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ISM 2014: The buzz and innovations at Europe's premier sweet fair

A look back at Europe's largest confectionery trade show and the social media buzz.

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ICCO clarifies 2012/13 cocoa deficit after leak

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) has reiterated its cocoa deficit forecast for the 2012/13 season after a public leak led the market to erroneously believe the shortfall was greater than expected.

Children and chocolate: The sweet industry's bitter side

NGOs say human trafficking and child labor remain deep-seated problems of the cocoa industry as a Nestlé, ADM and Cargill court case stirs up old supply chain concerns.

Chocolate finds a new friend in yeast

Researchers claim that yeasts produced during cacao bean fermentation are essential to the final quality of chocolate.

Nestlé, Cargill and ADM face child slavery case

Three Malian men have won the right to bring their civil child slavery case against Nestlé, Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) to Californian courts.

Lindt-backed research discovers method to authenticate premium chocolate

Researchers financially supported by the USDA and Lindt have developed a non-sensory method to determine when fine flavor cacao beans have become adulterated with inferior beans.

Chocolate with savory flavors and micronutrients: ADM Cocoa flags 2014 R&D priorities

ADM Cocoa unveils where it plans to concentrate its R&D efforts in 2014.

FDF slams Channel 4 sugar programme ‘as misleading’

Food manufacturers’ organisation the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has slammed a Channel 4 programme on sugar – screened earlier this week (January 20) as – “highly misleading”.

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Asia cocoa grind climbs 10%

The amount of cocoa processed in Asia grew 10% in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the same period last year.

UTZ: Certification is our weapon against cocoa deficit

Certification is one of the most potent tools for chocolate makers to avoid serious cocoa shortages and to improve the lives of farmers, according to the burgeoning certified cocoa organization, UTZ...

Conflict of interest? On the sugar payroll

A Channel 4 Dispatches programme to be aired in the UK this evening is to accuse scientists advising health ministers on sugar of a conflict of interest due to funds...

North American cocoa grind up 4% but health concerns may soon bite

A rise in the North American cocoa grind is a positive sign for the mature US chocolate market, but analysts predict health-concerns will challenge future growth.

EU agrees rules to curb food speculation

The European Commission has agreed new rules to curb speculation in food commodities, in order to avoid a repeat of the global food price spikes seen in 2008.

Shining light or dying star? European cocoa grind registers 6% rise

Cocoa grinds are up in Europe and the chocolate market is set to follow, but other markets are shining more brightly and will continue to do so, according to Euromonitor.

Europe delivers for Barry Callebaut in new fiscal year

Barry Callebaut revenues for the first three months of fiscal 2013/14 were up 21.4% driven by a strong chocolate performance in Europe and the newly acquired Petra Foods cocoa business.

Obesity counterattack: sugar reduction campaign in quotes

Prominent nutritionists have provided their exclusive feedback on Action on Sugar’s sugar reduction campaign, designed to combat the rising incidence of obesity in the UK.

No commercial reason not to cut sugar in confectionery, says chairman

Action on Sugar: Campaign forms to cut sugar in confectionery

A new campaign group headed by medical professionals says the food industry can improve profit margins while cutting ‘unnecessary’ added sugar from products, which it says is responsible for rising...

Action on Sugar: Campaign forms to cut confectionery sugar content

A new campaign group headed by medical professionals says the food industry can improve profit margins while cutting ‘unnecessary’ added sugar from products, which it says is responsible for rising...

Oxfam aftermath: Women central to the future of cocoa, says Mars

A sustainable cocoa supply chain is reliant on women, who provide a large portion of the labor and often invest earnings on items that benefit their community, says Mars Chocolate...

Cémoi to up R&D spend as it inaugurates cocoa research hub

Leading French private label chocolatier Cémoi has opened a new R&D center and plans to increase its research budget by 50% until 2016.

'We expect consumption in Europe to remain weak'

Natra to increase American and Asian presence by 50% in two years

Natra announced it will open a sales office in Hong Kong this year, as well as its first production site outside Europe, in Canada.

Arbitrators called to settle Barry Callebaut and Petra Foods pay spat

Barry Callebaut and Petra Foods have called on arbitrators to resolve a dispute over payment terms from the sale of Petra’s cocoa ingredients business to Barry Callebaut.

Sugar prices to edge higher as deficit looms

Sugar prices are set to edge upwards of 8% next year due to a decline in global production, according to Rabobank.

Special Edition - Beyond sugar: Hitting the sweet spot

Hard and sweet: The elusive candy promise

Between laxative effects, clean labeling and GM, ConfectioneryNews takes a walk through the different sweetener options for hard, soft and jelly candies and the associated pros and cons for each.  ...

Third time unlucky: Cocoa deficit to hit prices in 2014?

A third consecutive cocoa deficit will send prices skyrocketing in 2014, according to Rabobank analysis.

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