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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.

Industry Voices - Curtis Vreeland

Artisan: A ‘worn out’ phrase in US bean-to-bar chocolate?

The term ‘artisan’ has lost its luster in the US bean-to-bar chocolate market, says confectionery consultant Curtis Vreeland.

Decline or rise? Europe cocoa processing numbers released

Figures from grinders including Cargill, Barry Callebaut, Nestlé and Mondelēz show the volumes of cocoa processed in Europe in the first quarter of this year.

Chocolate tea: Taking craft to the next level

The entrepreneurs behind MiCacao, a US start-up which makes an organic ‘tea’ from cacao shells, say their product is ready to tap into a craft movement which is stretching beyond...

Grape expectations: Cémoi brings wine science to cocoa in $2.3m research project

Cémoi has begun a five-year, €2m ($2.3m) research program called Frenchoc Premium to obtain consistent chocolate quality via cocoa fermentation, using science applied in the wine industry.

Farewell to US mainstream chocolates’ golden age? It’s possible, says UBS

Mainstream players like Hershey may struggle to maintain grip on the US chocolate market amid rising competition and a shift to seasonal and premium products, claims an analyst at Swiss-based financial...

Lindt USA CEO resigns

 CEO of Lindt & Sprüngli’s USA Thomas Linemayr has announced plans to leave the company at the end of the month.

Cocoa’s future lies in Latin America, says Hardman Agribusiness

Future cocoa demand will be met by a thriving professionalized sector in Latin America as chocolate makers move away from a “structurally blighted” West African market, claims Hardman Agribusiness....

Daelmans stroopwafels coming to the US

Dutch firm Daelmans has entered the US with its stroopwafels and has already secured listings in major retail chains such as Target and 7-Eleven.

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Rising dragon: Vietnam to win fine flavor cocoa status

Vietnam is to become the second Asian nation to be recognized by the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) as a fine flavor cocoa origin.

Burton's relaunches and extends 'special treat' Maryland cookies range

Burton’s Biscuit Company is bringing all its Maryland ‘special treat’ cookies under a unifying banner in the UK and extending the line-up with new products.

Irish family chocolatier launches premium bars targeting UK market

Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates says it is outpacing Ireland’s confectionery category growth and will take advantage of its momentum by launching premium bars this year.

Global retail segment key to Lindt’s international surge, says CEO

Lindt & Sprüngli has reported record net income in its fiscal 2015 and credits its global retail division for driving international expansion.

Fijiana Cacao: Bean-to-bar chocolate from Pacific Islands eyes export growth after rebrand

Fiji bean-to-bar chocolate brand Fijiana Cacao hopes to enter Europe after rebranding and revitalizing the domestic cocoa sector.

Coconut Chocodate gets Gulfood splash

Notions Group launched its new Chocodate coconut flavour at Gulfood, as it plans a major marketing campaign, along with a refresh of its other Chocodate products and web sales.

Europe’s first cocoa flavanol health claim chocolate to hit store shelves

Belgian firm Vandenbulcke has introduced ChoVita, the first chocolate brand in Europe that makes a cocoa flavanol health claim that it is 'good for your blood flow'.

US launch for Nestlé Turkish premium chocolate bar brand Damak

Nestlé is bringing Turkish premium chocolate brand Damak to the US market.

Guylian spends $7.5m to up chocolate capacity at Belgian site

Lotte-owned chocolatier Guylian will invest €6.8m ($7.5m) to increase capacity at its only plant, in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, by mid-2017.

Dispatches from ISM in Cologne

Melt-free chocolate nibbles & clean-label caramel: Barry Callebaut's latest innovations

Chocolate manufacturers can drive growth in the premium space with heat resistant chocolate nibbles and clean-label Belgian caramel chocolate without added flavors, claims supplier Barry Callebaut.

Industry Voices: Fairtrade chocolate MD

Divine Chocolate gains top European supermarket listings and ponders single-origin bars

UK Fairtrade candy company Divine Chocolate hopes to grow in mainland Europe's leading retailers and is considering expanding its cocoa sourcing to create a single-origin range, says the firm's managing...

Dispatches from ISM in Cologne

Sweet Planet: Confectionery NPD inspiration from design school students

Students at KSID Köln International School of Design present confectionery packaging and product concepts at the International Sweets and Biscuits Fair (ISM).

Interactive Media

Chocoa 2016: Emerging origins, poverty alleviation & future techs

Commercial cocoa plantations poised to double share of global cocoa output while fine flavor cocoa nations rally behind a commodity described as the 'poverty crop'. Discover our key takeaways from...

'Expand and expand': Magnum chocolate harbors global ambitions after premium refresh

Unilever’s Magnum chocolate range has entered retail outlets across Western Europe after a recent rebranding and plans further global expansion, says contract manufacturer Kinnerton Confectionery

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McCrea’s Candies expands distrbution to US West Coast, says founder

Boston-based McCrea’s Candies has begun selling its products on the West Coast for the first time after flagship brand Black Lava Sea Salt Caramel bagged the Good Foods Awards’ confectionery...

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Candyman returns: Jelly bean innovator back in business via crowdfunding

Cult personality David Klein speaks to ConfectioneryNews about his new jelly bean business that is seeking online funding through a Kickstarter campaign.

Exclusive CEO interview

Fannie May eyes drug and c-store expansion as it rebrands classic range with Chicago pride

Fannie May hopes to enter new distribution channels after rebranding packs for its premium chocolate range to designs that resonate with Chicago pride, says its CEO.

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