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Scenes of the past? Mars claims it has eradicated need for cocoa bean fermentation. Photo credit: Susitainable Cocoa Initiative

Patent Watch

Has Mars found a way around cocoa bean fermentation?

By Oliver Nieburg

Mars has filed a patent for a method to process unfermented cocoa beans that it claims would maintain the final chocolate taste and allow for a more consistent flavor.

Mars claims solid plant fat holds the key to caramel water migration issues

Patent watch

Watertight idea? Mars files patent for multi-texture caramel

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Mars has filed a patent for ‘multi-texture’ caramel products, using a method that prevents moisture migration from caramel to crispy components without the need for a fat-based moisture barrier.

Does the long-term future of cocoa lie outside West Africa? Photo Credit: WCF

Origins

Could West Africa lose its cocoa crown?

By Oliver Nieburg

ConfectioneryNews asks industry leaders if cocoa production will gradually move closer to the burgeoning chocolate markets of China and Brazil or whether West Africa will always be the king of cocoa.

The annual Sweets and Snacks Expo showcases new and emerging confectionery product trends.

2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo

Top five tasty trends at Sweets and Snacks

By Jenni Spinner

Confectionery manufacturers showing their latest products offer a glimpse of current and upcoming industry trends, including hot ingredients, growing categories, and standout packaging.

Mars will start sourcing cocoa from India within the next two years

Mars to source cocoa from India

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Mars follows in Cadbury footsteps as it looks to source cocoa from India, a crop that still only accounts for a tiny fraction of world production.

Mars to take on 200 new employees at M&M's and Snickers plant

Mars opens $270m US factory

Mars Chocolate North America has opened a new facility in Topeka, Kansas, to produce M&M’s and Snickers.

Large-scale study to assess whether cocoa flavanol supplements benefit heart health. Photo Credit: Happy Days Photos and Art

Mars gears up for large-scale cocoa flavanol pill study

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Chocolate giant Mars and the US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute are readying themselves for a five-year research project into possible heart-health benefits of taking a daily flavanol-rich capsule. 

Individually wrapped candies inside smaller flexible bags present a challenge for manufacturers aiming for portion controlled products

Special Edition: Consumer friendly confectionery packaging unwrapped

Getting portion controlled packaging under control

By Oliver Nieburg

Consumer demand is rising for portion controlled packs, but do existing packaging machines have everything under control?

Mars commits to palm oil deforestation policy

Mars commits to palm oil deforestation policy

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Mars has committed to ending deforestation associated with its palm oil supply by the end of 2015, becoming the latest multinational to do so, alongside Unilever and Nestlé, among others.

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