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Nestlé’s commitment to eradicating child labour misses a 'big pile of the problem', according to a labour rights group.
An investigation from the Fair Labor Association (FLA) has unearthed multiple serious violations of Nestlé’s supplier code, particularly through the use of children on cocoa farms.
Cadbury owner Kraft Foods has filed an international patent for a process to make low-calorie chocolate that it claims can maintain texture and quality while extending shelf-life.
Chocolate chips in cookies are not blighted by the unappealing fat bloom experienced in conventional chocolate, but the industry is still at odds as to why after a study funded...
Suppliers that want to jump aboard the private label surge will face a fine balancing act of co-producing for the sector and branded goods, according to Rabobank.
US firm Chocolat Moderne has won the a sofi Award for best speciality chocolate product for its lime offering at the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C. last week....
Regulation from the EU should encourage, not hinder innovation from the confectionery industry, according to the Association of Chocolate, Biscuit and Confectionery Industries (CAOBISCO).
Ingredients firm Fluxome is months away from developing a resveratrol chewing gum for Europe through a partnership with Danish medical gum manufacturer Fertin.
US confectioners Farley’s & Sathers and Ferrara Pan have announced plans to shut a manufacturing facility and a packaging and distribution plant following the two firms’ merger to become the Ferrara...
A US appeal court has upheld a previous federal court decision which found that Wrigley’s patent on a menthol chewing gum formulation was too similar to earlier patents as argued...
US-based confectioner Hershey has announced plans to open a new factory in Asia as it embarks on a ‘five core brands’ strategy to realise potential in selected emerging markets.
Sourcing cocoa from certified farms can minimise incidence of child labour, but if that’s enough, why else should chocolate manufacturers commit to third-party certification?
Tobias Bachmüller has been elected as the new president of the Association of Chocolate, Biscuit and Confectionery Industries (CAOBISCO).
Global decline in cocoa butter quality, coupled with growing demand for high quality cocoa butter mean that more robust but flexible refining technologies are required, say researchers.
Cadbury and Marks & Spencer feature in the list of the top three firms nearly 8,000 job seekers would most like to work for, according to recruitment and HR services...
Mars has opened a €80m (RUB 3.3bn) chocolate factory in Russia’s Ulyanovsk region as it looks to capture a greater share of the highest value BRIC chocolate market.
Ferrara Pan may have bypassed a big opportunity to expand to the dynamic Asian market after it chose to merge with fellow US company Farley's & Sathers, according to an...
ConfectioneryNews.com compiles some of the latest product launches to hit store shelves across the globe.
Hershey plans to increase the amount of cocoa it sources from Mexico by initiating a $2.8m crop growing programme in partnership with Ecom Cocoa that it says will boost yields...
Mars Chocolate has introduced Malteasers made with Fairtrade certified cocoa to the UK market as part of its ongoing pledge to achieve cocoa sustainability.
The Blommer Chocolate Company has established the joint venture firm GrowCocoa with ingredients supplier Olam International to allow the companies to move into Latin America and new cocoa origins in...
Barry Callebaut has restated its third quarter (Q3) results for 2010/11 following the sales of its European Consumer Products business Stollwerck to the Belgian Baronie Group.
Using fertiliser on degraded farms with mature trees can double cocoa production, according to a study funded by Mars.
Formulating gummy confections with acid-modified corn starch (ACMS) is a feasible alternative to other gelling components such as regular starch, gelatin or pectin, according to a study.
Nestlé has denied allegations that it violated its commitments on advertising to children by co-branding a new range of candy bars with the Girl Scouts of the USA.
Confectioners in Europe are under threat from an MEP’s report proposing to postpone abolishing EU sugar quotas until 2020, according to industry bodies whose members include Mars, Nestlé, Kraft and Ferrero....
Food mogul Nestlé has recommenced operations in Azerbaijan through a registered company following suspended trade of its entire product range in March due to supply problems.
Confectionery and bakery technology supplier Baker Perkins has opened its first sales office in South America in order to tap into potential in the market and to be closer to...
Proposals to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products in the UK could open the door to extend the initiative to a raft of food and drink products - a move...
Confectionery giant Mars has reached two agreements as it reaffirms its commitment to sustainable sourcing.
Barry Callebaut has announced that chief innovation officer Hans Vriens has quit after seven years at the company.
Ishida Europe has developed an automated linear weighing machine that it claims is more efficient than conventional circular systems.
The candy industry and sugar growers are both claiming at least a partial victory after the US Senate voted 50-46 to shelve an amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill that...
The Snack Food Association and other industry bodies have urged the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to communicate in writing the deadlines for enforcement of new provisions in the...
Spanish chocolate and cocoa processor Natra has signed a Belgian chocolate supply contract in China with an unnamed distributor that it says will boost sales in the market by 70%...
Barry Callebaut has announced plans to relocate production to a new site in Japan to meet rising demand from domestic confectioner Morinaga.
Emulsifier specialist Palsgaard has obtained a Mass Balance certification from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
Hershey has come under pressure from human rights groups to source all its cocoa from certified farms that avoid child labor.
A shift towards premium indulgent food products in Norway could create opportunities for manufacturers, according to an analyst.
Biotec firm Lycotec has developed an ingredient for chocolate and other fat-based foods that it claims can help consumers to manage their weight and reduce blood cholesterol.
Mars Chocolate UK in Slough – home of Mars, Snickers, Galaxy and Maltesers – hosted a visit by MPs and Peers yesterday (June 12) as part of ‘See Inside Manufacturing’ (SIM) initiative.
Urgent action was necessary to avoid the “bleak situation” of a serious global shortage of cocoa supplies within a decade, Fiona Dawson, president of Mars Chocolate UK, warned yesterday (June 12).
ConfectioneryNews.com speaks to a consumer goods analyst about the issues that will inform the chocolate industry over the next two decades.
Hershey’s first brand launch since 2007 is a chocolate product that it claims contains 30% less fat compared to the average leading milk chocolates.
Chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut has acquired a new plant in Canada and plans to expand another facility in the US, increasing its capacity by 60,000 tonnes.
Partnerships will be crucial in tackling the supply chain challenges in the surging cocoa and chocolate industry – this was the key message at Barry Callebaut’s Chocovision conference.
US Chocolate giant Hershey has entered a sales and marketing partnership with Asian expansion group DKSH to help raise its profile in the emerging Malaysian market.
German confectioners are uneasy about their prospects in 2012 as EU sugar prices threaten financial results, according to a survey from German confectionery association BDSI.
Sacmi Group said it is expecting a tough 2012 amid strong headwinds that are buffeting the global economy but that the firm is on target to match its strong performance in 2011.
Market expansion group DKSH has announced plans to open its second innovation centre in Mumbai, India to help companies introduce confectionery and bakery products tailored to the Indian market.
Worldwide sugar prices have fallen in the second quarter (Q2) of 2012 as the market is projected to record a surplus for the next two seasons, according to Rabobank International.
Biotech firm Lycotec has developed an ingredient that it claims can harness the health potential in both dark and milk chocolate and lead to products with anti-ageing, injury recovery and...
Exposure to mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOH) via packaging and some foods may pose a human health hazard, said the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) - as it called for an overhaul...
Printpack has announced plans to build a plant in Wisconsin for US$72m (€57.3m) which will mean the closure of its current North Carolina and Wisconsin sites.
FoodDrinkEurope has launched a report outlining its goals to move towards more sustainable food and drink production by 2030.
The European Commission has passed a regulation permitting the use of a food additive commonly used in beverages to print celebratory messages on hard confectionery after a request from Mars...
The US market for chocolate sold at retail was worth an estimated $19.5bn in 2011, up 6.6% over the previous year, according to a new report from Packaged Facts.
German colours specialist, Sensient, has an aluminium-free colour range that it says will plug demands defined by the impending EU law to reduce aluminium levels in foods.
Sir Bob Geldof will be among the keynote speakers at Barry Callebaut’s Chocovision 2012 conference in Davos, which kicks off tomorrow.
ConfectioneryNews.com speaks to Innovia Films’ sustainability head about the latest trends in green confectionery packaging.
The Australian confectionery market has remained resilient in the face of economic struggles due to investment in product development from the industry, accoding to a report.
Kraft Foods’ refusal to adopt a policy on extended producer responsibility (EPR) for its US packaging operations is likely causing millions of dollars of post-consumer waste ending up in landfill, said...
The International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO) anticipates a lower than expected global cocoa shortage in the 2011/12 season due to ideal weather conditions and higher grinds in some cocoa producing countries.
Consumption of dark chocolate could help to shrink the risk of heart disease in people with metabolic syndrome, according to new scientific data.
Confectionery giant Mars has made ‘significant’ progress in fulfilling its pledge to purchase its cocoa supply from certified sustainable sources after it announced plans to purchase nearly 90,000 tons of...
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