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Ending unlawful child labor in cocoa: Nestlé approach can be the model, says ICI

Nestlé has implemented a child labor prevention system that goes further to detect and stamp out the practice than existing methods, according to its implementing partner the International Cocoa Initiative...

Barry Callebaut eyes food supplements after EU opens cocoa flavanol health claim doors

The EC has handed Barry Callebaut cocoa extract blood circulation marketing tools in new sectors – including food supplements for the first time.

Half-year results

Barry Callebaut outperforms chocolate market but cocoa business troubled

Barry Callebaut has outgrown the chocolate confectionery market in its half-year results, but its cocoa ingredients arm continues to be hampered by low cocoa ratios.

The kings of confectionery: Mars and Hershey level pegging in 2015 Harris Poll

Mars and Hershey each have seven of the 20 most trusted brands in the US confectionery sector, according to a survey by Harris Interactive

Undone Chocolate sources cacao direct trade to ensure high quality

Washington, D.C.-based startup Undone Chocolate is on a mission to combine flavor and health and to succeed it is willing to pay three times more than the premium price for...

COOL fallout

American-made chocolate could disappear from Canadian shelves with ‘retaliatory duties’, says NCA

The U.S. National Confectioners Association (NCA) is worried retaliatory taxes in Mexico and Canada from country-of origin labeling could see American-made chocolate disappear from its main export markets.

Sleep easy and avoid logistical nightmares: Breaking into export markets for smaller confectioners

Small-to-medium sized confectioners making their first moves into export markets must be clued up on local regulations, consider temperate changes and pick distributors carefully to avoid mishaps, says UK firm...

Choco Treasure brings whimsy of chocolate wrapped toys to U.S. legally

Thanks to a little ingenuity, Candy Treasure has brought to the U.S. legally a line of much-loved chocolate surprise eggs and sports balls filled with whimsical small toys that, until...

Cailler could be our international premium chocolate platform, says Nestlé

Nestlé is aiming to reposition its Swiss Cailler brand as a high-end chocolate for international markets to fill a gap analysts have identified in its premium chocolate portfolio.

News in brief

Lindt USA allergy alert for chocolate

Lindt & Sprüngli has recalled its 6.4oz Chocolate Covered Raisin Bags and 6.4oz Chocolate Covered Almond Bags due to undeclared hazelnut concerns.

Boosting antioxidant activity in chocolate

Don't chop those pods! Cocoa polyphenol boost with pod storage step, say researchers

Cocoa polyphenols can be preserved by storing pods for a week before fermentation and then by roasting beans for longer than usual, say researchers.

Ferrero profits rise 14% as it grows in emerging markets

Ferrero has reported a before tax profit rise in fiscal 2014 driven by a growing presence in Brazil, Russia and countries in Asia.

Emerging Markets: India

Premium Indian chocolate race heats up with Cadbury Glow and Kit Kat Senses

Mondelēz’s Cadbury Glow and Nestlé’s Kit Kat Senses have joined India’s rapidly growing premium chocolate market.

Infographic

Nestlé in numbers: The world’s number #3 global confectionery player in 2014

Where are Nestlé's strongest confectionery markets? And how does it fare in global markets? ConfectioneryNews digs into data from the company's 2014 Annual Report to dish up some bite-sized facts....

Guest article

A different perspective: Cocoa Buyers must be incentivised to improve chocolate supply chain

Cocoa buying companies are the main intermediaries between the chocolate industry and farmers and should not be forgotten in the pursuit of sustainable cocoa, writes one of the largest licensed...

Rasch claims ‘plug and play’ temperer offers better viscosity for smaller confectioners

Rasch has launched a mobile tempering unit that it says has a bigger cooling surface than competitor machines and a second cooling level for more homogeneous chocolate masses.

Patent Watch

‘Little extra effort’ for latest heat resistant chocolate process, says Mondelēz

Mondelēz has developed a method to produce heat resistant chocolate that it says can easily be integrated into existing processes.

Who’s drawn the short straw? Chocolate makers can’t expect higher cocoa yields under short-term contracts

The chocolate industry must commit to longer sourcing agreements if it expects farmers to be able to invest in cocoa productivity and quality, according to a leading farming cooperative in...

Empowering women in agriculture is good for business

Empowering women in small-hold agriculture is essential to boosting productivity, creating new product launches and generating business - and companies are starting to realise this, says a Fairtrade Foundation report.

Mars plans $160m plant in ‘high priority’ Indian market

Mars will construct its first confectionery factory in India, producing Snickers and Galaxy.

Unlocking aroma: Barry Callebaut borrows Belgian beer techniques to control cocoa fermentation

Barry Callebaut has employed techniques similar to those used in the Belgian beer industry to develop a yeast for controlled cocoa fermentation that it claims will lead to better tasting...

Candy tax dropped from Connecticut sugar levy bill

Connecticut’s proposed sugar tax has been amended to exclude a levy on candy.

Ferrero plans first factory in ‘strategic’ Chinese market

Ferrero plans to manufacture in China to heap further pressure on chocolate market leader Mars.

‘The new macaroon’: Fairy Chocolates plans steady export rollout for Cho’clair

Belgian startup Fairy Chocolates plans to gradually introduce its éclair praline fusion Cho’clair across Europe after bagging an innovation award at ISM.

IQ Chocolate: What’s essential to ensure a start-up survives – and thrives?

Four years ago two Scottish women with little experience of the food industry started developing a gourmet chocolate brand. Now they are moving into export markets – so what were...

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