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CKG cashing-in on burgeoning Middle East chocolate market

Ivory Coast-based, CKG Group Holding is to expand its chocolate operations into Oman in a joint venture with the ‘Sultanate’.

2014 sweets and snacks expo

Sweet success for top candy product launches

Judges of the 2014 Most Innovative New Product Awards sorted through nearly 300 tasty treats to come up with the products they deem the best of the best.

2014 sweets and snacks expo

Hershey crowds the candy aisle with product launches

Chocolate, chews, hard candy, snacks—The Hershey Company is going all out with a large array of product introductions at the 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo.

Have you considered inulin in your chocolate?

Leading Dutch supplier Sensus is pushing inulin as a sugar and sweetener replacer with minimal taste and texture tariffs.

New UTZ code: Child labor ‘prevention’, climate changes, living wages and gender equality

Certifiers UTZ says a redraft of its code of conduct focuses on ‘prevention’ and monitoring of child labor on farms as well as including new measures around climate change.

Olam invests $61m in first Asian cocoa plant

Agri-giant Olam International has announced plans to invest $61m in a new cocoa-processing plant in Indonesia, its first in the region.

Cargill puts Sulawesi on sustainable map as part of $100m Indonesian investment

Swiss business developer and Indonesian government signs Cargill Cocoa Promise, just as the firm announces initial cocoa processing tests at its first Asian plant in East Java.

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Rising cocoa prices hurt Natra in Q1

Natra’s cocoa and chocolate business reported a 1.6% fall in sales in the first quarter due to sharp increases in cocoa prices.

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Better-for-you chocolate still a niche after cocoa flavanol health claim: Euromonitor

Functional confectionery has made only small gains since approval of Barry Callebaut’s cocoa flavanol health claim but opportunities exist for premiumized chocolate products, says a Euromonitor analyst.

Guest article

No future for chocolate if cocoa farmers are deep-rooted in poverty

Chocolate could become a small and expensive niche product unless we all do more to help cocoa farmers escape poverty, writes UTZ Certified executive director Han De Groot.

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Asian cocoa grind up 4% in Q1

The amount of cocoa processed in Asia grew 4% in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period last year.

Cocoa grind up but will chocolate prices grind consumers down?

The rising North American cocoa grind is a positive sign for the chocolate industry, but many consumers are not prepared to pay higher prices planned by some leading confectioners, according to...

Easter bunny boils over rising chocolate prices

Near record-high cocoa butter prices have driven up the cost of chocolate production by as much as 20%; a price hike that will likely be seen on shelf, according to...

Nestlé to up confectionery prices to restore growth

Nestlé plans to increase its pricing for confectionery products to restore growth to the category.

ADM to retain cocoa presses, but chocolate factories up for sale

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has announced that it will retain the majority of its cocoa processing operations but will sell its chocolate business.

Special Edition: The possibilities of chocolate with reduced cocoa butter

Scientists discover novel sources for cocoa butter alternatives

Shea and palm oil derivatives may lead the way as the most common sources of cocoa butter alternatives for use in chocolate, but researchers are discovering novel forms ranging from...

Special Edition: The possibilities of chocolate with reduced cocoa butter

Price pressures: Will chocolate makers bite the bullet on cocoa butter alternatives?

Chocolate purists may turn to alternative vegetable fats amid escalating cocoa butter prices, but taste and regulatory stumbling blocks remain, according to an analyst.

A sweet tooth is just as genetic as asthma, says researcher

About 50% of our preference for sweet food and drinks can be attributed to genetics, about the same level of heritability as certain personality traits and asthma, according to a...

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Vitafoods Live! debate: Cocoa flavanol science and the potential for better-for-you chocolate

ConfectioneryNews will be chairing a debate on the latest developments in cocoa flavanol science and the potential for better-for-you chocolate at nutraceutical trade show Vitafoods next month.

Mars to source cocoa from India

Mars follows in Cadbury footsteps as it looks to source cocoa from India, a crop that still only accounts for a tiny fraction of world production.

European cocoa grind slows in Q1

The amount of cocoa processed in Europe has remained flat in the first quarter of 2014 following three quarters of growth, according to the European Cocoa Association.

‘Scientific substantiation’ needed before WHO reduces sugar guidance, says CAOBISCO

More research is required before the World Health Organization (WHO) cuts its guidance on daily sugar intake by half, according to the Association of Chocolate, Biscuits and Confectionery Industries of...

CIUS calls for close monitoring in ‘uncertain’ EU sugar market

European Sugar Users (CIUS) has called on the European Commission to implement temporary market measures should sugar end stocks fall below a certain threshold amid uncertainly in the EU sugar...

Oligomers in cocoa may prevent obesity and reduce diabetes risk – mice study

Researchers believe a class of compounds found in cocoa known as oligomers may prevent weight gain and reduce diabetes risk, but the lead author says it is too soon to...

‘We’re not big candy’: NCA says most confectioners are small to medium sized family companies

The US National Confectioners Association (NCA) has hit out at claims from the American Sugar Alliance that the confectionery industry is dominated by big players and is crying poor about...

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