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Mondelez sets global chocolate vision

Four power brands, three priority markets and two innovation platforms will drive growth for Mondelez’s chocolate segment, according to the firm’s category head.

Shoppers ‘conned’ by fair trade chocolate labels

Consumers are being ‘conned' by a certification system that means fair trade chocolate bars may not contain any fair trade chocolate.

A bitter sweet symphony? Consumers who prefer milk chocolate rapidly reject bitter flavours

Consumers who prefer milk chocolate have a significantly lower threshold for bitter tastes, according to a new study that suggests manufacturers could benefit from testing consumer rejection thresholds as part...

Study backs chocolate for stroke prevention

Consuming a ‘moderate’ amount of chocolate each week could be associated with lower risk of developing stroke, according to new research from Sweden.

Labelling chocolate ‘reduced-fat’ puts off consumers, finds study

Consumers are likelier to have lower expectations of ‘reduced-fat’ labelled chocolate creating a cause for concern for chocolate makers, according to a study.

Dark chocolate could reduce heart disease risk, says study

Cocoa compounds found in dark chocolate can reduce blood pressure in the short term and could help guard against cardiovascular disease, according to a recently released study.

Slash chocolate fat in half and prevent bloom with fruit juice, says study

Fat content in chocolate can be cut in half and fat bloom avoided by using fruit juice, without any impact on mouthfeel, according to researchers.

Petra Foods’ cocoa arm tumbles on ‘weak’ chocolate demand as own products profit

Singapore-based Petra Foods’ cocoa ingredients business had nosedived in its second quarter (Q2) results due to weakening chocolate demand in developed markets.

Gum the ‘main challenge’ for Kraft as chocolate category grows

Kraft Foods has reported that the biggest challenge in its otherwise growing confectionery/global snacks category is gum.

Natra unveils granulated chocolate powder

Spanish ingredients producer Natra has unveiled a new granulated chocolate product that it says will form a ‘new generation’ of powdered chocolate for the industry.

Regulation Watch

Nations quiz EU over chocolate cadmium level proposals

A group of countries has questioned the EU’s plans to introduce maximum levels for the heavy metal cadmium in chocolate.

Chocolate linked to improved brain performance

Chocolate can improve brain functioning and mood, according to scientific review assessing over 100 previous studies linking chocolate to health benefits.

Editor's Blog

Confectioners competing for chocolate gold at London Olympics explores how the leading players are gearing up for a PR brand building exercise that comes around only once every four years and asks how high-fat, high-sugar chocolate can...

News in brief

Nazi exploding chocolate plot to assassinate Churchill

Secret wartime papers have been uncovered that detail a Nazi plot to plant exploding chocolate in the British War Cabinet dining room in a bid to kill former Prime Minister...

EFSA health claim opinions

Barry Callebaut wins article 13.5 chocolate-blood circulation claim; probiotic, rhodiola rejected

Swiss chocolate processor Barry Callebaut has won an article 13.5 health claim from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for a dossier linking cocoa flavanols and blood circulation.

Cargill launches certified chocolate range for small users

Cargill has certified its Off the Shelf Chocolate range to bring ethical cocoa to smaller users as demand for sustainable products booms.

Boost chocolate functionality with freeze-dried raspberry leaf, say researchers

Manufacturers can up the antioxidant content in chocolate with a freeze dried raspberry leaf extract with minimal impact on texture and mouth-feel, according to a study.

AERO-plane experiments

Nestlé in space: Aerated chocolate under zero-gravity

 Nestlé is working with the European Space Agency to create better chocolate air bubbles under zero-gravity and will eventually experiment in space.

Optimise chocolate through cocoa traceability, say researchers

Chocolate manufacturers will risk a poorer quality final product unless they trace what happens to cocoa beans before they reach their factories, say researchers.

Kraft develops quality preserving low-calorie chocolate method

Cadbury owner Kraft Foods has filed an international patent for a process to make low-calorie chocolate that it claims can maintain texture and quality while extending shelf-life.

Flexible refining of cocoa butter could boost chocolate quality: Study

Global decline in cocoa butter quality, coupled with growing demand for high quality cocoa butter mean that more robust but flexible refining technologies are required, say researchers.

Mars opens €80m chocolate factory in Russia

Mars has opened a €80m (RUB 3.3bn) chocolate factory in Russia’s Ulyanovsk region as it looks to capture a greater share of the highest value BRIC chocolate market.

Blommer Chocolate and Olam form joint venture to crack Latin America

The Blommer Chocolate Company has established the joint venture firm GrowCocoa with ingredients supplier Olam International to allow the companies to move into Latin America and new cocoa origins in...

Lycotec develops ingredient for weight management and cholesterol lowering chocolate

Biotec firm Lycotec has developed an ingredient for chocolate and other fat-based foods that it claims can help consumers to manage their weight and reduce blood cholesterol.

The chocolate market of 2030 – analyst looks through crystal ball speaks to a consumer goods analyst about the issues that will inform the chocolate industry over the next two decades.

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