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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.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups among Hershey’s first brands to test Sourcemap

US chocolate maker Hershey has launched Sourcemap for consumers to explore the origins of its agricultural ingredients, such as cocoa beans, sunflower oil and vanilla. 

Simply Gum: ‘We want to be an everyday gum sitting next to Wrigley’

The CEO of Simply Gum, Caron Proschan, has vowed to compete with Wrigley for shelf space claiming startups have more flexibility to target consumers with innovative products. 

Cémoi acquires US private label firm Chris Candies

French supplier and branded chocolate maker Cémoi has acquired Pennsylvania-based molded chocolate company Chris Candies.

CEO Q&A

What did Divine Chocolate learn at Davos? CEO weighs in on Brexit, Theresa May, Trump and women’s issues

Divine Chocolate's CEO Sophie Tranchell discusses takeaways from the World Economic Forum last month in Davos, Switzerland.

Hershey and Mars lose China market share to Nestlé and Ferrero

Hershey and Mars have lost market share in China's declining confectionery category to Nestlé and Ferrero, according to Euromonitor Shanghai.

Mondelēz union workers’ leader welcomes demise of TPP decision, remains silent on job loss by automation

The president of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Miller’s International Union (BCTGM), David Durkee, has welcomed the demise of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as a "significant victory for the...

Tim Tam enters the US as on-the-go snacks demand rises

Australian biscuit brand Tim Tam has entered the US market for the first time after the company decided to cater to the US consumer demands for on-the-go snacks, with a distribution...

Losing battle with ICE: CME Group suspends trading in European cocoa contracts

Global marketplace CME Group will suspend trading in all its European cocoa contracts beyond April 2017.

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...

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.

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