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Slash fairtrade chocolate prices in developed markets, says Euromonitor

Branded chocolate makers could get a sales boost by cutting prices for fairtrade products in developed markets and making items more readily available, according to an analyst from Euromonitor.

What's a bored, hypoglycemic lawyer to do? Start a natural label, low sugar ice cream company, of course!

For Justin Woolverton, founder and CEO of premium ice cream brand Halo Top Creamery, life had become too sweet and too sour at the same time.  A dissatisfaction with his...

Thorntons sees strong commercial and export growth

Thorntons chief executive Jonathan Hart expects further growth from supermarket sales in the coming year, he told FoodManufacture.co.uk, after the company posted strong fourth quarter growth in the division including...

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Thorntons expects full year profits to surpass expectations

UK chocolatier Thorntons says it pre-exceptional profit before tax will be ahead of the £4.6m ($7m) market expectation as its commercial driven strategy appears to be paying dividends.

Thorntons commercial focus pays off over key seasonal period

UK chocolatier Thorntons has reported increased sales in the third quarter as its focus on the commercial channel drove performance over Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and Easter.

New Zealand chocolate consumers ‘trade up’ for ethics and health: Leatherhead

Consumers in New Zealand are spending more on healthier and ethical chocolate variants - a move that has aided growth in the burgeoning sector, an analyst says.

Lindt to seize on Singapore’s premium chocolate cravings with DKSH deal

Premium chocolatier Lindt & Sprüngli has reached a deal with market expansion services group DKSH to strengthen its position in the Singapore where demand for premium chocolate is rising.

Cadbury India discounts Toblerone to grow premium category

Mondelez International’s Cadbury India has introduced a two-week promotion on Toblerone in most modern retailers in a bid to grow the premium chocolate category.

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Thorntons reports ‘satisfactory’ Easter

UK chocolatier Thorntons has reported that its Easter trading has been “satisfactory” and will help its profit climb above expectations.

Lindt loses 12-year gold bunny trademark case

Lindt & Sprüngli has lost a trademark case for its Goldbunny against Confiserie Riegelein in Germany that spanned 12 years.

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Lindt invests €70m in French plant expansion

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli will invest €70m ($90m) to expand its factory in the South of France to up its capacity for premium tablet ranges.

Lindt claims partial immunity from economic downturn as profits surge

Lindt & Sprüngli’s operating profit rose 10.3% in 2012 and the company has declared itself “partially unaffected” by the continuing economic downturn as consumers still seek quality chocolate in tough times....

Premium to drive South African chocolate market up 10% per year

Market analysts Frost & Sullivan expects the South African chocolate market to grow 10% per annum in the next five years driven by rising incomes and locally-sourced premium products.

Maltesers and Lindor get bar format makeover

Two major chocolate brands have been launched in block format as Mars Chocolate unveils Maltesers Teasers and Lindt introduces Lindor single serve bars.

Dark chocolate bitterness can be reduced with green coffee, finds Callebaut

Barry Callebaut has developed a formula to reduce the bitterness of high cocoa chocolate using green coffee that doesn’t give a coffee taste and ups antioxidant content.

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Affordable gourmet confectionery flourishes at NCA’s Sweet & Snacks Expo

Affordable gourmet confectionery is on the rise in the US, according to the National Confectioners Association (NCA) which has seen a hike in demand from exhibitors wanting to showcase products...

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Lindt launches wasabi chocolate in US

Lindt & Sprungli has added three new products to its chocolate range including a bar featuring wasabi.

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Convenience, shelf-life and health: Gourmet fruit range plugs all, says Taura

Taura Natural Ingredients’ newly launched gourmet fruit inclusion range plugs convenience, shelf-life and health for the artisanal baker, its marketing manager says.

Premium, value or bust, says Rabobank

Confectioners must position themselves in the premium or value segment or face sales meltdown as consumers alter spending habits, according to Rabobank.

ProSweets 2013 Cologne

Ecological aspects and special effects to drive the cardboard packaging market, says CEO of PAWI Packaging

The cardboard packaging market will continue to be driven by ecological aspects for 2013 but also increased interest in special effects, the CEO of PAWI Packaging says.

‘Commercial channel will become the biggest’ – Thorntons CEO

UK premium chocolate firm Thorntons has restored sales growth in its second quarter trading update as its focus shift from own-stores to commercial sales pays dividends.

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Lindt posts strong 2012 sales as Nestlé hovers, says analyst

Lindt & Sprüngli recorded strong sales growth in 2012 and could prove an attractive “end game” acquisition for fellow Swiss confectioner Nestlé, according to one analyst.

Wrigley UK foresees 'small bottle' £12m sales win

Wrigley UK is expecting an additional £12m ($19.3m) in sales by introducing smaller sized bottle packs for chewing gum that are more affordable for consumers.

Premium chocolate to lead Ukrainian confectionery resurgence, says Leatherhead

Premium chocolate will help the Ukrainian confectionery market return to growth despite sugar confectionery currently proving the more popular category, according to an analyst Leatherhead Food Research.

Evolve Indian chocolate market in premium space, says analyst

Chocolate manufacturers can grow further in India with premium products after already opening up the market to low-income consumers, according to an analyst.

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