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

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Trending: Our top five confectionery and chocolate stories on social media

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From Hotel Chocolat’s ambitious expansion plans to MIA’s Brett Beach in conversation, here we reveal the top five stories trending across our social media channels this week.

1. Hotel Chocolat looks at European expansion

In the week where the premium chocolatier announced a healthy profit rise and plans to move into the US and Japan​, an earlier article where the company’s co-founder Angus Thirlwell talked about the bricks and mortar of the business proved very popular on our social media.

2. Barry Callebaut acquires Burton’s Biscuit’s UK chocolate factory

Swiss chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut planned acquisition of  Burton’s Biscuit’s chocolate factory in the UK, drew some heat from the confectioner community.

3. Mars to launch new cocoa sustainability strategy

The confectionery giant’s plan to put smallholder farmers at the center of its ambitious strategy was broadly welcomed by peers and suppliers – and proved popular across our social media channels.

4. El Niño weather events could improve cocoa farmers’ income

Laurent Pipitone’s opinion article on why the current 2017/2018 cocoa-growing season is ending with a production surplus provided an interesting read and backdrop to data published by the ICO in August.

5. CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: Brett Beach, director MIA

Our new online series profiling influential people working in the confectionery industry is also proving very popuar. This week we had Brett Beach, director, MIA, an ethical bean-to-bar chocolate producer, explaining what makes him, and his company tick.

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