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AAK acquires CalOils from Mitsubishi Corp for undisclosed sum

Swedish oils giant AAK has struck a deal to buy Richmond, CA-based California Oils Corp from Mitsubishi Corp in a bid to increase its presence in the US market.

Ferrero, Lindt and Rübezahl chocolate found to contain mineral oil

Selected Ferrero, Lindt and Rübezahl chocolate purchased in Germany have been found to contain mineral oils in the packaging, according to Foodwatch.

Raisio sells snack bar manufacturer Halo Foods to Dutch investor Nimbus

UK snack bar manufacturer Halo Foods has been sold by Raisio Group, which says it aims to focus on development of its own brands.

Summer Fancy Food Show 2016

Summer Fancy Food Show NPD: Wild Boar, Simple Mills and Super Eats

This site attended the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York to see how trends including clean labels and plant-based protein are shaping the snacks and confectionery markets.

Artificial sweeteners may cause cravings for the real thing: Study

Sugar alternatives may actually increase an individual’s appetite for real sugar by interfering with the way glucose is used in the body, a study has found.

Lareka transfers tobacco know-how to precision gluing for chocolate packaging

Lareka Confectionery & Tobacco Equipment is using its industry expertise in tobacco to glue 4,000 dots a minute onto packaging for chocolate.

Market Analysis

Chocolate makers to go premium as North Americans cutback consumption

Consumers in North America are expected to eat four fewer chocolate bars per person a year by 2021, prompting the industry to add value with higher cocoa percentages and quality...

Aluflexpack granted $22m loan to expand confectionery & dairy packaging

Aluflexpack, which produces flexible packaging for the confectionery and dairy industry among others, has been granted a €20m ($22m) loan from the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development).

Ferrero’s nutrition strategy unwrapped

Portion control among ‘most cost effective’ ways to tackle obesity: Ferrero

Ferrero says it will play its part in helping curb obesity levels in Europe by offering small portions tailored to eating occasions, primarily breakfast.

Exclusive Interview - Love Cocoa founder

Cadbury descendant feels ‘immense pressure’ linking last name to chocolate startup

John Cadbury’s great great great grandson, James Cadbury, has received 150 orders in only five days after he launched his chocolate startup, Love Cocoa.

Global trends: Where are the world's strongest and weakest candy & snacks markets?

Snacks and confectionery value sales growth has slowed to its lowest level in at least five years in many parts of the world, according to data from retail analysts Euromonitor...

Nine-month results 2015/16

Barry Callebaut sales up despite ‘sluggish’ chocolate market

Barry Callebaut has grown revenues and sales volumes despite declines in the overall global chocolate confectionery market.

Healthy chocolate: EU cocoa flavanol health claim ‘should be revised’, say researchers

Cocoa flavanols do have cardiovascular health benefits, but more are needed in a single dose than the EU’s approved health claim, say researchers.

Lindt seizes on Australian growth with $45m Sydney plant

Lindt has opened a factory in Sydney to capitalize on the growth it has enjoyed in the Australian market.

Exclusive Interview with Mars La Chola General Manager

High tech revolution: Ecuador’s cocoa sector prepares to mechanize

Ecuador’s cocoa industry is vying to increase its efficiency by exploiting technology, but says farm sizes must increase to allow mechanization.

‘Growing beyond our borders’: Chocolate exports drive Spanish candy growth

Soaring chocolate exports have helped value sales in the Spanish confectionery sector grow 2.8% year on year in 2015, according to industry association Produlce.

Smaller flexible plastic packs top the trend for 2016

Smaller flexible plastic packs have topped the trend for 2016 as they give consumers a sense of control over snacking, portion sizes and awareness of sugar intake in food and...

Reader survey

Brexit: Candy catastrophe or carriage to new business?

What are the threats and opportunities for your business after the UK voted to leave the European Union?

Nestlé: Reformulation could stall without EU-wide nutrition strategy

Europe must accelerate efforts to introduce a “holistic nutrition policy”, complete with targets in relation to reformulation, marketing and labelling.

Startup Spotter

Great adventure: Costa Rica roasted cocoa brand targets overseas listings

Costa Rican startup G&E Chocolate Adventure Company is to bring its packaged retail brand of flavored roasted cocoa beans to international markets.

Even doubled income for farmers won’t make cocoa sustainable: Mars

Cocoa living income may need to quadruple to secure the long term future of the crop, says Mars’ global procurement head.

900 strike at Nestlé plant in Turkey for third day

Nestlé is facing industrial action at its Karacabey factory in Turkey following a dispute with the Tek Gıda İş Union.

Brand power continues to diminish private label confectionery: IRI

Private label confectionery value shares are flat or declining in most Western economies, according to market analysts IRI.

CVS to swap candy at checkouts with better-for-you snacks

US pharmacy retail chain CVS is to replace 25% of checkout space traditionally dedicated to candy with ‘better-for-you’ snacks at almost a third of its stores.

Consumer standpoint: How should confectioners address health concerns?

Restricting marketing to children is the primary health action EU consumers expect from the confectionery sector, according to consumer group BEUC.

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