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Italy: Health concerns drive dark and organic chocolate boom

Sales of chocolate rose by nearly 19 per cent in Italy in the four years up to 2010, driven by the trend towards premium, but also higher selling prices, finds...

EFSA confirms access to 1980s aspartame data as it calls for fresh science

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed it has access to 112 studies about aspartame, most of which were conducted in the 1980s, which had been feared lost.

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Mars invests in new US facility

Mars says growing demand for its confectionery products in the US has prompted the firm to invest in a new “state-of-the-art” manufacturing facility in the country.

Cargill sets up dedicated team to accelerate sustainable cocoa agenda

Cargill has appointed a specialist team to drive forward its work on the production and supply of sustainable cocoa.

Barry Callebaut optimistic after positive Q3 results

Ingredients giant Barry Callebaut has confirmed its positive midterm outlook after posting a 7.3 per cent rise in sales volumes over the first nine months of the fiscal year.

Heavy rain puts Ivorian cocoa quality under threat

Questions have been raised about the quality of the cocoa crop in the Ivory Coast following heavy rainfall in the region.

Thorntons franchises retail future by closing 120 own store outlets

Thorntons announced today that it plans to close at least 120 own stores, replacing many with franchised outlets, and will also seek savings of more than £2m a year by...

Geliko notches up double-digit growth for kosher gelatin

The New York-based firm that has spearheaded the commercialization of kosher gelatin is seeing strong double-digit sales growth, but says it has barely scratched the surface of the potential market.

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Risk, rationality and that schizophrenic beast called the food industry

If the food industry wants journalists and consumers to get real about risk, then it has to get real too.

Commission flags up November for EU-wide approval of stevia

November 2011 should see steviol glycosides get regulatory backing for use in food in drink products in the European market, according to a European Commission (EC) representative.

Barry Callebaut pushes onward into Latin America

Reflecting the continuing industry trend toward outsourcing and its growing foothold in emerging markets, pod to pallet chocolate supplier Barry Callebaut said it has signed a long-term agreement with Mexican...

Chocolate and gum boost Indian confectionery sales, Euromonitor

Indian confectionery retail sales grew by seven per cent last year, boosted by “key indulgence categories” such as chocolate and functional gum, says Euromonitor.

Packaging revamp set to help Slavyanka grab shelf space from multinationals

In a bid to stave off the competition from Nestle and other confectionery giants, Russian biscuit, cake and jelly maker Slavyanka has engaged a UK agency to revitalize its packaging...

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CIAA renamed FoodDrinkEurope to be “more immediately identifiable”

Europe’s food industry trade association CIAA has been renamed FoodDrinkEurope as part of a rebranding exercise that includes the launch of a new website and logo.

Campaigners hit Ferrero with 'misleading advertising' award

Consumer advocates Foodwatch say a chocolate product from Ferrero has the ‘most misleading advertising’ by any food manufacturer this year; the chocolate maker has rejected the claim.

Cocoa shortage by 2020 unless industry acts now, warns Mars

Confectionery giant Mars predicts a major cocoa shortage by 2020 and reveals harmonization of global cocoa certification programmes to ensure meaningful income hikes for farmers is one of its sustainable...

AAK: If you make palm oil claims you must play by RSPO rules

Food manufacturers are using certified sustainable palm oil in their products – and making claims about it – when they are not members of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm...

Endangered consumers ignorant of allergy labelling, FSA study

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published new research showing that most participants with 'life threatening' nut allergies believed that products without allergen advice boxes posed no danger.

Beauty gum reveals consumer health claim scepticism, Datamonitor

Controversy behind a new “beauty” gum product reveals the increasing consumer scepticism over functional health claims, says Datamonitor.

Details of labelling rules released as EU gives “green light”

A final deal on EU food labelling legislation is heading towards the finish line with the provisional agreement approved by council yesterday.

DKSH opens bakery and confectionery innovation centre in Thailand

DKSH Holdings Ltd, the Swiss market expansion services group, has invested in a new innovation centre in Thailand as part of an initiative to introduce new concepts and ingredients to...

Dairy industry takes joined up approach to health research

Against the backdrop of a difficult financial climate and more stringent health claims regulation, the dairy industry is taking a coordinated approach to nutrition and health research with the formation...

Diva-style Dairy Milk did not racially offend Naomi Campbell, ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected a claim by supermodel Naomi Campbell that a Cadbury advert comparing her to a chocolate bar was racially offensive.

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Beneo hikes up prices of Isomalt by 20 per cent

Ingredient supplier, Beneo, has announced a 20 per cent hike in the price of its sweetener Isomalt, citing rising inflation rates and the need to secure a flexible supply chain.

Demand dip will see cocoa prices levelling off, Rabobank

Lacklustre demand for cocoa in Europe and North America and expectations of an average crop next season will see cocoa prices remain steady over the coming months, claims a market...

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