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Mondelēz on the hunt for ‘disruptively delicious’ startups

By Gill Hyslop

SnackFutures – the innovation and venture hub of the Oreo maker – has opened applications for CoLab 2023, a start-up engagement programme created to unearth trailblazers that are ‘pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in making a snack delicious’.

The trading community has encouraged the growth of cocoa production, the ECA Forum was told. Pic: CN

ECA Cocoa Forum 2022

Where’s the pay-off for price stability in cocoa?

By Anthony Myers

The ECA’s Cocoa Forum 2022 looked at the supply & demand functionality in the industry regarding the right package of policy actions in a fluctuating market.

'Candy scientist' Tessa Porter. Pic: Sprinkk

Podcast

Gummies – and why they are a hot trend in 2022

By Anthony Myers

Tessa Porter is the founder of Sprinkk, a candy development and manufacturing company based in Omaha, Nebraska. She is also a ‘candy scientist’ and has a Masters in food science focusing on sugar crystallization from the University of Wisconsin-Madison...

This year’s Forum focused on traceability as a key enabler for sustainability in cocoa. Pic: CN

ECA Forum 2022

Cocoa and chocolate companies agree to share farmer data

By Anthony Myers

Cocoa and chocolate companies have announced greater cooperation and a willingness willing to share their cocoa farmer data with Ivorian and Ghanaian authorities to further traceability.

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Production

Hershey to invest in north Mexico plant

By Anthony Myers

US confectionery giant Hershey has announced plans to invest $90m on two new production lines in a Mexican facility in the northern border state of Nuevo Leo.

Cocoa farmers and their communities benefit from the promotion of sustainable beans. Pic: Barry Callebaut

Sustainability

Barry Callebaut increases Cocoa Horizons in Nigeria

By Anthony Myers

Barry Callebaut has announced it is extending its Cocoa Horizons programme in Nigeria, pledging to pay an additional amount of 26 million Naira ($40,841) in premiums for deliveries of sustainable cocoa beans in the 2021-2022 season.

Farmers cracking cocoa pods, Ghana. Pic: MIA

Op-ed

Reality check: What can we do about cocoa’s price?

By Brett Beach & Dr Kristy Leissle

In this exclusive op-ed for ConfectioneryNews by Brett Beach, Co-founder of sustainable chocolate brand Made in Africa (MIA), and Dr Kristy Leissle, a member of CN’s editorial board and the author of numerous books and articles on cocoa and industry politics,...

'Improvements in the taste of stevia have come a long way'. Pic: HOWTIAN

Sugar reduction special edition

How natural sweeteners became a gamechanger for confectionery

By Anthony Myers

Consumers are trying to reduce or avoid sugar, and the demand for low or no sugar alternatives is rising in 2022 for the growing health-conscious public, with research suggesting more than 60% of US consumers wish there were healthier chocolate options...

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Sugar Reduction

Guest Post: Boulder’s Chocolove rolls-out a no-added-sugar bar

By Timothy Moley

Chocolove was founded in Boulder, Colorado, in 1995 by CEO Timothy Moley. The company produces all-natural and organic chocolate bars and from the get-go focused on using less sugar in its product, ultimately leading to a 100% no-sugar-added chocolate...

Luker Chocolates' new natural sweetener range. Pic: Luke Chocolate

‘Better-for-you’

Luker Chocolate launches new sweetener range

By Anthony Myers

Luker Chocolate, the family-owned, Colombian chocolate manufacturer, has developed a new range of covertures that includes erythritol & stevia, which it says is being driven by an increase in consumer and client demand.

Starburst fans can go on TikTok to ask the universe. Pic: TikTok

Marketing

How do they make Starbursts so juicy?

By Anthony Myers

In search of answers, the brand is enlisting the help of fans on TikTok to pose the question at the heart of its new ‘Ask the Universe’ campaign.

Luker Chocolate's new caramel 'Sensación'. Pic: Luker Choclate

NPD

Luker Chocolate creates new caramel ‘Sensación’

By Anthony Myers

Colombian B4B chocolate manufacturer Luker Chocolate is hitting the caramel flavour with a new chocolate couverture, crafted at origin, using the company’s signature Cacao Fino de Aroma and incorporating its sustainability practices.

Do ecolabels support sustainable shopping? / Pic: GettyImages-WeAre

Do ecolabels drive sustainable choices?

By Katy Askew

Ecolabels, many hope, could offer consumers the information they need to promote the purchase of environmentally friendly foods. Oxford University researchers decided to put this theory to the test in an experimental field study.

From the Editor: Changes to your ConfectioneryNews content

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From the Editor: Changes to your ConfectioneryNews content

By Anthony Myers

From today, we are making changes to the way our readers access some of our news content. After reading two articles, all users will be asked to register with the site, to keep track of important cocoa, chocolate and candy industry news.

Cadmium is a problem for cocoa farmers mainly in Central and South America. Pic: Republica del Cacao

Special report

How to reduce cadmium in cocoa

By Anthony Myers

The result of a three-year study by a multi-disciplinary panel of four experts into the sources of lead and cadmium in cocoa and chocolate - and how levels may be reduced in the future - has been published by the National Confectioners Association (NCA)...

Cameroon has announced an increase in its cocoa output, Pic: tridge.com

Commodities

Cameroon records slight increase in annual cocoa production

By Anthony Myers

Compared to 292,471 tonnes of beans produced and marketed during the 2020-2021 season, Cameroon’s Office national du cacao et du Café (ONCC) said a total of 295,163 tonnes of beans were harvested in the 2021-2022 season.

An ofi cocoa farmer tries out some new equipment. Pic: ofi

Finance

ofi secures inaugural $1,975m sustainability-linked loan

By Anthony Myers

olam food ingredients ('ofi'), a global leader in food & beverage ingredients and includes the company’s cocoa division, has announced that it has secured a multi-tranche sustainability-linked facility aggregating $1,975m

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