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EU sugar quota reform: 2015 v 2020? Is it time to give sugar beet a caning?

On the day 27 associations issued a joint open letter imploring the EU to keep to its word and scrap widely despised sugar quotas across the bloc in 2015 -...

Carmit Candy CEO: Specialty know-how gives bite to functional candy shift

Carmit Candy Industries’ expertize in specialty free-from candy formulations will give a competitive edge to its new line of functional confectionery targeting specific health functions and demographics, it CEO says.

EU sugar update

Confectionery SMEs in Europe lobby for sugar quota abolition

Small to medium sized confectioners in Europe yesterday lobbied the European Parliament to end sugar quotas in 2015; a regime they claim has led to inflated prices, scarce supplies, job...

Catering to different generations

Capturing the sweet tooth of the Millennials

Candy makers must connect on social media and allow criticism to appeal to the influential Millennials generation aged 13-31.

Dispatches from NCA Miami Conference

‘Experiential retail’ can build confectionery brand loyalty

Speakers at the National Confectioner Associations’ State of the Industry conference are making big noises about creating in-store experiences to boost confectionery sales.

Unilever & Nestlé tell Oxfam to bring other stakeholders to food ethics table

Unilever and Nestlé say Oxfam missed an opportunity for a wider and more comprehensive debate about food ethics after the NGO published a damning report on the supply chains of...

Petra Foods puts faith in consumer brands

Singapore-based Petra Foods plans to invest in its consumer brands and will target fast-growing South East Asia chocolate markets after selling its ingredients division to Barry Callebaut.

New cocoa powder taps rising consumer demand for intense flavour, says ADM Cocoa

ADM Cocoa has introduced a new intense cocoa powder at Gulfood in Dubai this week, tapping into consumer interest in richly coloured and intensely flavoured cocoa products.

ABF calls Oxfam food ethics attack ‘ridiculous’

Associated British Foods – worst-in-class in an Oxfam report critical of 10 food giants for essentially operating under a corporate social responsibility (CSR) “veil of secrecy” – has hit back, slamming the...

Dispatches from NCA Miami Conference

‘Step up’ on obesity before regulators bite, says Mars chief

Candy makers must take responsibility to tackle obesity and should act before regulators force their hands, says Mars Chocolate North America's president.

ProSweets 2013

Metal tin packaging has gone ‘back to basics’, says Crown

The metal tin packaging market has gone ‘back to basics’ – to what is good for the environment and good for Europe, marketing manager for Crown says.

News in brief

Thorntons to close 40 stores to focus on multi-channel sales growth

Confectionery manufacturer Thorntons plans to close a further 40 stores in this financial year, as it continues to focus on “significant growth” in multiple-channel sales via supermarkets and Thorntons Direct online.

"...there will always be pocket money for sweets."

‘Who stops innovating dies’ says Sanchez Cano as exports set to outstrip domestic sales

Spanish sugar confectioner Sanchez Cano will grow sales in export markets faster than its home market and will do so through innovation, according to its export manager.

NCA State of the Industry Conference preview

ConfectioneryNews.com will be reporting from Miami for the upcoming State of the Industry Conference run by the USA’s National Confectioners Association.

Around the world in numerous food labeling ways

Smart food labelling must emphasise good science and careful thought about consumer impact, the European Food Information Council has concluded after completing an exhaustive global survey.

Hershey: China will be our #2 market behind the US in 5 years

China will be the number two market behind the US for Hershey within five years, predicted senior executives at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) conference yesterday.

Industry Voices: Private label purveyor

Ashbury Chocolates chief spells out trends in private label chocolate

Private label chocolate is no longer a cheap replica of branded products and regular audits from supermarkets are helping quality grow, according to the CEO of UK private label chocolatier...

News in brief

Private label chocolate digestives close behind brand leader in taste, finds Which?

Chocolate digestive market leader McVitie’s trumped private label in a taste test, but not by much Which? finds.

Air velocity indirectly impacts cocoa browning during roasting: Study

Temperature and its duration have the biggest impact on the browning of cocoa beans during roasting, but air velocity also indirectly influences the process, a study finds.

Candy factory worker has hand crushed

A UK confectionery manufacturer has been fined for safety breaches after a worker's hand was crushed in machinery, another case in which inadequate machine guard measures proved a factor.

Capol CEO: Supplements will be a second business pillar for growth

German confectionery coatings firm Capol plans to venture into the supplements sector to establish a second business pillar for growth and gain technological knowledge, its CEO says.

Researchers examine ‘bone-healthy’ silicon supplemented chewing gum

The taste and mouthfeel of silicon microparticles may be acceptable for inclusion in a functional chewing gum that aids bone health, according to researchers.

Product News In Brief

Leaf launches Chewits brand bubble gum in UK

Cloetta-owned confectioner Leaf has launched a bubble gum variety for its Chewits brand to seize on what it claims is a rapidly growing hard bubble gum market.

ProSweets 2013 Cologne

Duyvis Wiener: Continuous liquid conch saves on time, energy and space

Royal Duyvis Wiener and Lehmann’s new continuous liquid conch saves time, energy and space for chocolate manufacturers, its international sales manager says.

Think tank slams EU sugar regime

EU sugar quotas have created instability, a sugar producer “oligopoly” and have dealt a “harsh blow” to small-to-medium sized confectioners, according to an independent think tank.

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