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Study suggests chocolate milk exercise recovery boost

Chocolate milk has taken first place in a post-exercise energy recovery trial in competition alongside both a fluid- and carbohydrate-replacing beverage, according to new clinical research.

Cadbury predicts 2010 price hikes will be cocoa linked

Cadbury said it may have to further raise its prices for 2010 as the cost of cocoa has remained stubbornly high, economic conditions are turbulent and markets competitive.

Consumers look to health and wellness in recession

Focusing on health and wellness and building brand awareness are the most successful strategies for weathering the global economic storm, according to a Frost and Sullivan analyst.

Sustainability Roundtable to reduce green label overload

The priority of the new Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Roundtable is to reduce the confusing array of different labels and statements appearing on food packages but fostering agreement on...

Line producing rPET aims to meet hike in demand

A new line enables commercial production of a recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) food grade resin that overcomes the typical performance challenges of this type of packaging material, claims Phoenix Technologies.

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Recession-hit consumers turn to Cadbury's chocolate

Evidence that people do turn to chocolate during an economic downturn as number one UK chocolate maker Cadbury reports worldwide global chocolate sales were up 6 per cent in 2008,...

Thorntons cuts Easter egg packaging weight

Efforts by industry to slash Easter egg packaging continue with UK confectioner Thorntons announcing savings of 22 per cent across its core product range.

Barry Callebaut welcomes new cocoa anti-depressant link

Barry Callebaut is a step closer to boasting about the antidepressant properties of cocoa on its product labels after a study funded by the company found that it could...

Innovations in chocolate: asparagus, smoked figs and 23-carat gold

Innovation in product design, be this packaging or formulation, will play a key role in boosting margins to help confectionery manufacturers beat the economic downturn. At this year's confectionery...

Nestle cuts plastic packaging for Easter eggs

Confectionery giant Nestle has removed plastic packaging from around 80 per cent of its shell Easter eggs in a move to further its green credentials.

ABF trading update shows sugar and ingredients growth

The sugar and ingredients divisions of Associated British Foods (ABF) are expected to show good growth backed favourable foreign exchange rates when its interim results are announced in April.


Turning the key on new food technologies

Consumer concerns about a synthetic growth hormone used in milk production have prompted two leading food producers in the United States – General Mills and Dannon – to reformulate...

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Hershey non-exec chairman resigns

Non-executive chairman Kenneth Wolfe has stood down at chocolate giant Hershey following a request from the company's controlling stockholder, the Hershey Trust.

TNA technology adjusts load balance for even flavour delivery

Australia's TNA targets even flavour distribution in food formulations with the roll-out of its intelli-flavR 2 flavouring technology that adjusts load balance to match product demand.

Peanut-gate: Will consumers still trust American food – your views

The salmonella contamination of peanut products has brought American food safety under scrutiny causing some to question the value of the Made In America brand.

Cinnamon may improve blood sugar levels: Study

Consumption of three grams of cinnamon a day may improve people’s control of blood glucose levels, Scandinavian scientists have reported.

Study gives light at the end of the peanut allergy tunnel

Gradual exposure to peanut may put an end to peanut allergy, if results of a small study from Cambridge are followed by similar positive results.

EFSA health claim opinion

Chocolate does not help children to grow, says EFSA

An ambitious article 14 health claim dossier submitted by Italian-based Soremartec Italia S.r.l. Gruppo Ferrero that sought to link chocolate consumption and growth in children has drawn a negative opinion...

Confectionery coating system provides alternative to gum arabic

TIC Gums has developed a fast-drying shell coating system for chewing gum, confectionery and nuts, which it said was prompted by continued high demand and uncertain supply of gum arabic.

Nestle uncowed by economic outlook

Nestle expects to carry on seeing growth in earnings over 2009 despite the global recession, using its strong 2008 results as a springboard for growth.

UK awards reflect growing consumer demand for fine chocolate

The UK consumer palate continues to move towards fine chocolate, evident in the mushrooming popularity of the UK's academy of chocolate awards that clocked-up an increasing number of entries...

Magnet-detectable material in pendulum bucket slashes tampering risk

German firm Wiese Förderelemente has rolled out a magnetically detectable polypropylene pendulum bucket for quick detection of unwanted plastics, in response to growing demand for detectable plastic materials in conveyor...

Quadro-shot tech for premium chocolate grabs consumer eye

Opportunities for eye-catching premium chocolates emerge with quadro-shot technology from swiss confectionery machinery firm Awema.

New cost-effective tech adds value to gravure printing

A new concept for cost-effective packaging could see confectioners switching from standard filmic overwrap for carton boxes to using a new ink developed by US firm Sun Chemical.

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Nestle seeks packaging design advice

Nestle Confections and Snacks in the US are turning to the consumer for design advice with the firm launching a competition to ask consumers to vote for the latest packaging...

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