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C-stores missing out on seasonal chocolate boom, says Mars

Mars Chocolate North America says that convenience stores are failing to achieve sales spikes enjoyed by other trade channels during seasonal periods because they have yet to optimize seasonal merchandising.

North America cocoa grind hits record high as Asia figures up 12%

North America’s third quarter cocoa grind is the highest of any quarter since the National Confectioners Association began to collaborate data for the US, Mexico and Canada in 2009. The...

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Mondelēz aims to boost chocolate penetration

Mondelēz International’s heat resistant chocolate, new product development and increased penetration in under-represented parts of the world offers the company considerable potential for the future, chocolate head Bharat Puri has...

Mars defends use of artificial colors in M&Ms as CSPI-backed petition urges it to ditch ‘neurotoxic chemicals’

Confectionery giant Mars has defended its use of artificial colors in M&Ms after being urged to ditch them in a petition on change.org accompanied by a press release from the...

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Probat becomes chocolate equipment supplier after Ladco buy

Coffee processing equipment supplier Probat will produce machinery for chocolate manufacture after acquiring the Ladco Group.

Nestlé nine-month sales growth below full-year target

Nestlé organic sales growth slowed to 4.4% in the first nine months of the year, compared to 6.1% in the same period last year, hit by weaker demand from emerging...

Crossing the Atlantic: Cémoi eyes growing US private label chocolate market as Europe stagnates

France’s leading private label chocolate maker Cémoi sees little growth in the European chocolate market and hopes instead to promote its branded goods in Asia and in the developing US...

We’re watching you: Mondelez ‘smart shelves’ detect facial features for targeted ads

Oreo maker Mondelez International will introduce video display units near checkouts that estimate a person’s age and gender to deliver targeted advertising.

Infographic: European chocolate makers move East

Chocolate production is still growing in developed markets, but volumes are growing at a faster pace in Eastern European countries like Poland, data from Leatherhead Food Research shows.

Special Edition: Hygienic Design & Quality Testing

Industry of steel: Confectioners will switch to stainless steel equipment in five years, predicts Bosch

The confectionery industry will move from aluminum surfaces on processing and packaging equipment to stainless steel in the next five years in order to raise sanitation standards, according to Bosch.

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Sound check! Confectioners ready mics for acoustic testing

Auditory testing to measure the crunch noise a product will make when it is chewed in the mouth is quickly becoming widespread in the confectionery industry.

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Access all areas: Knowing when to use water in confectionery production

Choosing equipment that allows you to access critical areas for inspection is essential to limiting water use during production, but some processes are better suited to a wet wash, says...

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Retailers pressure confectioners to implement digital traceability standards

Retailers are piling the pressure on confectioners to swap paper records for quicker mobile scanning technology to trace the source of raw ingredients, protecting them in the event of a...

Mars devises strategy for US chocolate consumption to match Western European levels

Mars Chocolate North America claims pushing year-round sharing occasions is key to getting US chocolate consumption on par with high levels observed in many Western European nations.

Patent Watch

'It's too milky!': Unilever files patent to control color of aerated chocolate

Adding low levels of red and black pigments to chocolate prior to aeration can prevent aerated chocolate from getting lighter and potentially putting off consumers, according to a patent filed...

Robots for retail-ready confectionery packaging: Carle&Montanari-OPM talks flexibility

Equipment supplier Carle&Montanari-OPM has spotted a rise in the use of retail-ready packaging among confectionery firms in the US and claims picker cell robots allow great flexibility to pack pre-merchandized...

Chocolate bar prices climb 25% in past year as cocoa deficit deepens: Mintec

Soaring cocoa butter prices have upped the cost of chocolate bar manufacture in Europe by 25% in the past 12 months, according to commodity analysts Mintec, which claims the cocoa...

Dried fruit health halo prompts rise as chocolate inclusion

Chocolate makers are increasingly opting for dried fruit inclusions over sharper flavor additions like chilli and nuts because of their perceived healthy image and flavor enhancing properties, according to confectionery...

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Hershey highlights rise of dark chocolate as dessert in US

Hershey hosted an event in New York last week highlighting dark chocolate as the new dessert for Americans.

UPDATED: Yildiz Holding sells 20% stake in Ülker as Godiva thrives

Turkish conglomerate Yildiz Holding has sold a 20% stake in its chocolate and biscuit business Ülker in a share offering as its Godiva business grows rapidly in international markets.

Hershey marks biggest outlay in Asia with $250m Malaysia plant

The Hershey Company will make its single largest investment in Asia with a new factory in Malaysia, a country the firm says gives it a strong route to 25 markets...

E-tail trends

Confectionery omitted from most UK online shopping baskets

The majority of UK consumers who admit to regularly buying confectionery in-store do not purchase confectionery online, according to research by Kantar Media, which says confectionery has huge growth prospects...

Factory News

Barry Callebaut opens chocolate plant in Turkey; SunOpta completes Dutch cocoa site

Barry Callebaut has opened its first chocolate factory in Turkey, while SunOpta has completed a organic and specialty cocoa processing facility in the Netherlands.

Dispatches from Pack Expo in Las Vegas

Flexibility key for small confectioners, says Bosch

Bosch Packaging Technology claims that flexibility is crucial for smaller businesses as it launches two new bagging machines at Pack Expo designed for smaller confectioners looking for quick and easy...

Chocolate shape affects flavour perception: Study

The shape of chocolate can affect flavour and texture perception, according to a study published in the journal LWT – Food Science and Technology.

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