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Brazil’s Dori eyes North America export growth

Brazilian confectioner Doris Alimentos plans to build a US distribution center to grow its North American export business.

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Tomric Systems acquires World's Best Chocolate Moulds

US chocolate moulds firm Tomric Systems has acquired World's Best Chocolate Moulds for an undisclosed sum.

Q3 growth at Thorntons hit by slow sales

Slow sales in February and March and planned store closures hit sales at Thorntons in its third financial quarter (Q3), the confectionery firm reported in a trading statement.

Cadbury fails to clear Whittaker’s Berry Forest

Cadbury has lost its bid to annul rival Whittaker’s New Zealand trademark for Berry Forest chocolate.

United Confectioners loses Icebreaker trademark in Hershey dispute

Russia’s intellectual property court has cancelled United Confectioners’ IceBReAKeR trademark following a clash with Hershey.

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Rising cocoa prices hurt Natra in Q1

Natra’s cocoa and chocolate business reported a 1.6% fall in sales in the first quarter due to sharp increases in cocoa prices.

Seeds sown for sunflower lecithin in chocolate after Japan approval

Cargill says that chocolate manufacturers can now make the switch from soy lecithin to the “more sustainable” sunflower lecithin after Japan became the last country to approve the emulsifier....

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Better-for-you chocolate still a niche after cocoa flavanol health claim: Euromonitor

Functional confectionery has made only small gains since approval of Barry Callebaut’s cocoa flavanol health claim but opportunities exist for premiumized chocolate products, says a Euromonitor analyst.

Hershey: Miniature change brings big sustainability boost

Candy giant Hershey has reduced 0.05g from each Miniatures bar wrapper, making a tiny change which has led to huge environmental gains.

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No future for chocolate if cocoa farmers are deep-rooted in poverty

Chocolate could become a small and expensive niche product unless we all do more to help cocoa farmers escape poverty, writes UTZ Certified executive director Han De Groot.

Hershey plans Reese’s rollout in emerging markets after tough quarter

Hershey is planning to roll out Reese’s peanut butter cups in Mexico, Brazil and China after posting below-par first quarter results.

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Cadbury India becomes Mondelēz India Foods Limited

Mondelēz International subsidiary Cadbury India has changed its name to Mondelez India Foods Limited.

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Asian cocoa grind up 4% in Q1

The amount of cocoa processed in Asia grew 4% in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period last year.

When it comes to NPD, is consumer 'liking' an overrated idea?

Testing the consumer liking of a new product may be an overrated idea that ‘breeds mediocrity’ and means products fail to differentiate themselves against the competition, according to David Howlett...

Abraaj Group plans Middle East & North Africa expansion for Kool Food

Private equity firm Abraaj Group has acquired a stake in Moroccan chocolate company Kool Food and plans to expand distribution in the Middle East and Africa.

Hershey ‘tricking US consumers with fake Maltesers’, claims Mars

Mars has launched US legal action against Hershey accusing it of copying its Maltesers brand in all-red packaging.

Cocoa grind up but will chocolate prices grind consumers down?

The rising North American cocoa grind is a positive sign for the chocolate industry, but many consumers are not prepared to pay higher prices planned by some leading confectioners, according to...

Chewing the fat: Calorie perception of hard and soft food differs

People perceive foods that are hard to have fewer calories than soft equivalents, according to new research published in the Journal of Consumer Research.

Easter bunny boils over rising chocolate prices

Near record-high cocoa butter prices have driven up the cost of chocolate production by as much as 20%; a price hike that will likely be seen on shelf, according to...

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US Easter confectionery sales set for 4% rise, says NCA

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) expects US Easter candy sales to reach $2.26bn this year as the later Easter gives retailers three more weeks to merchandize products.

Nestlé to up confectionery prices to restore growth

Nestlé plans to increase its pricing for confectionery products to restore growth to the category.

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Standing out in the confectionery ‘purple’ patch

Chocolate brands will gain no ground by mimicking the color of heritage brands such as Cadbury and must forge their own identities, writes Mark Ringer, executive creative director UK &...

dispatches from Analytica 2014

Taking the temperature of quality control

Refrigerated and heating circulators are vital tools in quality control in the food industry, according to Julabo.  

ADM to retain cocoa presses, but chocolate factories up for sale

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has announced that it will retain the majority of its cocoa processing operations but will sell its chocolate business.

Special Edition: The possibilities of chocolate with reduced cocoa butter

Scientists discover novel sources for cocoa butter alternatives

Shea and palm oil derivatives may lead the way as the most common sources of cocoa butter alternatives for use in chocolate, but researchers are discovering novel forms ranging from...

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