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Shrinkflation-weary consumers turn to private label

Shrinkflation-weary consumers turn to private label

By Ryan Daily

Raising prices while simultaneously shrinking products to offset higher inflation could cost brands more in the long term, suggests a new survey from YouGov that found consumers turned off by shrinkflation are turning to private label.

Searches for vegan chocolate dropped in the past year, according to Ashbury

News

Demand for vegan chocolate drops this easter

By Gwen Ridler

The demand for vegan chocolate has dropped by almost a quarter (23%) year-on-year this Easter, according to research by food label consultant Ashbury.

UK shoppers can expect more new treats this Easter Pic: Getty Images

Easter 2023

Easter sees UK leading the world in chocolate innovation

By Anthony Myers

From chocolate bunnies to candy chicks, this year is set to be a bumper year for Easter treats according to new UK research from Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), which claims launches of new seasonal Easter chocolate products have increased...

Peter Boone has left his post as Barry Callebaut CEO for personal reasons. Pic: Barry Callebaut

Breaking

Peter Boone resigns as Barry Callebaut CEO

By Anthony Myers

The Board of Directors has appointed Peter Feld (57, German national) as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Barry Callebaut Group, with immediate effect. Feld succeeds Peter Boone who is stepping down for personal reasons.

Belcolade's new plant-based white macaron. Pic: Belcolade

Free-from

Belcolade launches ‘first of a kind’ plant-based white couverture

By Anthony Myers

Belcolade’s Selection W. Plant-Based Cacao-Trace offers chocolatiers, pâtissiers and other professional chocolate users more choice as it further expands the company’s plant-based portfolio, following the recent launch of its widely acclaimed milk-alike...

Pic: GettyImages

Sustainabilty

New ‘Scorecard’ questions chocolate companies’ sustainability efforts

By Anthony Myers

While many companies claim ‘100% sustainably sourced cocoa’ on their chocolate bars, these sustainability claims cannot be ‘ necessarily’ trusted,' according to the latest ‘Chocolate Scorecard’ that has analysed companies selling chocolate around...

And the winner is ... Crash!. Pic: Cadbury

Seasonal

Crash the cat wins this year’s coveted Cadbury Bunny ears accolade

By Anthony Myers

After receiving an impressive number of votes from animal lovers across the country, Crash the Cat from Boise, Idaho, has been crowned the winner of Hershey’s fifth-annual Cadbury Bunny Tryouts, 'Rescue Pets Edition', the company has announced.

Love Cocoa's 2023 Easter collection. Pic: Love Cocoa

Seasonal

Love Cocoa extends eco-friendly egg collection

By Anthony Myers

Luxury sustainable chocolate brand Love Cocoa is adding to its Easter portfolio this year with two delightful, marbled eggs, while the rest of the range has had a seasonal makeover.

Lindt wants to make Easter more memorable with its ‘Hoppiness’ campaign and much-loved Gold Bunny. Pic: Lindt

Seasonal

Chocolate gives a lift to all ages, new survey reveals

By Anthony Myers

A new UK nationwide study by Lindt, to mark the beginning of Spring, has revealed the list of everyday things that give Brits a lift, with a good night’s sleep (51%), a walk on a sunny morning (48%) and a hug (47%) appearing top of the list.

Cadbury's is the favourite Easter Egg brand, according to research. Pic: Mondelez International

Easter 2023

Cadbury's Easter eggs come out tops for UK consumers, research reveals

By Anthony Myers

With Easter in the UK becoming more of a celebration akin to Halloween and Christmas, new research has revealed that 82% of consumers said they'd spend the traditional long weekend with family, with approximately 20% spending it with friends. A third...

Pic: Guittard Chocolate

Free-from

Guittard Chocolates boosts its dairy-free and kosher lines

By Anthony Myers

Guittard Chocolate Company has announced its dairy-free kosher pareve processing capabilities and its new dairy-free product line, which will include three retail baking chips - Semisweet Chocolate Chips, Extra Dark Chocolate Chips, Akoma Organic Extra...

Yowie is set to launch its eighth Baby Animals series this Easter. Pic: Yowie Group

Marketing

Yowie confectionery gives birth to new set of Baby Animals

By Anthony Myers

Yowie’s latest surprise revealed to the confectionery world is an eighth series of its popular ‘Baby Animals’ series. As well as containing sustainably sourced, Rainforest Alliance Certified chocolate the latest collection is designed to shed light on...

Hershey takes plant-based mainstream with alternatives of two classics. Pic: CN

NPD

Hershey launches plant-based milk chocolate into mainstream

By Anthony Myers

The Hershey Company has released dairy-free alternatives for two of its most iconic brands with Reese’s plant-based peanut butter cups going on sale this month, making it the first vegan chocolates sold nationally, followed by Hershey’s plant-based extra...

Central Europe and North America remain key markets for the Group. Pic: Lindt & Sprüngli

Financial results

Lindt maintains global sales volumes but warns of more price rises

By Anthony Myers

Lindt & Spruengli has revealed its 2022 operating profit (EBIT) increased by 15.5% year on year to CHF 744.6 million, from CHF 644.9 million in the previous year, and the Swiss chocolate maker also proposed a higher dividend payout to investors as...

ProSweets Cologne 2023 - Special Edition has increased in size due to popular demand from the industry. Pic: Koelnmesse

ProSweets Cologne 2023

New ProSweets Cologne format attracts exhibitors

By Anthony Myers

Koelnmesse, the organisers of ProSweets Cologne 2023 - Special Edition, have announced they are increasing floor space due to strong demand from exhibitors wanting to take part in this year’s special format.

Iconic brands including Ferrero Rocher, achieved net sales growth. PIC: CN

Financial results

Ferrero’s turnover up 10%, annual results reveal

By Anthony Myers

Ferrero International has posted a €14 billion turnover ($14.92bn), up 10.4% over the previous year (€12.7 billion), according to the Group’s fiscal year 2021-2022 results.

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