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'We expect consumption in Europe to remain weak'

Natra to increase American and Asian presence by 50% in two years

Natra announced it will open a sales office in Hong Kong this year, as well as its first production site outside Europe, in Canada.

Mars reaches reformulation limits and calls downsizing the only option

Mars UK says it has exhausted reformulation options for Mars and Snickers bars and has been left with no choice but to cut portion sizes to meet calorie reduction pledges.

Arbitrators called to settle Barry Callebaut and Petra Foods pay spat

Barry Callebaut and Petra Foods have called on arbitrators to resolve a dispute over payment terms from the sale of Petra’s cocoa ingredients business to Barry Callebaut.

Special Edition - Beyond sugar: Hitting the sweet spot

‘It is chocolate with steviol glycosides that stands out’ - Barry Callebaut innovation chief

Steviol glycoside sweetened chocolate is currently the best proposition for sugar-free chocolate, according to Barry Callebaut.

Sugar prices to edge higher as deficit looms

Sugar prices are set to edge upwards of 8% next year due to a decline in global production, according to Rabobank.

Hershey ups palm oil pledge but Greenpeace wants more

Hershey has committed to purchasing 100% traceable and sustainably-sourced palm oil by the end of 2014. Greenpeace has welcomed the move, but has reservations about timelines and terminology.

Social climbers: Aussies plump for premium chocolate

Lindt, Ferrero and artisanal chocolatiers could be set to profit from thriving demand for premium chocolate in Australia, market analysts Leatherhead Food Research say.

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Cargill to expand Belgian chocolate facility

Cargill has announced plans to invest $48m to double capacity at its plant in Mouscron.

Special Edition - Beyond sugar: Hitting the sweet spot

A bittersweet symphony for alternative sweeteners in chocolate

Reducing or replacing sugar in chocolate confectionery is no easy task, but possibilities do exist.

Mondelez aims to master the ‘black arts’ of chocolate depositing

Global leading chocolate player Mondelez International is part of a UK government funded project to improve chocolate deposition.

Chocolate in the tropics: Heat tolerant cocoa butter replacer with mango seed fat

A cocoa butter replacer derived from mango seed fat and palm stearin could help chocolate withstand high temperatures and may benefit manufacturers in tropical countries, according to a study.

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Nestlé trials novel ad concept with KitKat CAPTCHA

Nestlé UK has introduced an interactive KitKat CAPTCHA to raise brand awareness online.

Ferrero 5-year plan sets ambitious sights on UK

Ferrero has outlined ambitious plans to grow its business in the UK over the next five years.

‘Very happy Halloween’ for US confectioners, says NCA

US Halloween confectionery sales outshone expectations in 2013 driven by strong promotions from retailers and a noteworthy boost in the final week, according to the National Confectioners Association (NCA).

Confectioner Cloetta ready to compete in snacks after acquisition

Dry roasted nut maker Alrifai Nutisal has been acquired by Nordic confectionery firm Cloetta.

Calls to exempt cocoa from voluntary and mandatory origin labeling

The European Cococa Association (ECA) is campaigning to exclude cocoa and cocoa semi-finished products from voluntary and mandatory origin labelling foreseen in mooted EU legislation.

Russian confectionery market picks up, says EFKO

Fats and oils supplier EFKO has noted a recovery in the Russian confectionery market as demand for its functional cocoa butter substitutes soared in its 9-month results.

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Magic Choc personalized candy toy outpaces big brands in Xmas run-up

Choc-O-Bloc’s personalized candy toy Magic Choc is outselling major brands online in the UK ahead of the key Christmas period.

Puratos and Mars team to develop Vietnam’s cocoa sector

Puratos and Mars have partnered to improve yields and quality in the Vietnamese cocoa sector.

Cocoa deficit trebled by ICCO for 2012/13

The global cocoa deficit for the 2012/13 crop year was worse than previously expected, according to revised figures from the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), which has tripled its estimate.

GMA, IFT, to FDA: We need more time to respond to crackdown on PHOs, artificial trans fats

Food manufacturers have urged the FDA to give them more time to consider its proposal to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in a bid to eradicate...

Nestlé gets no break in South African Kit Kat trademark row

A High court in Pretoria has ruled that Iffco’s Tiffany Break does not infringe Nestlé South Africa’s trademark on the Kit Kat shape.

Ritter Sport ‘natural’ bust up with consumer group gets litigious

Ritter Sport and a German consumer group will go head-to-head in a court battle over the naturalness of vanilla flavoring piperonal.

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Private equity firms divest Cloetta stake for $137m

Nordic Capital Fund and CVC Capital Partners have divested their 16.1% share of Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta following the merger with Leaf.

Most popular US confectionery brands 2013 – consumer poll

US consumers have voted for their favorite confectionery brands in five categories: chocolate, premium chocolate, gum, candy and cookies. Find out the results here.

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