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Chewing gum tax proposed in Mexico

Mexico is considering forcing gum manufacturers to pay a 50% tax on top of the selling price of products to pay for clean-up costs on streets.

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Ingredia goes functional to close in on customer “expectations and activity”

French supplier has brought its added value dairy activity and functional food units under one roof – Ingredia Functional.

Guar gum buyers aren’t buying, sellers aren’t selling: Industry expert

Guar gum prices have dropped a long way from peaks of $20 to $25 a kilo – but there is now a standoff between buyers and sellers, according to hydrocolloids...

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Hershey joins Abidjan sustainable cocoa pledge

The Hershey Company has joined other major chocolate manufacturers in signing a new cocoa pledge to give Ivorian farmers a fair deal and ensure a sustainable supply.

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Operational Efficiency 2012: Free Access To Today's First Ever Dedicated Online Event!

Register now for free access to today's first ever online event devoted to Operational Efficiency in food and beverage processing, organized by and William Reed Business Media.

Beneo thinktank produces ‘Tooth-friendly’ and fibre-boosting sweets

Belgian supplier Beneo’s dessert thinktank is showing off some product concepts using sugar-free, ‘tooth-friendly’ isomalt and an already launched oligofructose-stevia blends for functional fibre candy.

Graphic Packaging pushes into Europe with second acquisition in a month

Graphic Packaging has announced its second deal in the space of a couple of weeks as it looks to build on its European packaging business.

Healthy indulgence: What’s possible in chocolate reformulation?

Consumers have high expectations of chocolate in terms of taste and mouthfeel – so how easy is it to tinker with chocolate formulations to create an indulgent product that also...

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New China factory is Wrigley’s biggest

Wrigley has opened a factory in Guangzhou  with an investment of over RMB1m (US$173.4m). The company claims that the 138,000sq-m site, in the Yonghe Economic Zone, is the largest, most...

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Major chocolate players sign new cocoa pledge

Mondelez International, Nestlé, Ferrero and Mars have all signed the Abidjan Cocoa Declaration and pledged to create a sustainable cocoa industry that guarantees a fair deal for farmers.

Advent calendar chocolates present cancer risk, says consumer group

Potentially cancerous mineral oils have been found in advent calendar chocolates including ones from Nestlé, Mondelez and Lindt, leading a consumer group to call for manufacturers and packaging firms to...

Advent calendar chocolates safe, says BDSI

The German Confectionery Association (BDSI) has said that chocolates in advent calendars pose no health risk after a consumer group linked products to ‘cancerous’ mineral oils.

Interactive Map

Global chocolate markets: Biggest sinkers and risers presents an interactive map of the fastest growing and fastest falling chocolate markets in the world over the past five years complete with analysis from Euromonitor International.

Mondelez to lose Dinosaurus in Galletas Artiach takeover

Nutexpa has acquired Spanish biscuit manufacturer Galletas Artiach in a deal that means Mondelez International will lose its license for the Dinosaurus biscuit brand to Lotus Bakeries

Cut reliance on seasonal confectionery in Brazil with premium goods – Leatherhead

Confectioners are struggling to reduce their dependence on seasonal products in Brazil, but could benefit from the growth of premium chocolate, according to an analyst from Leatherhead Food Research.

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Printpack launches HRG tech for sharper printing quality

Printpack has claimed its new printing technology offers sharper print quality than other flexible packaging printing processes.

UK confectionery wholesaler Hancocks sold to private equity firm

The UK’s leading confectionery wholesaler Hancocks Group has been sold to H2 Equity Partners for around £50m ($78m).

Perfetti Van Melle enters Burma with DKSH deal

Chupa Chups maker Perfetti Van Melle has teamed with market expansion firm DKSH to enter the Burmese market.

Mondelez in fresh tax evasion probe in India

Mondelez International subsidiary Cadbury India is under investigation for alleged evasion of excise duties by authorities in India.

Rising incomes in developing countries driving processing machinery growth, says report

The demand for bakery and confectionery food processing machinery is to increase over the next few years as employment and incomes rise in developing countries, according to Freedonia.

Improved allergen detection in chocolate with extra step, say researchers

Nut traces can be better detected in dark chocolate and biscuits by adding a clean-up step, say Italian researchers.

Cocoa certification: Pros, cons and costs

Cocoa certification brings more advantages than disadvantages for farmers and communities as improved yields and pay outweigh rule differences among certifiers and potentially unequal payments, a study has found.

UK food park continues development

The UK's Southglade food park is expanding further thanks to a fresh injection of cash from a local council, despite the current challenging economic environment.

Nestlé ups sustainability efforts at expanded UK innovation center

Nestlé has opened an extended product technology center for confectionery in the UK, which will better enable it to develop products and packaging with sustainable materials.

Cadbury develops temperature tolerant chocolate

Mondelez International-owned Cadbury has filed a patent for a chocolate that can tolerate hot climates by re-refining the chocolate after the conching step.

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