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NCA SOTIC 2019: ‘Digital is the new front door’ for candy sales - video

NCA SOTIC 2019

NCA SOTIC 2019: ‘Digital is the new front door’ for candy sales

By Anthony Myers

The 135th gathering of the NCA State of the Industry Conference ended as it began on a high, more Queen songs blasting over the PA and a promise to return next year with an even better event. Here’s a brief roundup of some of the discussions that took...

Bahia notebook: Why is rubber so important to the growing of cocoa in Brazil? - Video

WCF Conference, Sao Paulo

Bahia notebook: Why is rubber so important to the growing of cocoa in Brazil?

By Anthony Myers

As part of a field trip for delegates at the World Cocoa Foundation Partnership Meeting in Sao Paulo in October, the WCF organized a visit to CEPLAC so industry experts could see for themselves the work being carried out to not only help and promote Brazil's...

Processing innovation: Robots of the future make their debut at Tokyo Pack 2018

Processing innovation: Tokyo Pack 2018

Robots of the future make their debut at Tokyo Pack 2018

By Jenny Eagle

An MiR100 portable heavy goods robot by Kantum and a flying drone called Prodroneto, which will be launched in December, made their debut at this year’s Tokyo Pack 2018.

The Chinese penchant for chocolate is growing. Pic: ©GettyImages/PrasertSripodok

Chocolate’s use in bakery is a booming business in China

By Gill Hyslop

Once perceived as an exotic delicacy – bought only as a luxury gift or an extravagant treat – the Chinese consumers’ taste for chocolate is growing and the ingredient is quickly cementing a niche for itself in bakery.

Horst Bittermann with Jean-François Roche, president, ECMA.

ECMA Congress 2018

ECMA Congress welcomes Pro Carton president

By Jenny Eagle

Horst Bittermann made his debut as president of Pro Carton at the ECMA (European Carton Makers Association) Congress (September 20-21) in Riga, Latvia, this year, taking over from Roland Rex who stood down in June after eight years.

Hans van Schaik, MD, ECMA speaking at the ECMA Congress last week.

ECMA Congress 2018

ECMA revises its business strategy to tackle growing challenges

By Jenny Eagle

ECMA (The European Carton Makers Association) has revised its business strategy to tackle growing challenges within the industry such as Brexit, food safety, recruiting a younger workforce, currency fluctuations and sustainability.

The Great Ferrero Christmas Launch 2018 - video

Sweetspot

The Great Ferrero Christmas Launch 2018 - video

By Anthony Myers

In the first of our 'Sweetspot' video series, we look at the launch of Ferrero's Christmas range ... and how the company lived up to its reputation for putting on a good 'reception'!

The lightweight, sustainable packaging panel session at ProSweets 2018.

ProSweets 2018 review

‘Don’t ditch the plastic just yet’

By Jenny Eagle

There have been an increasing number of stories in the media recently about the growing amount of plastic waste and one supermarket in the UK has vowed to ban all of its own-brand plastic by 2023.

How defensible is the SMASHMALLOW brand?

VIDEO WINTER FANCY FOOD SHOW

How defensible is the SMASHMALLOW brand?

By Elaine Watson

The proposition is deceptively simple. Take marshmallows - a product Americans can typically find in large clear bags in the baking ingredients category – add some gourmet flavors and a cleaner label, put them in a re-sealable pack and create a new usage...

If certfication can't bring farmers out poverty, can it be called truly sustainable?

Mini-documentary

Fair game: How effective is cocoa certification?

By Oliver Nieburg

Sourcing to fair trade standards, such as UTZ, Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade, is an important first step for chocolate makers towards cocoa sustainability, but will not necessarily bring farmers out of extreme poverty, say supply chain actors.