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Expo East 2016

PUR enters bubblegum to seize on aspartame-free movement

Canadian aspartame-free gum and mint manufacturer, The PUR Company, has introduced two new gum flavors during the recent Expo East in Baltimore, MDi including a bubblegum SKU.

Vegetable fats in chocolate threaten artisans, says MEP

EU rules allowing a maximum of 5% vegetable fats other than cocoa butter in chocolate are a threat to artisan chocolate producers, says a French member of European Parliament.

Theo Chocolate warns confectionery industry to avoid ‘greenwashing’

Theo Chocolate says one of the greatest challenges it faces as a company committed to a responsible and transparent supply chain is “greenwashing” in the premium chocolate category.

Mallow & Marsh and pladis shortlisted for Amazon award

Two confectionery companies have been shortlisted for online retailer Amazon’s Growing Business Awards, which recognizes SMEs and entrepreneurs.

Sambirano Valley Chocolat plans Madagascar cocoa plantation after opening tech center

Startup couverture supplier Sambirano Valley Chocolat has opened a chocolate technology center in Canada and has plans for its own cocoa plantation in Madagascar.

Fannie May taps meal kit boom with Apron & Spoon launch

Chicago chocolate brand Fannie May has launched Apron & Spoon collection exclusively at its retail stores and its own website. 

Lindt seeks travel retail boost with Bijoux praline launch

Lindt is to launch Swiss Masterpieces Bijoux Collection at the Tax Free World Association World Exhibition & Conference (TFWA) in Cannes, France this October, as it aims to bump up...

Startup Tracker

Whaddyaluv: Spruce0132’s experiential artisan chocolate brand set for US entry

Family startup Spruce0132 is to introduce a chocolate brand to boutique channels across the US made entirely from Ecuadorian Sacha Gold cocoa.

James Cropper launches luxury food paper packaging

Papermaker James Cropper has launched a food contact-approved range of luxury papers for dry, moist and fatty foodstuffs for the food packaging industry.

Expo East 2016

Expo East 2016 sneak peak: Some of the contenders for Best of East award

Forty-eight natural products are competing to be winner of the Best of East Awards at the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, Maryland this year.

NPD

Godiva taps single origin chocolate sector with G by Godiva

Pladis-owned Godiva Chocolatier has introduced a Mexican single origin range to its boutiques and select retail partners in North America. 

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Baron Chocolatier aims to rengage Millennials with US premium chocolate offer

Premium chocolate brand Baron Chocolatier has launched a line of chocolate bars exclusively at Dollar General across the US, while separately it plans to expand in Mexico and the UK....

Hershey partners with Chef’d to tap $2bn meal kit industry

Online meal kit company Chef’d has struck a deal to produce Hershey branded desserts as the US chocolate leader expands into flourishing US meal kit market.

Mondelēz plans sole US chocolate invasion with Milka Oreo and Green & Black's

Mondelēz plans to take its Milka Oreo brand to US chocolate market after its failed bid for Hershey and will expand its premium chocolate offerings with Green & Black’s....

Bon Bon Buddies sets multi-million target for Brain Blasterz brand

UK firm Bon Bon Buddies has expanded its sour confectionery range Brain Blasterz as it hopes to rake in $13m annual sales for the brand by 2020.

Industry Voices - top tips for startups from a master chocolatier

Bean to bar chocolate makers often stuck with cocoa ‘leftovers’

The bean to bar chocolate market is abound with below-par products as small companies are often left with cocoa unwanted by the major suppliers, says master chocolatier Frederic Loraschi.

Mars’ Ethel M invests $2m to renovate Nevada factory store

A $2m renovation of Ethel M’s chocolate factory store in Nevada is expected to complete in October this year, according to Mars North America’s general manger, Oren Young.

Lindt shakes up top management ahead of CEO change

Lindt has appointed its next CFO and will add three new members to its group management team.

Snack NPD August 2016: Good Thins’ new flavors, Burton’s Biscuit, Jack Link’s new jerky and strips

BakeryandSnacks presents a monthly round-up of product launches, relaunches and innovation that caught our eye in August.

ChocZero offers sugar-free chocolate that meets demand for natural, clean labels

As the public health war against sugar consumption in the US continues to build, food and beverage manufacturer Snapfit hopes to keep chocolate out of the crossfire by offering a...

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Wolfgang Candy plans multi-million-dollar factory amid ‘substantial’ growth

Fourth generation family confectionery business Wolfgang Candy has purchased property in Loganville PA, with a view to establishing a candy manufacturing plant by November this year.

Energy Bombs aims to create coffee alternative for US gum consumer

Energy Bombs chewing gum has rolled out its products at convenience stores across the US with a suggested retail price of $2.99 per 10-piece pack.

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Kiva releases cannabis chocolate bars despite difficulty imposed by state regulation

The increasing demand for consuming cannabis through confections has pushed the California-based Kiva to launch its first CBD chocolate bar line. 

Lindt expands global chocolate business through new retail stores

Premium chocolate brand, Lindt, will open its first chocolate stores in Wales, UK and Canberra, Australia respectively later this month to further drive its brand equity.

Food gifting market will approach $18 billion in 2016, says Packaged Facts

According to a new report by Packaged Facts, more Americans are choosing food items as gifts, and the occasions range from a holidays to special occasions to “just because.”

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