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Pacha de Cacao is one of the first brands to bring the healthy cacao juice to a wider market. Pic: Pacha de Cacao

Guest post

A peek behind the scenes of an innovative start-up: Pacha de Cacao

By Marika van Santvoort

Pacha de Cacao is a 100% natural and nutritious cacao juice made from the fresh pulp of the cacao fruit. Marika van Santvoort founded the company in 2020 and she explains how she was introduced to this most nutritious by-product - and how, as an entrepreneur,...

ChocXO's new butter cups will be on show at this year's Sweets & Snacks Expo. Pic: ChocXO

Sweets & Snacks 2021

ChocXO debuts two new low-sugar options at Sweets & Snacks Expo 2021

By Anthony Myers

Chocolate maker ChocXO has scaled up production by adding a new chocolate moulding line at its plant in Irvine, California, before the launch in Indianapolis of two new chocolate cup products: Coconut Almond Butter Cups and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter...

Deep dive inside Van Houten’s new ruby chocolate powder - LISTEN

Ruby chocolate

Deep dive inside Van Houten’s new ruby chocolate powder - LISTEN

By Anthony Myers

In our latest podcast interview, we talked to Freek van der Knaap, Van Houten’s Vice-President Vending & Beverages EMEA, about the launch of ruby as a chocolate drink powder, which is aimed at professionals working in the catering and confectionery...

'Making the world a better place, one beer and one bar at a time’. The new collab between Tony's Chocolonely and Brewdog. Pic: Tony's Chocolonely

Innovation

Tony’s Chocolonely launches collaboration beer with BrewDog

By Anthony Myers

Tony’s Chocolonely has announced a new collaboration beer with BrewDog, the world’s first carbon negative brewer, as it continues to disrupt the chocolate industry and ‘make the world a better place, one beer and one bar at a time’.

Jaffa Jonuts demonstrates just how far the McVitie's brand can go when it comes to innovation in biscuits. Pic: pladis

New bakery hybrid to hit UK biscuit aisles

By Gill Hyslop

To keep the £2bn UK biscuit market relevant, pladis has launched a first-to-market fusion of its bestselling McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes with a doughnut.

The new Yorkie Orange hits UK shops in May. Pic: Nestlé

NPD

Nestlé set to launch Yorkie Orange bar in UK and Ireland

By Anthony Myers

The Yorkie Orange is an orange-flavoured milk chocolate made with cocoa sustainably sourced under the Nestlé Cocoa Plan that will be available in a wide range of supermarkets, wholesale and convenience stores from 10 May.

Hames Chocolates' new hot chocolate bombes. Pic: Hames Chocolates

NPD

Hames Chocolates unleashes Hot Chocolate Bombes

By Anthony Myers

UK chocolatier, Hames Chocolates, has announced it is launching a new range of flavoured hot chocolate ‘bombes’ that tap into the increasing popularity of hot chocolate.

The vegan version of KitKat is being rolled out in several countries later this year. Pic: Nestlé

Plant-based

Nestlé to launch vegan KitKat in 2021

By Anthony Myers

New KitKat is certified vegan, and made from 100% sustainable cocoa sourced through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan in conjunction with the Rainforest Alliance, company announced.

Food security priorities are driving applicants for Olam's Food Prize 2021. Pic: Olam International

Innovation

Olam extends food prize application deadline to March

By Anthony Myers

Olam International Limited, one of the world’s leading food, cocoa and agri-businesses, has extended the application deadline for its bi-annual innovation prize to March 15, 2021, citing the challenges of COVID-19.

McVitie’s British Icons. Pic: pladis

NPD

McVities biscuits launch British Icons range

By Anthony Myers

pladis, owner of McVitie's, the UK’s largest biscuit brand, has announced a new limited-edition range, McVitie’s British Icons, which features four on-trend flavours as part of its Milk Chocolate Digestives and Milk Chocolate Hobnobs brands.

Flavanols in cocoa drinks can boost brain power, scientists have revealed. Pic: GettyImages

Research

Drinking cocoa can make you smarter, say scientists

By Anthony Myers

New study, published in Scientific Reports, is the first to recognize the cognitive effects of flavanols in young, healthy participants and the link with brain activity.

CNVIDEO: Satelligence to focus on cocoa's deforestation problems

Interview with Satelligence founder and CEO, Niels Wielaard

CNVIDEO: Satelligence to focus on cocoa's deforestation problems

By Anthony Myers

Satelligence is a new company that specializes in assessing patterns and trends in forests, agriculture and water, providing highly detailed satellite images for mapping purposes to help combat deforestation.

 Dr Mike Heffernan (left) and Dr Toby Edwards-Lunn at the Summer Fancy Foods Show in New York City. Pic: DTI

Innovation

UK dental mints company wins $6m export deal with US firm

By Anthony Myers

Company collaborated with confectioners to create the world’s first ever mint to actively reverse the process of tooth decay and erosion, and will now see its products in US dental surgeries and other outlets.

NCA president and CEO John Downs rocked Boca Raton in March and delivered a rousing state of the candy industry speech, which became one of our highlights of 2019. PIC: NCA

2019

2019 in review: Our Top 10 stories on ConfectioneryNews

By Anthony Myers

From 100% recyclable packaging by Nestlé to a personal account of the life of a cocoa farmer in Ghana, and let's not forget NCA boss John Downs rocking Boca! Here is our rundown of some of our best read stories of 2019.

Each serving (two gummies) of Matcha Bears provides about 250mg of the finely milled green tea powder, known for its powerful antioxidants. (Photo courtesy of Matcha Bears)

Functional Jellies Special Report

Matcha Bears pack energy and antioxidants in gummy form

By Kristine Sherred

Three New York City entrepreneurs have developed gluten-free gummies infused with premium grade matcha that walk the line between functional and fun, reaching those who drink tea and those who just want a boost of energy at any time of day.

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