All news articles for July 2022

Chocolate dream: A new initiative from HAPPi and Luker Chocolate aims to nurture children in sustainable cocoa practices. Pic: Luker Chocolate

Sustainability

HAPPi invests in future cocoa change-makers with Luker Chocolate

By Anthony Myers

Oat m!lk chocolate brand, HAPPi, is teaming up with Luker Chocolate to create Kids for Nature, an exciting new project that aims to protect the remarkable wildlife of Colombia by educating the next generation to become guardians of their ecosystem.

Photo Credit: GettyImages / Bartosz Luczak

Snacking behavior holds strong in face of inflation, says Mondelēz

By Mary Ellen Shoup

In the face of inflation and consumer price sensitivity, Mondelēz International saw positive volume growth and price resiliency across its snacking portfolio especially in its core areas of snacking and chocolate, reported chairman and CEO Dirk Van de...

Fudge Kitchen's new confectionery pouches. Pic: Fudge Kitchen

Packaging

Fudge Kitchen introduces new eco pouches

By Anthony Myers

UK artisan confectioners, Fudge Kitchen, is putting sustainability at the forefront of its business with the launch of a new range of products in fully compostable pouches.

FUNDAY'S  jelly snakes comes in there colourful flavours: raspberry, blackcurrant and passionfruit. Pic: FUNDAY

Colour trends special 2022

Colourful gummies, without the ‘guilt-trip’

By Anthony Myers

Using only natural colours and flavours, Australia’s rising star in the better-for-you confectionary market is revamping the gummy — without the guilt trip.

Bright, intense neon colours are signifying play and also inclusivity. Pic: GettyImages

Colour trends special 2022

Colouring food - with food

By Anthony Myers

Based on the concept of ‘colouring food with food’, GNT’s EXBERRY Organics are created from edible fruit, vegetables, and plants using traditional physical processing methods - and are bang on trend.

'Colour has a greater impact on taste perception than flavour'. Pic: Sensient

Colour trends special 2022

Colour is more than a trendy ingredient in confectionery

By Anthony Myers

With social media constantly pushing the boundaries of ‘exciting’ and 'unique' further, colourful, interactive food and beverages are becoming increasingly creative, writes Pat Hanson, Managing Director of Food Colors EMEA at Sensient.

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.

ofi is shooting to achieve Bee Friendly certification across 100% of its almond orchards. Pic: GettyImages/maexico

ofi sets new benchmark for the almond industry

By Gill Hyslop

The nut arm of global ingredients specialist has announced its first sustainability targets for its 50,000 acres of almond orchards and farming operations in Australia, the US and Vietnam.

UK confectionery company Sweet Dreams celebrates £90k cash boost. Pic: Sweet Dreams

Investment

UK confectionery company celebrates £90k cash boost

By Anthony Myers

Sweet Dreams, a British confectionery company, is celebrating a cash boost of £92,000 that will go towards growing its operations, hiring more staff, and breaking into new markets.

Most of the cacao produced in Colombia is consumed internally, and a small portion is exported. Pic: Cacao for Peace

Sustainability

Focus on Cordillera Chocolates and Colombia’s Cacao for Peace initiative

By Anthony Myers

Colombia’s Cordillera Chocolates is a world pioneer in cocoa development. Established almost 60 years ago it has been training cocoa growers in various areas of agricultural practices, sustainability issues, disease control and productivity – and the...

John Winnard and Ant Winnard celebrate new export success. Pic: Uncle Joes Mint Balls

Manufacturing

Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls secures order from New Zealand

By Anthony Myers

British confectionery heritage brand, Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls, has continued its post-Brexit expansion into international markets by securing its first order from New Zealand in more than 10 years.

Pablo Perversi. Pic: Barry Callebaut

Corporate

Perversi to leave Barry Callebaut Group in September

By Anthony Myers

Pablo Perversi, Barry Callebaut’s Chief Innovation, Sustainability & Quality Officer, Global Head of Gourmet and member of its Executive Committee, has announced he is to leave the Group on 1 September to ‘pursue new career opportunities.

This years Chocovision becomes part of the ECA's Cocoa Forum. Pic: Chocovision

Regulation

ECA announces programme for its Rome Cocoa Forum

By Anthony Myers

The European Cocoa Association (ECA) has released details of the programme and speakers for its European Cocoa Forum, which takes place from 13 to 15 September 2022 in Rome.

Pandemic-related disruption was short-lived and many firms were able to reduce their lead times relatively quickly, new data reveals. Pic: GettyImages

Logistics

UK confectionery brands slash lead times by more than 40%

By Anthony Myers

According to new data by Unleashed, the index reveals confectionery businesses were one of the top five industries to slash its lead times since the most challenging phase of the pandemic, dropping by 40.96% between 2020-21 and 2021-22.

Tony's Chocolonely's new 'Independent Bars'. Pic: Tony’s Chocolonely

World Chocolate Day

Tony’s Chocolonely marks World Chocolate Day with new Independent Bars

By Anthony Myers

Ahead of World Chocolate Day on Thursday 7 July, Dutch ethical brand Tony’s Chocolonely has added two new ‘Independent Bars’ with new flavours to its range, in support of independent and non-grocery stores, as well as reminding consumers of the true price...

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