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'Long-term growth potential' in Europe's chocolate market

Mondelēz keeps faith in Europe as it opens flexible $30m chocolate line in Poland

Mondelēz International has opened a $30m line in Poland to produce popular brands such as Milka, Cadbury and Oreo as it anticipates a recovery in Europe’s chocolate market.

Katjes creates first-to-market 3D printed gummies

The first commercial 3D printer for retail will be used to create gummies in different shapes, sizes, colors and flavors, says creator Katjes Fassin UK.

£10M investment in Jacob’s Cream Crackers factory

Biscuit manufacturer United Biscuits (UB) has revealed £10M investment plans for its Jacob’s Cream Crackers factory. 

Q2 results

Mondelēz continues to suffer from chocolate price hike fallout in Europe

Oreo maker Mondelēz International saw net revenues decrease by 9.2% to $7.7 billion in the second quarter 2015, with Europe taking a 16.7% hit.

Bosch to develop five axis robots for more shelf ready retail packaging

Bosch Packaging Technology has redesigned its Delta robotic (D3) packaging portfolio to give food producers a more simplified platform design, faster changeovers and ease of use.

Theegarten-Pactec splashes $33m on Dreseden HQ upgrade

Confectionery packaging machinery supplier Theegarten-Pactec had made the largest investment in its history after it inaugurated a new manufacturing and office base at its Dresden headquarters last week.

Confidence in Brazilian biscuit market could crumble

Brazilian biscuit makers are set for a tough year in light of planned energy price hikes and a sharp currency depreciation, warns Brazil's Association of Biscuit, Pasta, Industrial Bread and Cake Industries (ABIMAPI).

Guest article

Choc Edge: 3D printing won’t compete with moulding but will boost personalized confectionery market

3D printing holds great promise to further develop a personality confectionery market worth $13.4bn and poses no real threat to chocolate moulding, writes Choc Edge's Gabor Isai.

Dispatches from Hispack 2015

Hosokawa Bepex files patent for quick mass change on chocolate production equipment

Hosokawa Bepex which supplies production equipment for the confectionery industry has developed a concept for quick mass changes for chocolate, which has been filed for patent.

Slow-to-evolve FDA regulations could holdback 3D printing of food

Investing in 3D printing could open new markets and generate huge cost savings for food manufacturers and retailers, but first companies must overcome potential regulatory and legal hurdles, many of which are not yet identified, warn food and drug lawyers with the firm Venable in Washington, D.C.

Sweet succession: Nestlé engineer follows on in her grandfather’s footsteps

Lucy McGeorge is following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Ronald (Ronnie) McCrindle as an engineering apprentice in electrical, maintenance and repair at Nestlé, Girvan in Scotland, a chocolate crumb manufacturing facility which goes into brands including Kitkat, Breakaway biscuits and Aero.

Rasch claims ‘plug and play’ temperer offers better viscosity for smaller confectioners

Rasch has launched a mobile tempering unit that it says has a bigger cooling surface than competitor machines and a second cooling level for more homogeneous chocolate masses.

The next dimension: Chocolate art possible with 3D-printed molds, says design firm

3D chocolate printing is not yet quick enough for industrial production, but chocolate molds created using the technology can produce surfaces with intricate detail, says Lehrmitt Design Studios.

Editorial calendar

Better-for-you candy, energy-efficient processing and portion-control: ConfectioneryNews unveils 2015 features lineup

We’ve chosen four topics for our 2015 special editions and are inviting expert comment.

Mars and IBM to use genetic data for food safety understanding

Mars and IBM Research have created a consortium which will use advances in genomics to boost food safety.

What does the future hold for 3-D chocolate printing?

Every home to have a 3-D printer sooner than you think, says Hershey

Hershey tips 3-D printing to take off like the microwave oven in the Eighties - with ultra-customized designs a possibility in retail stores.

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Going green, organic and natural: ConfectioneryNews readies for ISM and ProSweets 2015

ConfectioneryNews will be reporting from ISM and ProSweets 2015 next month in Cologne where the organizers anticipate growing interest in organic products, natural ingredients and sustainable packaging.

Clever chocolate: Can consumer-driven NPD work?

Incorporating a consumer-first approach to new product development can be advantageous for complex items like filled chocolates, claim researchers.

Clearfleau ‘chocolate soup’ cuts Nestlé electricity bill by 8%

Clearfleau has built an on-site industrial anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Nestlé's Fawdon confectionery factory, near Newcastle in the UK, which makes gums, pastilles and Rolo chocolates.

Special Edition: Cost effective confectionery processing

‘Lego-style’: Room for smaller confectioners, but choose scalable equipment

A gap in the market exists for smaller premium confectioners, but they must buy scalable processing equipment that caters to current volumes and not anticipated market demand, says Carle&Montanari-OPM.

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