COVID-19

Cocoa futures have been performing poorly since the beginning of the year. Pic: ConfectioneryNews

Commodities

Production surplus could weigh down cocoa futures in Q2

By Anthony Myers

Increased output from Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, along with decline in European cocoa bean usage due to the resurgence of COVID-19 infections means a production surplus projected in the 2020-21 season, with cocoa futures on the commodities market underperforming...

William Reed's popular Food & Drink Shows event is set to return in July. Pic: WRBM

Events

William Reed confirms go-ahead for UK Food & Drink Shows in Birmingham

By Anthony Myers

William Reed Business Media, publisher of The Grocer, ConfectioneryNews and BakeryandSnacks, has confirmed that its Food & Drink Shows will go ahead this July at Birmingham’s NEC following the UK government’s ‘Roadmap out of Lockdown’ announcement.

Olam expects a more favourable market condition in 2021, after posting a strong set of results. Pic Olam International

Financial results

Olam reports robust 2020 performance

By Anthony Myers

Olam has reported a strong operating performance across its new structure, which includes its cocoa business in Olam Food Ingredients (OFI).

The popularity of nutraceutical gummies is likely to skyrocket, says tna Solutions. Pic: tna Solutions

Special Report: Post Pandemic Trends 2021

Keeping the production flow going during the pandemic

By Anthony Myers

We have entered into a new era of food safety and with the current situation fuelling fears around food contamination more than ever before, producers have been paying special attention to equipment cleanliness and effective pack sealing, says Edward...

Olam's deZaan Cocoa Powder is ticking a lot of boxes for trends in 2021. Pic: Olam Cocoa

Special Report: Post Pandemic Trends 2021

Covid-19 accelerates the trend towards healthy cocoa

By Anthony Myers

ConfectioneryNews talks to Wouter Stomph, North America Head of Ingredient Development & Innovation, Olam Cocoa, on the latest confectionery trends and why celebrating cocoa as an ingredient in its own right will play a significant part.

Latest research suggests that consumers are increasingly looking for food and beverage products that support their immune health. Pic: GettyImages

Special Report: Post Pandemic Trends 2021

Confectionery trends 2021: Taste is king’, along with immunity and health

By Anthony Myers

Balancing personal health and environmental health in confectionery while making the product tasty and indulgent is going to be a huge responsibility, as is predicting global confectionery trends post COVID-19 – according to Barry Callebaut research.