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Financial results

US subsidies help boost organic sales for Lindt

By Anthony Myers

Strong international sales, particularly in the North American market, helped organic sales grow by 8.4% in 2022, according to the latest financial results released by Lindt & Spruengli.

Big in Japan? Hotel Chocolat boss Angus Thirlwell has announced a new venture with a Tokyo company. Pic: Hotel Chocolat

Investment

Can Hotel Chocolat be big in Japan on second attempt?

By Anthony Myers

Hotel Chocolat has unveiled another push into the Japanese market by signing a new deal with Tokyo-based Eat Creator Corporation to include 21 Hotel Chocolat-branded shops across the country.

ofi's Dezaaan single origin cocoa. Pic: ofi

Special report

Asian consumers driving demand for single origin cocoa

By Anthony Myers

As ConfectioneryNews reported last month, the trend for single-origin cocoa ingredients has been growing for some time, as consumers with a sweet craving also look more closely at how and where their cocoa is sourced.

Single origin, sustainable cocoa is becoming more in demand. Pic: Cargill

Single origin cocoa: consumer trends

Why single origin cocoa is so important

By Anthony Myers

As interest in cocoa sustainability intensifies among EMEA consumers, two studies highlight why bean-to-bar authenticity is on the rise.

Guylian's famous chocolate seashells will now carry the Fairtrade logo. Pic: Fairtrade America

Sustainability

Guylian commits to 100% Fairtrade Certified cocoa

By Anthony Myers

The premium Belgian chocolate brand said the move demonstrates its commitment to sustainable production in its supply chain by prioritising the livelihoods of cocoa farmers.

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NPD

Ritter Sport launches new Salted Caramel and Orange bars

By Anthony Myers

Ritter Sport has announced it is launching two new 100g flavoured bars in the UK and Ireland this autumn, Ritter Sport Salted Caramel and Ritter Sport Orange, in a bid to take an even bigger chunk of block chocolate sales.

Läderach's new vegan range is in stores. Pic: Läderach

Free-from

Läderach launches luxury vegan range chocolate

By Anthony Myers

Premium Swiss chocolatier Läderach has launched a new vegan range that is now available in its three London outlets including a flagship store on Regent Street, Westfield Centre in Shepherd’s Bush and also Harrods’ Chocolate Hall.

Luker Chocolate's new caramel 'Sensación'. Pic: Luker Choclate

NPD

Luker Chocolate creates new caramel ‘Sensación’

By Anthony Myers

Colombian B4B chocolate manufacturer Luker Chocolate is hitting the caramel flavour with a new chocolate couverture, crafted at origin, using the company’s signature Cacao Fino de Aroma and incorporating its sustainability practices.

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.

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.

A mock-up of the H!P Chocolate & Love Cocoa pop-up that opens in London on Thursday (7 April). Pic: Love Cocoa

Retail

H!P Chocolate & Love Cocoa host first Pop-Up in London

By Anthony Myers

British chocolate brands H!P Chocolate and Love Cocoa (both founded by James Cadbury, the great-great-great grandson of the original Mr Cadbury) are hosting their first ever London pop-up this week.

Colombian cocoa is known for its premium and distinctive flavour. Pic worldbulletin

Special report

Colombia cocoa’s peaceful transition to global prominence

By Anthony Myers

ConfectioneryNews talked to Jose Puyana, ProColombia's Regional Director for Europe, ahead of a Trade Mission to the UK (31 March to 3 April) to attend the London Coffee Festival, where cocoa producers will be also in attendance.

Venchi's new eco-friendly Easter collection. Pic: Venchi

Packaging

Venchi’s Easter 2022 collection to feature eco packaging

By Anthony Myers

Italian luxury chocolate manufacturer Venchi says its Easter 2022 collection is accompanied by a more sustainable initiative, with all its wrappers and ribbons made from recycled PET, FSC-certified paper, cotton-blend fabric.

Popular UK high street confectioner Fudge Kitchen has announced that Luker Chocolate will supply all its chocolate. Pic: Fudge Kitchen

Sustainability

Fudge Kitchen to use Luker Chocolate in its confectionery products

By Anthony Myers

Popular UK high street company Fudge Kitchen has announced it has signed a deal with Colombian cocoa supplier Luker Chocolate in order to make its supply chain ethics and sustainability practices more visible to consumers.

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Podcast

Inside Ghana Gold, MIA’s new bean-to-bar line

By Anthony Myers

MIA, short for Made in Africa, is branching out from its base in Madagascar to work with cocoa farmers in West Africa. Co-founder Brett Beach tells ConfectioneryNews the reasons behind the move – and also provides an update on the situation on the island...

Love Cocoa's new Easter egg range includes a 'Luxury Half & Half Egg'. Pic: Love Cocoa

Seasonal

Love Cocoa launches new eco-friendly ‘luxury’ Easter eggs

By Anthony Myers

Ethical British chocolate company Love Cocoa has extended its Easter offering with a new Luxury Giant Milk Chocolate Egg and a Luxury Half & Half Egg, both containing the brand’s signature Salted Caramel Truffles.

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