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Nestlé Kit Kat tie-up wires into Chinese Android appetite

This week’s launch of the new Google Android 4.4 Kit Kat and Nestlé’s tie-in chocolate Android robots is a marketing move worth millions and could help the Kit Kat name...

Enough cocoa for chocolate makers this year but price hike looms: ICCO

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) has slightly reduced its cocoa deficit forecast for the current crop year and says there are ample stocks for chocolate manufacturers, but a deficit next...

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Does Callebaut's EU flavanol claim add health bite or bark to dark choc's image?

Barry Callebaut's R&D department talks to ConfectioneryNews after winning a blood flow health claim for cocoa flavanols in dark chocolate and cocoa beverages.

News in brief

Cocoa flavanol health claim becomes EU law

Barry Callebaut’s cocoa flavanol health claim has been approved by EU Commission.

Nestlé unveils Android KitKat Google partnership

Nestlé is to make more than 50M Android-branded KitKat bars, after teaming up with Google to launch the new version of its Android mobile operating system to be called Android...

Hershey child labor lawsuit faces meltdown

A case alleging child labor abuses by Hershey in West Africa should be dismissed for lack of evidence, according to a Master’s report in the Court of Chancery in Delaware....

Market Trends - Dutch confectionery sector

Premium confectionery drive in the Netherlands, says Leatherhead

Boxed chocolates, sugar-free candy and fair trade chocolate are likeliest to succeed in the increasingly premium Dutch confectionery market, according to an analyst at Leatherhead Food Research.

Hummingbird Bakery seeks licensees for branded food products

London’s US-style store chain Hummingbird Bakery is seeking firms interested in making Hummingbird branded ice cream, confectionery, and long shelf-life bakery.

New flavor trends

Dark choc + cucumber? Trailblazer Foodpairing moves beyond flavor combinations to whole recipes

FoodPairing - a Belgian firm blazing a trail in the culinary arts world by replacing guess work with flavor science to identify unique flavor combinations - is moving beyond food...

Cadbury cocoa-growing trials in Australia as part of $59m plant upgrade

Cadbury will invest in trials to commercially cultivate cocoa in Australia for the first time as it sets out plans to upgrade its production facility in Tasmania.

Sustainable cocoa rise and compound chocolate shift: Cargill spells out trends after sales shakeup

Demand for sustainable cocoa is growing in mature markets and the Middle East is beginning to move away from compound chocolate, according to the head of Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate’s...

Natra reports weak Europe and out-of-season Asian chocolate consumption

Natra Cocoa and Chocolate has reported flat sales in its first half results due to weak consumer spending in Europe and a blip in chocolate consumption in its growth driver...

Polyphenol inspired coatings kill bacteria on contact

Green tea leaves, red wine, dark chocolate and cacao beans can be used to make an antibacterial coating, according to US researchers.

‘Room for improvement’ on Fair Trade USA labeling policy, says NGO

Fair Trade USA has finalized its labeling policy after over six months of consultation. NGO Fair World Project supports some of the changes but feels the policy does not go...

Whetstone Chocolate Factory plots Yowie egg launch in US amid patent dispute

Whetstone Chocolate Factory is to begin manufacturing Yowie-branded toy-filled chocolate eggs in the US as its licensor initiates legal action against an alleged imitator.

Trimming the trans fat: Kraft-backed research proposes novel cellulosic gel replacer

A novel food-grade oleogel made of cellulosic polymer, surfactant and oil could be used to substitute trans fats in foods, according to new research backed by Kraft Foods.

Editor's Blog

Analysis: Where is confectionery production moving?

We’ve delved into the ConfectioneryNews archives to chart newly built factories and major investments on existing plants by the industry’s major players over the past five years to discover where...

Toy-filled chocolate egg creator Candy Treasure hit with US copycat claims

A firm that this year overcame a US ban on toy-filled chocolate eggs dating back to 1938 has been accused of patent infringement.

Lindt plans $217m investment on US and European factory expansions

Lindt & Sprüngli intends to invest CHF 200m ($217m) in new production lines at existing plants in the US and Europe in response to rising demand in developed markets.

Developed market pickup helps Lindt profits soar 40% in H1

Lindt & Sprüngli has recorded a 40.2% rise in net profit in the first half of the year results driven by improved consumer sentiment in developed markets such as the...

News in brief

Ex-Wrigley boss joins Hershey board

Former North America president for Wrigley Mary Kay Haben has been appointed to Hershey’s board of directors.

Breaking News

UPDATE: Mondelez restarts Egyptian operations after conflict prompted closure

Mondelez International has restarted production in Egypt after it temporarily suspended operations due to civil unrest.

Petra Foods regroups for premium push in South East Asia

Petra Foods has reported growth in its consumer goods division in its second quarter (Q2) results and says it is planning to capitalize on the growing middle classes in Philippines,...

News in brief

Tesco apologises after customers find maggots in Cadbury’s sweets

Tesco has been forced to apologise after two shoppers found maggots in a box storing Cadbury’s Caramel Nibbles in a store in Sunderland.

Law changes proposed for former Soviet confectionery brands

A territory in Far-Eastern Russia has proposed an amendment to federal law that would allow all ex-Soviet factories to once again produce confectionery goods they made before the USSR was...

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