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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.

Natra takes out $33m loan after cocoa prices hit chocolate business

Natra has secured credit to mitigate the effect of rising cocoa prices, which have harmed its chocolate business.

Barry Callebaut opens Chilean factory to source Arcor

Barry Callebaut has opened its first plant in Chile to source Latin American confectioners Arcor and other industry players.

German choc firm shifts packaging to Poland in search of cheaper labor

Hachez, owned by the Danish Toms Group, will move part of its packaging production from Germany to Poland in an attempt to claw back some of its recent losses.

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UK think tank denies Malaysian palm oil conflict of interest accusations

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has said categorically it does not accept state money, following accusations by a Malaysian media outlet that the UK think tank is in bed...

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Petra Foods appoints Saatchi & Saatchi for creative direction

Singapore-based Petra Foods has appointed ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi to oversee the creative stategy for its SilverQueen and Delfi Top brands.

Joining the cocoa dots: 12 confectionery titans join CocoaAction strategy

A dozen of the world's biggest confectioners have signed up to the World Cocoa Foundation’s CocoaAction - something the organisation says will join the dots of existing sustainability programmes. ...

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Sustainable palm oil pressures worrying to emerging economies

Food businesses and consumers don’t understand the impact emerging economies could face if pressure to source 100% sustainable palm oil builds too quickly, Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) sustainable development manager...

RSPO Europe Roundtable: Tweet by tweet

International industry and NGO's have gathered in London to discuss key issues in traceability and how new labelling rules will impact the quest for sustainable palm oil in Europe and...

Roshen owner wins Ukraine election: Long live the president! But will his choc firm get the chop?

If Petro Poroshenko sells his chocolate firm Roshen following his Ukrainian presidential victory, Lotte is the most likely buyer, says Mintel analyst.

CKG cashing-in on burgeoning Middle East chocolate market

Ivory Coast-based, CKG Group Holding is to expand its chocolate operations into Oman in a joint venture with the ‘Sultanate’.

Russell Stover sale could see production move overseas: Analyst

The US sugar squeeze could see chocolate-maker Russell Stover’s production move from its home market after a takeover, says a Datamonitor Consumer analyst.

Olam invests $61m in first Asian cocoa plant

Agri-giant Olam International has announced plans to invest $61m in a new cocoa-processing plant in Indonesia, its first in the region.

Cargill puts Sulawesi on sustainable map as part of $100m Indonesian investment

Swiss business developer and Indonesian government signs Cargill Cocoa Promise, just as the firm announces initial cocoa processing tests at its first Asian plant in East Java.

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.

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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.

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