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Hershey taps US premium chocolate boom with double-sized gifting brand Kisses Deluxe

Hershey has launched gifting brand Kisses Deluxe in the US ahead of the holiday season to capitalize on the rise of premium chocolate.

Wake up and smell the coffee: Cocoa and chocolate industry can learn from coffee grading system

Chocolate makers can draw on coffee industry grading standards to develop a common quality system for cocoa, says Lutheran World Relief’s manager of coffee and cocoa.

‘Something between chocolate and orange juice’: Valrhona claims new confections category from double-fermented cocoa with fruit juice

Valrhona Chocolat claims it has opened doors to a new category of confections with a chocolate couvertures made from double-fermented cocoa beans using fruit juice.

Chocolate market to exceed $26bn by 2018: Packaged Facts

The chocolate market will exceed $26bn in the US by 2018, according to a recent report.

Top 10 UK chocolate brands in C-stores

Galaxy and Maltesers gain ground on Cadbury Dairy Milk as top UK c-store chocolates, finds IRI

Cadbury Dairy Milk is remains the top selling UK chocolate confectionery brand in convenience stores, but sales have dipped as Mars brands Galaxy and Maltesers grow, according to IRI data.

Streaming from Salon du Chocolat in Paris

Watch Live! World Chocolate Masters 2015 - World finals

Watch a live stream of the World Chocolate Masters in Paris where contestants compete to be the best chocolate chef in the world.

Scot choc-maker iQ breaks into 3 GCC markets

Scottish premium chocolate startup iQ Chocolate will shortly start exporting its products to Kuwait, Qatar and Dubai after signing a series of distribution deals.

Nestlé confectionery unit posts organic growth, but analyst questions KitKat dependence

Nestlé's confectionery business posted 7.8% organic growth for the first nine months, but one analyst says the firm is over-reliant on KitKat and is performing below market rivals.

Praline popularity: Aunt Aggie De’s seeking growth outside Texas with new flavor

Aunt Aggie De’s Pralines, one of Texas' best-known praline makers, is trying to boost its popularity outside of the Lone Star State.

Fine flavor cocoa renaissance

Big chocolate companies eye Ecuador for single estate cocoa, says Hacienda Victoria

The world’s largest fine flavor cocoa plantation Hacienda Victoria says big industry players such as Lindt and Barry Callebaut are showing strong interest in sourcing single estate fine flavor cocoa...

Industry Voices – Curtis Vreeland

A dynamic bean-to-bar market creates the ‘New American Chocolate’ – but is it a game for small players only?

Confectionery consultant Curtis Vreeland assesses the growing US bean-to-bar chocolate market and asks several artisanal chocolatiers how and if they can co-exist with multinationals.

Exclusive Interviews: Inside Nestlé’s Cailler brand

Nestlé plays premium chocolate card with global Cailler rollout

Nestlé will launch its Swiss bean-to-bar premium chocolate brand Cailler in key international markets via e-commerce as it looks to plug an alleged gap in its premium confectionery portfolio.

Mars snaps up Mexican Lindt distributor Grupo Turin

Mars has acquired premium chocolate firm Grupo Turin to capitalize on projected growth in the Mexican chocolate market.

Lindt cleared to produce chocolate golden teddy after Haribo court battle

Lindt & Sprungli has been cleared by a German court to keep producing its golden chocolate teddy bear, otherwise known as Goldbären, following an almost three-year spat with Haribo.

‘Nature is not perfect’: Visible Mediterranean nuts to give chocolate imperfect artisanal touch, says Barry Callebaut

Chocolate makers can up the premium proposition of tablets with imperfect nut inclusions visible on the surface, claims Barry Callebaut’s Spanish nut business La Morella Nuts.

Montezuma’s signs ‘significant international deal’ to enter US with Trader Joe’s

UK premium chocolate firm Montezuma’s will be stocked in the US for the first time after it signed a deal with food store chain Trader Joe’s.

Too conservative? Lindt's Hello Bites may need more bite for younger crowd

Lindt’s new Hello Bites may appeal to a younger crowd – but are the flavors too conservative for a demographic which appreciates novelty and variety?  

Emerging origin

Bean-to-bar chocolate makers circle India for single origin opportunity

At least five premium chocolate makers are looking to build up India’s cocoa sector to produce single origin Indian chocolate.


Undiscovered flavors? Ecuador unveils plans to bolster fine flavor cocoa sector

The Ecuadorian government hopes to industrialize its fine flavor cocoa sector with large scale cluster plantations producing novel varieties of cacao.

Market Research

Power of the dark side: Technavio reveals forecasts and growth drivers for global dark chocolate market

Global dark chocolate sales are expected to rise 9% each year up to 2019 due to increased demand in developing nations and associated health benefits, according to Technavio.

Dispatches from IFT 2015

ADM deZaan claims 'industry first' natural dark cocoa powder

ADM deZaan claims its newly launched dark cocoa powder is the first of its kind to be alkaline free, meeting the chocolate industry's demand for clean label ingredients.

Cocoa fermentation with beer yeasts up chocolate quality, say researchers

Yeast species used in the beer, wine and bread industries can also be used in cocoa fermentation to create unique flavors for chocolate confectionery, say Belgian researchers.

MilkBoy: ‘We're bringing back Swiss chocolate to the U.S.’

Startup chocolate firm MilkBoy is hoping to storm the U.S. premium market with Swiss-made chocolate using regional flavors such as pine tree oil.

Guest article

Ferrero signals intent to raise retail game with Thorntons buy

Ferrero has given strong indications it hopes to grow in chocolate confectionery retailing by acquiring UK chocolate maker Thorntons, writes Euromonitor analyst Jack Skelly.

Inca empire strikes back: Peru could dethrone Ecuador as leading global producer of ‘Fino de Aroma’ cocoa by 2020

Booming cocoa production and exports could make Peru leading exporter of fine flavor cocoa, says the Peru Cocoa Alliance.

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