Chocolate

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HR

Hershey named one of the best companies to work for in US

By Anthony Myers

Confectionery giant’s reputation for justice, pride and leadership have been hailed by its employees as particular strengths for the company, leading it to be ‘Certified by Great Place to Work’ in its US business operations.

Mars is mobilising partners in a coral reef restoration project / Pic: GettyImages-Tobiasjo

Mars talks ‘mission critical’ coral reef restoration

By Katy Askew

Coral reefs are degrading at an alarming rate – threatening the health of our oceans and the ecosystems that support sea life. Confectionery-to-pet food manufacturer Mars is working to turn the tide. FoodNavigator catches up with the company’s chief marine...

Customers are willing to pay more for its premium chocolate, Lindt said in a statement. Pic: Lindt & Spruengli

Financial results

Lindt & Spruengli raises guidance after jump in profits

By Anthony Myers

Swiss chocolate maker has made a first-half net profit jump of 36% to 138.4 million francs and said it now expects 2022 organic sales growth of 8-10% with an operating margin of approximately 15%.

Chocolate dream: A new initiative from HAPPi and Luker Chocolate aims to nurture children in sustainable cocoa practices. Pic: Luker Chocolate

Sustainability

HAPPi invests in future cocoa change-makers with Luker Chocolate

By Anthony Myers

Oat m!lk chocolate brand, HAPPi, is teaming up with Luker Chocolate to create Kids for Nature, an exciting new project that aims to protect the remarkable wildlife of Colombia by educating the next generation to become guardians of their ecosystem.

Snacking behavior holds strong in face of inflation, says Mondelēz

Snacking behavior holds strong in face of inflation, says Mondelēz

By Mary Ellen Shoup

In the face of inflation and consumer price sensitivity, Mondelēz International saw positive volume growth and price resiliency across its snacking portfolio especially in its core areas of snacking and chocolate, reported chairman and CEO Dirk Van de...

Fudge Kitchen's new confectionery pouches. Pic: Fudge Kitchen

Packaging

Fudge Kitchen introduces new eco pouches

By Anthony Myers

UK artisan confectioners, Fudge Kitchen, is putting sustainability at the forefront of its business with the launch of a new range of products in fully compostable pouches.

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...

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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.

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.

Hershey's Cocoa For Good Strategy aims to improve farmer livelihoods in cocoa-growing communities. Pic: Hershey Company

Governance

Hershey ramps up its ESG priorities

By Anthony Myers

The Hershey Company’s evolution from sustainability to integrating ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) priorities into its business strategy and operations continues with the sharing of its 2021 ESG Report.

The new dark range of Maltesers. Pic: Mars Wrigley

NPD

Maltesers go to the dark side with new chocolate addition

By Anthony Myers

Mars Wrigley has launched a dark chocolate version of its best-selling Maltesers - the first innovation in almost a decade following previous plays on the iconic flavour, including orange and mint varieties.