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Duyvis Wiener acquires Thouet

Dutch headquartered equipment supplier Royal Duyvis Wiener has acquired German firm Thouet Maschinenbau.

Mars and Nestlé charged with chocolate price fixing in Canada

Mars and Nestlé have been charged by the Canada’s competition watchdog for allegedly fixing the price of chocolate.

Cocoa sustainability drive gains $3m industry commitment

The chocolate and cocoa industry has pledged $3m in new funds to global cocoa sustainability as major firms including Mondelez, Hershey and Cargill talk about their new initiatives.

Which country has the largest confectionery aisles?

Researchers have determined the average size of confectionery and chocolate aisles in supermarkets across eight developed countries with the UK  devoting more aisle space for them than other nation.

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Mars launches M&Ms chocolate bar in US

Mars Chocolate North America has introduced a new format for its M&Ms brand.

Cocoa genetics: Mars unlocks sequence to higher yields and tastier chocolate

Mars has discovered the genetic sequence to breed higher yielding, disease tolerant cacao trees that could lead to better tasting chocolate.

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What’s at the heart of functional and healthy confectionery?

ConfectioneryNews explores the issues at the pulse of healthier and functional chocolate, candy and gum.

Functional confectionery opportunity for aging S Korean population, says Leatherhead

South Korea has one of the lowest birth rates in the world and confectioners must think about how they can cater to an increasingly aging population, according to Leatherhead Food...

Recruitment habits of the top confectioners

Which firms do the leading confectioners look to to poach talent and what skills are they looking for?

Mondelez creates $600m kitty to seize emerging markets

Mondelez International has set aside a $600m warchest over the next three years to cement its position in emerging markets.

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Dark chocolate grows US popularity on health image

More people in the US favored dark chocolate in 2012 than they did the prior year due to its potential health benefits, according to market analysts Mintel.

Stevia: The Holy Grail or fail for chocolate?

When stevia sealed EU novel foods approval in December 2011 it was heralded as the holy grail of sweeteners, but has it lived up to all the hype for chocolate?

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Ferrero considers development opportunities in Cameroon

Ferrero is considering building its second factory in Cameroon after a company delegation held talks with the Cameroonian government, according to press reports.

Carmit Candy bets big on vitamin and beauty chocolate coins

Israeli private label firm Carmit Candy has launched a chocolate coin packed with vitamins and another containing antioxidant ingredient astaxanthin.

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Fair Trade USA labeling rules: Hoax or fair enough?

Fair Trade USA is considering much maligned changes to its labeling policy that would no longer require brands to source ingredients from a Fair Trade source even when one is...

Cocoa butter equivalent demand rising rapidly, says Global Shea Alliance

Cocoa butter is estimated to be the fat source for around 40% of chocolate bars compared to 5% for cocoa butter equivalents (CBE) – but the balance could be shifting.

Protein chocolate: Sources, market and trends

Private label firms weigh up the benefits of functional weight management chocolate bars using different sources of protein.

Live from Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago

Candy trends take spotlight at industry event

At the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago, new confection and snack products on display reflect what flavors, ingredients and categories candy consumers are hungering for.


Nestlé Cocoa Plan to expand to US products

Nestlé USA announced at the National Confectioners Association (NCA) show that the company is expanding its Nestlé Cocoa Plan responsible sourcing program to its American product offerings.

Hershey brand launch in ‘fastest growing’ Chinese confectionery segment

Hershey has launched a new brand in China that will operate in what it has called the country’s fastest growing confectionery segment.

Is theobromine responsible for cocoa’s cholesterol benefits?

The potential of cocoa to beneficially impact ‘good’ cholesterol levels may be linked to the theobromine content and not the flavonoids, says a new study from Unilever Research & Development...

Mondelez upsizes Cadbury Dairy Milk blocks in New Zealand

Mondelez International will introduce larger rounder pieces for Cadbury Dairy Milk in New Zealand for the same price point.

Natra to double North America sales with new Canadian factory

Spanish-based firm Natra claims sales for its private label division in North America will double within three years after it agreed a deal to rent a production facility in Canada...

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Ezaki Glico enters JV in Korea

Japanese firm Ezaki Glico has entered a joint venture with Haitai Confectionery Food to sell its Pocky chocolate candy in Korea.

Women bigger snackers than men, finds NPD Group

American women are 15% more likely to snack than their male counterparts, according to research from The NPD Group’s SnackTrack.

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