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Hummingbird Bakery seeks licensees for branded food products

London’s US-style store chain Hummingbird Bakery is seeking firms interested in making Hummingbird branded ice cream, confectionery, and long shelf-life bakery.

New flavor trends

Dark choc + cucumber? Trailblazer Foodpairing moves beyond flavor combinations to whole recipes

FoodPairing - a Belgian firm blazing a trail in the culinary arts world by replacing guess work with flavor science to identify unique flavor combinations - is moving beyond food...

Cadbury cocoa-growing trials in Australia as part of $59m plant upgrade

Cadbury will invest in trials to commercially cultivate cocoa in Australia for the first time as it sets out plans to upgrade its production facility in Tasmania.

Sustainable cocoa rise and compound chocolate shift: Cargill spells out trends after sales shakeup

Demand for sustainable cocoa is growing in mature markets and the Middle East is beginning to move away from compound chocolate, according to the head of Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate’s...

Natra reports weak Europe and out-of-season Asian chocolate consumption

Natra Cocoa and Chocolate has reported flat sales in its first half results due to weak consumer spending in Europe and a blip in chocolate consumption in its growth driver...

Polyphenol inspired coatings kill bacteria on contact

Green tea leaves, red wine, dark chocolate and cacao beans can be used to make an antibacterial coating, according to US researchers.

‘Room for improvement’ on Fair Trade USA labeling policy, says NGO

Fair Trade USA has finalized its labeling policy after over six months of consultation. NGO Fair World Project supports some of the changes but feels the policy does not go...

Whetstone Chocolate Factory plots Yowie egg launch in US amid patent dispute

Whetstone Chocolate Factory is to begin manufacturing Yowie-branded toy-filled chocolate eggs in the US as its licensor initiates legal action against an alleged imitator.

Trimming the trans fat: Kraft-backed research proposes novel cellulosic gel replacer

A novel food-grade oleogel made of cellulosic polymer, surfactant and oil could be used to substitute trans fats in foods, according to new research backed by Kraft Foods.

Editor's Blog

Analysis: Where is confectionery production moving?

We’ve delved into the ConfectioneryNews archives to chart newly built factories and major investments on existing plants by the industry’s major players over the past five years to discover where...

Toy-filled chocolate egg creator Candy Treasure hit with US copycat claims

A firm that this year overcame a US ban on toy-filled chocolate eggs dating back to 1938 has been accused of patent infringement.

Lindt plans $217m investment on US and European factory expansions

Lindt & Sprüngli intends to invest CHF 200m ($217m) in new production lines at existing plants in the US and Europe in response to rising demand in developed markets.

Developed market pickup helps Lindt profits soar 40% in H1

Lindt & Sprüngli has recorded a 40.2% rise in net profit in the first half of the year results driven by improved consumer sentiment in developed markets such as the...

News in brief

Ex-Wrigley boss joins Hershey board

Former North America president for Wrigley Mary Kay Haben has been appointed to Hershey’s board of directors.

Breaking News

UPDATE: Mondelez restarts Egyptian operations after conflict prompted closure

Mondelez International has restarted production in Egypt after it temporarily suspended operations due to civil unrest.

Petra Foods regroups for premium push in South East Asia

Petra Foods has reported growth in its consumer goods division in its second quarter (Q2) results and says it is planning to capitalize on the growing middle classes in Philippines,...

News in brief

Tesco apologises after customers find maggots in Cadbury’s sweets

Tesco has been forced to apologise after two shoppers found maggots in a box storing Cadbury’s Caramel Nibbles in a store in Sunderland.

Law changes proposed for former Soviet confectionery brands

A territory in Far-Eastern Russia has proposed an amendment to federal law that would allow all ex-Soviet factories to once again produce confectionery goods they made before the USSR was...

News in brief

Tsudis Chocolate faces $87,000 fine for hand crushing incident

Pittsburgh-based confectioner Tsudis Chocolate is facing a $87,260 fine after multiple failures led to an employee’s hand being crushed in a machine.

What do you get when you guzzle down sweets? 'An indulgent treat clearly marked for sharing', says Nestlé

Nestlé UK defends calories in Wonka Chocolates

Nestlé UK has rejected claims that its freshly launched range of Wonka Chocolates is high in calories and aimed at children.

News in brief

Mondelez enters $45m-a-year marketing deal in Brazil

Mondelez International has entered into a marketing partnership with InnerWorkings in Brazil, one of its priority markets.

Orkla questions United Confectioners Soviet brand monopoly

Orkla Brands Russia has hit out at Russia’s leading player United Confectioners for keeping a monopoly on former Soviet brands, which were previously produced by every confectionery factory in the...

Confectionery profits dip 7% for Nestlé after soccer investments

Nestlé has recorded a drop in operating profit for its confectionery segment in the first half (H1) of 2013 mainly due to marketing spend around soccer events and intense competition.

Slash fairtrade chocolate prices in developed markets, says Euromonitor

Branded chocolate makers could get a sales boost by cutting prices for fairtrade products in developed markets and making items more readily available, according to an analyst from Euromonitor.

Roshen chocolate okayed by Moldova, Tadzhikistan, Kazakhstan and Belarus

Moldova, Tadzhikistan, Kazakhstan and Belarus have all announced that their independent inspections of chocolate produced by Ukrainian confectionery firm Roshen found no health risks for consumers, despite accusations from Russia...

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