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Smart technology

Five ways AI is transforming the confectionery sector

By Natasha Spencer-Jolliffe

With AI at the helm, the confectionery industry is entering a new era of innovation and efficiency, transforming everything from product creation to personalized marketing strategies. Here's how

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How can luxury food brands succeed?

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

While luxury brands in beverage have been highly successful, luxury food brands are, as of yet, less prominent. What foods have the potential to be luxurious?

Ferrero is a long-standing member of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI). Pic: The Ferrero Group

Sustainability

Ferrero reports solid progress towards sustainability targets

By Anthony Myers

Ferrero said the release of its 15th Sustainability Report demonstrates considerable progress across its key sustainability pillars: protecting the Environment, Sourcing Ingredients Responsibly, Promoting Responsible Consumption, and Empowering People.

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Sustainability

Cocoa investors request major chocolate companies pay farmers more

By Anthony Myers

An investor letter issued earlier this month by non-profit Investor Advocates for Social Justice (IASJ) has called out international chocolate companies to end what it described as “exploitative purchasing practices,” mainly in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.

All roads lead to Indianapolis this year for the 2024 Sweets & Snacks Expo. Pic: CN

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2024

Chocolate brands cash in on America’s largest candy and snack trade show

By Anthony Myers

The 2024 Sweets & Snacks Expo became a launch pad for companies looking to crack the US confectionery market with new products from Colombia’s Vivamor, Canada’s Lovo Chocolate, along with reboots of classic brand Godiva and a new partnership deal...

Luker cocoa farmer  Eugenia Jiménez, inspects this season's crop. Pic: Luker Chocolate

Sustainability

Luker Chocolate on course to impact 1,500 farmers by 2027

By Anthony Myers

Luker Chocolate, the premium Colombian Business-for-Business (B4B) chocolate manufacturer, has revealed significant progress towards Its 2027 sustainability targets, including increasing income for farmers, social wellbeing, and deforestation-free cocoa.

Artisanal Truffles: Who can resist the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of a chocolate truffle? Pic: GettyImages

Special edition: plant-based confectionery

Top 11 vegan chocolate trends

By Anthony Myers

New research into the vegan chocolate market reveals that the sector is poised to gain even wider popularity with conscious consumers thanks to major brands embracing the plant-based wave.

Consumers are becoming increasingly discerning. Pic: GettyImages

Special edition: Plant-based confectionery

Sweet Revolution: Embracing diversity with plant-based confectionery

By Anthony Myers

From creamy chocolates to chewy candies, plant-based options are paving the way for a more inclusive and compassionate approach to snacking that caters to the diverse tastes and preferences of consumers worldwide. We look at some of the key trends.

All set for Indianapolis: 1,000 exhibitors are confirmed for this year's Sweets & Snacks Expo. Pic: CN

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2024

Sweets & Snacks Expo prepares for new Indy experience

By Anthony Myers

The annual Sweets & Snacks Expo convenes thousands of confectionery and snack industry professionals and hundreds of chocolate and candy companies for the largest trade event in North America. After 25 years in Chicago, it is moving on to a new home...

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Marketing

Aero temps sharers with new campaign

By Anthony Myers

Nestlé’s Aero has launched a new ‘ShAero’ marketing campaign in the UK and Ireland, with an on-pack promotion that will see more than 33,000 sharing bars of Aero Peppermint up for grabs.

New EU regulations is supposed to halt deforestation. Pic: Global Forest Watch

Regulation

Brussels, do we have a problem with the EUDR?

By Anthony Myers

‘Beleaguered’ is perhaps too strong an adjective to describe the forthcoming European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR), but when the bloc’s Director General for Trade goes on record as describing its current state as "extremely burdensome,"...

Sustainability is hard-wired into most supply chains these days, but there is still room for improvements, our next free webinar will hear. Pic: CN

CN Webinar

Free webinar: Is there a crisis in cocoa supply chains?

By Anthony Myers

With the new European Union Deforestation Regulation on the horizon, should the industry adopt a more responsible approach to procurement when sourcing cocoa beans and other ingredients? Sign up for our free webinar to discuss!

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