CAOBISCO calls for reform
CAOBISCO, the European association of chocolate, biscuits and
confectionery industries, has called for major reform of the Common
Agricultural Policy and the EU sugar regime.
Latvia achieves sweet deal
Latvia's food producers will be able to export a number of products
to the European Union free of import duty as of 1 July 2003,
according to the country's ministry of agriculture.
Groundbreaking expo launched
The date for Confectionery Manufacturing Expo (CM-expo), Europe's
first show dedicated to the suppliers and buyers of the chocolate
and confectionery manufacturing industry, has been confirmed.
Cocoa driving Russian drinks market
Sales of cocoa drinks in Russia are set to expand rapidly, despite
the fact that many local producers still face quality issues.
Cocoa to bubble over?
Cocoa traders have predicted that cocoa prices are set to increase.
The price of the commodity has dropped by up to 40 per cent since
touching a 16-year high in October 2002.
Russia: a sweet-toothed nation
Consultancy firm Market Advice believes that the Russian
confectionery industry is in good shape.
Slimming costs with cheaper fats
European Union chocolate makers have an opportunity to make
significant cost savings through the use of cheaper fats.
A waffle revolution in Russia?
A survey of waffle consumption in Russia reveals that traditional
non-packaged snacks remain very popular.
US to aid Vietnam cocoa
Vietnam's burgeoning cocoa industry received a significant boost
last week after the US government confirmed it would provide $4
million (€3.4m) in development aid.
Mixed year for UK confectionery exports
The latest export figures from marketing agency Food from Britain
reveal that UK confectionery exports were relatively stable last
year. Total exports within this lucrative sector amounted to £477
ASA: WTO the only way
The goal of genuine global free trade in sugar is only possible
through the World Trade Organisation (WTO), said a US sugar
industry expert before a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee
Germans cautious over cocoa
London cocoa prices hit a new 15-month low last week, encouraging
many German buyers to pull out of the market in the hope that
prices might fall further.
Vietnam increases cocoa production
Vietnam is halfway through its target of planting 500 hectares of
cocoa this year. The country, famed for its quality coffee
production, wants to become less reliant on one single cash crop.
Cadbury tactics questioned
Cadbury Schweppes has hit out at critics of its Get Active
programme. But, market analysts Datamonitor ask, is this agressive
tactic the right way to head off criticism of the scheme?
Sweetworks acquires Sixlets brand
Hershey Foods Corporation has agreed terms for the sale of its
Sixlets confectionery candy brand to New York-based firm