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The big debate: Can sugar survive a public health crisis?

The world is getting fatter and unhealthier - are smaller portions and diet drinks really going to help when they sit next to full-sugar, supersized products? Is it time to...

WHO set new standards for monitoring junk food ads aimed at children

The World Health Organisation has released guidelines for a new Europe-wide investigation into junk food ads aimed at children.

Bimbo bakery brand Entenmann's expands into chocolate

Praim Group is to produce a bakery-inspired chocolate bar range for Grupo Bimbo’s subsidiary Entenmann's.

Smarties re-enters ‘strong’ gummies segment with Ford Gum

Ford Gum & Machine Company has launched a gummies version of US hard candy brand Smarties.

Ferrero names internal candidate as next CEO

Ferrero has appointed a CEO to take over duties from Giovanni Ferrero, who will become executive chairman.

Lactips creates edible plastic packaging from milk protein

Lactips has developed an edible plastic made from milk protein (casein), claiming it has enormous potential for intelligent packaging in the food and beverage industry.

‘I'm looking for beans that other people aren’t using’: Willie’s Cacao talks single-estate cocoa sourcing

Willie’s Cacao's owner talks about the benefits of direct trade with single cocoa estates and tips Nicaragua and Colombia as up and coming cocoa origins.

UK sets portion size and sugar reduction guidance for chocolate and candy

Public Health England (PHE) recommends chocolate should contain 43.7g of sugar per 100g by 2020 in voluntary health guidelines published today.

News in brief

Treofan creates matte effect film for potato chips, cookies & chocolate

BOPP specialist Treofan has created a matte film effect for potato chips, cookies and chocolate in response to consumer demand for retro-look packaging.

First solid chocolate Easter Egg hits UK shelves

The Solid Chocolate Company has launched what it claims is the world’s first Solid Chocolate Egg.

Seasonal

Easter chocolate NPD 2017: Hershey, Cadbury, M&M’s and Godiva

ConfectioneryNews highlights new items from Hershey, Cadbury, Mars and Godiva for Easter, a major contributor to overall US candy sales. 

Advances in wearable Smart Glasses will outpace handheld technology

By the end of the year, manufacturers will see ‘transformational’ wearable technology in the consumer market, which will overtake sales of handheld devices, says NSF International.

Startup Watch

UK popcorn and crisp brand Yumsh Snacks enters chocolate category

Manchester-based Yumsh Snacks has started producing Bean & Pod chocolates while waiting for its manufacturing facility to be certified free-from, CEO Tony Goodman told BakeryandSnacks.

ECOM buys Euromar to guard against cocoa price volatility, says commodity insider

ECOM's proposed deal to acquire German cocoa grinder Euromar will help protect it from cocoa price fluctuations, says a commodities consultant.

Bean to bar Chocolate Tree crowdfunds to move into bigger premises

Chocolate Tree, co-founded by Alastair and Friederike Gower, has launched a £30k ($37k) crowdfunding campaign to transform an East Lothian farmhouse into a chocolate factory, employing 18 staff.

Nestlé cuts 30% sugar in Rowntree’s gummy and chewy candy

Nestlé has launched 30% reduced sugar versions of two of its best-selling Rowntree’s products: Fruit Pastilles and Randoms.

MEPs oppose GM approvals but Commission will have the final say

EU member states yesterday voted against the introduction and renewal of GM grains in Europe but failed to reach a binding majority, leaving the president of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker...

KitKat cocoa content upped 13% in sugar reduction push

Nestlé UK & Ireland has upped the cocoa and milk content of KitKat in its bid to cut sugar by 10% across its confectionery range.

'Nextgen sweetener': Meringue kisses hold reduced sugar chocolate potential

Lampados International will launch a non-dissolvable version of its sugar-free meringue kisses as inclusions in chocolate bars and cookies.

News in brief

Trolli candy range set for UK entry

Innovative Bites has unveiled a range of eight Trolli products set to enter British retailers.

M&M’s White Chocolate transitions from seasonal to everyday candy

Mars Chocolate will launch M&M’s White Chocolate as an everyday product at select food, mass, convenience and drug stores across the US in May, 2017. 

Cocoa price for Ivorian farmers may drop 30% amid widespread poverty

Ivorian regulator Conseil Café Cacao (CCC) says it may lower guaranteed farm gate prices for cocoa in the primary growing nation. 

Coming to America: Haribo to build first US factory

Haribo plans to construct one of the world’s largest confectionery facilities in Wisconsin.

France's food waste ban: One year on

Has the French system of penalties for supermarkets wasting surplus food really worked? 

EFSA to recommend daily intake values for added sugar by 2020

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will publish a scientific opinion on how much sugar can be included in a healthy diet by 2020, it has confirmed.

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