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Europe delivers for Barry Callebaut in new fiscal year

Barry Callebaut revenues for the first three months of fiscal 2013/14 were up 21.4% driven by a strong chocolate performance in Europe and the newly acquired Petra Foods cocoa business.

Candy cast out: Lidl goes confectionery-free at UK checkouts

Discount retailer Lidl has rolled out its Healthy Till program across its UK stores, removing all chocolate and sweets from checkouts except for Wrigley’s gum.

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McDonald’s and Ferrero announce partnership

McDonald’s Hong Kong and Italian chocolate company Ferrero has joined forces to launch a limited edition Golden Moments series.

Ritter Sport wins 'natural flavor' German court battle

Ritter Sport has been granted an injunction preventing a German consumer group from claiming the chocolate firm is deceiving consumers with misleading natural flavor claims.

Lindt says Hello to 2013 sales gains

Lindt & Sprüngli has reported 8% growth in its 2013 sales driven by higher volumes and innovations such as its Hello brand.

Obesity counterattack: sugar reduction campaign in quotes

Prominent nutritionists have provided their exclusive feedback on Action on Sugar’s sugar reduction campaign, designed to combat the rising incidence of obesity in the UK.

Childhood candy consumption not to blame for later health risks: NCA backed study

Children can eat candy in moderation without increasing their risk of becoming obese and developing heart problems later in life, according to a study backed by the National Confectioners Association.

Open and shut case to add resealable feature to chocolate bars, says Printpack

Manufacturers can empower consumers to portion control their confectionery consumption by adding a reseal feature to packaging, says Printpack.

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Sugar under siege: Reformulation can win the battle, says Barry Callebaut

Replacing sugar with fibers in chocolate could be more effective in reducing global sugar consumption than cutting portion sizes, but will come at a cost, according to Barry Callebaut.

No commercial reason not to cut sugar in confectionery, says chairman

Action on Sugar: Campaign forms to cut sugar in confectionery

A new campaign group headed by medical professionals says the food industry can improve profit margins while cutting ‘unnecessary’ added sugar from products, which it says is responsible for rising...

Action on Sugar: Campaign forms to cut confectionery sugar content

A new campaign group headed by medical professionals says the food industry can improve profit margins while cutting ‘unnecessary’ added sugar from products, which it says is responsible for rising...

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People on the move: Fannie May and Divine Chocolate appoint new heads

UK Fairtrade manufacturer Divine Chocolate and US premium chocolate retailer Fannie May have both made senior management appointments.

Lead in chocolate a ‘health concern’ for overindulgent children, warn researchers

Young children risk exceeding recommended limits for lead when consuming chocolate in excess, according to a study published in the journal Talanta.

Health-conscious US consumers weigh in on low-calorie chocolate: Lucintel

Low-calorie products such as sugar-free chocolates will be the driving force behind modest growth in the US chocolate market in the next five years, according to market analysts Lucintel.

Orchard of possibilities with freeze-dried fruit in chocolate, claims Chaucer Foods

Freeze drying could unlock the potential of red berries and citrus fruits as decorations and inclusions in chocolate while preserving the color and nutrients of the fruit, says supplier Chaucer...

Researchers tout cholesterol-reducing dark chocolate with phytosterols

Phytosterols can be added to dark chocolate to produce a cholesterol-cutting product capable of an FDA health claim, according to a study. 

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The chocolate prophecies: Industry fortune-telling for 2014

Not quite the choc-pocalypse, but retail prices for chocolate are expected to rise in the face of cocoa price hikes, which could see the taste, shape and size of chocolate...

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Nostalgic candy wrappers help dementia sufferers bring back the memories: Nestlé

Nestlé UK has put together a collection of historical packaging and posters of its Rowntree brand designed to help patients diagnosed with dementia bring back happy memories.

Oxfam aftermath: Women central to the future of cocoa, says Mars

A sustainable cocoa supply chain is reliant on women, who provide a large portion of the labor and often invest earnings on items that benefit their community, says Mars Chocolate...

Yildiz Holding secures US stronghold with $221m DeMet’s Candy Company buy

Turkish firm Yildiz Holding has strengthened its presence in the US by acquiring Turtle’s and Flipz owner DeMet’s Candy Company.

On the Road 2013: ConfectioneryNews travel log

The team looks back at our adventures on the road in 2013 to bring you highlights of the industry's biggest events.

It’s Quizmas: Guess the candy brand owner

Put your knowledge to the test in ConfectioneryNews’ guess the brand owner quiz.

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Christmas candy pack stacks up sustainably

Clear Lam has launched holiday candy brand packaging with a sweet combination of flexibility, recloseability and sustainability.

Cémoi to up R&D spend as it inaugurates cocoa research hub

Leading French private label chocolatier Cémoi has opened a new R&D center and plans to increase its research budget by 50% until 2016.

Chocolate to evolve like wine: Aromatics the future for premium sector – Cémoi R&D chief

The chocolate market will develop a marked divide between cheaper, lower quality products and higher end offerings that use cocoa blends allowing consumers to distinguish aromatic notes like a wine-tasting,...

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