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BBX Capital grows premium choc hoard with Anastasia Confections buy

BBX Capital has purchased Florida-based Anastasia Confections to mark its fifth premium chocolate acquisition since the start of 2014.

Retailers need to up sustainable cocoa game, says BDSI

Supermarkets in Germany cannot neglect their role in bringing about a sustainable cocoa supply chain, says the German confectionery association BDSI.

Hershey settles pot candy case

Hershey has agreed a settlement with Colorado-based firm TinctureBelle, which it had accused of passing off cannabis-infused candies such as Hashees Peanut Butter Cups as Hershey products.

Divine stands ‘alongside the premium chocolate big players’ as it breaks into mainstream US retail

UK Fairtrade candy maker Divine Chocolate has secured distribution deals with US supermarket chains Kroger, Meijer, Roundy’s and Ahold and claims it is now competing with the largest US premium...

EFKO grows confectionery fat sales as multinationals make gains in Russia

Fats and oils supplier EFKO has reported sales growth for its confectionery fats division in H1 as multinational confectioners post sales gains in Russia.

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Barry Callebaut ponders India factory

Barry Callebaut is considering establishing manufacturing capacity in India.

Chocolate multinationals 'enabling enslavement' on cocoa farms: Oxfam

Multinational chocolate companies are reaping billions in profits by keeping labor costs low, allowing human rights abuses to prosper on cocoa farms, according to an Oxfam campaigner.

Origins: Cocoa’s coming home

Nicaragua: A future fine flavor cocoa origin, but work needed

Nicaragua holds potential as a future fine flavor cocoa origin as farmers shift from coffee to cocoa, but much work is needed to improve fermentation practices, according to Atlanta Chocolate’s...

India

Newcomer Rajhans (Desai-Jain) Group eyes leadership in Indian luxury chocolate market

Rajhans (Desai-Jain) Group has made its first foray into the confectionery industry by launching its Schmitten brand in India and it is hoping to become the domestic market leader in premium...

One step closer: Hershey ‘goes beyond RSPO’ in fresh palm oil pledge

Hershey has developed a palm oil sourcing policy that it claims goes further than its previous Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) commitment.

New Horizons

Untapped potential for chocolate makers in rural India, says ValueNotes

Chocolate makers are circling the rural Indian market as it is where the majority of consumers reside and infrastructure and incomes have improved drastically, says an analyst at ValueNotes.

Special edition: Inside Europe's food supplement markets

Polish polyphenol study identifies coffee, tea and chocolate as top contributors

A population-level analysis of polyphenol intakes in Poland has revealed that coffee, tea and chocolate contribute around 75% of the polyphenols consumed in the country.

Patent Watch

Nestlé develops inkjet printing using only ‘kitchen cupboard’ ingredients

Nestlé’s R&D arm Nestec has filed a patent for inkjet printing on panned confections such as Smarties chocolate and biscuits using only ingredients it claims consumers would be familiar with....

Mondelēz consolidates global choco-bakery production in Hungary

Mondelēz has opened three production lines at its plant in Hungary to consolidate global production of Milka and Cadbury choco-bakery sandwiches.

India

Indians getting sweet on chocolate thanks to Cadbury revolution

Largely due to Cadbury’s marketing nous, India’s chocolate market has changed dramatically since the ‘Nineties, with consumers eating more and different varieties, a new report has highlighted.

Yowie secures Walmart trial in Texas

Toy-filled chocolate egg firm Yowie has secured distribution in 50 Walmart stores in Texas.

Norwegians loyal to domestic confectionery brands: Leatherhead

The Norwegian confectionery market is unusual by Western European standards since its domestic brands stand tall with the multinationals, according to a Leatherhead analyst.

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Mars recalls M&M’s due to allergy risk

Mars Chocolate North America has recalled some M&M’s branded products because of undeclared peanut butter.

Any objections? Protected geo-indication could be on cards for Ecuadorian 'arriba' cocoa

An application to the European Commission for protected geographical indication (PGI) status for ‘cacao arriba’ from Ecuador is now open for public consultation.

Will the WTO end the Brazilian-Argentinian confectionery trade war?

A number of players in Brazil’s chocolate and confectionery sector have seen exports to Argentina plunge by up to 80% in the past three years due to Argentina’s restrictive import...

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

Malaysia hopes to double palm oil production by 2020

Malaysia hopes to double its palm oil production by 2020 without having to dedicate more land to palm plants, according to a Malaysian minister.

Turning emotions in to actions: Why do consumers spend more on ethical products?

Ethical consumption, and consumer willingness to pay more for ethical products, is motivated by a need to turn emotions about unethical practices into action, say researchers.

Brazilian premium choc market to grow 26% by 2020 as middle class buys in

Brand power and ingredient quality are the two principal factors that define a premium chocolate in the Brazilian market and the middle class wants more of it, according to the...

Sugar not the sole cause of obesity: AB Sugar

British Sugar owner AB Sugar is fighting back against anti-sugar campaigners with the launch of a campaign informing people about sugar’s role in a healthy balanced diet.

Researchers call for ‘radical rethink’ of free sugars targets

Intakes of free dietary sugars should make up no more than 3% of total energy intake in order to battle the ‘significant’ financial and social burdens of tooth decay, warn researchers.

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