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SPECIAL EDITION: HEALTHY AND FUNCTIONAL CONFECTIONERY

Healthy chocolate? The growing evidence for cocoa flavanols

The meteoric emergence of cocoa flavanols as the new 'super ingredient' continues, with many new scientific publications focused on the potential health effects of these special compounds. As part of...

SPECIAL EDITION: HEALTHY AND FUNCTIONAL CONFECTIONERY

Added health: Emerging ingredients for functional chocolate

The possibilities for functional chocolate are wide-ranging. In this special edition, ConfectioneryNews scopes out the in-demand active ingredients for chocolate products, from probiotics to phytosterols and energy ingredients.

Hershey fined $4m for Canadian price fixing

Hershey Canada has been fined $4m after pleading  guilty to fixing chocolate prices in Canada.

ADM in talks to sell cocoa business

The Archer Daniels Midland Company is holding discussions to sell its cocoa ingredients business - a business unit that saw profits plunge 24% last year.

High Resolution Gravure printing marks confectionery industry debut

Kinnerton Confectionery has become the first to use High Resolution Gravure printing in the industry for its freshly launched Magnum, Cornetto and Mini Milk chocolates.

Mars and Nestlé adopt UK traffic light labels; Mondelez opts out

The UK's largest confectionery company, Mondelez International-owned Cadbury, has decided against signing up to the UK’s hybrid front of pack nutritional label as competitors Mars and Nestlé adopt the tags....

UK bitesized confectionery market ‘thriving’, says Mars

Bitesize confectionery has seen 40% growth over the last four years in the UK and is now worth £550m ($859m), according to Mars which has launched its first share bag...

Nestlé’s answer to non-melting chocolate

Nestlé has followed in the footsteps of Mondelez by coming up with its own non-melting chocolate, which could prove a game changer in emerging markets with hot climates.

Cocoa butter substitute use growing in Russia, says EFKO

Russian fats and oils supplier EFKO Group has reported rapid sales growth in cocoa butter substitutes in its first quarter (Q1) results as the domestic confectionery market picks up.

Gold star: Oz confectionery industry welcomes front-of-pack labeling

The Australian confectionery industry has broadly welcomed a 'star based' voluntary front-of-pack labeling system but is concerned about time frames to introduce the measures.

Cocoa may help control diabetes, claims mice study

Research by Penn State University has found that mice fed cocoa have a reduced risk of obesity-related inflammation and type-2 diabetes.

News in brief

Nestlé reintroduces Girl Scout Candy bars

Nestlé USA has relaunched its limited edition Crunch Girl Scout Candy bars after a nine month absence on the marketplace.

Halloren acquires stake in Belgian chocolatier Bouchard

German firm Halloren has acquired a 50% stake in Belgian private label chocolate firm Bouchard to help it increase its international presence.

Third party certification only way to combat cocoa child labor, says campaign group

Corporate sustainability programs do not go far enough to stamp out child labor on cocoa farms - only third party certification will do, says a new campaign.

New method to measure chocolate’s cocoa content

Researchers are touting a new process to measure the cocoa content of chocolate that requires no sample preparations or chemicals.

Commission clears Barry Callebaut Petra Foods buy

The European Commission has said there is enough competition from ADM and Cargill to make Barry Callebaut’s $950m acquisition of Petra Foods’ Ingredients division free from competition concerns.

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Duyvis Wiener acquires Thouet

Dutch headquartered equipment supplier Royal Duyvis Wiener has acquired German firm Thouet Maschinenbau.

Mars and Nestlé charged with chocolate price fixing in Canada

Mars and Nestlé have been charged by the Canada’s competition watchdog for allegedly fixing the price of chocolate.

Cocoa sustainability drive gains $3m industry commitment

The chocolate and cocoa industry has pledged $3m in new funds to global cocoa sustainability as major firms including Mondelez, Hershey and Cargill talk about their new initiatives.

Which country has the largest confectionery aisles?

Researchers have determined the average size of confectionery and chocolate aisles in supermarkets across eight developed countries with the UK  devoting more aisle space for them than other nation.

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Mars launches M&Ms chocolate bar in US

Mars Chocolate North America has introduced a new format for its M&Ms brand.

Cocoa genetics: Mars unlocks sequence to higher yields and tastier chocolate

Mars has discovered the genetic sequence to breed higher yielding, disease tolerant cacao trees that could lead to better tasting chocolate.

Upcoming Special Edition

What’s at the heart of functional and healthy confectionery?

ConfectioneryNews explores the issues at the pulse of healthier and functional chocolate, candy and gum.

Functional confectionery opportunity for aging S Korean population, says Leatherhead

South Korea has one of the lowest birth rates in the world and confectioners must think about how they can cater to an increasingly aging population, according to Leatherhead Food...

Recruitment habits of the top confectioners

Which firms do the leading confectioners look to to poach talent and what skills are they looking for?

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