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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.

Ecom-Armajaro denies failed co-op payments

Ecom and Armajaro maintain they did not fail to pay farmers for certified cocoa beans as Ecom’s trading license is suspended and a media hotchpotch of leaked documents and official...

Who will buy Russell Stover?

Private equity and Hershey frontrunners for ‘stuck in time’ Russell Stover: Analyst

Private equity firms and Hershey are prospective suitors for up for sale Russell Stover, but America’s leading boxed chocolate firm could struggle to stay relevant, according to an analyst from Mintel....

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Russell Stover considers $1.3bn sale

America’s third largest chocolate manufacturer Russell Stover is considering selling the business.

Nestlé confectionery profit slump ‘not a setback’, says CEO

Nestlé’s confectionery profit margin nosedive in 2013 was a consequence of higher cocoa prices and increased marketing spend that reflect faith in the category, according to the firm’s CEO.

Seasonal focus: 2014’s candy love-in

Money buys love in segmented US Valentine’s market

US Valentine’s candy consumers are expected to spend more than last year, but many will seek products on offer, while the rich will buy richer with more premium offerings.

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Americans on the hunt for gourmet chocolate - Sweets & Snacks Expo organizers

US consumers have a growing appetite for new tastes such as ethnic flavors and single origin chocolate, creating an opportunity for gourmet confectioners, according to the Sweets and Snacks Expo...

‘Chocolate more than just a bar in a supermarket’

Consumers acquiring a taste for origin chocolate, says wine expert

Consumers are starting to view chocolate more as a cultured wine tasting and less as a sweet treat gone in seconds, according to a wine expert hired by Barry Callebaut.

ChocOBeer: When beer and chocolate collide

Carré Chocolates has introduced ChocOBeer; a brand of beer-filled chocolates that it claims will be a hit in Asia.

PEZ returns to roots with adult proposition

Austrian confectioner PEZ International is hoping to take advantage of the vogue retro trend by re-launching peppermint candies for adults that were previously ditched in favor of child-friendly products in...

Improved chocolate quality with controlled cocoa fermentation, says Barry Callebaut

The taste of chocolate can be vastly improved by adding starter cultures during cacao bean fermentation, according to Barry Callebaut.

Chocolate finds a new friend in yeast

Researchers claim that yeasts produced during cacao bean fermentation are essential to the final quality of chocolate.

Lindt-backed research discovers method to authenticate premium chocolate

Researchers financially supported by the USDA and Lindt have developed a non-sensory method to determine when fine flavor cacao beans have become adulterated with inferior beans.

Authenticity trend gives Belgian chocolate a boost, says Puratos

Belgian chocolate is profiting from a consumer trend for authentic and traceable products, according to industrial chocolate producer and ingredients supplier Puratos.

Sweet Christmas for Thorntons, according to Q2 trading

Thorntons reported sweet success over Christmas, with its second quarter results, for the 14 weeks to January 22, revealing sales in both fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and retail divisions...

Lindt says Hello to 2013 sales gains

Lindt & Sprüngli has reported 8% growth in its 2013 sales driven by higher volumes and innovations such as its Hello brand.

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People on the move: Fannie May and Divine Chocolate appoint new heads

UK Fairtrade manufacturer Divine Chocolate and US premium chocolate retailer Fannie May have both made senior management appointments.

Orchard of possibilities with freeze-dried fruit in chocolate, claims Chaucer Foods

Freeze drying could unlock the potential of red berries and citrus fruits as decorations and inclusions in chocolate while preserving the color and nutrients of the fruit, says supplier Chaucer...

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The chocolate prophecies: Industry fortune-telling for 2014

Not quite the choc-pocalypse, but retail prices for chocolate are expected to rise in the face of cocoa price hikes, which could see the taste, shape and size of chocolate...

Cémoi to up R&D spend as it inaugurates cocoa research hub

Leading French private label chocolatier Cémoi has opened a new R&D center and plans to increase its research budget by 50% until 2016.

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.

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