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SqueezyStraw stand up pouch expands into beverages and desserts

The Barton Group has expanded the applications for its patented dispensing pouch technology called SqueezyStraw.

Startup watch: Ruben’s Chocolate

Buffalo milk chocolate targets supermarket listings in Austria and Italy

Austrian startup Ruben’s Chocolate is eyeing supermarkets in its home market and Italy for its buffalo milk chocolate brand Augusto.

Ivorian cocoa farmers earn less than $1 a day, finds Barry Callebaut-backed study

Cocoa farmers in the top producing country Côte D’Ivoire earn around 91 US cents (CFA 568) per day, according to a study by Barry Callebaut and the French Development Agency...

Carmit launches private label vegan chocolate with rice flour

Private label maker Carmit Candy has developed a dairy-free vegan chocolate, which it will debut at Expo West in Anaheim, California, next month.

‘Doy bags conquer more supermarket shelves globally each year’

Bosch launches packaging microsite for confectionery, bakery and snack producers

Bosch Packaging Technology has launched a microsite for the confectionery, bakery, nuts, snacks and powder industries to help producers find the right machinery systems to meet their needs.

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Whole Foods executive-created OCHO Candy fills Easter's organic chocolate void

Organic confectionery brand OCHO Candy has developed its first Easter egg after spotting an unmet need for natural alternatives during the holiday season.

Lotte to face 'severe consequences' if it allows US missile system, warns China

China’s state media outlet Xinhua has urged Lotte to reject a US missile system on a golf course owned by the Korean conglomerate or face "severe consequences"....

Sacrificing taste for sugar reduction will ‘kill our category’: Barry Callebaut innovation chief

Barry Callebaut’s head of innovation expects the chocolate industry will opt for natural fibers to gradually cut sugar and calories, but says uptake for sugar reduction remains low.

NPD news

Ancient grain additions: Ritter Sport makes first foray into vegan chocolate

German firm Ritter Sport has introduced two vegan chocolate varieties to its home market, which contain ancient grains.

Full-year results

Nestlé coy on future of ‘disappointing’ US confectionery unit

Butterfinger maker Nestlé refuses to speculate if it will offload its challenged US confectionery business, but says it is “no stranger” to portfolio trimming.

Mondelēz rolls out SmartLabel app to keep its consumers informed

More than 1,100 products across Mondelēz’s US snack portfolio, including Oreo cookies, Good Thins crackers and belVita breakfast biscuits, are now searchable on the SmartLabel app. 

Georgia Nut eyes gummy consumers with fortified chocolate gems

Illinois-based Georgia Nut is targeting the vitamin, mineral and supplement consumers with its chocolate gem technology to deliver a range of bioactives, from vitamins C and D, to melatonin, probiotics,...

‘An expensive place to manufacture our products’: Mondelēz proposes to close New Zealand Cadbury plant

Mondelēz International has initiated a consultation process to shut its factory in Dunedin in early 2018 and may shift capacity to Australia.

Health & wellness chocolate to outpace regular category: Euromonitor

Functional, organic and reduced-sugar chocolate are set for higher volume and value growth than regular chocolate up to 2021, says Euromonitor.

‘Potentially full scale-up’: Cargill pilots cocoa child labor monitoring system

Cargill has begun trialing the International Cocoa Initiative’s (ICI) child labor monitoring and remediation system in cocoa growing communities in Côte D’Ivoire.

ProSweets 2017

Sports-themed confectionery tins popular with consumers

Cursor, part of OEX Group in Warsaw, Poland, has seen success with its confectionery tins featuring local football stars.

Hershey's chocolate Valentine’s NPD: KitKat Red Velvet, Reese’s hearts and more

Hershey has  launched a string of Valentine’s Day products this year under its core brands across the US, including KitKat, Reese’s, and Cadbury, as IRI estimates the season generated nearly...

Van den Bosch ensures hearts are not broken on Valentine’s Day

In the US alone, 58 million pounds of chocolate and 36 million heart-shaped boxes are sold during Valentines’ Day – worth $448m.

Nestlé targets Millennial travelers with KitKat Mini Moments

Nestlé International Travel Retail (NITR) has started rolling out KitKat Mini Moments across major international airports following an initial launch at Dubai International Airport in December, 2016. 

RPC Group to acquire North American plastic packaging firm for £552m

RPC Group has announced plans to acquire Letica, a North American manufacturer and distributor of rigid plastic packaging, for £552m ($691m).

Fairy Chocolates targets Asia expansion with Cho'clair Minis

Belgian luxury confectioner Fairy Chocolates has introduced a mini version of its éclair praline fusion Cho’clair as it concentrates on expansion in Asia.

SPOTLIGHT JAPAN

Have a break...have a Kit Kat sushi

Japan is known for its love of weird and wacky Kit Kat flavours, but Nestlé might have just taken the biscuit with its sushi version.

Storck makes big US push with Toffifay

August Storck has repositioned its Toffifay brand in the US to appeal to female shoppers and hopes to compete in the affordable premium space.

Yowie re-enters Australia and signs wildlife conservation deal

Character confectionery brand Yowie has returned to the Australia and New Zealand markets; brand owner the Yowie Group has also signed a partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)....

Fake Ferrero and Mars chocolate seized in China

Chinese police recently seized 300,000 counterfeit chocolate pieces during the 2017 Lunar New Year worth around 700 RMB ($102) per box, after a wedding candy store owner received complaints from local consumers.

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