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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.

North America shores up Lindt performance in H1

Lindt & Sprüngli has reported sales and net profit gains in the first half of 2014 driven by performance in North America.

Chocolat Frey sees off Lindt competition for Swiss Airlines contract

Chocolat Frey has been chosen ahead of other Swiss chocolate makers such as Lindt to produce a small chocolate tablet for Swiss Airlines that it hopes will boost its export...

Premium chocolate brands missing from Nestlé’s locker, says Euromonitor

Nestlé must look to acquire premium chocolate brands as its mass market products are underperforming, says Euromonitor.

‘Watch out for Central America’: Quality cocoa set to surge

The next several years will herald a surge in quality cocoa volumes from Central America creating opportunities for premium origin chocolates, says Lutheran World Relief.

Nestlé to source 100% sustainable cocoa for UK and Ireland by 2015

Nestlé’s will use sustainable cocoa for 100% of its UK and Ireland portfolio by the end of 2015, up from its current 60% mark.

Plain packaging pay out to Mars would ‘certainly not be trivial’, says Institute of Economic Affairs

Mars in 2012 wrote to the UK’s Department of Health to express concern over the potential impact on branding and intellectual property rights should tobacco plain packaging policy be extended to...

Wood you? Novel pigment tipped for gummy and hard candies

Neocandenatone, a purple pigment found in the heartwood of Dalbergia congestiflora trees, could hold colorant possibilities for gummy and hard candies, according to Mexican research.

BBX Capital adds Helen Grace Chocolates to premium choc trove

BBX Capital has made California-based firm Helen Grace Chocolates its forth US premium chocolate acquisition in eight months.

Lindt to ride cocoa cost surge without widespread price increases

Lindt & Sprüngli has no plans to introduce sweeping wholesale price increases in response to rising cocoa costs, according to its CEO.

Lindt buys Russell Stover: But life’s no longer like a box of chocolates in the US

Lindt’s Russell Stover acquisition gives it a stronger US foothold, but only in a declining category, say analysts, who argue expansion in emerging premium chocolate markets may have been a...

Thorntons and Booker results: at a glance

High street confectioner Thorntons and cash and carry specialist Booker both posted financial results today (July 9).

Industrial 3D chocolate printing due in 3-5 years, says Choc Edge

Industrial-scale 3D chocolate printers will be on the market within five years, according to 3D printing firm Choc Edge.

Arriba! Arriba! Nestlé taps fine flavor beans for Ecuadorian chocolate plant

Nestlé has opened a $16m chocolate molding and packaging line that will use fine flavor Arriba cocoa beans.

BBX Capital continues premium choc spending spree with Jer’s buy

Investment firm BBX Capital has snapped up another US premium chocolate company - Californian-based Jer’s Chocolates - and is on the look out for more buys, its president says.

News in brief

Buttermilk Confectionery to build $850,000 plant

UK handmade fudge maker Buttermilk Confectionery has acquired a new factory that doubles its production space.

News in brief

Personalized candy market worth $12bn, says Canadean

The personalized confectionery market reached an estimated worth of over $12bn in 2013, according to market research firm Canadean.

Duc d’O enters US to seize on thriving premium chocolate sector

Belgian truffle company Duc d’O Chocolates has continued its global expansion by entering the US market.

Fox’s Biscuits eyes premiumization to halt sales declines

UK firm Fox’s Biscuits plans to overhaul its brand image to boost domestic sales by 20% over the next three years and triple its exports, according to new managing director...

Cocoa farmers spend 36% of premiums on productivity: Fairtrade International

Fairtrade certified cocoa farmers spend 36% of their premiums on increasing productivity and cocoa quality – far above Fairtrade International’s suggested 25% minimum, a report from the organization reveals.

Fair Trade USA and UTZ Certified strike pilot cocoa certification partnership

Fair Trade USA and UTZ Certified are piloting a collaborative cocoa certification scheme that they say will reduce costs for farmers looking to get dual certification.

Hershey in the race to develop 3D chocolate

US firm 3D Systems is collaborating with chocolate manufacturing giant Hershey’s to develop 3D chocolates fit for the commercial market.

2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo

Leaders of the pack at 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo

The 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo showcased thousands of product launches, and old favorites, in standout packaging. Here are a number of bags, pouches, and other containers that captured attention.

2014 sweets and snacks

Candy sales are dandy at $33.6bn in the US

Candy industry experts report confectionery sales are faring better than figures in other retail food markets, with US shoppers snapping up nearly $34bn worth of sweet treats annually.

2014 sweets and snacks expo

Sweet success for top candy product launches

Judges of the 2014 Most Innovative New Product Awards sorted through nearly 300 tasty treats to come up with the products they deem the best of the best.

Cargill puts Sulawesi on sustainable map as part of $100m Indonesian investment

Swiss business developer and Indonesian government signs Cargill Cocoa Promise, just as the firm announces initial cocoa processing tests at its first Asian plant in East Java.

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