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Children see, children do: Will Mexican kids slim down by watching less candy ads?

Just a week after Mexico banned commercials for soda, snacks and confectionery products during cinema showings of children’s movies and during children’s TV programming, Mexican authorities say ads for Nestlé,...

Swapping to low-calorie sweeteners does help weight loss, finds review of RCTs

Swapping full-calorie foods and drinks for ones containing low or zero calorie sweeteners results in modest weight loss, according to a new systematic review of clinical data.

'Big choc firms in for our bitterness reduction process', says MycoTechnology

The biggest players in the industry are already exploring ways to reduce bitterness and to up cocoa content in chocolate with MycoTechnology’s mushroom myceliation process, says the company’s founder....

Hershey misses sales target in Q2

Hershey has fallen slightly short of its net sales growth target in the second quarter but expects a strong Halloween and Christmas.       

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Petra Foods appoints Saatchi & Saatchi for creative direction

Singapore-based Petra Foods has appointed ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi to oversee the creative stategy for its SilverQueen and Delfi Top brands.

‘New chapter’ in sourcing: Ritter controls supply chain with own cocoa plantation in Nicaragua

Ritter Sport has purchased land for a cocoa plantation in Nicaragua to eventually cover 30% of its cocoa needs and give it greater control of its supply.

Mars Chocolate North America follows Nestlé and Hershey with price hike

Mars Chocolate North America has become the latest to introduce wholesale price increases after similar moves from Nestlé and Hershey.

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Asia cocoa grind up 5%

The amount of cocoa processed in Asia in the second quarter (Q2) grew 5.21%, according to figures from the Cocoa Association of Asia.

Yowie lays US distribution nest egg

Toy-filled chocolate egg firm the Yowie Group has secured US distribution with large C-store chain Valero Corner Store.

BBX Capital adds Helen Grace Chocolates to premium choc trove

BBX Capital has made California-based firm Helen Grace Chocolates its forth US premium chocolate acquisition in eight months.

What will be the next cocoa health claim?

‘Neuroprotective effects’ and ‘improved metabolism’ could be the next health claims for cocoa and dark chocolate after Barry Callebaut’s heart health win, according to a medical doctor.

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North America cocoa grind up 5%

Cocoa processing in North America grew 4.52% in the second quarter (Q2), according to figures from the National Confectioners Association (NCA)

Confectionery-free checkouts register with NZ consumers

The impulse checkout channel may be under further threat after a survey revealed a third of consumers in New Zealand supported candy-free checkout zones.

Lindt to ride cocoa cost surge without widespread price increases

Lindt & Sprüngli has no plans to introduce sweeping wholesale price increases in response to rising cocoa costs, according to its CEO.

Cloetta still window shopping after sales gains

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta has recorded sales and profit growth in the second quarter driven by acquisitions and says it is eyeing further buys.

Taking stock: Time cocoa farmers got a bite of the chocolate business?

Giving cocoa farming cooperatives shares in chocolate firms would improve livelihoods and encourage them to boost yields and quality, while giving chocolate manufacturers greater control of their supply chain, says...

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Ferrero acquires hazelnut supplier Oltan

The world’s biggest hazelnut buyer Ferrero has purchased the world’s largest hazelnut processor The Oltan Group for an undisclosed sum.

Is the rise of raw chocolate a safety concern?

The rising trend for raw chocolate may present a health hazard to consumers unless adequate steps to eliminate Salmonella are taken, says the US National Confectioners Association (NCA).

Hershey follows Nestlé with price hike

Hershey has upped its global wholesale prices by 8% after responding to rising commodity costs including cocoa, dairy and nuts.

Cadbury’s Australia factory subsidy under fire

Australia’s opposition party has called for Cadbury’s A$16m government funding to upgrade its Claremont plant to be redirected to West Coast development projects.

Lindt buys Russell Stover: But life’s no longer like a box of chocolates in the US

Lindt’s Russell Stover acquisition gives it a stronger US foothold, but only in a declining category, say analysts, who argue expansion in emerging premium chocolate markets may have been a...

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Deal to acquire Russell Stover catapults Lindt into third place in US chocolate market

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli has struck a deal to buy US candy firm Russell Stover, turning Lindt (which already owns Ghirardelli) into the third-largest chocolate maker in the US behind...

Flavanols crying over split milk chocolate opportunity?

Barry Callebaut says that high flavanol milk chocolate would be too expensive, but is hopeful that its blood flow health claim for dark chocolate will galvanize the functional chocolate market.

European cocoa grind decline ‘disappointing’

The amount of cocoa processed in Europe dropped 1% in the second quarter falling below traders’ expectations, but it's too soon to tell if chocolate demand is sliding.

Paying the price of chocolate: Breaking cocoa farming's cycle of poverty

Industry voices discuss whether raising suggested retail prices for chocolate could incentivise cocoa farmers to invest in farms, bring them out of poverty and keep the next generation growing cocoa.

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