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CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: Danny Lowe, founder/director, BLOCKHEAD

Functional Jellies Special Report - Q&A

CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: Danny Lowe, founder/director, BLOCKHEAD

By Anthony Myers

BLOCKHEAD is a relatively new start up that makes functional confectionery such as Blockhead caffeine Energy Gum and Blockhead Vitamin Gum, available in retail stores across the UK. Founder Danny Lowe tells Confectionery News what inspired him to get...

 CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: Philipp Kauffmann

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CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: Philipp Kauffmann

By Anthony Myers

Philipp Kauffmann is founder/chief grower of Original Beans, an award-winning chocolate and conservation company and comes from a family of recognized nature explorers and nature conservationists. In 2008, he gave up his job at the United Nations in New...

What exactly is the role that retailers should play in ensuring the sustainability of cocoa? Was one of the questions asked at the WCF meeting in Berlin. Pic: GettyImages

WCF Partnership Meeting 2019

Can retailers play a role in ending cocoa-related deforestation?

By Anthony Myers

The newly-formed Retailer Cocoa Collaboration strongly supports CFI and the Frameworks for Action as a landmark multi-stakeholder initiative for protecting and restoring forests in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Colombia and other areas. 'Retailers as drivers...

Barry Callebaut's new 'Wholefruit Chocolate' is part of the clean label trend in confectionery. Pic: Barry Callebaut

Clean label

Clean label in confectionery, does anyone really care?

By Anthony Myers

‘No artificial colors’ is the top clean label claim in chocolate across all markets, followed by ‘no added sugar’, but consumers are not buying it for a number of reasons, we discovered.

How Uncommon Cacao is disrupting the global cocoa market - listen

Sustainability podcast

How Uncommon Cacao is disrupting the global cocoa market - listen

By Anthony Myers

Emily Stone, co-founder and CEO of Uncommon Cacao, joins us in the CN podcast studio to discuss the organization’s recently released Transparency Report and to explain how it is disrupting the cocoa supply chain in the wake of ongoing industry challenges...

From bean to market: Signup for our free webinar on 'Cocoa sustainability: Selling ethical chocolate online with SDG impact'. Pic: Lewis Rattray

Webinar

Live webinar: How to market ethical chocolate in a growing ecommerce space

By Anthony Myers

CN’s next free webinar, ‘Cocoa sustainability: Selling ethical chocolate online with SDG impact’, takes place on September 12, with guest speakers including: Cathy Pieters, Director of Cocoa Life, Mondelēz International; Ewa Hudson, Director of Insights,...

Cocoa has been cultivated in Peru for almost 2,000 years. Pic: The Peru Cacao Alliance

Spotlight

Peru cocoa: a new journey

By Anthony Myers

It is well-known that indigenous people made cacao drinks from fermented beans as far back as 1900 BC, but these days, Peruvian cocoa has much more going for it than past claims, as the Peru Cacao and Chocolate Salon, which opens this week, will highlight.

CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: Elaine Wu, co-founder, Amos Sweets

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CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: Elaine Wu, co-founder, Amos Sweets

By Anthony Myers

Amos Sweets is a candy innovation company based in China and specialising in gummy candy. Its products are sold all over the world with 4D Gummy Blocks leading the way. Co-founder Elaine Wu shares her love for not only her brand, but the confectionery...

CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: James Cadbury, founder Love Cocoa

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CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: James Cadbury, founder Love Cocoa

By Anthony Myers

CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS is a regular Confectionery News podcast and online feature profiling influential people working in the confectionery industry. Our first podcast guest is James Cadbury, founder of ethical chocolate company Love Cocoa, and yes, a...

‘Free chocolate’? Where’s the catch?

Sustainability

‘Free chocolate’? Where’s the catch?

By Anthony Myers

Tony’s Chocolonely, ‘crazy about chocolate, serious about people’, brings its mission to the UK to make ‘100% slave free the norm’ in chocolate – and starts with a hard-hitting launch in London’s Soho.

Kallari Chocolate from Ecuador will open a chocolate factory near its plantations in Tena this year. Photo: Kallari.

Industry insights

Cocoa origin claims on chocolate – who benefits?

By Anthony Myers

Cocoa origin claims on chocolate products are rare and at odds with the main sourcing regions of cocoa, a study from Lumina Intelligence has found, is it worthwhile for brands to indicate cocoa origin on-pack and online?

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Technology

Blockchain innovation in the cocoa supply chain

By Anthony Myers

Technology is creating consumer expectations on privacy, trust and traceability and cannot be overstated, said mobile and digital marketing guru Tom Daly. His answer? Blockchain.

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...

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