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Dispatches from NCA State of the Industry Conference in Miami

For whom the till tolls: Could impulse candy buys flatline as checkouts phase out?

Impulse-reliant confectioners should be wary of emerging technology that could spell the end for in-store checkouts as we know them, says a retail expert.

Nestlé keeps top secret under wraps during live Twitter chat

How does Nestlé get the bubbles into an Aero chocolate bar, why is food engineering dominated by men and what high tech kit produces instant coffee?

F&B industry will need 170,300 recruits by 2020 to meet consumer demand

Nestlé to debut live Twitter debate

Nestlè UK and Taste Success, an industry-led campaign by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) will host a live Twitter Q&A with engineering graduates from its apprenticeship scheme from midday-2pm...

Dispatches from the NCA State of the Industry Conference in Miami

What the future holds: The 2020 retail landscape

Confectionery companies will need to adapt to a rapidly changing retail landscape as ethnic minorities lead population growth in the developed US market.

Dispatches from State of the Industry Conference in Miami

Not in industry’s interests to raise chocolate prices in face of cocoa shortfall: NCA

Chocolate makers are well prepared for current cocoa deficit forecasts and will only be forced to raise prices if other inputs such transportation become costlier along with cocoa, according to...

Thorntons to make biggest capital investment in 25 years

Thorntons aims to pump £10M each year for the next three years into expanding capacity in its biggest capital investment in 25 years, it confirmed in a conference call.

EU eyes reformulation and marketing restrictions to cut childhood obesity

Restricting marketing to children and continuing to cut salt, fats and added sugar in processed foods are among initiatives put forward in a plan to tackle childhood obesity, agreed by...

Guest article

Oxfam's sustainability scorecard: Spurring a race to the top for the food industry

Food and drink companies can have a big influence over sustainability and ethical issues in their supply chains - and have the power to change them rapidly. One year on from...

Petra Foods full year: Net profits down after disputed Callebaut sale

Petra Foods reported group net profits down 20.6% from the previous year following the divestment of its cocoa ingredients business to Barry Callebaut, but say own brand sales are up 12.6%.

What the fudge?

Fudgucation: Fudge Kitchen aims to translate alien fudge concept

British confectioner Fudge Kitchen says that non-English speaking countries do not know what fudge is, but the firm hopes to change that by growing its business in export markets.

Dark choc improves heart health, but it’s got nothing to do with flavanols

Dark chocolate may help restore flexibility to arteries and prevent white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels, but increasing flavanol content will not affect these effects...

Is methane from palm oil waste the next industry climate concern?

While the debate about deforestation due to palm oil rumbles on, new research has suggested that the release of methane from palm oil processing wastewater may also be a significant...

US chocolate price fixing suit against Mars, Nestlé and Hershey melts

A $727m chocolate price fixing lawsuit against Hershey, Mars and Nestlé has been thrown out by the district court in Pennsylvania.

Sustainable cocoa supply

‘If I die, I will produce no more cocoa. You will not have any more,' warns Ivorian farmer

The chocolate industry should embrace certification to improve the livelihoods of farmers or risk losing a generation of cocoa growers, according to the head of a Fairtrade cocoa cooperative in...

Who will buy Russell Stover?

Private equity and Hershey frontrunners for ‘stuck in time’ Russell Stover: Analyst

Private equity firms and Hershey are prospective suitors for up for sale Russell Stover, but America’s leading boxed chocolate firm could struggle to stay relevant, according to an analyst from Mintel....

News in brief

Russell Stover considers $1.3bn sale

America’s third largest chocolate manufacturer Russell Stover is considering selling the business.

Brazil sweet on Arabic markets

Currently the Middle East represents just over 3% of Brazilian confectionery exports, but potential far exceeds that, according to Brazil's industry trade association.

IOI Loders Croklaan doubles sustainable palm oil supply in 2013

Palm oil supplier IOI Loders Croklaan surpassed its goal to increase volumes of certified sustainable palm oil to 30% of total European sales last year – and has certified all...

Hostile commodity prices stunt growth for German confectioners: BDSI

Strong commodity price increases in 2013 impeded growth for the German confectionery, according to the Germany Confectionery Industry Association’s (BDSI’s) annual review.

Mondelez unveils North American growth plans

Mondelez announced supply chain restructuring plans and innovations for the North American market at yesterday’s CAGNY conference.

Sugar industry set to follow cocoa’s lead on sustainability, says Fairtrade

Sugar sustainability commitments will soon match those made for cocoa, according to Fairtrade International.

AAK plans $62m factory in Brazil’s booming chocolate market

Ingredients supplier AAK sees great potential in the Brazilian market and plans to construct a new factory in Jundiai, São Paulo.

‘Stealth reduction’ the best option for sugar in confectionery: Euromonitor

Confectioners should keep quiet about sugar reduction or risk irritating consumers, according to analysts at Euromonitor International.

News in brief

IFFCO seeks to annul Kit Kat trademarks in South African appeal

Break brand owner IFFCO hopes to expunge Nestlé’s trademarks for the two and four finger wafer shape in an appeal case.

Cloetta aims to stabilize finances for ‘complementary acquisitions’

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta has posted a modest rise in fourth quarter sales and says it hopes to spend future money it generates on extinguishing its debts and acquiring complementary companies.

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