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Analysts expect the industry to consolidate by outsourcing manufacturing and focusing purely on sales and marketing. Follow firms providing contracting manufacturing and private label here.

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.

‘There is no-one making gluten-free clusters’, says Carmit Candy

Israeli firm Carmit Candy has identified a market gap for a gluten-free version of the increasingly popular clusters format.

Europain 2014

Weiss powder praline aims to cut waste

Powder praline will help confectioners cut waste and save production time previously lost with paste separation, says French chocolate maker Weiss.

Nestlé wants to empower more women to work in engineering

As the United Nations held its 6th Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) in New York, last week, Nestlé shared its efforts to encourage women worldwide to work in the marketplace...

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...

CIUS: EU must act on sugar shortage risk

The Committee of European Sugar Users (CIUS) has called on EU member states and the Commission to take adequate measures to avoid sugar shortages and guarantee a sufficient stock level...

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European Candy Group snaps up Kraepelien & Holm

Private label confectioner European Candy Group has acquired Dutch licorice firm Kraepelien & Holm.

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Yowie primes for US production

Yowie Group Ltd will start producing chocolate eggs in Florida later this month.

Natra troubled by prospect of cocoa processing duopoly

Spanish cocoa processor Natra has posted a net loss in its 9-month results which it attributed to rising cocoa prices amid speculation of industry consolidation.

Bean blending all the rage for private label chocolatiers

The premium private label chocolate industry is becoming increasing interested in the subtleties of cocoa and is willing to sacrifice single origins for a flavorsome blend, according to French chocolatier Cémoi....

Crossing the Atlantic: Cémoi eyes growing US private label chocolate market as Europe stagnates

France’s leading private label chocolate maker Cémoi sees little growth in the European chocolate market and hopes instead to promote its branded goods in Asia and in the developing US...

Cargill cultivates carrageenan supply chain

Cargill says it is diversifying its carrageenans portfolio in both location and species to combat the associated supply risks of the texturing ingredient derived from seaweed.

Indonesian trade minister urges cocoa import policy review

The Indonesian deputy trade minister has said that after successfully increasing domestic cocoa grinding capacity the country should lower cocoa bean import duties to prevent shortages in the future.

Cakes, celebrity chefs and confectionery: The rise of brand licensing in Europe

Brand licensing in the food industry has becoming increasingly dynamic over the past few years, with the Western European market for co-branded food and beverage products on the rise, according...

Hummingbird Bakery seeks licensees for branded food products

London’s US-style store chain Hummingbird Bakery is seeking firms interested in making Hummingbird branded ice cream, confectionery, and long shelf-life bakery.

Retail ‘bargaining power’ commands private label boom in Russia: Euromonitor

Major Russian retailers are using bargaining power to ensure heavy private label presence on shelves – hitting smaller domestic brands, Euromonitor says.

Haribo enters Burma and strengthens Singaporean presence

German candy maker Haribo has entered the Burmese market and expanded its distribution in Singapore through a deal with expansion services provider DKSH.

Aldi and Lidl pressure German chocolate firms to seek profits overseas

Pressure from discount retailers is compelling the German chocolate industry to explore export markets, according to the domestic confectionery association BDSI.

Halloren acquires stake in Belgian chocolatier Bouchard

German firm Halloren has acquired a 50% stake in Belgian private label chocolate firm Bouchard to help it increase its international presence.

Carmit Candy bets big on vitamin and beauty chocolate coins

Israeli private label firm Carmit Candy has launched a chocolate coin packed with vitamins and another containing antioxidant ingredient astaxanthin.

Natra to double North America sales with new Canadian factory

Spanish-based firm Natra claims sales for its private label division in North America will double within three years after it agreed a deal to rent a production facility in Canada...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2013

Confectionery ‘a new way to control weight’ claims Carmit Candy

Confectionery is a novel way to control your weight, according to private label firm Carmit Candy which has just launched a weight management chocolate wafer bar.

Natra poised for ‘awakening’ Chinese chocolate consumption

Spanish chocolate and cocoa processor Natra has opened a sales office in Hong Kong in anticipation of a boom in Chinese chocolate consumption.

Lower cocoa prices dent Callebaut profits

Barry Callebaut has reported a slight dip in half-year profits as lower cocoa prices meant customers were paying less for the company’s range of cocoa ingredients compared to last year....

Industry Voices: Private label purveyor

Ashbury Chocolates chief spells out trends in private label chocolate

Private label chocolate is no longer a cheap replica of branded products and regular audits from supermarkets are helping quality grow, according to the CEO of UK private label chocolatier...

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