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Most of the cacao produced in Colombia is consumed internally, and a small portion is exported. Pic: Cacao for Peace

Sustainability

Focus on Cordillera Chocolates and Colombia’s Cacao for Peace initiative

By Anthony Myers

Colombia’s Cordillera Chocolates is a world pioneer in cocoa development. Established almost 60 years ago it has been training cocoa growers in various areas of agricultural practices, sustainability issues, disease control and productivity – and the...

John Winnard and Ant Winnard celebrate new export success. Pic: Uncle Joes Mint Balls

Manufacturing

Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls secures order from New Zealand

By Anthony Myers

British confectionery heritage brand, Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls, has continued its post-Brexit expansion into international markets by securing its first order from New Zealand in more than 10 years.

Pablo Perversi. Pic: Barry Callebaut

Corporate

Perversi to leave Barry Callebaut Group in September

By Anthony Myers

Pablo Perversi, Barry Callebaut’s Chief Innovation, Sustainability & Quality Officer, Global Head of Gourmet and member of its Executive Committee, has announced he is to leave the Group on 1 September to ‘pursue new career opportunities.

This years Chocovision becomes part of the ECA's Cocoa Forum. Pic: Chocovision

Regulation

ECA announces programme for its Rome Cocoa Forum

By Anthony Myers

The European Cocoa Association (ECA) has released details of the programme and speakers for its European Cocoa Forum, which takes place from 13 to 15 September 2022 in Rome.

Pandemic-related disruption was short-lived and many firms were able to reduce their lead times relatively quickly, new data reveals. Pic: GettyImages

Logistics

UK confectionery brands slash lead times by more than 40%

By Anthony Myers

According to new data by Unleashed, the index reveals confectionery businesses were one of the top five industries to slash its lead times since the most challenging phase of the pandemic, dropping by 40.96% between 2020-21 and 2021-22.

Tony's Chocolonely's new 'Independent Bars'. Pic: Tony’s Chocolonely

World Chocolate Day

Tony’s Chocolonely marks World Chocolate Day with new Independent Bars

By Anthony Myers

Ahead of World Chocolate Day on Thursday 7 July, Dutch ethical brand Tony’s Chocolonely has added two new ‘Independent Bars’ with new flavours to its range, in support of independent and non-grocery stores, as well as reminding consumers of the true price...

Pic: Chocxo

Retail

Chocxo signs deal with Costco in US for its KETO snaps

By Anthony Myers

Chocxo has announced its Dark Chocolate KETO Coconut, Almond & Sea Salt Snaps are now available at Costco US locations nationwide for a special limited-time promotion as consumer demand for better-for-you chocolate continues to grow.

The EU is set introduce legislation on deforestation and corporate sustainability due diligence. Pic: EU

sustainability

EU and West African cocoa sector endorse new Alliance on Sustainable Cocoa

By Anthony Myers

At the end of the recent ‘Cocoa Talks’, between EU, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and the cocoa sector, parties jointly endorsed an ‘Alliance on Sustainable Cocoa’, an ambitious roadmap to improve the economic, social and environmental sustainability of cocoa...

Jack Steijn (centre), Director & Co-founder of Equipoise and Chocoa, sits in on one of the hybrid sessions from the conference. Pic: CN

Chocoa 2022

Hybrid Chocoa 2022 stays on message

By Anthony Myers

The Chocoa Conference returned to Amsterdam earlier this month with a live-virtual hybrid get-together of important stakeholders from the cocoa sector.

Pic: CN

Grindings

Slight climb in cocoa prices as chocolate production slows

By Anthony Myers

Cocoa prices rallied in the week ending 24 June, after the Cote d’Ivoire government reported that cocoa farmers sent a cumulative 2.24 MMT of cocoa to its ports from 1 October 1 to 19 June, down -1.8% y/y.

UK manufacturers and importers of 10 or more tonnes of plastic packaging are expected to submit their PPT return by end of July or face penalties. Pic: GettyImages/Rafmaster

Are you Plastic Packaging Tax return ready?

By Gill Hyslop

Packaging data specialist Ecoveritas has issued a reminder to UK businesses to be prepared to submit their Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT) return before the end of July.

This year's 12 inductees into the Candy Hall of Fame. Pic: NCSA

Leadership

Registration open for the 2022 Candy Hall of Fame

By Anthony Myers

Organisers, the National Confectionery Sales Association (NCSA), said the 2022 Candy Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday, 15 October.

How US consumers are falling in love with Katjes vegan gummies

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2022

How US consumers are falling in love with Katjes vegan gummies

By Anthony Myers

The brand celebrated its entry into the US market with a successful showing at the Sweets & Snacks Expo 2022 in Chicago. We talk to Eliza G Jahn, Head of Marketing at Katjes USA, to pick over some of the highlights of the event.

Micaela Illy, incoming CEO of Rococo Chocolates. Pic: Rococo Chocolates

Mergers & acquisitions

Iconic London brand Rococo Chocolates bought by Prestat Group

By Anthony Myers

The London based premium chocolatier is recognised for the refinement of its chocolates and its design-led packaging, while Prestat is a heritage premium chocolate produce, also based in the UK capital.

Visitors arrive at the ISM event, which went ahead in 2022 despite the pandemic. Pic:Koelnmesse

ISM/ProSweets 2023

ISM 2023 moved to April, organisers look at axing ProSweets

By Anthony Myers

Next year’s ISM sweets and snacks fair, the largest in Europe and which historically is held at the beginning of February each year, is set to be radically overhauled, organisers Koelnmesse said.

A’capella's beautifully crafted  packaging creates 'a harmonious symphony of delicious design elements' said The Dieline. Pic: A'cappella Chocolate

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2022

A’cappella Chocolate celebrates success at Sweets & Snacks Expo 2022

By Anthony Myers

A’cappella Chocolate came away from the Sweets & Snacks Expo 2022 with two major accolades after the Fresno-based company received praise for its colourful confections and was also named as a ‘standout brand’ by The Dieline.

Peter Blommer. Pic: Blommer Chocolate Company

Corporate

Peter Blommer to step down as Blommer Chocolate CEO

By Anthony Myers

Blommer Chocolate Company has announced that Peter Blommer will step down from his role as CEO and assume the new role of Vice Chairman as part of a planned transition.