All news articles for November 2022

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Seasonal

Chocolate advent calendar guide

By Anthony Myers

Not bought a chocolate advent calendar yet? Here is a selection to help you choose and get in the festive mood, from vegan options to luxury best buy ...

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Seasonal

Hames Chocolates warms up winter with new hot chocolate range

By Anthony Myers

UK B2B company Hames Chocolates has launched a new hot chocolate range for the autumn and winter months, aimed at coffee shops, in-store cafés as well as farm shops and delis wanting to satisfy their customers.

Ourput of West African cocoa beans fell last month. Pic: CN

Commodities

Uncertain supply and demand undercuts cocoa prices

By Anthony Myers

Recent flash flooding in West and Central Africa has hindered Cote d’Ivoire’s transportation of cocoa beans from the farms to the ports and could be the reason for the reduction of cocoa arrivals seen during the first few weeks of the main 2022-23 season...

Research by Délifrance reveals that healthier options could encourage 21% of consumers to eat more bread. Pic: Délifrance

Healthy snacking

The meteoric rise of the conscious consumer

By Gill Hyslop

These consumers still want to purchase indulgent pastries or breads out-of-home or on-the-go, but these days are placing more emphasis on treats that are guilt-free.

Brands will have 365 healthy opportunities to appeal to consumers in 2023. Pic: GettyImages/anyaivanova

Healthy snacking

What will drive the healthy snack space in 2023?

By Gill Hyslop

While snacking has long been associated with indulgence and fulfilling a guilty craving, a raft of new offers are popping up on the market that more closely align with consumers’ holistic wellness goals.

Industry has expressed disappointment in the UK's Autumn Statement, which failed to raise hope for a brighter future. Pic: GettyImages/andresr

UK's Autumn Statement fails to raise industry enthusiasm

By Gill Hyslop

While the government’s plans to further support businesses have been welcomed, the Craft Bakers Association is disappointed by the lack of clarity, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and FDF Scotland would have liked to have seen more measures and Scottish...

US black land-grant universities have been underfunded by at least $12.8bn over the past three decades compared to predominantly white counterparts. Pic: GettyImages/Amand Burger

Clif Bar commits $1 million to boost black equity in organic agriculture

By Gill Hyslop

The Californian better-for-you snack producer has made a $1m endowment to Tuskegee University in Alabama – a Historically Black College and University – to support the advancement of organic farming practices through the University’s College of Agriculture,...

Single origin, sustainable cocoa is becoming more in demand. Pic: Cargill

Single origin cocoa: consumer trends

Why origin is so important

By Anthony Myers

As interest in cocoa sustainability intensifies among EMEA consumers, two studies highlight why bean-to-bar authenticity is on the rise.

Guylian's famous chocolate seashells will now carry the Fairtrade logo. Pic: Fairtrade America

Sustainability

Guylian commits to 100% Fairtrade Certified cocoa

By Anthony Myers

The premium Belgian chocolate brand said the move demonstrates its commitment to sustainable production in its supply chain by prioritising the livelihoods of cocoa farmers.

The NCSA's Class of 2022 at the Candy Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Florida. Pic: NCSA

Industry voices

Nominations for 2023 Candy Hall of Fame open

By Anthony Myers

The National Confectionery Sales Association (NCSA) has opened nominations for its 2023 Candy Hall of Fame, the highest honour in the US confectionery industry.

William Reed's headquarters in Crawley, UK/. Pic: William Reed

M&As

ConfectioneryNews publisher William Reed acquires events organiser Rethink

By Anthony Myers

The company said that the international reach of its publications would ‘power the growth of Rethink’s summits’, while Rethink’s events expertise would help develop William Reed’s existing brands such as FoodNavigator, Bakery&Snacks, along with ConfectioneryNews.