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Slavyanka to acquire Orkla Brands Russia

Norwegian firm Orkla has reached an agreement to sell its Russian confectionery business to domestic firm Slavyanka.

10 chocolate trends for 2015: Millennials, protein and texture

Cargill and Innova Market Insights have highlighted key trends for chocolate in 2015 including the rise of real fruit inclusions, texture claims and transparent ingredient labelling.

ICCO extends cocoa surplus for 2013/14

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) has estimated a larger surplus for the cocoa year just past and has noted an increase in origin grindings.

Clever chocolate: Can consumer-driven NPD work?

Incorporating a consumer-first approach to new product development can be advantageous for complex items like filled chocolates, claim researchers.

Victory for Hershey in Posh Nosh trademark war

A Californian court has upheld an injunction preventing Posh Nosh, an importer of UK candy, from selling a number of confectionery brands that Hershey contends infringe its marks.

dispatches from Emballage 2014, Paris

Weidenhammer targets biodegradable certification

Weidenhammer is attempting to have its composite cans certified as biodegradable.

Bringing chocolate home: Africa is more than the world’s cocoa basket, says Madécasse

The chocolate industry and fairtrade movement are perpetuating poverty in Africa by relying on the continent for it’s agricultural assets rather than manufacturing potential, says Madagascan chocolate maker Madécasse....

Sustainable chocolate: Mid-lifers like quality and ethics

Mid-life consumers aged 45-54 purchase chocolate regularly and sustainable messaging should capture their attention, says Canadean.

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Thorntons’ youngster wins young talent Oscar

Thornton’s production line manager Jodie Adcock has won the inaugural Young Talent of the Year award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Special Edition: Cutting calories in confectionery

Significant changes required for ‘light in calories’ chocolate

Chocolate makers must completely replace sugar and reduce fat content to a legal minimum to be able to make a ‘light in calories’ claim in the EU, according to Barry...

Special Edition: Cutting calories in confectionery

Reducing portion sizes: Cutting calories or cheating consumers?

Shrinking a confection is a surefire way to reduce calories, but can it aggravate consumers and even discourage sales?

Chocolate shortage ‘overstated in the extreme’, says ICCO

The International Cocoa Organization has quelled media reports of a chocolate crisis in 2020 and says there are sufficient cocoa stocks for the next five years.

Top 10 bestselling UK chocolate brands

Mondelez wins with share bags but Mars suffers after downsizing

Mondelez’s Cadbury Dairy Milk continues to solidify its lead as the UK chocolate market’s bestseller, but sales slide for Mars bar and Snickers following downsizing, according to market analysts IRI....

Lindt to expand Australian business with Sydney site

Lindt & Sprüngli is to construct a manufacturing and warehousing facility in Sydney that will become its Australian headquarters as it reports growth in the market.

Peru to become top 10 cocoa exporter, says USDA

Cocoa production in Peru is set to rise 5% in calendar year 2014 and increases in planting will see the country become a key cocoa exporter in the coming years,...

Clearfleau ‘chocolate soup’ cuts Nestlé electricity bill by 8%

Clearfleau has built an on-site industrial anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Nestlé's Fawdon confectionery factory, near Newcastle in the UK, which makes gums, pastilles and Rolo chocolates.

Editor's Blog

Unsung candymen and women: ConfectioneryNews opens entries for Personality of the Year 2014

ConfectioneryNews is launching its inaugural Personality of the Year competition to recognize unhailed innovators and industry stalwarts for a job well done.

Pack Expo 2014 post show round up

Resealable candy moves on from Eighties: Enter child resistant and sensory cue packs

Presto Products Company says consumers are demanding more from closure features and claims confectionery firms can leverage child resistant resealing technology and zippers giving auditory affirmation that a product is...

Cloetta may take ‘bumpy road’ of price changes on select products

Cloetta may alter prices on individual products in response to increasing cocoa, hazelnut and almond costs and falling sugar prices.

Country of origin labeling for cocoa ‘meaningless’ and would up costs for consumers, says ECA

The European Cocoa Association (ECA) says mandatory origin labeling of cocoa products is pointless and could even lead to a 30% price hike in consumer chocolate prices.  

News in brief

Unilever to launch Marmite and Pot Noodle Easter eggs

Unilever UK will launch two new Easter eggs in February to build on the success of its first ever releases last year.

Special Edition: Cost effective confectionery processing

‘Lego-style’: Room for smaller confectioners, but choose scalable equipment

A gap in the market exists for smaller premium confectioners, but they must buy scalable processing equipment that caters to current volumes and not anticipated market demand, says Carle&Montanari-OPM....

Special Edition: Cost effective confectionery processing

How can smaller chocolate makers develop a unique taste without breaking bank?

Manufacturers can take control of chocolate flavor development by milling cocoa nibs themselves, but without the extra expense of roasting and winnowing of cocoa, according to equipment supplier Netzsch.

Special Edition: Cost effective confectionery processing

Seven tips for processing equipment purchasing for SMEs

Suppliers at Pack Expo 2014 offer tips for confectionery companies taking their first steps into processing.

UK consumers sick-of-treats? Halloween confectionery sales slump 18.4%

Supermarket sales of UK Halloween confectionery in 2014 have taken a big hit as consumers look to popcorn as a trick-or-treat alternative, shop in bargain stores or prefer to spend...

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