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Premium chocolate offers hope as food inflation soars in eurozone

While the food inflation rate continues to gallop ahead in the eurozone, observers speculate as to whether premium chocolate products could help confectionery firms ride the storm.

Ethical and premium brands lock in consumer awareness for chocolate makers

   Ethical and premium brands will bring strong gains to chocolate makers with fresh evidence suggesting they hold sway in the mind of the consumer.

News briefs: healthy and premium chocolate launches

In recent years there has been an increasing trend towards healthy and premium confectionery products, aimed at making consumers feel better about the treats they eat and giving them a...

Candy Expo highlights gourmet, premium and organic products

The All Candy Expo currently taking place in Chicago is highlighting gourmet, premium and organic products, which organisers say is the fastest growing segment in the confectionery and snack market.

Nestle pushes for premium with new R&D centre

Global confectioner Nestle today announced the establishment of a research and development (R&D) facility dedicated entirely to dark and premium chocolate.

News briefs: Woolworths, product launches, and premium chocolate

In confectionery news this week, Woolworths secures sweet supplier EUK with a loan deal, confectionery product launches outnumber other food categories, and dark chocolate continues to prove popular with manufacturers.

Premium innovation boosts Lindt sales

Strong sales of premium and dark products have led Lindt & Spruengli to predict that full year revenue for 2007 will hit CHF 2.95bn (€1.8bn), a 14 per cent increase...

Zetar acquires Lir luxury chocolates

UK confectionery firm Zetar today said it is expanding its range of luxury and premium products thanks to the acquisition of Lir Chocolates in Ireland.

Nestle partners luxury chocolatier Pierre Marcolini

Swiss-based food giant Nestle today announced going into partnership with Belgian company Pierre Marcolini, as the company aims to move further into the premium and luxury chocolate market.

Natra launches truffles for premium market

Natra said yesterday it will tap the premium and private label chocolate markets with a new range of Belgium truffles, only two days after acquiring a chocolate factory in the...

Confectionery exhibition highlights premium trends

The growing demand for luxury, fortified, natural and organic confectionery is the focus of this year's All Candy Expo.

Premium cocoa gets supply chain boost

Agricultural group Bioversity International has begun a new project on sustainable and organic farming - designed to benefit both producers of gourmet single-origin chocolate and cocoa farmers in Nicaragua.

Hershey dark chocolate growth boosts sales

US based chocolate giant Hershey may have successfully taken advantage of the consumer trend for dark chocolate but work still remains to be done to reinvigorate core brands.

Roquette targets sugar-free 'premium' chocolate range

French ingredients firm Roquette has formed an alliance with Meert to develop a range of sugar-free premium chocolate.

'Origin' chocolate fillings target luxury niche

European ingredients firm Puratos is the latest company to tap into the trend towards product traceability with a new range of origin-specific chocolates hailing from prime cocoa growing areas.

Scharffen Berger taps premium chocolate demand

A San Francisco-based confectioner is tapping demand for premium chocolate through careful attention to the entire chocolate-making process.

High sugar price may boost shift to premium products in China

Food and beverage firms making premium products will cope best with the current surge in price of both Chinese and imported sugar, with higher margins to cover the rise in...

ADM recognises the growing need for premium cocoa ingredients

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has committed itself to providing its customers with the premium cocoa ingredients they require by announcing plans for a new production facility.

Weekly Comment

Putting a premium on substance over style

Food producers are flogging the term 'premium' for all it's worth, threatening to flood a market that relies on exclusivity for its success with well-packaged tat.

Premium chocolate demand tracks European tastes

Key to successful premium chocolate product development is an understanding of the varying consumer habits, expectations and behaviour in different countries, according to leading Swiss premium chocolate manufacturer Lindt &...

Lindt reports record premium chocolate sales

Leading premium chocolate manufacturer Lindt & Sprüngli has reported record first half results on the back of increased demand for premium products in an otherwise slow-moving European chocolate market.

Russian confectioner adds to premium range

Russian confectionery group Mechta has launched a new premium product line - the latest in a growing number of local producers entering an upmarket segment which was once the sole...

Report predicts boom in premium packaging

Western Europe's frozen food packaging sector is predicted to grow strongly, and there will be greater emphasis on both environmentally-friendly and premium packaging in the future, according to a new...

'Me-time' drives premium foods market

Food makers encouraged to position self-indulgent products as rewards rather than functional as premium foods in UK top billon euro mark showing hectic pace of life continues to drive growth...

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