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Nestlé USA to ditch artificial colors and flavors

Nestlé intends replace all artificial colors and flavors in confectionery sold in the US with ingredients from natural sources by the end of the year.

Chocozero aims to counter ‘tasteless’ lactose-free chocolate segment

A Swiss company has introduced lactose-free chocolate Chocozero, which it claims will help manufacturers offer a better tasting option for a rising global population of lactose intolerants.

Raaka’s “virgin chocolate” tests the limits of where the confection can go

Brooklyn start-up Raaka is carving out space in the crowded chocolate category by skipping the traditional step of roasting the cocoa bean to create “virgin chocolate” that highlights the “true...

Origins

After the Earthquake: Haitian cocoa rep rises on high-end chocolate scene

International chocolatiers are showing increased interest in Haitian cocoa, providing rural Haitians a livelihood in cocoa farming after the country’s 2010 Earthquake, says a Federation of farming cooperatives.

Hershey, Mars and See’s Candies face heavy metal chocolate lawsuit

Non-profit As You Sow has accused Hershey, Mars and See’s Candies of failing to label lead and cadmium content in chocolate contrary to Californian law.

Richest candyman Michele Ferrero dies as company rises in China and Russia

The world’s richest confectioner Michele Ferrero, owner of the Ferrero Group, has died aged 89 as his company gains traction in emerging markets.

236 jobs saved: Baronie acquires Ashbury Chocolates

Baronie has acquired UK private label chocolate firm Ashbury Chocolates, which entered administration earlier this month.

Cloetta to axe 30 jobs as Italian sales slump continues

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta plans to cut 30 employees in Italy after sales in the market declined for the fourth consecutive quarter.

Confectioners respond to consumer health trip: ‘It’s not like in the past’, says ISM organizer

ISM show organizer Koelnmesse says confectioners are responding to growing consumer concerns on health, noting a surge in free-from and sugar free products.

FDA finds some dark chocolate includes undeclared milk

A new study revealing that a significant portion of dark chocolate products sold in the U.S. may contain undeclared milk could shake some consumers’ confidence in the industry in the...

Barry Callebaut adds US plant in World's Finest Chocolate outsourcing deal

Barry Callebaut has entered a long-term agreement to supply industrial chocolate to World's Finest Chocolate and has leased the latter’s Chicago plant.

Mondelēz to exit retailers that rejected price hikes

Mondelēz International will withdraw from certain retail customers in Europe that have refused chocolate price hikes. 

India

Analysts predict lightning growth for Indian confectionery market

India’s confectionery market is expected to grow by almost three-quarters in four years as the burgeoning middle-class consumes more gums and jellies, and chocolate still dominates.

Caobisco ‘concerned’ about chocolate detox campaign

Caobisco says it is ‘concerned’ about the British Heart Foundation’s ‘chocolate detox’ campaign, which encourages people to stop eating chocolate for a month to raise money and awareness for heart...

Equipment innovation

24-hour candy counting: Cremer claims reduced downtime for major players

Dutch equipment supplier Cremer has introduced a servo-driven counting machine that it claims will limit downtime for top players in confectionery.

Canada 'chocolate cartel' update

Mars and Nestlé win evidence battle in chocolate price collusion case

Two confectionery giants have won access to Hershey and Cadbury’s leniency filings in a criminal case in Canada that accuses them of colluding to fix chocolate prices.

Cocoa Life program update

Mondelēz: Deadlines on sustainable cocoa are not realistic

Mondelēz International plans to eventually source its entire cocoa supply from its Cocoa Life sustainability program, but says setting deadlines won't lead to meaningful impact on the ground.

We must unite Fairtrade and trade union movements: Fairtrade CEO

We must follow the example of Sweden and bring together the two “very noisy” movements of workers' trade unions and Fairtrade, the CEO of Fairtrade International Harriet Lamb has said....

Candy tax proposed in Connecticut

A levy on high-calorie confectionery and soft drinks is being considered in Connecticut as a means to tackle childhood obesity.

Dispatches from ISM 2015 in Cologne

‘We are going to be naked’: Cémoi to source 100% traceable cocoa

Cémoi plans to trace its entire cocoa supply through a third party verified project it calls Transparence.

‘Flying off shelves’: Nestlé invests $8m in UK Butterfinger Cups line

Nestlé plans to invest £5.25m ($8m) to add a Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups line at its Halifax UK factory to serve growing demand in the US.

FLOCERT to verify Mondelēz's cocoa program

Mondelēz adds further third party verification to Cocoa Life program

Mondelēz International has announced that certification body FLOCERT will join Havard University in verifying the chocolate firm’s cocoa sustainability program Cocoa Life.

ISM chooses pop idol: ‘Most innovative’ NPD for 2015

Visitors at the International Sweets and Biscuits Fair (ISM) in Cologne have chosen ‘the most innovative’ new products to enter the global candy and snacks market.

The Buzz: Innovations from ISM & ProSweets 2015

Catch up with the social media buzz from ISM and ProSweets and discover innovations you may have missed.

‘Damaging small businesses’: Mondelēz and Mars slammed on supplier payment extensions

Mondelēz and Mars have been accused of exploiting small businesses by extending payment terms to some UK suppliers from 60 to 120 days.

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