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Untapped seasonal prospects for protein chocolate, says Cocoa Plus

Protein-packed Easter eggs, chocolate Valentine’s hearts and advent calendars are previously unseen novelties that will resonate with health-conscious consumers, says UK startup Cocoa Plus.

Good Chocolate Company's heart health chocolate comes to UK and Denmark

The Good Chocolate Company is to introduce better-for-you chocolate brand Lavlé, containing Barry Callebaut’s Acticoa, to the UK and Denmark.

Industry Voices - Ewa Hudson, Head of Health and Wellness at Euromonitor International

Emerging markets: Where is the growth in fortified and functional confectionery?

Global business intelligence provider Euromonitor International casts an eye over the global market for fortified and functional confectionery.

Redd energy bars to expand range and distribution after $1m investment

Redd Superfood Energy Bars has secured a $1m investment as it looks to further expand its US product range and distribution.

Food and beverage giants pledge to cut trans fats to below 1g per 100g by 2018

Global food and drinks businesses including General Mills, Kellogg, Mars, Nestlé and Unilever have pledged to reduce trans fatty acids to “nutritionally insignificant levels” by the end of 2018.

The big issue: How can industry be part of the obesity solution?

Obesity and overweight rates continue to rise across the globe and although no country has managed to reverse the trend to date, all agree action is required. Join us for...

Sulpice Chocolat fills 'better-for-you' snacking chocolate void with bites line

Chicago-based Sulpice Chocolat is to launch a 'better-for-you' chocolate bites range that will compete with snacking chocolate barkTHINS.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2016

Hillside Candy taps raw ingredients trend with organic line extension

Organic candy manufacturer, Hillside Candy, is debuting two additions to its GoOrganic candy line at the Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago later this month, as the company eyes the...

FDA tells KIND it can use term ‘healthy’ on pack: ‘Our regulations on nutrient content claims are due for a re-evaluation’

This time last year, KIND was engulfed in a media firestorm (and a tidal wave of false advertising lawsuits) after the FDA took issue with its use of the term...

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2016

Snacking chocolate brand Brownie Brittle taps organic boom with new range

Snacking chocolate brand Brownie Brittle will be highlighting its first organic line at the upcoming Sweets & Snacks Expo as consumer interest in an organic diet grows.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Sugar tax one step closer to implementation in Thailand

Soft drinks could cost up to 25% more in Thailand after the National Reform Steering Assembly’s health panel approved by 153 votes to two a proposal to increase taxes for...

News in brief

Project 7 sugar-free gums available at CVS as retailer promotes healthier items

Gourmet gum brand Project 7 has launched two of its sugar-free gums into CVS across the US as the drug store chain looks to promote healthier products to its customers.

Market Insights

Two percent faster: Asia Pacific to outpace Europe and North America chocolate sales

The chocolate market in Asia Pacific is expected to grow around 2% faster than Europe and North America up to 2019, according to a Transparency Market Research’s (TMR) report.

Exclusive

Science vs taste: Nestlé and Mondelēz reveal different takes on candy nutrition guidelines

Nestlé says it is primarily guided by science when setting nutrition guidelines for its confections, while Mondelēz International takes account of multiple factors, but says consumer preference and taste is...

CEO Interview

Stepping on the gas: Drive Gum enters Autogrill and BP in Spain amid international push

Sugar-free caffeinated chewing gum brand Drive Gum has its sights on the US and Russia after expanding distribution in Spain through deals with Autogrill and BP.

Sugary treats take a hit as consumers cut back on snacking

Consumers are reducing the range of products they snack on, according to the authors of a new report on UK snacking habits.

CFIA recalled Ross Chocolates’ dark chocolate bars due to undeclared milk

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has recalled Ross Chocolates’ No Sugar Added Dark Chocolate chocolate bars due to its undeclared milk.

Guest Article

NCA president: When it comes to candy, consumers are embracing moderation

National Confectioners Association president and CEO John H. Downs responds to suggestions candy could be the next target of national and state sugar taxes.

Happiness factor: Emotional benefits are top chocolate sales drivers, says Mintel

Chocolate has been tied to improved brain function, enhanced energy, and other health benefits, but confectioners will be better served by leveraging chocolate's emotional connections, according to a recent report...

Doctors may encourage moderate dark chocolate consumption after latest health links: Researchers

Healthcare professionals may recommend moderate dark chocolate consumption after daily chocolate eating was tied to reducing heart disease risk factors, claim the authors of a cross-sectional study.

Opinion

Usual suspects: Confectionery may be next victim of national sugar taxes

Confectionery could be the next target for national sugar taxes after the UK’s levy on sugared soft drinks, but the industry still has time to act to thwart levies, writes...

CFSAF: 'Gen Mills was forced to make decision because of Senate’s failure to act'

General Mills and Mars to roll out GMO labeling nationwide as Vermont deadline looms: 'We can’t label our products for only one state'

It was prompted by pragmatism, rather than an ideological shift, but General Mills and Mars have resolved to roll out GMO labeling nationwide as Congress has proved unable to hammer...

Exclusive interview

From gum to gummies: Project 7 taps novel flavor trend for new gummies range

Project 7 plans to launch its first organic, gourmet gummies at Target in the US from April, according to the company. 

Ad block: Smaller confectioners to stop advertising to kids under new scheme

Six US confectionery businesses have pledged not to advertise directly to children below the age of 12 under a new industry initiative.

Booted out: another UK retailer bans confectionery from checkouts

Boots has become the latest major UK retailer to ban confectionery from its checkout areas.

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