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WTO's failure is food industry's loss

The short sighted failure of greedy WTO trading partners to achieve any sort of meaningful agreement on global agricultural tariffs is bad for Europe's food industry.

Mars promotes cocoa-flavanols' health benefits

Confectionary giant Mars has lauded recently published research as further evidence of the benefits of flavanols from cocoa for a wide range of health conditions, and looks set to lead...

Chocolate goes to the dark side

Fuelled by a combination of health concerns and changing tastes, dark chocolate has become one of the most rapidly growing sectors in the confectionery market in the last year.

Chocolate-guzzling bacteria emit hydrogen

Confectioners could soon find themselves doing their bit to help the environment following the news that scientists have found a way to extract hydrogen from chocolate waste.

Wrigley reports rising gum sales

The world's largest chewing gum producer, the Wm Wrigley Jr Company, has announced record sales in the first quarter, boosted by new product launches and an increased worldwide presence.

Cadbury enters Vietnam with new Kinh Do partnership

Cadbury Schweppes, the world's biggest confectionery maker, signed an agreement yesterday with Vietnam's leading food maker Kinh Do, giving it access to the company's extensive distribution network.

Health concerns drive sugar-free ingredient growth

Sugar-free alternatives are beginning to take off in a number of food sectors, driven by health concerns and product innovation according to new research.

Thorntons' profits show sales slump

UK confectioner Thorntons has announced poor financial results after struggling with waning sales since the start of the year.

'Healthy' confectionery boosts market

New opportunities for health-focussed products in the confectionery industry have bolstered the market, which is estimated to increase by 16 per cent in the next four years to more than €115bn.

Chocolate that melts only in the mouth

Gooey chocolate ruined by heat could soon be a thing of the past thanks to researchers at the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN).

Cadbury at war over the colour purple

Global confectionery giant Cadbury Schweppes are appealing against a court ruling that they do not have exclusive rights over the colour purple.

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Vanity fayre: cosmetic foods are not nutraceuticals

Functional foods are generally defined as products imbued with additional nutrients with health-promoting properties. But the industry needs to be wary of foods that present no actual health benefit from...

Authorities pinpoint Cadbury as source of Salmonella outbreak

Cadbury Schweppes was the most likely source of an outbreak of Salmonella montevideo that poisoned 37 people from February to June this year, according to the UK's health authorities.

Hershey enjoys profit surge

Global confectionery giant, Hershey, has announced encouraging sales and rising profits - thanks to a strong focus on product innovation and seasonal marketing in the last year.

Tate and Lyle set to double sucralose production

Global ingredients manufacturer, Tate and Lyle, has announced that expansion at its new artificial sweetener facilities is on target - heralding an imminent boost in supplies to manufacturers.

Hershey unveils new high profile appointments

US confectionery giant Hershey has unveiled a number of new high profile appointments this month.

World Cocoa Foundation expands membership

Two new members have joined the World Cocoa Foundation, extending the organisation's global reach and influence.

Lotus plans acquisition of Dutch gingerbread firm

Belgian firm Lotus plans to acquire Dutch firm Koninklijke Peijnenburg in order to gain a strong foothold in the country's popular gingerbread market.

Weekly Comment

Sex, pills and bad information

The Internet is offering a wealth of information to more and more people, but also an avenue for irresponsible businesses to exploit consumer health concerns.

Citric acid, glycine could cut acrylamide

Addition of citric acid and glycine could reduce the formation of acrylamide, but not affect flavour, suggests a model study from the UK.

Treatt launches '100% natural' raspberry flavour

Treatt has launched a natural new raspberry flavour that it says is wholly distilled from fresh fruit.

Alcan to close UK snack packing plant

As part of a plan to cut costs, Alcan said it will close a snack food packaging plant in the UK due to declining demand.

Suedzucker shows confidence in EU sugar regime

Suedsucker's remains confident about the EU sugar industry's future, as its first quarter interim report, published today, revealed.

New carrageenan technology eliminates gelatin, cuts costs

PL Thomas has launched a new carrageenan product designed for use in gel sets, which claims to cut costs in half and eliminate the need for gelatin or locust bean...

Fat, calories remain top consumer concerns, reveals survey

Fat and calorie content remain at the top of the list when it comes to checking food labels, according to a recent poll, which reveals that although most consumers check...

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