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‘Product blending is becoming increasingly popular’ says tna as it launches VMBS for snacks and gummies

tna has launched a vibratory motion blending system (VMBS) called roflo 3 to mix multiple dry or wet products.

Dispatches from yummex Middle East

Startup Fitmeals aims to fill mass-market void for protein chocolate in Germany

Fitmeals is hoping its sugar-free, pea-protein fortified snacking chocolate can satisfy demand for healthier snacking in Germany, which it says has potential to be as big as in the UK.

German survey identifies mercury and dioxin as most well-known contaminants

Mercury and dioxin are the most recognised contaminants while pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA) are almost unknown to the German public, according to a study.

Yummex 2017: Middle East confectionery innovation award winners

A sugar-free, high protein product has won the yummex Middle East Innovation Award for best chocolate.

News in brief

Stauffer’s Biscuit closes NY bakery to consolidate operations

Animal Cracker maker DF Stauffer Biscuit Co has announced it will close its New York factory at the end of the year to focus operations at the higher production facilities...

There's an untapped opportunity in organic kids' food, says Mintel

European parents are consistently willing to pay more for organic, says Mintel. Yet while organic claims are common on baby food, they are less used on food and drink aimed...

I need chocolate, Alexa... sweets, snacks, and the Amazon effect

Candy and snacks sales on Amazon are growing at 42% year-on-year,* according to new report from ecommerce data firm One Click Retail, which says category sales have already hit $215m...

Purple chocolate ups the possibilities for healthy indulgent foods: Herza

Purple chocolate, coloured with nutrient-packed fruit and vegetable powders, can make healthy foods such as muesli more appealing or give indulgent ice cream a healthy halo, says Herza Schokolade.

Cloetta issues profit warning after factory fire

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta warns its third quarter profits will be hit by a fire at a production lines at its Turnhout, Belgium, factory in June.

Editor’s Blog

Ruby chocolate: New gem in confectionery crown or pink misfit?

Ruby chocolate may become as popular as white chocolate within three decades, but observers say the craft movement is skeptical and secrecy of the process may mean it is unjustly...

Bühler acquires Haas to add biscuit capabilities

The Bühler Group has acquired Austrian-based confectionery, biscuits and wafer equipment supplier Haas for an undisclosed sum.

Nigeria needs export tariffs to realize cocoa potential, says PwC

Nigeria is the world’s sixth largest cocoa producer, but has scope to significantly boost its output and processing capacity, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

News in brief

FDA has no objections to GRAS status of Cargill’s canola lecithin

The FDA has issued a GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) letter of no objection for Cargill’s canola lecithin for use in a variety of foods.


Newly merged Orchard Valley Foods Group to tap rising confectionery decorations demand

The newly formed Orchard Valley Foods Group says the confectionery decorations market continues to offer “significant growth opportunities.”

Sustainability database can help manufacturers avoid buying bad palm oil

There's "a gold rush mentality" in the palm oil sector preventing it from becoming truly sustainable, says Danish NGO NepCon. But its database Sourcing Hub can help manufacturers make the most sustainable...

‘Consumers are increasingly concerned about the origin of the products they are buying’

CSB-System IT enterprise is creating 150 jobs at its headquarters in Aachen, Germany, as it plans to opens offices in Brazil, China and South Korea.

Godiva enters mainstream supermarkets in bid to become $2bn brand

Premium chocolate brand Godiva has partnered with supermarkets in the UK, North America and other major markets to enter mainstream retail.

Daelmans enters biggest US discount retailer Dollar General

Daelmans has secured distribution for its stroopwafel duo packs in Dollar General stores across the US.

Guest article

‘The pendulum is swinging towards in-house sustainable sourcing’

‘One of the most difficult issues associated with sustainable sourcing is whether companies should adopt third party standards or develop in-house schemes.


Gertrude Hawk Ingredients to play ‘cornerstone role’ in Barry Callebaut's specialty business

Barry Callebaut says the acquisition of Gertrude Hawk Chocolates’ ingredients unit could strengthen its specialties and decorations business in North America.

News in brief

Graphic Packaging to close US Paperboard Mill, axing 120 jobs

Graphic Packaging will close its coated recycled paperboard mill in Santa Clara, California, at the end of 2017.

Euromonitor: 20 most influential megatrends to shape the world by 2030

Euromonitor International has identified 20 of the most influential megatrends to shape the world by 2030 with analysis on eight megatrends with the furthest-reaching impact on industries and consumers in...

Mondelez recalls biscuits due to likely presence of fipronil

Mondelez has withdrawn six batches of biscuits in Czech Republic and Slovakia due to the likely presence of fipronil.


Candy NPD roundup: Oreo, Snickers, Cadbury, Jelly Belly and more

ConfectioneryNews tracks new candy products that are hitting the shelves monthly. Here are some of the recent launches: 

The Navigator Group to acquire Sapal from Bosch Packaging

The Navigator Group has signed a contract to acquire Sapal from Bosch's Packaging Technology division.

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