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Popular right now: Our top five confectionery and chocolate stories on social media

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From Australia’s proposed slavery bill to Anthony Bourdain's sad death in June, here we reveal the top five stories trending across our social media channels this week.

1. Australia’s Modern Slavery Bill is flawed: Nestle

All the major cocoa manufactures are rigorous with the sourcing of their beans, but there has been some criticism of  Australia’s proposed law because of the absence of penalties for rule-breakers. This is a highly immotive and sensitive issue within the industry and it was our most popular article on social media this week.

2. Mondelēz prepares for a no-deal Brexit by stockpiling chocolate

As Brexit continues to dominate European and British politics, we are hearing of more stories of companies making contingency plans. Mondelēz’s European president is one of the first of the big manufacturers to warn that the UK is ‘not self-sufficient in terms of food ingredients’.

3. Mentos maker Perfetti Van Melle names new North American executives

Douglas Yu’s story on changes at the top of Perfetti Van Melle (PVM), spiked considerable interest, we noticed, after the company made Rachel Chambers and Dan Hamilton as its new VP of marketing and VP of sales, respectively, for its North American business.

4. Mars hopes to connect with travelers in duty free chocolate checkout space

With the Duty Free Travel and Retail Global Summit in Cannes next month, stories such as this one from Mars International Travel Retail (ITR) and its plans to tap into a new kind of traveler are proving popular across CN’s social media channels.

5. Chocolate experts reflect on working with Anthony Bourdain; say he had ‘affinity with cocoa farmers’

The sad news of Anthony Bourdain's death in June this year continues to reverberate across the industry - and social media, ensuring the memory and legacy of the celebrity chef will be acknowledged for years to come.

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