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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.

Editor's Blog

Ferrero should ditch 99p stores for Thorntons to prepare for premium Brit invasion

Ferrero should move its newly acquired Thorntons business out of discount stores to help it capitalize on the growing premium segment in the UK and abroad.

Justin’s open to ‘win-win’ opportunities with bigger partner to accelerate growth

Organic peanut butter cup producer Justin’s says it would entertain offers from larger firms to help it grow scale in the U.S. and move into export markets, but won't actively...

Single origin Brazilian chocolate to compete alongside Lindt and Godiva in the U.S.

Two Brazilian chocolate companies Harald and Nugali are hoping to go head-to-head with the largest premium manufacturers in the U.S. market with single origin cocoa from their home nation.

Special edition: Innovations in better-for-you confectionery

Brain boost and beauty gummies could enter mass-market, claims Hunziker

Gummies fortified with collagen peptide or magnesium could be money-spinners outside niche drugstore channels, says Swiss functional confectionery producer Hunziker.

Special edition: Innovations in better-for-you confectionery

Probiotics more stable in chocolate than pills, says Milsing

Chocolate is a more effective delivery system than capsules and tablets for probiotics and could be an attractive alternative for consumers, according to Croatian supplement firm Milsing.

Burton’s Biscuits CEO: We’ll drive undeveloped U.S. premium biscuits market with Cadbury Fingers

Burton’s Biscuits will bring the UK’s bestselling premium cookie brand to the U.S. to grow the country’s emergent premium cookie market, says the firm’s CEO.

Step aside energy drinks: Chocolate has a stimulating effect on human brains, says Hershey-backed study

Researchers from the Northern Arizona University (NAU) and Arizona Western College (AWC) concluded that dark chocolate confections containing only moderate amounts (60%) of cacao have an acute stimulating effect on...

Sweets & Snacks Expo Preview

Premium confections to be a cut above the rest at America’s largest candy expo

ConfectioneryNews will be reporting from the US National Confectioners Association’s (NCA’s) Sweets & Snacks Expo next week where premium products are expected to pull in retail visitors.

Divine Chocolate unites US and UK businesses

Divine Chocolate’s merger of its US and UK businesses will boost the power and profits of both operations, the firm has claimed.

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