Breaking News on Confectionery & Biscuit Processing

Operational Efficiency

Manufacturers are striving to increase the profitability of their companies through increased efficiencies in the production process including energy use throughout the supply chain; smart hygienic design and maintenance, plus efficient water use.

Mess-free starch molding: The dirty tray menace will be history, says LHT

LHT Consultancy and Eagle Vision have developed a system that can help gummie manufacturers save upwards of $50,000 a year by detecting problems on starch molding lines.

Novel conching process opens doors for small firms to produce own chocolate mass

A new conching process called coarse conching will make it more affordable for smaller chocolate companies to produce their own chocolate mass, according to researchers.

Poetry in motion control as Kinnerton boosts production

Easter egg manufacturer Kinnerton Confectionery has boosted production by simplifying production line processes in partnership with industrial solutions provider Siemens Industry.

Special Edition: Consumer friendly confectionery packaging unwrapped

Getting portion controlled packaging under control

Consumer demand is rising for portion controlled packs, but do existing packaging machines have everything under control?

Exclusive interview

Ritter Sport injunction impacts Ishida sales

Ritter Sport has delayed buying a second piece of machinery from Ishida following a legal battle with German consumer group, Stiftung Warentest.

Eliminate unnecessary processes with one-stop cutter-mixer: RoboQbo

Chocolate makers can cut out timely and costly processes by using a single cutter-mixer vessel, according to Italian equipment supplier RoboQbo.

Ecom-Armajaro denies failed co-op payments

Ecom and Armajaro maintain they did not fail to pay farmers for certified cocoa beans as Ecom’s trading license is suspended and a media hotchpotch of leaked documents and official...

Nestlé keeps top secret under wraps during live Twitter chat

How does Nestlé get the bubbles into an Aero chocolate bar, why is food engineering dominated by men and what high tech kit produces instant coffee?

Petra Foods full year: Net profits down after disputed Callebaut sale

Petra Foods reported group net profits down 20.6% from the previous year following the divestment of its cocoa ingredients business to Barry Callebaut, but say own brand sales are up 12.6%.

'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.

Mondelez aims to master the ‘black arts’ of chocolate depositing

Global leading chocolate player Mondelez International is part of a UK government funded project to improve chocolate deposition.

Industry Voices: Guest Article

Not wanting to see the cookie crumble: The other side of the lightweighting frenzy

Lightweighting and the move to shelf-ready packaging can be more sustainable, but also exposes delicate products such as biscuits to damage and any savings may be outweighed by extra pallet...

Burton's invests in 'Choccie Dodger'

Biscuit and snack producer Burton’s Biscuit Company has installed equipment at its Llantarnam factory in Wales to make the chocolate cream for a ‘Choccie Dodger’ version of its iconic ‘Jammie...

Ishida weigher doesn’t take the shine out of oiled jellies

Family-owned confectionery maker Sánchez Cano, which manufactures gummi’s, marshmallows, liquorice, candy and bubble gum, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

Patent Watch

Mondelez eliminates cooking stage from candy production

Mondelez International has developed a method to prepare hard and soft candies and gum without the energy and time intensive cooking process.

Special Edition - Hygienic Design & Quality Testing

Access all areas: Knowing when to use water in confectionery production

Choosing equipment that allows you to access critical areas for inspection is essential to limiting water use during production, but some processes are better suited to a wet wash, says...

Special Edition: Hygienic Design & Quality Testing

Retailers pressure confectioners to implement digital traceability standards

Retailers are piling the pressure on confectioners to swap paper records for quicker mobile scanning technology to trace the source of raw ingredients, protecting them in the event of a...

Robots for retail-ready confectionery packaging: Carle&Montanari-OPM talks flexibility

Equipment supplier Carle&Montanari-OPM has spotted a rise in the use of retail-ready packaging among confectionery firms in the US and claims picker cell robots allow great flexibility to pack pre-merchandized...

Dispatches from Pack Expo in Las Vegas

Flexibility key for small confectioners, says Bosch

Bosch Packaging Technology claims that flexibility is crucial for smaller businesses as it launches two new bagging machines at Pack Expo designed for smaller confectioners looking for quick and easy...

Dispatches from Pack Expo 2013 in Las Vegas

The Buzz: Pack Expo 2013 for confectioners

Catch up with the social media buzz at Pack Expo 2013 in Las Vegas to keep pace with the latest confectionery industry developments

Dispatches from Pack Expo in Las Vegas

Confectionery equipment investments set to grow, says PMMI

Booming demand from the growing middle classes in emerging markets mean confectionery industry investments in processing and packaging equipment will grow 4% to 5% annually, according to a report by...

Birth of a confectionery giant

Mondelēz International: One year on

As we approach the first year anniversary of the launch of Mondelēz International, ConfectioneryNews peers into the chocolate box of the young confectionery titan.

News in brief

ConfectioneryNews gears up for Pack Expo

ConfectioneryNews will be reporting from Pack Expo in Las Vegas this month to bring you the latest on processing and packaging innovations in the industry.

Jacquot aims for chocolatey printing perfection

French chocolatier Jacquot has installed two new CJ400 printers from Linx Printing Technologies as it replaces printers across its factory in Troyes, France.

‘Unique’ tilting mechanism allows versatile confectionery bagging, claims Paxiom

Paxiom Group has introduced a packaging machine that uses a tilting device making it capable of bagging both horizontally and vertically.

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