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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.

News in brief

Big in 2016: Products ‘revealed gradually’ create sense of excitement and anticipation

Designs that maximize the ‘opening experience’ for consumers will be the key theme of rigid box specialist Pollard Boxes’ stand at Packaging Innovations 2016.

Colombian chocolate couverture coming to Europe through Swiss trade deal

Colombian cocoa processor Cacao Pacifico will sell chocolate couvertures made with fine flavor Colombian cocoa in Europe through a partnership with Swiss Global Enterprise.

Dark chocolate may boost time trial performance for cyclists

Flavanol-rich dark chocolate may boost endurance and exercise performance in moderately-trained male cyclists, says a new study.

Editor's Blog

The Candy Files: Confectionery industry 2015 year in review

ConfectioneryNews trawls its archives to present a month-to-month review of the biggest industry news in 2015.

Free Live Sessions

Live debates: Nestlé and Mondelēz among ISM and ProSweets panelists

ConfectioneryNews is hosting three live debates at the world’s largest confectionery trade fair next year, featuring representatives from the industry’s biggest players.

‘Devastating’ impact of climate change on cocoa can’t be ignored, says Rainforest Alliance

The chocolate industry must embrace climate-smart agriculture to mitigate the shattering effects of rising temperatures on millions of cocoa farmers in the developing world, says Rainforest Alliance.

Supplemented chocolate: A new confections category set for growth, says Energems

Energems has been accepted as a member at the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and says the new confectionery category of chocolate energy supplements it has created is poised for...

News in brief

Mars in Dove Chocolate allergy alert

Mars is recalling 6,700 cases of Dove Chocolate Assortment Snowflakes, 24 oz. bag from more than 30 states due to allergen concerns.

Major chocolate merger afoot? Hershey shrugs off talk of Ferrero deal as ‘speculation’

Analysts say Hershey may be eyeing a joint venture or merger with a major international player such as Ferrero, but the US chocolate giant has dismissed the claims as “speculation”.

Loose-leaf tea infused chocolate launched by UK startup Easy Teasy

Easy Teasy has launched a series of tea-infused chocolate products with flavors include Christmas Spice, Cloud Catcher, Orange Blossom Oolong, Summer Sencha, Earl Grey and Chai. 

Top F&B picks - WorldStar Awards 2016

PepsiCo Drinkfinity pods; Tetra Evero Aseptic & Coca Cola Contour PET glass gain world class recognition

From an E-Z SnackPak by Ampac, Drinkfinity pods by PepsiCo US, Coca Cola’s Contour PET glass and Cadbury Glow by Mondelēz International – We round up the best F&B entries...

‘The model works’: Cocoa child labor numbers will drop if commitments honored, says ICI

The International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) says it will not alter its approach to tackling cocoa child labor after a sharp rise in the worst forms of child labor, and is...

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Royal Hawaiian sets $100m wholesale target as it expands macadamia business

Royal Hawaiian Orchards is aiming to hit $100m in wholesale sales within five years after expanding its macadamia offerings, says the company's CEO.

Chocolate formulations of 2030: Barry Callebaut and Olam Cocoa R&D chiefs foretell chocolate’s future

Chocolate will continue to be an indulgence product, but may have a healthier profile than today, innovation heads at two top industry suppliers predict.

Industry Voices – Curtis Vreeland

Secrets to success: How can a bean-to-bar chocolate maker stand out from the crowd?

Industry consultant Curtis Vreeland considers the recipes for success in the US bean-to-bar chocolate market with analysis from craft chocolatiers such as TCHO and Dandelion Chocolate.

Allboxes Direct launches bio based polymer packaging

‘Consumers are becoming more sensitive to packaging and its impact on the environment’

Allboxes Direct, which works with Baked By Melissa, Milkbar, Farmigo, and Jacques Torres Chocolates, has launched a bio based polymer packaging to replace petroleum based polymers for the manufacture and...

Malvern launches accessories for chocolate and coffee analysis

Malvern Instruments has launched accessories to optimize particle size analysis of chocolate and coffee.

Undone Chocolate rebrands to highlight unique ingredients & reflect gourmet status

For Undone Chocolate, what is in a name is not as important as what is in its gourmet bars, which is why the startup is dropping individual product names in...

News in brief

Nestlé achieves 100% sustainable cocoa in the UK & Ireland – around a quarter of global supplies covered

Nestlé claims it has become the first major confectioner in the UK & Ireland to source all its cocoa sustainably.

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