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Confectionery manufacturers are increasingly looking to new processing and packaging firms for new technology, in order to create products specifically targeted at the health market.
Ferrero UK has been told to remove its recent TV advertisement for Nutella, after a British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) verdict that it contains misleading information about nutritional content.
A compound that occurs naturally in fruit could hold the key to allowing diabetics to share the same sugary treats as the rest of the nation.
A UK-based policy institute this week slammed Fairtrade, saying that the practice distorts the market and traps some of the world's poorest farmers in a cycle of poverty.
The European Commission may have to enforce compulsory final sugar quota cuts of 1.16m tones in 2010 with no compensation, as current renunciations fall below targets.
A quarter of Western consumers are interested in chocolate with physical or emotional health benefits, according to Barry Callebaut, indicating that there is a strong market for functional products.
The European Commission insists it is on track with the process of tabulating the thousands of health claim petitions submitted to it by member states and European trade organisations, but...
The sale of Cadbury subsidiary Monkhill is finalised, a Hershey director leaves his post, and the Swiss sweet industry experiences stable sales at home but higher sales abroad.
Tate & Lyle is to convert its entire retail sugar range to fairtrade in the largest fair-trade switch ever made by a UK company.
A debate on flavourings has erupted over a report from a consumer pressure group that claims fruit flavourings mislead consumers into believing they contain actual fruit extract.
In response to rising demand in the chocolate industry and reduce dependency on imports, Indian cocoa producers have said they will increase domestic cocoa production by 60 per cent in...
Collaboration between industry and government is crucial to the competitiveness of the food industry, according to the research published by UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF).
Riding the wave of the functional trend, herbal sweet firm Ricola is hoping this year to boost its share in the UK market to become the number one healthy confectionery...
UK chocolatier Thorntons yesterday posted an increase in net sales for the fifth quarter running, as the company's business recovery plan continues to prove effective.
Repositioning on a healthy food platform and investing in research of value-added ingredients has lifted Nestle out of the reach of raw material prices and other economic encumbrances.
Mars UK claims it is the first confectionery company to launch an online platform which will allow members of the networking site Facebook to buy real chocolate bars such as...
A blue colorant developed by ColorMaker in partnership with D.D. Williamson is designed to provide a shelf-stable natural blue hue at a low pH for increased flexibility.
The Ghanaian cocoa board is planning to significantly step up cocoa production in the country over the next three years in a nationwide shake-up of how the crop is farmed,...
Cadbury Schweppes is trialling an unboxed chocolate egg in the UK this Easter, after consumers called for the company to be more environmentally friendly and use less packaging.
The food industry across Europe needs to make a big effort to reduce saturated fat in food regardless of whether national agencies set targets - and it should not wait...
A recent survey of executive opinions on climate change found that the majority regard it as a strategically important issue - but more than a third said it is seldom...
Alfred Ritter is moving production of its chocolate bars out of Russia and back to Germany to use the same milk materials for products sold the world over.
Chocolate has come out on top as the star of the emerging mood food category - but its future maybe under threat if companies fail to win health claims for...
The UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is opposing a private members bill that pushes for a 9pm watershed on advertising unhealthy foods, condemning it as 'disproportionate' and 'contradictory'.
EU member states must recognise erythritol as an approved sweetener by tomorrow, which is expected to increase its use in low-calorie products across Europe.
While chocolate has always been a favourite for the Valentine's Day holiday, functional and unusual chocolate ingredients will dominate sales across the US this year, according to the National Confectioners...
More than half of consumers say they are willing to switch to sugar-free versions of traditional confectionery lines, which suggests that sweeteners are no longer considered a 'niche' ingredient in...
The juice of pomegranate is more effective than apple in boosting the body's antioxidant defences, which decline naturally with age, reports a new study.
The Federal Cartel Office in Germany has raided the offices of several confectionery giants over allegations of fixing the price of chocolate, according to news reports.
While most consumers agree that ethically-sourced cocoa is no bad thing, an ever increasing number of different schemes risks muddying the issue and puzzling chocolate fans.
An all-natural colouring derived from seaweed has put blue Smarties back on the shelves following their removal two years ago in response to concerns over artificial additives.
Record yields from sugar beet fields in several countries have resulted in a bumper sugar harvest for Denmark's Danisco group.
Sweetening foods with artificial sweeteners like saccharin may lead to increased body weight and fat build-up, suggests a study with rats that goes against intuition.
Nordic confectioner Cloetta Fazer reported Friday a 9.5 per cent drop in operating profit for the tax year 2007, despite strong increases during the fourth quarter.
Genetics and heritability may account for 77 per cent of obesity, while environmental factors make up less that 25 per cent, suggests new research.
Global confectioners Mars and Nestle have joined a sustainable cocoa programme, which aims to establish a traceability system for all farmers in the Ivory Coast.
Scientists in California have developed a sugar-free lollipop, infused with a liquorice extract, that they claim can help prevent tooth decay.
There is increasing scope for healthy yet indulgent products as consumers refuse to sacrifice taste for nutrition, according to a new Datamonitor study.
US-based chewing gum firm Wrigley today posted full year growth in both operating profit and margins, thanks to international and developing market sales.
Product branding and information provided to consumers on food labels are again at loggerheads, and industry doesn't seem likely to accept new EU labelling proposals without a fight.
Packaging manufacturer TNA will launch six new technologies, aimed at improving confectionery and snack packing, at the Interpack trade show in Germany in April.
Global confectionery giant Cadbury has stepped up its microbiological surveillance by adopting the Pathatrix pathogen testing system, according to its creator.
The European Food Safety Authority is expecting to complete its evaluation of the safety of 2,800 flavouring substances by April to allow for a positive list to be established, but...
In confectionery news this week, Woolworths secures sweet supplier EUK with a loan deal, confectionery product launches outnumber other food categories, and dark chocolate continues to prove popular with manufacturers.
Leatherhead Food International (LFI) intends to tap into a very pressing technical challenge for manufacturers looking to produce low fat foods that maintain an indulgent appeal.
Global food giant Kraft yesterday posted fourth quarter profit losses of six per cent, despite higher volume sales of chocolate, biscuit and beverage brands.
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