The US based Chocolate Manufacturers Association (CMA) has released
a guide to cacao content labels in order to demystify confused
Roquette's promotion of sugar free luxury chocolate underlines the
growing shift in what consumers want from indulgence food products.
Cocoa can function in the same way as aspirin in preventing heart
attacks, according to a new study investigating its effect on blood
As confectionery makers jostle for a share in the increasingly
popular organic market, UK company Venture Foods has launched two
new additions to its niche organic and fairtrade chocolate bars.
A new horizontal wrapper suitable for handling delicate products
such as tray baked goods, biscuits and chocolate confectionery has
been developed by Bosch packaging subisidary, Tevopharm.
Mars' CocoaVia nutritional chocolate bar range has had its healthy
image boosted by a new study indicating that the product actively
reduces cholesterol levels.
Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut is gearing up for the
chocolate market of the future, with the final go-ahead for its
first production plant in China
Aimia Foods is set to release a new Galaxy hot chocolate product in
a unique rectangle-shaped packaging which keeps chocolate fresh and
Singapore-based healthcare company Eu Yan Sang is hoping to make an
impression on the European chocolate market with a range of sweets
containing traditional Chinese herbs.
US confectionery company Hershey has extended its foothold in the
premium chocolate sector with the purchase of Dagoba organic
French ingredients firm Roquette has formed an alliance with Meert
to develop a range of sugar-free premium chocolate.
A special protein generated through a novel enzymatic process has
been developed to partially replace the fat in chocolate.
New chocolate moulding equipment which can be cleaned quickly and
easily has been developed by British firm Spooner Vicars,
targetting manufacturers wary of hygiene considerations.
European ingredients firm Puratos is the latest company to tap into
the trend towards product traceability with a new range of
origin-specific chocolates hailing from prime cocoa growing areas.
Innovation may be key in the premium chocolate market but
traditional products are still bestsellers among manufacturers,
according to equipment supplier Chocolate World.