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Barry Callebaut invests $18m in Singapore factory

Barry Callebaut has expanded its chocolate factory in Singapore to meet growing demand for chocolate across Asia.

Australia’s ‘better’ carob given boost by demand for healthy chocolate

Global demand for healthy, natural foods is helping to drive a resurgence in carob production in Australia, which currently supplies just 1% of the world’s market.

E-commerce

India’s ‘first’ chocolate subscription service: Cocoatrait

A chocolate tasting club in India has launched what it claims is the country’s first artisan chocolate subscription service.

Nestlé close to Garoto buy in Brazil after anti-trust issues

Nestlé is close to formalizing its acquisition of Garoto in Brazil following a lengthy anti-trust dispute.

Emerging Markets

Mastic and mojito: Innovating in the Middle East’s ‘reshuffled’ gum market

Lebanese company Master Chewing Gum & Candies has introduced a gourmet gum brand in unconventional flavors such as mojito as it looks to seize on the Middle East’s changing gum...

Packaging news round-up: Bosch; JBT; Huhtamaki; Mondi; Rockwell

Bosch has relocated its R&D activities to a new facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, having outgrown its previous location in various buildings across the city.

APAC not a ‘universal market’: Asia’s multifaceted taste and texture preferences for chocolate

Market research firm Kadence explores the varying chocolate likability factors in nations across Asia.

Enjoy Life Foods builds $39m ‘free-from' bakery to expand global footprint

Mondelēz-owned snack brand Enjoy Life Foods has doubled its capacity with the opening a new 200,000-square-foot free-from bakery in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Mondelēz ramps up presence in emerging markets with $65m R&D investment

Mondelēz International is to invest $65m in developing a global network of research & development facilities.

Vonpar conslidates its candy, Neugebauer and Mu-Mu brands into one factory

Vonpar Alimentos, a beverage distributor for Coca-Cola and Heineken, has consolidated all candy production including its Neugebauer chocolate and Mu-Mu dulce de leche brands into one factory in Southern Brazil.

Feature

Part II: Bean to bar Nugali unveils chocolate coated bananas & cupuaçu plans

Nugali co-founder Ivan Blumenschein discusses how packaging reflects product quality and he outlines the challenges of exporting from Brazil for the premium chocolatier. 

PART I

Bean to bar Nugali to open visitor center and Greenhouse-filled mini rainforest

Hot off the heels of winning silver at the International Chocolate Awards, Nugali is growing bigger and better with plans to open a visitor center next year, the launch of...

Exclusive interview

Next generation twin sisters to take senior roles at Docile as exports grow

Brazilian candy maker Docile reports export growth as the next generation of family members gear up to join the firm.

Feature

Riclan to develop sugar free chewing gum for kids

Brazilian candy manufacturer Riclan is tapping into the health trend market with plans to develop a sugar free chewing gum for kids.

Barry Callebaut expects 23% cocoa farmer income boost under credit deal

Barry Callebaut expects farmer income to grow 23% within two years under a $9m partnership with IFC and IDH to support up to 103,000 smallholder cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire...

Financial results H1

Nestlé faces ‘tough trading conditions’ for confectionery in US and Brazil

Nestlé has described confectionery as a ‘difficult category’ in its first-half results as it was hit by weak Easter demand in Brazil and increasing competition in the US.

Mondelēz warns multinationals to reposition during China’s economic slowdown

Multinational companies should reconsider their business strategies amid China’s economic slowdown, Mondelēz China president Stephen Maher told the audience at the recent Food and Beverage Innovation Forum in Shanghai....

Dubai officials clear Milka bars social media spreads alcohol rumours

A simple labelling mis-translation gave rise to widespread rumours that an international chocolate brand’s formulation contained alcohol, Dubai authorities have revealed following a probe.

Mondelēz appoints ex-Wrigley boss as India MD

Mondelēz International has named the managing director for its India business months after inaugurating a chocolate plant in Andhra Pradesh that will be its largest Asia Pacific plant.

‘Portion control and re-sealable bags will be the future trends in confectionery’

Post-Brexit raw material costs, portion control and re-sealable bags are key concerns in the current confectionery market climate, according to Scottish private label confectioner Aldomak.

Mondelēz adapts Milka to local tastes for China launch

Mondelēz International has tailored its Milka brand to Chinese tastes ahead of September launch for the power brand in the emerging Chinese market. 

Market Insights

Restacking BRICs: Chocolate makers to rethink future growth markets, says Euromonitor

Euromonitor International has pinpointed several promising chocolate markets that may help manufacturers offset slowdowns in traditional emerging markets such as China and Brazil.

Mars to invest $9m in Wrigley Russia plant

Mars has announced plans to ramp up Juicy Fruit production at in its Wrigley plant in Russia.

Brazil’s Chocolate Q on UK debut and getting in shape for Rio Olympics

UK chocolate fans are being offered a taste of Brazil through bean-to-bar chocolate company Aquim.

Zhaolong Foods to produce China’s first gum with organic tea ingredient

Zhaolong Foods has secured the patent from Anhui Agricultural University (AAU) to manufacture China’s first gum with organic tea polyphenols.

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