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Ecuadorian cocoa wins vote of ADM and Cargill R&D chiefs

On a recent site visit, ADM Cocoa and Cargill both agreed that cocoa beans from Ecuadorian origin were the best tasting for chocolate.

Big Interview: Gene Dunkin, CEO Thompson Brands

Thompson Brands CEO: Novelty chocolate doesn’t have to be cheap and nasty

Founded in the same year that Edison created the first functioning light bulb, Thompson Brands is one of America’s oldest chocolate companies. But it hasn’t stayed in business this long...

Petra Foods to defend Nestlé claims of Kit Kat copying

Petra Foods says it will defend itself from accusations that its Delfi Take-It bar infringes Nestlé’s trademark on Kit Kat.

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Asian cocoa grind falls 10.8%

Cocoa grinds in Asia were widely expected to rise but have declined sharply by 10.8% in the first quarter of 2013 compared to last year.

Emerging markets more open to chocolate innovation, says R&D chief

Consumers in emerging markets are more receptive to new chocolate products than counterparts in established markets because they don’t have a point of reference, according to ADM Cocoa’s innovation chief....

NGO questions Fair Trade USA chocolate labeling ‘hoax’

Not-for-profit organization Fair World Project has criticized changes to Fair Trade USA's labeling policy, which allows chocolate to carry the seal when it contains a high percentage of other ingredients...

AAK reports record operating profit in Q1

Aarhuskarlshamn AB (AAK) has reported record operating profit in the first quarter, and reiterated that improvement in its Chocolate and Confectionery Fats business is unlikely to be significant until the...

Convenience and indulgence the secret to pacesetting confectionery sales

Launches from Hershey, Mondelez and Nestlé were among the top 100 bestselling new food and drink items in 2012 having filled consumer needs for convenience, indulgence and functionality, according to...

Thorntons commercial focus pays off over key seasonal period

UK chocolatier Thorntons has reported increased sales in the third quarter as its focus on the commercial channel drove performance over Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and Easter.

Mondelez overhauls women’s rights commitment after criticism

Mondelez International has followed its peers Nestlé and Mars in making commitments to tackle gender inequality on cocoa farms after coming under fire from Oxfam and consumers.

‘Overvalued’ currency harms Swiss chocolate industry

The chocolate industry in Switzerland has reported a value sales decline in 2012 as the strong Swiss franc harmed exports and warm weather damaged consumer sentiment at home, according to...

Bon Bon Buddies looks overseas to double sales in five years

Wales-based character confectionery firm Bon Bon Buddies is aiming to double its sales in the next five years through growth in international markets such as the Middle East.

Chocolate may worsen acne, say researchers

Eating chocolate may increase incidence and severity of acne by stimulating microorganisms that cause the condition, according to a team of Dutch researchers.

Still growth in US chocolate as North America cocoa grind rises 6% - Mintel

The North American cocoa grind has risen 5.77% in the first of quarter (Q1) compared to last year, leading one analyst to say there is still room for growth in...

Hershey adopts front of pack nutrition labelling

The Hershey Company is to roll out front of pack nutrition labels in the second half of this year to help consumers make more informed choices.

Duc d’O eyes growth in Russia and China with authenticity as ‘bling-bling’ era dies

Belgian chocolatier Duc d’O has rebranded its flaked chocolate truffles to appeal to Chinese and Russian consumers looking for authentic handmade chocolate.

Fudge Kitchen plots escape from ‘poor man’s confection’ image

UK firm Fudge Kitchen believes it has spotted a gap in the market for premium fudge and has invested in a new production facility and product development to break out...

European Q1 cocoa grind lowest since 2009

Europe’s first quarter (Q1) cocoa grind slumped 3.9% on last year as the debt crisis hampered chocolate demand in struggling economies.

No bunny scraps in our santas: German chocolate industry

The German confectionery Association (BDSI) has denied media rumors that allege unused chocolate bunnies are melted down and remade as chocolate Santas.

New Zealand chocolate consumers ‘trade up’ for ethics and health: Leatherhead

Consumers in New Zealand are spending more on healthier and ethical chocolate variants - a move that has aided growth in the burgeoning sector, an analyst says.

Thorntons and Nestlé in separate chocolate headaches

Thorntons has recalled three varieties of chocolates after they were found to be contaminated with glass while fake Wonka bars have been found on sale in the UK.

Lindt to seize on Singapore’s premium chocolate cravings with DKSH deal

Premium chocolatier Lindt & Sprüngli has reached a deal with market expansion services group DKSH to strengthen its position in the Singapore where demand for premium chocolate is rising.

Chocolate over-consumption may be linked to Parkinson’s Disease – review

Indian researchers have urged consumers to limit the chocolate they eat because it is the food richest in a component linked to Parkinson’s Disease.

All chocolate at PCC Natural Markets must comply with ethical standards

The US’s largest natural foods retail cooperative PCC Natural Markets claims it has become the first grocer in the nation to sell chocolate made only from ethically sourced cocoa.

Natra poised for ‘awakening’ Chinese chocolate consumption

Spanish chocolate and cocoa processor Natra has opened a sales office in Hong Kong in anticipation of a boom in Chinese chocolate consumption.

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