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Clintons introduces own-label chocolate range

UK high street retailer Clintons has introduced a premium own-label chocolate range that includes single origin bars.

Popping confection SoundyCandy goes sugarfree

Turkish startup Toller Gida has collaborated with ingredients supplier Beneo for a sugar-free version of its hard-boiled sweet SoundyCandy.

China direct

Barry Callebaut targets China’s premium market with ‘refreshed’ range

Chocolate and cocoa supplier Barry Callebaut has increased its number of product lines available in China after seeing sales of its gourmet range doubling over the last four years.

Bimbo bakery brand Entenmann's expands into chocolate

Praim Group is to produce a bakery-inspired chocolate bar range for Grupo Bimbo’s subsidiary Entenmann's.

‘I'm looking for beans that other people aren’t using’: Willie’s Cacao talks single-estate cocoa sourcing

Willie’s Cacao's owner talks about the benefits of direct trade with single cocoa estates and tips Nicaragua and Colombia as up and coming cocoa origins.

Startup Watch

UK popcorn and crisp brand Yumsh Snacks enters chocolate category

Manchester-based Yumsh Snacks has started producing Bean & Pod chocolates while waiting for its manufacturing facility to be certified free-from, CEO Tony Goodman told BakeryandSnacks.

Simply Gum: ‘We want to be an everyday gum sitting next to Wrigley’

Simply Gum aspires to sit on shelf next to Wrigley, and hopes its expansion into mints can help the company gain listings across the US. 

Free2b Foods primes for free-from chocolate snacking expansion

Sun Cups maker Free2b Foods hopes to move beyond confections and into allergen-free snacks with investor VG Growth Partners.

Fudge Kitchen taps Zùsto sweetener for sugar-free brittle

UK firm Fudge Kitchen is using a sweetener created recently in Belgium for a sugar-free peanut brittle launching this week.

'The best kind of bad': Chocolate makers need premium ingredients not sugar reduction

Sugar and calorie reduction has taken its toll on the chocolate category, but focusing on quality ingredients can foster growth, suggests a Euromonitor analyst. 

Premium tablets drive up value sales in France's chocolate market

Premium tablet NPD has helped accelerate value sales in the French chocolate market in 2016 despite a drop in volume sales, according to trade body Syndicat du Chocolat.

M&A

Ferrero USA outlook positive with Fannie May Confections acquisition - analyst

Ferrero is to acquire all the equity of Fannie May Confections brands, including its subsidiaries Fannie May Confections and Harry London Candies from 1-800-Flowers.com for $115m.

Nut chocolate consumption increases globally, says Almond Board of California-backed study

A survey conducted by the Almond Board of California (ABC) and Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) suggests 70% of consumers across the globe prefer chocolate products with nut inclusions. 

Superchocolate: Can chocolate really be a functional food?

A chocolate bar containing 33% pure refined turmeric has been launched into the global functional foods market, as a convenient and enjoyable way to increase daily dosage of curcumin, the...

NCA State of the Industry Conference 2017

E-commerce the ticket to Millennial candy and snack sales: Analysts

Confectionery and snack companies should up the focus on e-commerce sales in 2017, even though the online channel represents 1% of overall CPG sales volumes, say analysts at IRI and Barkley.

Nonni’s Foods competes with Oreo with seasonal biscotti

Artisan bakery, Nonni’s Foods, has launched limited batch spring biscotti to boost market share in the growing snack category. 

NCA State of of the Industry Conference 2017

Premium & healthy snacks: Mars and Ferrero execs chew on 2017 US confectionery trends

Ferrero North America CEO Paul Chibe and VP of strategy and insights at Mars Matt Lloyd weigh in on 2017 confectionery trends.

Exclusive interview

Hershey looks to upgrade chocolate confectionery lab upon visiting AAK’s new innovation center

AAK has opened an innovation center in Edison, New Jersey, during which it highlighted some of the most up-to-date product making technologies to partners, including Hershey, Mondelēz and Barry Callebaut....

Exclusive interview

Taza reduces dark chocolate bitterness through stone grinding process

Taza Chocolate has never conched its cocoa beans since it started 10 years ago in Somerville, Massachusetts, as the company believes stone grinding is the best way to reduce bitterness of...

NPD

‘Significant interest’ in 100% cocoa bars: Montezuma's adds to Absolute Black range

UK premium chocolate firm has added two variants to its Absolute Black range after the brand launched last year enjoyed success in mainstream British supermarket Sainsbury’s.

Cémoi bears fruits of cocoa fermentation project with latest chocolate range

French firm Cémoi has introduced its own chocolate range containing cocoa from its controlled cocoa fermentation project.

Anlit develops veggie turmeric gummies to tap confectionery supplement growth

Anlit has develop its first pectin-based gummies that deliver curcumin amid growing interest for natural confectionery supplements for adults.

CEO Q&A

What did Divine Chocolate learn at Davos? CEO weighs in on Brexit, Theresa May, Trump and women’s issues

Divine Chocolate's CEO Sophie Tranchell discusses takeaways from the World Economic Forum last month in Davos, Switzerland.

Exclusive interview

Coffee Flour expands footprint into chocolate and baking categories

Coffee Flour, a firm that started with an idea to take advantage of discarded coffee cherry fruit, is vying for health and nutrition-focused investment partners after recently being selected by...

Startup watch: Ruben’s Chocolate

Buffalo milk chocolate targets supermarket listings in Austria and Italy

Austrian startup Ruben’s Chocolate is eyeing supermarkets in its home market and Italy for its buffalo milk chocolate brand Augusto.

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