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Russell Stover Chocolates names Andrew Deister as new CEO

Andrew Deister has succeeded Andreas Pfluger as Russell Stover Chocolates CEO. 

African consumers trading up in sugar confectionery

Sugar confectionery value sales in Africa are projected to grow as consumers trade up for medicated sweets and soft gummies.

Local chocolate players remain competitive in West Africa as regional sales set to grow

Retail value sales of chocolate confectionery in West African countries, like Nigeria and Cameroon, have experienced steady growth over the past five years, according to Euromonitor International.

Africa steadily finding its place on the world chocolate map

Chocolate confectionery sales are expected to rise in Africa, but only slightly higher than the global average, according to FoodTrending.

Cocoa in the Congo: Emerging origin for organic chocolate makers

Cocoa production is thriving in the Democratic of Congo, presenting an opportunity for the chocolate industry, say stakeholders working in the country.

Long-fibre prebiotics show promising sweetness, say scientists

How to keep things sweet without adding calories – is it a Holy Grail or could UK scientists have found a solution thanks to long-fibre prebiotics?

Caramel supplier Nigay to open €20m French factory

French caramel supplier Nigay is to invest €20 million in a second factory in Northern France.

Mondelez’s Toblerone may have grounds for candy shape-based lawsuit against Poundland

A British business advisory lawyer says Mondelēz could take action against Poundland for launching Twin Peaks chocolate that looks like its Toblerone brand because of its “unique and distinctive” shape....

Shopper Insights

Sugar confectionery in top 10 grocery categories consumed out of home

Sugar confectionery is one of the main grocery categories consumed out of home, indicating an untapped opportunity for packs designed for picnics and other occasions, finds research by Shopper Intelligence.

M&A

McClain’s Old Florida Gourmet set to double sales upon Nassau Candy acquisition

Specialty confectioner, Nassau Candy Distributors, has announced it will combine McClain’s Old Florida Gourmet with its own distribution division, Nassau Candy South.

Wrigley sues e-cig firm for allegedly infringing Doublemint and Juicy Fruit trademarks

Wrigley has sued e-cigarette firm Chi-Town Vapers for allegedly misappropriating its branding on e-liquid flavors of electronic cigarettes.

Top 10 UK snack bar brands: goodnessKNOWS how Mars’ debut will change the playing field

Mars Chocolate has launched goodnessKNOWS bars in the UK, hitting the nerve of time that could disrupt the UK’s Top 10 snack bar brands, says Euromonitor.

IFT 2017

Protein yet to plateau in chocolate confectionery, says Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut has expanded its protein product portfolio by launching its FortiPro brand, a chocolate coating that contains 15% to 20% protein per serving. 

Research links NAFTA to Canada’s increasing obesity and diabetes rates

Research published on Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is associated with a significant rise in high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) consumption in Canada. 

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

1-800-Flowers set to compete with Amazon with new snacking brand

1-800-Flowers says it is considering acquiring a new brand from the snack category, such as nuts, to boost its e-commerce business. 

News in brief

Sweetech flavor enhancers can help firms slash sugar by up to 50%

Sweetech, a new family of flavor enhancers from Bell Flavors and Fragrances, can help food and beverage manufacturers achieve significant (20-50%) reductions in sugar and retain a clean label, claims...

US demand for cocoa fibers to grow amid FDA review, says Moner Cocoa

Moner Cocoa is targeting the US cookie market for its cocoa fiber ingredient FICAO as the Food and Drug Administration reclassifies dietary fiber.

Cadbury adds Dairy Milk Oreo and Tiffin production to Bournville factory

Mondelēz has expanded production at its Cadbury factory in Bournville, UK, following a £75m ($96.5m) investment.

Barry Callebaut revenues grow with Mondelēz and GarudaFood deals

Barry Callebaut has grown revenues by +2.9% for the nine-months of fiscal 2016/17 driven by supply deals with Mondelēz and Indonesian biscuit maker GarudaFood.

IFT 2017

Cargill to launch new stevia sweetener for chocolate and candy

Cargill will launch EverSweet, a new stevia product that combines Reb M and Reb D, for US confectionery makers in 2018.

GUEST ARTICLE: Can the food industry learn from the GMO story? Five ways to earn trust in gene editing

If you care about GMO labeling, you only have a few more days to respond to USDA's 30 questions* about how to implement the new law. The looming deadline is...

US Senator Charles Schumer calls on FDA to regulate snortable chocolate

US Senator Charles Schumer urges the FDA to investigate a snortable raw cocoa product, Coco Loko, because he alleges it has no clear health value.

Chocolate tourism: Nestlé to open second KitKat factory in Japan

Nestlé plans to open a second KitKat factory in Japan to satisfy demand for local flavors such as green tea and wasabi among tourists.

Grinding in profits: European cocoa processing rises 2% in Q2

The European cocoa grind has risen in the second quarter (Q2) as it became more profitable to process cocoa.

USDA to publish draft of GMO labeling rule this fall

USDA will publish a draft of its proposed federal GMO labeling rule in the fall of this year (which will be subject to public comment) and says it is “working...

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