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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.

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.

Origins

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.

Lutti to expand into Canada

French confectionery major Lutti has secured a distribution partner in Quebec, Canada where it plans to kick-start business with smaller, premium items, its CEO says.

Directly source fine flavor cocoa to expand premium chocolate segment, says Duffy’s

Chocolate companies should buy fine flavor cocoa directly from growers and pay greater premiums to expand the premium chocolate segment, says artisan firm Duffy’s Chocolate.

Undone Chocolate sources cacao direct trade to ensure high quality

Washington, D.C.-based startup Undone Chocolate is on a mission to combine flavor and health and to succeed it is willing to pay three times more than the premium price for...

Sleep easy and avoid logistical nightmares: Breaking into export markets for smaller confectioners

Small-to-medium sized confectioners making their first moves into export markets must be clued up on local regulations, consider temperate changes and pick distributors carefully to avoid mishaps, says UK firm...

Cailler could be our international premium chocolate platform, says Nestlé

Nestlé is aiming to reposition its Swiss Cailler brand as a high-end chocolate for international markets to fill a gap analysts have identified in its premium chocolate portfolio.

‘The new macaroon’: Fairy Chocolates plans steady export rollout for Cho’clair

Belgian startup Fairy Chocolates plans to gradually introduce its éclair praline fusion Cho’clair across Europe after bagging an innovation award at ISM.

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