COVID-19

@dicktaylorchocolate is kicking off the #StayHomeWithChocolate Festival on June 12, from 4-4:30pm EST. Pic: @dicktaylorchocolate

Coronavirus

#StayHomeWithChocolate launches second global digital event

By Anthony Myers

The Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute (FCCI) and Uncommon Cacao have announced a second #StayHomeWithChocolate Festival, scheduled for Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13; and Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20.

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How will COVID-19 impact health food perceptions?

By Nikki Hancocks

Health food and drink experts have revealed what they believe will be the biggest purchase drivers and the biggest innovation pitfalls post-COVID and how brands can cater to emerging needs.

The manufacturer of Jaffa Cakes has urged retailers to go back to basics with biscuits. Pic: pladis

Consumer insights

Biscuit sales surge in the UK

By Anthony Myers

UK manufacturer pladis announced sales of biscuits grew by £66m (2.5%) - the category is now worth £2.7bn ($3.42bn) - and said it was on its way to unlocking a £264m opportunity within the coming three years.

Flashback to the WCF's last partnership Meeting in Berlin. Pic: WCF

Coronavirus

WCF’s 2020 Partnership Meeting goes virtual

By Anthony Myers

The World Cocoa Foundation’s (WCF) 2020 Partnership Meeting, set to be held in Bogotá, Colombia, on November 18 and 19, has been switched to an online-only event due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organization has announced.

Calico Cottage is one of the world’s largest provider of fudge making ingredients. Pic: Calico Cottage

Coronavirus

Fudge maker Calico Cottage secures coronavirus loan from bank

By Anthony Myers

Cambridgeshire manufacturer and supplier Calico Cottage has secured a six-figure funding package from Lloyds Bank, via its Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, to support its operations through the covid-19 pandemic, the company has announced.

Harold Poelma. Pic: Cargill

Appointments

Cargill’s Poelma elected as new ECA chairman

By Anthony Myers

The European Cocoa Association (ECA) has announced Cargill president of Cocoa & Chocolate, Harold Poelma, as the new chairman of the Association for the next two years, effective immediately.