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Industry Voices - Ewa Hudson, Head of Health and Wellness at Euromonitor International

Emerging markets: Where is the growth in fortified and functional confectionery?

Global business intelligence provider Euromonitor International casts an eye over the global market for fortified and functional confectionery.

Industry Voices - Curtis Vreeland

Artisan: A ‘worn out’ phrase in US bean-to-bar chocolate?

The term ‘artisan’ has lost its luster in the US bean-to-bar chocolate market, says confectionery consultant Curtis Vreeland.

Non-chemical process cuts stevia chocolate's bitter aftertaste, claims Basic Research

UK firm Basic Research has developed a a non-invasive process it claims eliminates undesirable aftertastes in stevia-sweetened chocolate.

Industry Voices - Guest article from Euromonitor

The impact of checkout bans: What are the options for chocolate confectionery manufacturers?

Confectionery checkout bans will have limited impact on impulse buys in independent grocers and convenience stores, but chocolate companies may need to reduce reliance on countlines and diversify with tablets...

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Innocent Chocolate to expand product range with spread and chocolate chips

Manufacturer Innocent Chocolate – whose products are said to have less impact on blood sugar than standard chocolate - is set to extend its range with new lines including chocolate...

Oreo bakers’ union files lawsuit against Mondelēz

Mondelēz International faces a court case brought by disgruntled employees at its plant in Chicago, half of whom will lose their jobs after the company shifted the factory’s Oreo production...

Industry Voices - Q&A with Sanders president

Sanders Candy embarks on new business strategy to maintain recent growth

Michigan-based Sanders Candy has been in business for over 100 years. This year, the company plans on launching several new products to extend their sea salt caramel line. 

Industry Voices: Fairtrade chocolate MD

Divine Chocolate gains top European supermarket listings and ponders single-origin bars

UK Fairtrade candy company Divine Chocolate hopes to grow in mainland Europe's leading retailers and is considering expanding its cocoa sourcing to create a single-origin range, says the firm's managing...

CEO Interview - Q&A

Clean eating trend fuels Torie & Howard's hard candy business

Connecticut-based hard candy company Torie & Howard says America's clean eating trend is fueling its business growth. This year, the company has added a new distributor, expanding the firm's reach...

Industry Voices

Ferrara Candy CEO: Millennials create ‘paradox’ where candy outdoes chocolate

Candy is outpacing chocolate growth in the US as Millennials, Generation Z and the Hispanic population transform consumption habits, says the CEO of Ferrara Candy.

Industry Voices - Trademark Attorney Opinion

The KitKat conundrum: Confectioners risk disillusioning consumers by trademarking shapes

Confectionery companies may have to use clear packs and ditch all branding if they hope to trademark a shape, a move that could end up deterring consumers, writes trademark attorney...

Industry Voices – Curtis Vreeland

A dynamic bean-to-bar market creates the ‘New American Chocolate’ – but is it a game for small players only?

Confectionery consultant Curtis Vreeland assesses the growing US bean-to-bar chocolate market and asks several artisanal chocolatiers how and if they can co-exist with multinationals.

Industry Voices

Opinion: Reform state CPAs to protect brands like Mentos from ‘absurd’ lawsuits

US state legislators should revise Consumer Protection Acts so confectioners are not hit with ‘preposterous’ lawsuits such as one accusing Perfetti Van Melle of slack filling gum packs, writes the...

Guest article

A different perspective: Cocoa Buyers must be incentivised to improve chocolate supply chain

Cocoa buying companies are the main intermediaries between the chocolate industry and farmers and should not be forgotten in the pursuit of sustainable cocoa, writes one of the largest licensed...

Guest article

No future for chocolate if cocoa farmers are deep-rooted in poverty

Chocolate could become a small and expensive niche product unless we all do more to help cocoa farmers escape poverty, writes UTZ Certified executive director Han De Groot.

Guest article

Standing out in the confectionery ‘purple’ patch

Chocolate brands will gain no ground by mimicking the color of heritage brands such as Cadbury and must forge their own identities, writes Mark Ringer, executive creative director UK &...

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Smoke signals: Sugar industry needs to embrace moderation (like the rest of us)

Sugar is not like tobacco. So why does the sugar industry keep borrowing tobacco industry terms?

Industry Voices: Nutri Nick talks confectionery nutrition

Confectionery industry poised for ‘analogue to digital switch’ on health, says Nutri Nick

The confectionery industry will begin to move away from sugar to ‘healthier’ alternatives, according to a manufacturer of stevia-sweetened energy and confectionery bars.

Industry Voices: Guest Article

Not wanting to see the cookie crumble: The other side of the lightweighting frenzy

Lightweighting and the move to shelf-ready packaging can be more sustainable, but also exposes delicate products such as biscuits to damage and any savings may be outweighed by extra pallet...

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...

Industry Voices - The Gum Doctor

Fortified chewing gum can protect against the common cold, claims Immuno Gum creator

Immune health chewing gum is a cheaper and more portable way to guard against the common cold than dissolvable vitamins, according to an emergency room doctor who has created his...

Industry Voices: The Big Chew

Perfetti Van Melle USA CEO talks Airheads for adults and gum revival

The CEO of Perfetti Van Melle USA talks to ConfectioneryNews about innovation, turning around the ailing gum category and the firm’s US strategy.

Industry Voices – Functional Gum Formulator

High-dose weight loss gum launches in US

A high-dose satiety gum containing a potato extract and African mango has launched in the US that takes four pieces to achieve clinically-backed results.

Industry Voices: Healthy Choc Chief

Functional ingredients and chocolate the perfect match, says Good Cacao CEO

Good Cacao CEO talks to ConfectioneryNews.com about boosting the appeal of healthy chocolate, the functional ingredients to look out for in 2013 and challenges in formulation.

Guest article

Eight winners: Are EU diabetes-metabolic syndrome health claims set to explode?

Eight ingredients have won EU health claims that can be used to back messaging around metabolic syndrome – although the take-up to date has been lacklustre, says Euromonitor analyst, Diana Cowland....

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