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Fudge Kitchen taps Zùsto sweetener for sugar-free brittle

UK firm Fudge Kitchen is using a sweetener created recently in Belgium for a sugar-free peanut brittle launching this week.

'The best kind of bad': Chocolate makers need premium ingredients not sugar reduction

Sugar and calorie reduction has taken its toll on the chocolate category, but focusing on quality ingredients can foster growth, suggests a Euromonitor analyst. 

Premium tablets drive up value sales in France's chocolate market

Premium tablet NPD has helped accelerate value sales in the French chocolate market in 2016 despite a drop in volume sales, according to trade body Syndicat du Chocolat.

One in five shoppers want more apps to help them reduce food waste: Survey

Over 20% of consumers would like technology to help them tackle food waste, a new survey has found.

Ferrara Candy faces Jujyfruits slack fill class action

A class action lawsuit in California accuses Ferrara Candy of misrepresenting the amount of candy in Jujyfruits boxes.

Fox’s Biscuits responds to daily retailer forecasting

Fox’s Biscuits has faced the challenge of daily retailer forecasting by installing FuturMaster software, which measures the Mean Absolute Percent Error (MAPE) of its orders.

Ferrara Candy teams with 7-Eleven for sloth-themed Trolli gummies

US gummy manufacturer Ferrara Candy has developed Trolli Sour Brite Sloths candy in partnership with c-store chain 7-Eleven. 

Growth in deforestation commitments hides transparency issues

The number of manufacturers using one of the four key commodities linked to deforestation has increased from 67% to 71%, but a worrying number of targets have been missed or...

M&A

Ferrero USA outlook positive with Fannie May Confections acquisition - analyst

Ferrero is to acquire all the equity of Fannie May Confections brands, including its subsidiaries Fannie May Confections and Harry London Candies from 1-800-Flowers.com for $115m.

Interview: WCF President

Big 12 cocoa and chocolate players pledge to end deforestation in cocoa

The 12 major players in cocoa and chocolate have united with public sector partners to eradicate deforestation in the cocoa supply chain.

‘Low-content’ food labels are ‘misleading’ for consumers, US study claims

Products that claim to be low-fat, reduced sodium or cholesterol-free do not accurately represent the food’s nutritional quality, giving consumers a false sense about its health benefits, according to a US study....

Nestlé, Cargill and ADM cocoa child slavery lawsuit dismissed

A district court in California has dismissed a 12-year lawsuit accusing Nestlé, ADM and Cargill of aiding and abetting child slavery in West Africa.

Katjes International CFO: Sugar confectionery consumption in Europe may have reached its limits

Sugar confectionery consumption in Europe may have peaked, but a spike in Germany’s birthrate signals hope for the future, says Katjes International’s CFO.

News in brief

Symrise reports major growth in 2016

German flavours and nutrition supplier Symrise reports strong growth in 2016 following expansion and decentralisation of the company.

Nut chocolate consumption increases globally, says Almond Board of California-backed study

A survey conducted by the Almond Board of California (ABC) and Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) suggests 70% of consumers across the globe prefer chocolate products with nut inclusions. 

Natural flavours and colours can reassure health-conscious parents

Industry used to shy away from scrutiny towards ingredients lists, but by choosing the right colour or flavour firms can add value to products and reassure consumers, according to colouring...

New 'gummy' supplement sold out in less than 48 hours

Hemp gummy aims for slice of €188m cannabis extract market

The European cannabis extract market could be a set for boost following the introduction of a novelty gummy, says Love Hemp.

Mars to bring Maltesers to the US & Canada

Mars will launch chocolate snacking brand Maltesers in North America for the first time.

Going its ‘own way’: Lindt invests $14m in sustainable cocoa in last eight years

Lindt has invested around $14m in its sustainable cocoa program since 2008 as it aims to have a fully traceable and verifiable supply by 2020.

Ülker plots geographic expansion with new parent pladis

Turkish confectioner Ülker is aiming to become the leader in Egypt’s biscuit market and hopes to expand in the Middle East & North Africa, Central Asia, Russia and China through...

Superchocolate: Can chocolate really be a functional food?

A chocolate bar containing 33% pure refined turmeric has been launched into the global functional foods market, as a convenient and enjoyable way to increase daily dosage of curcumin, the...

Gelatin-free winegums texture problems cracked with starch blend launch - Cargill

Cargill has developed a starch blend that it claims can more closely match the texture of gelatin and can cut drying time in half.

NCA State of the Industry Conference 2017

E-commerce the ticket to Millennial candy and snack sales: Analysts

Confectionery and snack companies should up the focus on e-commerce sales in 2017, even though the online channel represents 1% of overall CPG sales volumes, say analysts at IRI and Barkley.

MEPs call on EU to create food quality agency

Food products sold under the same label continually show inconsistent standards of quality, particularly in Eastern Europe, prompting calls for a new regulatory body in the EU.

Businesses make €14 for every €1 spent on reducing food waste: Study

The average company investing in food waste reduction will see a fourteen fold return on their investments and half will see substantially more, says a new report. 

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