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Cambridge University and mystery industry backer to explore heat tolerant chocolate

Scientists at the University of Cambridge are to research how to keep chocolate from melting in hot, tropical regions.

Hershey suspends US flavored milk shipments to China

Shipments of Hershey’s brand flavored milk to China have been suspended after a consignment found to contain unapproved ingredients was destroyed.

North America shores up Lindt performance in H1

Lindt & Sprüngli has reported sales and net profit gains in the first half of 2014 driven by performance in North America.

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Shanghai M&M’s World ‘the next stage’ for Chinese brand building, says Mars

Mars has opened an M&M’s retail store in Shanghai, which it hopes will lift brand loyalty in China.

First half of 2014 brings record sales of RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil

Demand for the sustainable oil is rising faster than supply for the first time as total sales of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) reach more than 2.4 million metric tonnes (MT).

Premium chocolatiers take note: Colombia to renew high-quality cocoa plantations

Higher cocoa prices in the international market could kick-start Colombia’s plans to replant up to 80,000 ha of its cocoa bean acreage.

Soaring hazelnut prices heap pressure on confectioners

Rising hazelnut prices are putting further pressure on confectionery manufacturers, who are already contending with mounting cocoa costs.

Chocolat Frey sees off Lindt competition for Swiss Airlines contract

Chocolat Frey has been chosen ahead of other Swiss chocolate makers such as Lindt to produce a small chocolate tablet for Swiss Airlines that it hopes will boost its export...

Fire hits Barry Callebaut chocolate facility

Fire has damaged Barry Callebaut’s chocolate processing at Banbury in Oxfordshire, but the company has reassured customers that it could maintain normal levels of service by drawing on other facilities....

Nestlé boosts efforts to stamp out child labour

Nestlé aims to step up efforts to eradicate child labour in the cocoa supply chain, after an independent report indicated progress was being made, but more needed to be done.

Premium chocolate brands missing from Nestlé’s locker, says Euromonitor

Nestlé must look to acquire premium chocolate brands as its mass market products are underperforming, says Euromonitor.

Ebola fears force Barry Callebaut to cancel Ivorian meeting

Barry Callebaut has cancelled its annual managers’ meeting in Côte D’Ivoire over fears of the Ebola virus, despite no reported cases in the country.

‘All natural’ reduced calorie chocolate can match sugar counterpart, say researchers

A formula using stevia leaves and peppermint gives a fully natural-sweetened chocolate that has a similar taste and mouthfeel to a sugar counterpart but with 44% fewer calories, according to research.

Innovate or die: Top confectioners unveil recent and upcoming launches

ConfectioneryNews sifts through recent and future launches from the world’s biggest confectionery firms including Mondelēz, Mars, Nestlé, Hershey and Haribo.

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Lucky escape as Nestlé worker avoids injury from exploding tanker

Nestlé has launched an investigation after a worker was hit by flying foam from a tanker lorry at its factory in York, UK.

‘Watch out for Central America’: Quality cocoa set to surge

The next several years will herald a surge in quality cocoa volumes from Central America creating opportunities for premium origin chocolates, says Lutheran World Relief.

Patent Watch

Mondelēz eyes patent for fat reducing chocolate technique using fruit juice

Mondelēz International is seeking a patent on a chocolate production method using fruit juice that halves fat content and reduces calories.  

Cocoa costs rip into Nestlé confectionery operating profits

Nestlé has taken a 24% hit in first half confectionery operating profits due to spiraling cocoa costs and intense competition.

Retailer opposition to Mondelēz chocolate price hikes

Mondelēz International grew slower than the overall chocolate market in H1 after raising wholesale prices earlier than competitors.

Contamination detection needs to improve to appease retailers, says Mettler-Toledo

Inspection system features like reject confirmation systems and locked reject bins can help confectionery manufacturers stay abreast of the exacting safety demands of big retailers, says Mettler-Toledo.

Candy barons: Top 9 richest candymen and women

Where does the distribution of wealth lie in the $196bn global confectionery industry?

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ADM to divest chocolate business in Q3

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has confirmed that it will sell its chocolate operations in the next quarter, but the buyer or buyers are still unknown.

Nutresa chocolate arm rocked by rising cocoa costs

Colombia’s leading chocolate firm Grupo Nutresa has reported a drop in earnings for its chocolate division in Q2 due to mounting cocoa costs.

Move over! Asia Pacific to top North America in 2014 confectionery sales

Asia Pacific will leapfrog North America in 2014 retail value confectionery sales to become the world’s second largest market, according to Euromonitor International.

Nestlé to source 100% sustainable cocoa for UK and Ireland by 2015

Nestlé’s will use sustainable cocoa for 100% of its UK and Ireland portfolio by the end of 2015, up from its current 60% mark.

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