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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.

Chocolate to evolve like wine: Aromatics the future for premium sector – Cémoi R&D chief

The chocolate market will develop a marked divide between cheaper, lower quality products and higher end offerings that use cocoa blends allowing consumers to distinguish aromatic notes like a wine-tasting,...

Social climbers: Aussies plump for premium chocolate

Lindt, Ferrero and artisanal chocolatiers could be set to profit from thriving demand for premium chocolate in Australia, market analysts Leatherhead Food Research say.

Calls to exempt cocoa from voluntary and mandatory origin labeling

The European Cococa Association (ECA) is campaigning to exclude cocoa and cocoa semi-finished products from voluntary and mandatory origin labelling foreseen in mooted EU legislation.

Barry Callebaut: Just paying more for cocoa wouldn’t work

Simply paying African cocoa growers more will not incentivize them to move away from the encroaching, more lucrative industries of palm and rubber, says Barry Callebaut.

Dispatches from FiE

Is the next generation of fruit functional?

Fruit may have its own stand alone functionality but Taura Natural Ingredients says fortification with milk and pea proteins, green coffee and grains will bring the ingredient into new areas. ...

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Theo Chocolate enters Canada

Bean-to-bar chocolate maker Theo Chocolates has taken its first steps outside of the US by entering retail stores in Canada as demand for ethical products rises in North America.

Organic chocolate threat: Farmers lack sufficient incentives to grow organic cocoa

The industry needs to think how farmers can be incentivized to grow organic cocoa because premiums do not currently compensate the productivity shortfalls from not using pesticides and fertilizer, according...

Probiotic dark chocolate: Potential for new synbiotic strain, finds study

A synbiotic combination of a Baccilus probiotic and two dietary fibers holds promise in dark chocolate, according to research.

Premium chocolate samba in Brazil

Premium chocolate is rapidly growing in popularity in the emerging Brazilian market, according to domestic trade body ABICAB.

Milka’s cost-effective marketing in time of turmoil

An analyst has called Milka’s recent selective marketing a “masterclass” in how to implement cost-efficient, brand equity building strategies against a backdrop of an industry in “turmoil”....

Industry Voices - Cocoa in the developed world

‘We want to put Australia on the map for origin chocolate’ – Daintree Estates

The company behind Australia’s first single origin chocolate says the country’s cocoa is rich in polyphenols and is set for a big future. Its executive chairman, Cadbury veteran Barry Kitchen...

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IQ Chocolate preps sports performance cocoa health claim

Scottish chocolate start-up, IQ Chocolate, has high hopes for its “raw” dark chocolate bars within the high quality, functional foods sector and is currently in the initial stages of preparing...

Bean blending all the rage for private label chocolatiers

The premium private label chocolate industry is becoming increasing interested in the subtleties of cocoa and is willing to sacrifice single origins for a flavorsome blend, according to French chocolatier Cémoi....

Nestlé needs to up premium game, but are there better options than Ferrero?

Nestlé should address its premium portfolio weaknesses, but perhaps there are better options than Ferrero, suggests a market analyst.

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Hershey highlights rise of dark chocolate as dessert in US

Hershey hosted an event in New York last week highlighting dark chocolate as the new dessert for Americans.

Gifting chocolate weathers economic storm, says Thorntons

UK premium confectioner Thorntons has claimed consumer sentiment for gift chocolates is strong in spite of a troubled UK economy as it posts positive full year results.

Market Trends - Dutch confectionery sector

Premium confectionery drive in the Netherlands, says Leatherhead

Boxed chocolates, sugar-free candy and fair trade chocolate are likeliest to succeed in the increasingly premium Dutch confectionery market, according to an analyst at Leatherhead Food Research.

Lindt plans $217m investment on US and European factory expansions

Lindt & Sprüngli intends to invest CHF 200m ($217m) in new production lines at existing plants in the US and Europe in response to rising demand in developed markets.

Developed market pickup helps Lindt profits soar 40% in H1

Lindt & Sprüngli has recorded a 40.2% rise in net profit in the first half of the year results driven by improved consumer sentiment in developed markets such as the...

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.

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