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Russian Chocolate Revolution

Soviet chocolate faces the wrath of foreign invasion – Leatherhead

Young people living in urban areas of Russia are driving domestic chocolate consumption and are increasingly opting for premium foreign brands over nostalgic ones from the Soviet-era, say market analysts...

Mondelez strikes union deal to retain most UK Cadbury workers

Mondelez International has reached an agreement with hundreds of workers at three Cadbury sites in the UK whose jobs were previously threatened.

AAK profits rise in Q2 in spite of confectionery fats lag

Specialty fats supplier AAK has reported 12% growth in operating profits in its second quarter (Q2) results despite declining confectionery fat sales.

Ferrero enters Burma as market ‘opens for business’

Italian chocolatier Ferrero has joined Haribo and Perfetti Van Melle in entering the Burmese market.

Can chocolate-covered dates become UAE national export?

Dubai-based confectionery company Notions Group is eyeing new export markets for its flagship product Chocodate, which it claims can lure consumers looking for authentic Arabian confectionery. 

Cloetta profits grow in spite of weak markets

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta has reported profit gains in the face of weak markets in Italy, Denmark and the Netherlands in the second quarter (Q2).

Asian cocoa grind defies slowing Chinese economy

The Asian cocoa grind has registered a shock 2% increase in Q2 in the face of economic slowdown in China, the region’s growth driver.

Hershey hopes to double Nigerian cocoa yields

Hershey has launched an initiative to double the cocoa output in Nigeria, which is forecast to register a 20% decline this crop year due to adverse weather and diseases.

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Mars wins award for cocoa flavanol research

Mars Incorporated’s commitment to research into cocoa flavanols has been rewarded recently with an annual award from the Institute of Food Technologists.

Aldi and Lidl pressure German chocolate firms to seek profits overseas

Pressure from discount retailers is compelling the German chocolate industry to explore export markets, according to the domestic confectionery association BDSI.

Mondelez sells two brands and factory in Spain

Mondelez International has sold its Huesitos and Tokke brands to Chocolates Valor as well as chocolate processing operations at its Ateca plant.

European cocoa grind makes recovery

Cocoa grinds in Europe have returned to growth after six consecutive quarters of decline.

Thorntons sees strong commercial and export growth

Thorntons chief executive Jonathan Hart expects further growth from supermarket sales in the coming year, he told FoodManufacture.co.uk, after the company posted strong fourth quarter growth in the division including...

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Hershey aims to quadruple Mexican cocoa yields

Hershey has held a summit in Mexico to consult key stakeholders on how domestic cocoa yields can be quadrupled in ten years.

Roshen defends quality concerns raised by Russian watchdog

Ukrainian confectioner Roshen has defended the quality of its products following criticism from Russia’s federal health and consumer watchdog.

Barry Callebaut opens Côte d'Ivoire center to teach sustainable cocoa practices

Barry Callebaut has opened its first Cocoa Center of Excellence to teach best practices for sustainable cocoa farming in Côte d'Ivoire, the world’s number one cocoa-producing country.

Emerging markets and outsourcing deals spur Barry Callebaut volume growth

Cocoa and chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has reported 8.2% volume growth in the nine months to May, on the back of outsourcing deals and strong interest from bakeries, restaurants and...

Novel chocolate sensory analysis method touted by researchers

Brazilian researchers say a new method for sensory analysis of chocolate could slash description times in half compared to the conventional technique.

Nestlé ‘perplexed’ as UK shuns trademark for Kit Kat shape

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has rejected Nestlé’s application to trademark the four-finger Kit-Kat shape after opposition from Mondelez International-owned Cadbury.

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Thorntons expects full year profits to surpass expectations

UK chocolatier Thorntons says it pre-exceptional profit before tax will be ahead of the £4.6m ($7m) market expectation as its commercial driven strategy appears to be paying dividends.

Commodities Watch

Cocoa market awaits impact of ADM Cocoa sale

The Archer Daniels Midland Company is in discussions to sell its cocoa processing operations. We find out how potential industry consolidation could affect the cocoa supply.

Barry Callebaut opens $48m factory in Mexico

Barry Callebaut has opened its second factory in Mexico to supply chocolate to Grupo Bimbo, the domestic market and Central America.

Weighing up the possibilities: Cutting calories in chocolate through fat reduction

The global reduced fat chocolate category is set for 13.4% sales growth this year.  We ask how chocolate makers can formulate to get a piece of the action.

Sun sets in the East for rising EU confectionery exports

Confectionery and bakery exports from the EU have risen 17% from 2010 to 2011 driven by chocolate deliveries to emerging economies in Asia.

Jacquot aims for chocolatey printing perfection

French chocolatier Jacquot has installed two new CJ400 printers from Linx Printing Technologies as it replaces printers across its factory in Troyes, France.

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