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Nestlé opens Crunch chocolate factory in Egypt

Nestlé has added an extrusion line to its existing dry goods plant in Egypt that will produce Crunch.

Smaller confectioners moving to robotics, says PWR Pack

More small-scale confectionery companies are using pick and place robots to package delicate products as technology becomes more affordable, according to PWR Pack.

Kellogg, Nestlé, Mondelēz et al. promise to stop certain kids' ads by 2018

Over 20 major food firms have signed up to health and wellness pledges on advertisement to children, consistent product information, open access to formulation policies and employee wellbeing as part...

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Nestlé UK to pull Wonka bars

Nestlé will axe its Wonka bars in the UK after sales tailed off following a strong launch.

Caffeine in confectionery: FDA may ‘not publicly address the issue’

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is unlikely to regulate caffeine levels in confectionery products, according to caffeine chocolate firm Awake Chocolate.

Editor's Blog

Chocapocalypse 2020: Was the cocoa shortfall overblown?

Industry fortune-telling of a large cocoa shortfall in 2020 was a shrewd way to secure supply at low prices, but the latest deficit forecasts are nowhere near as gloomy.

Mars: No immediate chocolate price increases in face of cocoa deficit

Mars says it is experiencing the same pressures on the cocoa market as Nestlé, but currently has no plans to raise chocolate prices.

Mars faces class action over cocoa flavanol claims

Mars will face allegations it mislabeled cocoa flavanol content in its chocolate bars, after a judge rejected a request to dismiss the US lawsuit.

Beauty chocolate: Algatechnologies touts red seaweed for functional confectionery

Algatechnologies sees potential for red seaweed derivative astaxanthin in chocolate coins promoting beauty for the US market.

CME Group spills beans on new cocoa contract

Futures exchange company CME Group has made a “strong commitment” in the cocoa market and plans a new contract to rival the IntercontinentalExchange Group (ICE).

Cocoa farmers spend 36% of premiums on productivity: Fairtrade International

Fairtrade certified cocoa farmers spend 36% of their premiums on increasing productivity and cocoa quality – far above Fairtrade International’s suggested 25% minimum, a report from the organization reveals.

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Chocolate will never be a niche luxury: ICCO executive director

The executive director of the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) has rejected suggestions that chocolate could become an expensive luxury in the face of a global cocoa deficit.

Japan

Japanese railway to use KitKat bars as tickets

Japan has a reputation for food innovation, and a new initiative by Nestlé will transform one of its iconic chocolate bars into currency for train travel while at the same...

The Buzz: World Cocoa Conference 2014 on social media

Relive highlights from the World Cocoa Conference 2014 in Amsterdam and discover what chocolate companies, NGOs, cocoa farmers, traders and analysts are saying about cocoa sustainability.

Pecan Deluxe Candy (Europe) to move to bigger premises

Pecan Deluxe Candy (Europe) has invested in a €300,000 Yamato multihead check weigher, which can operate up to 100 bags per minute, to meet increasing demand for inclusions in products...

Nestlé-backed study unlocks cocoa fermentation acetate mystery

Exploring the mechanisms controlling acetate formation during cocoa fermentation may help identify the best starter cultures to optimize flavor attributes, according to a team of scientists supported by Nestlé.

Dispatches from World Cocoa Conference 2014

Cocoa surplus for 2013/14; small deficit for next season - ICCO

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) has estimated a cocoa surplus for the current crop year, but said the market would return to a small deficit next year.

Oils and fats firm AAK plans £30M investment

Oils and fats company AAK will have pumped around £30M into its production facilities by the end of the decade as part of a continuing investment programme to improve its...

Fair Trade USA and UTZ Certified strike pilot cocoa certification partnership

Fair Trade USA and UTZ Certified are piloting a collaborative cocoa certification scheme that they say will reduce costs for farmers looking to get dual certification.

Mondelēz adds third party verification to Cocoa Life program

Mondelēz International has allowed Harvard University to measure the impact of its Cocoa Life sustainability program.

Polish confectionery market weathers falling birth rate

Poland’s confectionery market survived the recessionary storm virtually unscathed and continues to buck the trend despite its shrinking population, according to Leatherhead Foods, principal market analyst, Jonathan Thomas.

Hershey in the race to develop 3D chocolate

US firm 3D Systems is collaborating with chocolate manufacturing giant Hershey’s to develop 3D chocolates fit for the commercial market.

Dispatches from the World Cocoa Conference 2014

‘We can afford to increase the price of chocolate,’ says ICCO executive director

Manufacturers can increase the price of chocolate without fear of putting off consumers thus ensuring cocoa farmers are fairly paid, according to executive director of the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO).

Australia

Lindt the clear challenger as Cadbury’s block sales decline

While Cadbury has been enduring a challenging time of late in Malaysia , news from Australia is not likely to sweeten the company’s mood.

Hershey takes pot candy firm to ‘high’ court

Hershey has accused Colorado-based firm TinctureBelle of passing off cannabis-infused candies such as Hashees Peanut Butter Cups as Hershey products.

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