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Outsourcing

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.

Divine Chocolate joins Tony’s Chocolonely as B Corps certified company

Part cocoa farmer-owned company Divine Chocolate has joined B Corps in hope of making its business more transparent. 

Mondelēz reports ‘no difficulties’ opening gum R&D center in gum-banned Singapore

Trident maker Mondelēz has broken ground for its gum R&D center in Jurong, Singapore, as part of a $65m investment in developing a global network of research and development facilities. But why...

Mondelēz reports ‘no difficulties’ opening gum R&D center in gum-banned Singapore

Trident maker Mondelēz has broken ground for its gum R&D center in Jurong, Singapore, as part of a $65m investment in developing a global network of research and development facilities. But why...

Sterling fluctuation caused by Brexit is partly to blame

US unit of Hershey, Mars and Nestlé’s cocoa supplier, Transmar, files for bankruptcy

The US unit of cocoa trading and supplying company Transmar Group has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York after the...

Exclusive interview

Consumer’s confusion over sustainability labels spurs outcry among cocoa industry leaders

Cocoa industry insider, Marc Donaldson, voiced that approximately $2bn investment in cocoa sustainability over the past 10 years has achieved “so little.” He suggested consumers should take the sustainability issue...

Vox Pop: Can consumers tell the difference between sustainable cocoa labels?

Many consumers struggle to tell the difference between cocoa certification program labels like Fairtrade and company own labels, such as Nestlé’s Cocoa Plan, but all agree social responsibility should be...

Startup Tracker

Florida bean-to-bar maker Pinellas Chocolate opens first retail store

State-inspired chocolate maker Pinellas Chocolate Company has opened its first retail store in Largo, Florida, where customers can sample its products and witness how bean-to-bar chocolate is made.

Cisse Cocoa brings single-origin cocoa beans to its snacking chocolate products

Cisse Cocoa to expand fair trade chocolate snacks in key retailers

Cisse Cocoa has brought fair trade, single-origin cocoa beans to its chocolate bark products, as the company believes the 'snackfection' trend is no longer a secret to the consumer

Pack Expo 2016

Packaging industry cautious on Trump’s US manufacturing promise

Automation and increased profitability may make US President-elect Donald Trump's promise to bring manufacturing jobs back to the US empty, say some food packaging and processing industry leaders at Pack Expo in...

Startup Tracker

'Sweetener of the future': Adam’s Fresh Chocolate spearheads yacón use in chocolate

Peruvian daisy yacón will be the natural sweetener of the future in the chocolate industry, according to British raw chocolate startup Adam’s Fresh Chocolate.

Natra expands into bite sized confections for private label

Spanish supplier Natra has joined the bite size trend by offering five chocolate ranges in resealable sharing formats.

Theo Chocolate warns confectionery industry to avoid ‘greenwashing’

Theo Chocolate says one of the greatest challenges it faces as a company committed to a responsible and transparent supply chain is “greenwashing” in the premium chocolate category.

Barry Callebaut to acquire Côte D’Or factory from Mondelēz in Belgium

Barry Callebaut plans to acquire a chocolate plant from Mondelēz International in Halle, Belgium, under an agreement to supply the Milka maker 30,000 metric tons of liquid chocolate annually.

Hearthside Food Solutions acquires bars and cookie firm Oak State Products

Hearthside Food Solutions is tapping growing demand for contract food manufacturing with the acquisition of Illinois bars and cookie producer Oak State Products.

Raisio sells snack bar manufacturer Halo Foods to Dutch investor Nimbus

UK snack bar manufacturer Halo Foods has been sold by Raisio Group, which says it aims to focus on development of its own brands.

Summer Fancy Food show 2016

Why bean-to-bar means more than a unique flavor to MarieBelle

Bean-to-bar chocolate has taken the US market by storm as small businesses offer unique flavors through a single source of cocoa beans. 

BREXIT

British food firms set to increase trade with US following Brexit vote

UK confectionery and snack businesses may look to ramp up their trade with the US in light of last week’s vote to leave the European Union.

First-half results

Barry Callebaut defies chocolate declines, but net profits slump

Barry Callebaut has posted volume growth above the chocolate confectionery market in its half-year results, but net profit fell mainly due to currency fluctuations and a challenged cocoa ingredients business.

Oreo bakers’ union files lawsuit against Mondelēz

Mondelēz International faces a court case brought by disgruntled employees at its plant in Chicago, half of whom will lose their jobs after the company shifted the factory’s Oreo production...

Interactive Media

Chocoa 2016: Emerging origins, poverty alleviation & future techs

Commercial cocoa plantations poised to double share of global cocoa output while fine flavor cocoa nations rally behind a commodity described as the 'poverty crop'. Discover our key takeaways from...

Hershey seeks innovation partner to ship chocolate in hot weather

Hershey has launched a contest calling for companies to help it develop a lightweight, affordable shipping system that will keep chocolate cool even in the warmest months.

Inside the ‘black box’: Crowdsourcing platform allows confectioners to gauge in-store impact

US confectioners can measure the effectiveness of in-store merchandising and promotions in real-time and quickly correct any issues by drawing on a network of 800,000 contractors, says the founder of start-up Gigwalk....

TPP trade agreement ‘good news' for US confectioners: SUA president

The recent finalization of the Trans Pacific Partnership is good news for confectioners and sugar-using manufacturers across the US, according to Rick Pasco, president of Sweetener Users Association (SUA).

Hershey fortified peanut butter project feeds Ghanaian stomachs and economy

Chocolate giant Hershey has committed to 100% local peanuts for its Ghana school feeding programme.

Confectionery marketing a new game in the digital world, says IRI

Shopper insights firm IRI says traditional methods to measure the impact of marketing campaigns on store sales are outmoded in the digital age.

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