecuadorian government hopes to industrialize its fine flavor cocoa sector with large scale cluster plantations producing novel varieties of cacao.

‘Emerging middle class’ drive B-brand growth

The emergence of a new middle class in emerging markets can serve as a catalyst to B-brand growth, rather than benefiting established global brands, say researchers.

Smile for candy: Hershey eyes in-store excitement with facial recognition sampler

Hershey plans to introduce an interactive sampler to retail stores that dispenses products after shoppers smile in a bid to enhance the in-store experience and create a sales opportunity.

Tulane Survey

Hazardous cocoa child labor climbs 18% in West Africa: ‘Rallying call’ for chocolate industry to step up

The cocoa and chocolate industry acknowledges it must do more to combat cocoa child labor after the number of kids working in hazardous conditions on cocoa farms in Ghana and...

Debating the sugar tax: BMJ ‘head to head’ argues the case

Experts from both sides of the sugar tax debate have set out their arguments in a ‘head to head’ article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Where do you stand on the sugar...

Market Research

Power of the dark side: Technavio reveals forecasts and growth drivers for global dark chocolate market

Global dark chocolate sales are expected to rise 9% each year up to 2019 due to increased demand in developing nations and associated health benefits, according to Technavio.

'We do not support a Daily Value for added sugars', says candy trade body

Candy labeling: NCA says added sugar values may cause 'confusion'; backs voluntary GMO labels

The U.S. National Confectioners Association (NCA) fears plans to place percentage daily values for added sugars on food labels is unnecessary and may confuse consumers but supports a federal law proposal...

Cocoa prices to stay high amid election run-up in Côte D’Ivoire, says Rabobank

Financial agri services group Rabobank predicts cocoa futures will remain above $3,000 per metric ton until after Côte D’Ivoire’s October general election.

Confectionery sales to rise despite sugar health fears

Confectionery sales in the UK will grow by 8.6% by 2019, despite more than 60% of Brits raising fears about the high levels of sugar in sweets, according to a new report.

Emerging markets

‘India’s first aerated chocolate’: Mondelēz brings bubbly platform to fastest growing emerging market

Mondelēz International has launched what it claims is India’s first aerated chocolate by bringing Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk Bubbly to the world’s fastest growing chocolate market.

Massachusetts’ proposed candy and soda tax ‘regressive and discriminatory’, says NCA

The National Confectioners Association has hit out at plans in Massachusetts to remove a state sales tax exemption for candy and soda.

DISPATCHES FROM IFT 2015

Emulsifiers, fat, sugar may cause inflammation and alter gut bacteria, say researchers

Fatty, sugary snacks have been popular in the US and UK for decades, but new research shows that the emulsifiers, fat and sugar content of some snacks, baked goods and...

Datagraphic

The ones to watch: Euromonitor pinpoints three chocolate markets in the Middle East & Africa

Euromonitor International unveils the world’s fastest growing chocolate markets and earmarks three beyond India and China that should be high on every confectioner's agenda.

Growing minis capacity: Mars to invest $109m to expand Dutch plant

Mars plans to expand capacity at its Veghel plant over the next 10 years to produce miniature versions of its brands as Western Europeans limit their calorie intake.

Dispatches from IFT 2015

ADM deZaan claims 'industry first' natural dark cocoa powder

ADM deZaan claims its newly launched dark cocoa powder is the first of its kind to be alkaline free, meeting the chocolate industry's demand for clean label ingredients.

Cargill must sell German plant to finalize ADM chocolate deal, says European Commission

The European Commission has approved Cargill’s acquisitions of ADM’s chocolate business on the proviso it sells a plant in Manheim, Germany.

Cloetta agrees $34.4m Lonka acquisition to enter Dutch chocolate market

Cloetta has returned to profit in the second quarter and announces a deal to acquire Dutch fudge and chocolate producer Lonka for SEK 295m ($34.4m).

Q2 cocoa grind analysis

‘They are losing money’: Cocoa grinds stall in developed markets as processors fail to break even

Cocoa grinds in North America have fallen 9% in the second quarter and remain flat in Europe as cocoa processors lose profitability and developed market economies harm chocolate consumption.

Lindt continues to punch above ‘stagnating’ chocolate market in H1

Lindt & Sprüngli has reported strong sales growth in the first half of the year driven by its North American business and recent Russell Stover acquisition as global chocolate markets...

Cocoa fermentation with beer yeasts up chocolate quality, say researchers

Yeast species used in the beer, wine and bread industries can also be used in cocoa fermentation to create unique flavors for chocolate confectionery, say Belgian researchers.

Confectionery escapes UK tax calls, but marketing practices probed

The British Medical Association (BMA) is pushing for a tax on sugary drinks rather than confectionery, but has urged voluntary added sugar reduction targets for confectioners and a crackdown on...

Mars invests $53m in M&M's Peanut expansion in Russia

Mars has opened an M&M’s Peanut plant at its chocolate factory in Stupino, Russia.

Nestlé to open Digital Innovation Office in Silicon Valley in 2016

Nestlé: ‘Technology is fundamentally changing the way consumers buy our products and engage with our brands’

Nestlé is setting up a digital innovation team with staff drawn from the company’s marketing and technology groups, moving into an office in Silicon Valley co-located with swissnex, in 2016.

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