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Look out for the The XXL Trio lollipop at this year's show. Pic: Perfetti Van Melle

Sweets & Snacks Expo

Chupa Chups introduces XXL Trio Lollipop

By Anthony Myers

Brand owner Perfetti Van Melle USA says the large, multilayered lollipop with great tasting bubblegum inside will be available on the US market in November 2022.

Red Chocolate are offering #AllPleasureNoGuilt at this year's Sweets & Snacks Expo. Pic: CN

Sweets & Snacks 2022

Red Chocolate debuts Blonde offering at Sweets & Snacks 2022

By Anthony Myers

Europe’s Red Chocolate will have a significant presence in the better-for-you category at this year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo with its dark chocolate varieties that contain 40% fewer calories than other chocolates, offering consumers #AllPleasureNoGuilt.

The Sweets & Snacks Expo returns to Chicago from 23 May. Pic: NCA

Sweets & Snacks 2022

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2022 to highlight confectionery start-ups

By Anthony Myers

The confectionery and snack industries’ premier business-to-business event returns on Monday 23 to Chicago with a packed agenda featuring new product launches, business-building solutions and merchandising innovations, as well as 100 hundreds of exhibitors...

The ECA has released its preliminary programme for the 2022 Cocoa Forum in Rome. Pic: ECA

ECA Cocoa Forum 2022

Eary-bird rates still available for ECA Cocoa Forum in Rome

By Anthony Myers

Early-bird rates for the European Cocoa Association Forum in September are available until 31 May. The two-day conference will feature high-level speakers from the EU institutions, cocoa producer countries and various other key players of the sector.

Nigerian farmers produce an average of 350-400kg cocoa per hectare. Pic: CN

Cocoa

Nigeria ramps up efforts to join cocoa LID scheme

By Anthony Myers

Nigeria’s cocoa sector has renewed its efforts to join the Living Income Differential (LID) set up by neighbouring Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire to protect their farmers by increasing income.

The world's largest chocolate maker discusses how it is combatting poverty in its cocoa supply chain / Pic: GettyImages-aedkis

How is Mars promoting living incomes for cocoa smallholders?

By Katy Askew

Mars Inc hopes to make a positive contribution to the livelihoods of smallholder cocoa farmers. The chocolate giant is trialling two new programmes that aim to address some of the structural issues that stand in the way of living incomes in cocoa. FoodNavigator...

Mondelēz  says its on track to use 5% recycled plastic content by 2025. Pic: Mondelēz International

Sustainability

Mondelēz confirms progress in meeting ESG goals

By Anthony Myers

The Oreo and Cadbury owner has published its 2021 Snacking Made Right Report, which highlights progress against its short- and long-term ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) goals.

Batches of Kinder that have supposed to have been recalled by Ferrero are still on sale in Scotland. Pic: Ferrero

Health & safety

Recalled Kinder products still on sale in Scotland

By Anthony Myers

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) are investigating reports that Kinder products linked to a salmonella outbreak in Ferrero's Belgium factory are still on shelves across the country.

Can ultra-sweet proteins found in exotic fruits be manufactured more cost effectively via microbial fermentation? Image credit: GettyImages-Artis777

Sweet proteins… finally ready for prime time?

By Elaine Watson

From thaumatin to brazzein, we’ve been told for years that ultra-sweet proteins found in tiny quantities in some fruits could be the next big thing in natural sweeteners, if we can just find a way to produce them more cost effectively from microbial hosts....

Michele Buck, Hershey Company President and Chief Executive Officer. Pic: The Hershey Company

Financial results

Hershey increases earnings outlook after strong Q1

By Anthony Myers

The company said it is raising its 2022 net sales and earnings per share outlook to reflect the strength of its performance and strong demand for its chocolates and candies in the first quarter and expectations for the balance of the year.

Three HAPPi SKUs - Plain M!lk, Salted Caramel and White - are now available in Tesco in the UK. Pic: HAPPi

Free-from

HAPPi Oat Milk Chocolate brand secures Tesco listing

By Anthony Myers

Oat milk chocolate brand, HAPPi, has secured a major listing in the UK with the news that it is now available on the shelves of Tesco stores nationwide, with three SKUs: Plain M!lk, Salted Caramel and White.

Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center. Pic: Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center

Cocoa

ICCO pushes back World Cocoa Conference to 2024

By Anthony Myers

The World Cocoa Conference has been postponed for the third time after organisers International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) cited uncertainties of holding a global gathering in Bali with the potential of more travel restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19...