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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...

Callebaut ups Scandinavian capacity with $36m Carletti acquisitions

Barry Callebaut has acquired Sweden’s ASM Foods from Carletti and has taken over additional operations from Carletti in Demark to up its production capacity in Scandinavia.

Cocoa ingredient price drop keeps Barry Callebaut sales flat

Barry Callebaut has recorded flat revenues in its first quarter results released today as cocoa ingredient prices fell year-on-year.

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New global chocolate firm sets 2013 ambitions

Chocolaterie de Bourgogne, a new company formed from Barry Callebaut’s sale of its last consumer goods factory, speaks exclusively to about the firm’s inauguration, its priorities for 2013 and a...

Natra profits rise after cocoa price letup

Spanish chocolate and cocoa processor Natra has more than doubled its operating profit in its ninth-month results helped by relaxing cocoa prices, North American expansion and a shift to value...


Nestlé’ UK restarts dark chocolate production at York site

Nestlé UK & Ireland has revived dark chocolate production at its factory in York after ending a third party outsourcing deal.

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Private label chocolate gains ground in US food stores

Supermarket own brand confections are on the rise in America, according to Gertrude Hawk Chocolates chairman Dave Hawk.

Barry Callebaut UK strikes end as settlement reached

Barry Callebaut has reached a settlement with workers at a factory in the UK after strikes were staged earlier in the week over a pay dispute.

Barry Callebaut looking for settlement with UK strikers

Barry Callebaut has told that it is looking to reach a settlement with around 100 employees in the UK who staged strikes yesterday and on Saturday over a pay...

New global chocolate firm carved out of Callebaut plant sale

A new player has entered the global chocolate market after Barry Callebaut sells its final consumer goods factory, based in France.

Barry Callebaut opens first Chocolate Academy in Mexico

Chocolate giant Barry Callebaut has announced the opening of its first ever Chocolate Academy in Mexico – the latest product of its exclusive distribution partnership with Chocolates Turin.

Barry Callebaut teams with Rainforest Alliance for certified Cameroonian cocoa

Barry Callebaut has announced that it will collaborate with Rainforest Alliance to train members from five farmer cooperatives in Cameroon to produce certified cocoa.

Private labels to account for 30% of all supermarket sales by 2018: Report

Australian manufacturers of branded foods could face strong competition over the next five years, suggests a new report, which predicts the share of private label products in supermarkets to increase...

Barry Callebaut’s sales boosted by volume gains in Americas

Barry Callebaut has posted modest growth in its nine-month sales figures driven by volume gains in North and South America.

Barry Callebaut aims to double farm productivity with $1m Ivorian cocoa centre

Barry Callebaut has announced that it is to spend $1 million (€833,000) on a Center of Cocoa Excellence in the Ivory Coast in a bid to double cocoa yields from...

The private label dilemma: To be or not to be?

Suppliers that want to jump aboard the private label surge will face a fine balancing act of co-producing for the sector and branded goods, according to Rabobank.

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Barry Callebaut restates Q3 results after Stollwerck sale

Barry Callebaut has restated its third quarter (Q3) results for 2010/11 following the sales of its European Consumer Products business Stollwerck to the Belgian Baronie Group.

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Barry Callebaut R&D head Vriens resigns

Barry Callebaut has announced that chief innovation officer Hans Vriens has quit after seven years at the company.

Natra grows Asian presence with new supply contract in China

Spanish chocolate and cocoa processor Natra has signed a Belgian chocolate supply contract in China with an unnamed distributor that it says will boost sales in the market by 70%...

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