Manufacturers

Cocoa farmers in Madagascar receive their literacy certificates. Pic: MIA

Sustainability

MIA doubles its commitment to Madagascar’s cocoa farmers

By Anthony Myers

Ethical bean-to-bar ethical chocolate company MIA’s (Made in Africa) 1 for Change giveback programme to support development initiatives in Madagascar is continuing to help communities beyond its supply chain.

Chocolove's Valentine's hearts. Pic: Chocolove

Valentine's Day

From Boulder with Chocolove this Valentine’s Day

By Anthony Myers

The aptly-named Chocolove from Boulder, Colorado, will be helping sweethearts celebrate Valentine's Day with a special holiday-themed limited edition Valentine's Collection 3-Bar Pack.

Uncle Joe’s sweet brand has a wide range of vegan-friendly sweets. Pic: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls

Veganuary

Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls sees ‘Veganuary’ sales boost

By Anthony Myers

Traditional British sweets maker Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls has reported a 15% increase in sales since the launch of the annual Veganuary initiative, which encourages people to try a plant-based diet.

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.

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.

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.

TCHO's  new-look packaging. Pic: TCHO

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.

The acquisition of Dot's and Pretzels Inc. will help Hershey Company grow its permissible salty snacks portfolio and create new snacking occasions. Pic: GettyImages/AbbieImages

Hershey knots up two pretzel majors in $1.2bn deal

By Gill Hyslop

The confectionery giant is expanding its footprint in the salty snacks scene with the acquisition of Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels and contract manufacturer Pretzels Inc, in a deal worth $1.2bn.

Hershey has 48.1% gender diversity around the world. Pic: The Hershey Company

Inclusivity

Hershey’s ‘female forward policy’ puts it top of the list

By Anthony Myers

The Hershey Company’s DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) agenda has been acknowledge in a survey by Forbes magazine, which has ranked it #1 on its list of the ‘World's Top Female Friendly Companies’, spearheading a roster of 300 honourees.

Nestlé said organic sales rose 7.6% in the first nine months. Pic: Nestlé

Financial results

KitKat pushes Nestlé’s confectionery growth

By Anthony Myers

Nestlé said its confectionery sector recorded high single-digit growth, supported by a strong sales development for KitKat, after the company reported its nine-month sales for 2021, raising full-year organic sales growth guidance.

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