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Luxury products have been touted as a growth area for developed markets by analysts. Finding that extra ingredient and the perfect country to aim for could help candy makers boost sales in seemingly stale markets.

H1 Financial Results

Lindt continues to grow but warns of ‘stagnating’ chocolate markets

Lindt has posted sales and profit growth its half-year results, but has highlighted weak consumer sentiment in some major chocolate markets.

Brazil’s Chocolate Q on UK debut and getting in shape for Rio Olympics

UK chocolate fans are being offered a taste of Brazil through bean-to-bar chocolate company Aquim.

Zhaolong Foods to produce China’s first gum with organic tea ingredient

Zhaolong Foods has secured the patent from Anhui Agricultural University (AAU) to manufacture China’s first gum with organic tea polyphenols.

Summer Fancy Food Show 2016

Summer Fancy Food Show NPD: Wild Boar, Simple Mills and Super Eats

This site attended the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York to see how trends including clean labels and plant-based protein are shaping the snacks and confectionery markets.

Market Analysis

Chocolate makers to go premium as North Americans cutback consumption

Consumers in North America are expected to eat four fewer chocolate bars per person a year by 2021, prompting the industry to add value with higher cocoa percentages and quality...

Exclusive Interview - Love Cocoa founder

Cadbury descendant feels ‘immense pressure’ linking last name to chocolate startup

John Cadbury’s great great great grandson, James Cadbury, has received 150 orders in only five days after he launched his chocolate startup, Love Cocoa.

Sour Jacks secures QuickChek listing as relaunched brand sees strong growth

Sour Jacks has secured distribution through New Jersey-based grocery chain, QuickChek, and its products started rolling out across the US this month.

Healthy chocolate: EU cocoa flavanol health claim ‘should be revised’, say researchers

Cocoa flavanols do have cardiovascular health benefits, but more are needed in a single dose than the EU’s approved health claim, say researchers.

Lindt seizes on Australian growth with $45m Sydney plant

Lindt has opened a factory in Sydney to capitalize on the growth it has enjoyed in the Australian market.

Exclusive Interview with Mars La Chola General Manager

High tech revolution: Ecuador’s cocoa sector prepares to mechanize

Ecuador’s cocoa industry is vying to increase its efficiency by exploiting technology, but says farm sizes must increase to allow mechanization.

Summer Fancy Food Show 2016

Vermont confectioner highlights its nut-free commitment with brand new packaging

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates has unveiled upgraded packaging for its bestselling products at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.

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. 

Enviro-friendly: Seattle Chocolate taps 'superfood' coffee by-product

Seattle Chocolate Company has fortified its latest product, due to hit US retail shelves next month, with fiber-rich dried coffee cherry pulp.

Lindt launches 'shop-in-shop' concept in Hong Kong

Passengers at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) are now able to pick and mix their favorite Lindor chocolate for the first time, thanks to the recent partnership between Lindt...

When sweets and snacks go 'thin'

Sweets and snacks companies are increasingly targeting consumers by branding their products “thin” to suggest convenience or health, or to tap the snacking chocolate trend.

Nestlé selling Rosanna and other Italian candy brands to Fida

Nestlé is selling six of its Italian confectionery brands including Rossana and Fondenti to Italian manufacturer Fida.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2016

Start-up Tuanis to bring single-origin, soy-free chocolate to US

Tuanis Chocolate debuted its soy-free chocolate bar during the Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago recently, and is set to sell it at 28 US retailers, mostly Midwestern, from June...

Exclusive interview

Mood Foods expands raw chocolate production as it targets 40% business growth

UK business Mood Foods has invested £1m ($1.4m) in moving to a larger facility to increase production of its raw cacao Ombar Chocolate.

Lindt appoints new CEO; Hershey names COO

Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Sprüngli has recruited a new CEO, while US giant Hershey has named its chief operating officer.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2016

Barry Callebaut introduces Studio concept to US chocolate manufacturers

Barry Callebaut is aiming to change how it engages with US chocolate manufacturers with the American launch of its 'Studio' concept.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2016

Salt and dark chocolate combo trend prompts Divine to launch new flavors

Premium candy manufacturer Divine Chocolate unveiled two new flavors for its bar range at the Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago last week.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2016

Just Born establishes sales partnership with French premium chocolate brand

Just Born Quality Confectionery has established a sales partnership with French premium chocolate brand, Cemoi, while the company has recently been busy adding new flavors to its power brands.

NEWS FROM THE Sweets & Snacks Expo: CHICAGO

Raise your glasses: the winners of the Most Innovative New Product Awards

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) unveiled and gave awards to the “most innovative candy and snack ideas, concepts and products” at the annual Sweets & Snacks Expo this year in...

Startup Choba Choba creates super premium chocolate with CCN-51 hybrid

Swiss startup Choba Choba, partly owned by cocoa producers, has created an ultra-premium chocolate range made using a hybrid of CCN-51 and native Peruvian cocoa.

Mass-market future for protein chocolate after Mars and Snickers launches?

Protein experts at leading nutraceutical trade fair Vitafoods consider if protein chocolate has mainstream appeal.

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