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News briefs: Nestle, Cadbury and anthrax

A dose of this week's confectionery stories; Manufacturers get a sweet tooth for Eastern Europe plus Malaysia gets into a pickle over anthrax.

Barry Callebaut doubles Japan chocolate volumes

Barry Callebaut is moving in on the expanding chocolate market in Japan through a new alliance with confectionery company Morinaga.

Wrigley gets a crown for its dental benefits

Three of Wrigley's sugar-free chewing gums have become the first in the US to earn the American Dental Association's seal of approval.

Palsgaard receives US approval for chocolate emulsifier

A chocolate emulsifier ingredient from Palsgaard can now be used by US manufacturers to replace the commonly-used soy lecithin, following its recent approval by the nation's regulator.

Nestle points towards future of cocoa research

The future of research into the potential health benefits of cocoa should focus on the mechanisms and active compounds, with well defined clinical trials key to this burgeoning segment, says...

Ministers debate milk, wine and sugar reforms

Food safety and animal health top the agenda at today's meeting of EU's agricultural ministers, with the future of milk, wine and sugar production also up for discussion.

Cadbury highlighted for its green fingers

The Climate Disclosure Project yesterday highlighted Cadbury Schweppes as the best in its class for the actions it has taken against climate change.

A happy world for Haribo following sweet victory over 'kinder'

A four-year battle between Haribo and Ferrero came to an end this week following a decision by the German court declaring there was no copyright infringement in using the word...

Consumer group complains about Nutella ad

The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has received a complaint from the UK's consumer association over the way Nutella chocolate spread is being marketed to children.

Sugar reform and biofuel take toll on yeast extract prices

Rising costs and shrinking supply of sugar molasses are driving up the cost of yeast extract production, says Bio Springer, which is today announcing a double digit price increase for...

Weekly comment

Consumers and the confidence crisis

Consumer demand - the holy grail of any industry - is a fragile and easily manipulated treasure. But influencing consumers for anything other than their own benefit will, more often...

New chocolate bar healthy for your heart, claims manufacturer

In a bid to take advantage of the boom in demand for fortified chocolates, a manufacturer claims to have developed a product that benefits those with Type-2 diabetes or high...

News briefs: Nestle, squeezy chocolate and Cadbury

This week's news briefs include Nestle's new CEO, squeezy chocolate in a bottle, and Cadbury closing factories.

New bags can ease pipeting for chocolate industry, claims manufacturer

A new filter bag can make pipeting quicker and easier when testing thick, pasty foods such as chocolate in the lab, claims its manufacturer.

Stainless steel forklift raises the food hygiene bar

A stainless steel forklift truck is designed for moving and weighing products at manufacturing sites such as food processing plants that need to be as hygienic as possible.

Danisco bolstered by costs discipline, price increases

Controlling costs with an iron hand and upping sales prices has helped Danisco's ingredients division towards Q1 growth, against an overall profit dip as a result of ongoing sugar reform.

Russia becomes a key market for Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut has highlighted Russia as a key target market in Eastern Europe following the opening yesterday of its new chocolate factory near Moscow.

Mars hits out at US chocolate redefinition proposal

US moves to redefine chocolate have come under further criticism by some of the leading players in the industry.

Barry Callebaut sells Brach's to focus on chocolate business

Barry Callebaut has sold its Brach's confectionery business to Farley's & Sathers following the slow growth of the US private label market, the company announced yesterday.

Vietnam pushes for cocoa market growth

Vietnam looks set to become one of Asia's primary cocoa producers, with the government pledging to invest 40 billion dong (€1.8m) in the country's burgeoning cocoa trade, according to local...

No let-up expected in ingredients price rises

Food ingredients prices rose at the fastest rate since 1998 in August, says a new report released just as ministers warn that the worst of the hikes is yet to...

Weekly Comment

Arnie and the clones

Cloned foods have not yet made it to our grocery aisles, but in the advent of such a rollout consumers must have a defined right to decide if they want...

News brief: Confectionery roundup from around the world

This week's confectionery round up with a Thornton's sales recovery, vodka chocolates and an internet-storming gorilla…

New ingredient takes the stick out of gum

A UK company claims to have developed a polymer that can remove the stickiness of chewing gum, while still maintaining its taste.

Confectionery giants cut use of artificial additives

In the wake of a damning scientific report on the health effects of artificial additives, Cadbury Trebor Bassett and Mars UK today said they are cutting the chemicals from their...

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