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Paxiom enters flow wrapping

The Paxiom Group has entered the flow wrapping industry having launched a machine capable of wrapping confectionery such as individual mints and chocolate bars.

Big differences in cocoa flavanol losses during roasting

A study has found stark differences in the amount of cocoa flavanols preserved after cocoa beans from different origins have been roasted.

Roshen in the dark over Russian import ban

The Russian sanitation authority has suspended imports from the major Ukranian confectionery company Roshen amid safety concerns. Yet Roshen remains in the dark.

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Interactive Map: Top 20 chocolate consuming nations of 2012

Which nations had the highest chocolate consumption per capita in 2012?

Nestlé to modernize Ukrainian plant with $4.4m investment

Nestlé is planning to invest UAH 36 million UAH ($4.4m) to modernize a confectionery facility in Lviv, Ukraine.

China, Mexico and Brazil ‘standout’ international markets for Hershey

Hershey’s second quarter (Q2) international performance was strongest in China, Mexico and Brazil and the company is planning launches to foster overseas growth.

Cadbury India top brass shakeup unconnected to tax probe, says Mondelez

Cadbury India has made wholesale changes to its senior management in a move parent company Mondelez International says is not linked to ongoing tax evasion investigations.

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Australia’s oldest chocolate bar, Cherry Ripe, remains the favourite

With Australian tastes in confectionery moving quickly over recent years, chocolate manufacturers are being advised to keep a close eye on changes.

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...

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