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Special Edition: The rise of vegan/plant-based chocolate

5 vegan chocolate bars for a plant-based diet

By Anthony Myers

As Veganuary turns nine this year with a record number of sign-ups, we check out some of the latest vegan chocolate bars to hit the shelves over the past 12 months.

Rob Whitehead, MD Serious Sweets.Pic: Serious Sweets

Acquisitions

Serious Sweets snaps up Mighty Fine Confectionery

By Anthony Myers

Serious Sweets, the UK own label confectionery brand, has acquired Mighty Fine Confectionery, adding homemade honeycomb to its growing portfolio of sweet treats.

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Chocoa 2022

Chocoa pulls online format, hopes to go live later in year

By Anthony Myers

The influential Chocoa conference, which was planned as a virtual meet-up for the second year running in February because of the COVID pandemic, has been postponed until later in year, organisers Equipoise have confirmed.

Chocolate lovers in the US are pushing up cocoa prices. Pic: GettyImages

Commodities

US demand for chocolate drives up cocoa prices

By Anthony Myers

Record surge for chocolate by American consumers has pushed sales to $29bn, with retail chocolate sales climbing more than 5% a quarter, according to data from Chicago-based researcher IRI.

GNT will be demonstrating how EXBERRY can be used to maximise visual appeal in confectionery at this year's ProSweets 2022. Pic: GNT

ProSweets/ISM 2022

GNT set to add colour to ProSweets Cologne 2022

By Anthony Myers

GNT, one of the industry’s main natural ingredients and food colour providers, is set to showcase its EXBERRY Colouring Foods in a vast array of confectionery applications at ProSweets Cologne 2022, which is scheduled to run from 30 January 1 February.

Ghana's cocoa carriers began their industrial action on 5 January. Pic: CN

Agribusiness

Ghana’s cocoa carriers end strike after management increases pay

By Anthony Myers

Ghana’s cocoa carriers have announced they have called off their strike after meeting with the licensed buying companies and officials from COCOBOD, the government-controlled body that fixes the buying price for the country’s cocoa exports.

Survey reveals what millennial women want in wellness

Survey reveals what millennial women want in wellness

By Danielle Masterson

Millennials have surpassed baby boomers as the nation’s largest living adult generation, according to population estimates from the United States Census Bureau. And as the fastest growing demographic in the US, millennials are wielding a lot of purchasing...

This year's future leaders class will be unveiled at the NCA's SOTIC in March. Pic: CN

Industry voices

NCA unveils its 2022 Future Leadership Program Class

By Anthony Myers

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced its new intake of future leaders for 2022 who will help young professionals across the confectionery industry access networking and professional development opportunities to grow their careers.

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Cocoa ingredients trends to watch in 2022

By Anthony Myers

Olam Food Ingredients (ofi) has revealed five top trends for the confectionery sector this year, with planetary health a key focus, along with amplified taste experiences and premiumization all set to dominate.

EU food producers have six months to phase out the use of titanium dioxide. Pic: GettyImages/UltimaSperanza

The countdown to phase out E171 in EU foods has begun

By Gill Hyslop

Titanium dioxide (E171) - a popular additive that confers a bright white shade to frosting and cake decorations - has been banned as a food additive in the EU, with a six-month phasing out period coming into force this month (January 2022) after which...

ISM/ProSweets Cologne 2022 looks sets to open its ddoors again at the end of this month. Pic: Koelnmesse

ISM/ProSweets Cologne 2022

ProSweets Cologne and ISM set for take off in 2022

By Anthony Myers

Koelnmesse, organisers of ProSweets Cologne/ISM trade fair for sweets and snacks, said it is under starter's orders and will open its doors on 30 January 2022 for this year’s event.

In a traditional chocolate bar, sugar accounts for around half the product. Pic: GettyImages

Sugar reduction/reformulation special edition

Replacing sugar in confectionery is ‘incredibly hard’

By Anthony Myers

Sugar is an important ingredient in confectionery, not only for its taste but also because it contributes to texture, bulk, mouthfeel, aroma, colour, and a number of other attributes that make up chocolate and candy.

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Regulation

Cocoa Coalition applauds EC on new deforestation legislation

By Anthony Myers

The ‘Cocoa Coalition' of companies, NGOs, certification organisations and multistakeholder organisations has welcomed the European Commission’s (EC) publication of its proposed regulation on deforestation.

Puratos has set a €5bn turnover target by 2030. Pic: Puratos

Appointments

Puratos appoints new CEO and Chairman of the Board

By Anthony Myers

Puratos, the ingredients and services supplier for the bakery, patisserie and chocolate industry, has announced the appointment of Pierre Tossut as CEO and Cédric van Belle as Chairman of the Board, effective 1 January 2022.

Belinda Borck, Impact Editor, Tony's Chocolonely. Pic: Tony's Chocolonely

Podcast

Transparency, not profit, is key at Tony’s Chocolonely

By Anthony Myers

Belinda Borck, Impact Editor at Tony's Chocolonely, talks to CN on the company’s latest impact report and why it is not driven by profit but by creating a fair price for the cocoa farmer and a transparent supply chain.

Ombar claims to be the first chocolate brand to declare its climate footprint on pack. Pic: Ombar

Environment

Ombar adds a climate label to its chocolate bars

By Anthony Myers

Vegan chocolate producer, Ombar, claims to be leading the change for climate transparency by partnering with Carbon Cloud, the climate footprint software, to measure full supply chain emissions for each bar in the company's Oat M’lk range.

Parents want snacks that offer nutrition and satiety - along with the bonus of looking after the planet - for themselves and their kids. Pic: GettyImages/Sinenkiy

Plant-based eating is trending in snacks for kids

By Gill Hyslop

Human nutrition specialist ADM has unveiled the next big consumer trends for 2022, among them the dynamic growth of plant-based snacks that deliver nutrition and satiety for kids.

The Chocovision Conference becomes part of the ECA's Forum, after 10 years as a standalone event in Davos, where it attracted industry leaders and politicians. Pic: Chocovision

ECA Forum 2022

Chocovision cocoa conference to become part of the ECA’s Rome Forum

By Anthony Myers

Barry Callebaut’s Chocovision, one of the key conferences for senior business leaders and key stakeholders in the cocoa, chocolate and confectionery industry, is to be integrated into next year’s European Cocoa Association (ECA) Forum in Rome.

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Free-from

TCHO chocolate company makes move to 100% plant-based

By Anthony Myers

Pioneering craft chocolate maker TCHO (pronounced 'cho'), has announced it is replacing its milk chocolate-based bars with plant-based dairy alternatives and introducing a complete packaging makeover.