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Hotel Chocolat Group posts strong update, despite its retail outlets being closed for 12 weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. Pic: Hotel Chocolat

Financial results

Hotel Chocolat Group announces 3% revenue increase for FY20

By Anthony Myers

Premium British chocolatier Hotel Chocolat Group plc has announced revenue of £136m ($174m), an increase of 3% compared with the same period last year, despite its physical high-street outlets being shuttered for 12 weeks because of the coronavirus lockdown.

@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.

Firetree's 3-bar selection ready for its tasting session. Pic Firetree

In brief

Firetree chocolate company to host virtual tasting session

By Anthony Myers

While the nation remains in lockdown British premium brand Firetree will use Zoom for a live and interactive chocolate tasting and discovery event to share its passion and knowledge of rare cocoa beans, remote single estate locations, and its sourcing...

Pierre Marcolini Maison Orient Ramadan chocolate boxes. Pic: Pierre Marcolini Maison

In brief

Pierre Marcolini Maison launches new Ramadan chocolate collection

By Anthony Myers

Luxury chocolatier Pierre Marcolini Maison has launched a ‘New Moon Celebration’ collection to mark the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with a range of new flavours inspired by the sweet aromas of the Middle East.

CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: David Hill, managing director, Cocoda Ltd

Q&A

CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: David Hill, managing director, Cocoda Ltd

By Anthony Myers

Cocoda Ltd specializes in the export of premium chocolate with a global network of retailers and partners. MD David Hill started his career in confectionery at United Biscuits and was mentored by Hotel Chocolat's Angus Thirlwell before setting up...

The new Magnum Ruby Minis will be available across the States from February. Pic: Unilver

NPD

Magnum ice cream receives a Ruby makeover

By Anthony Myers

Unilever, the makers of Magnum ice cream, has announced it is the first national ice cream brand in the US to launch an ice cream featuring the new chocolate variant, Ruby.

Each serving (two gummies) of Matcha Bears provides about 250mg of the finely milled green tea powder, known for its powerful antioxidants. (Photo courtesy of Matcha Bears)

Functional Jellies Special Report

Matcha Bears pack energy and antioxidants in gummy form

By Kristine Sherred

Three New York City entrepreneurs have developed gluten-free gummies infused with premium grade matcha that walk the line between functional and fun, reaching those who drink tea and those who just want a boost of energy at any time of day.

Ruby, the ‘fourth type of chocolate’, is set to make its New York debut later this month at the Salon du Chocolat. Pic: Barry Callebaut

Salon du Chocolat NY 2019

Ruby to debut at Salon du Chocolat New York

By Anthony Myers

Barry Callebaut officially introduced ruby couverture in the United States earlier this year and is available in more than 50 countries worldwide, setting the stage for its New York premiere.

MIA: On a roll with more awards. Pic: MIA

Award

More gongs for MIA chocolate brand

By Anthony Myers

Ethical chocolatier MIA (Made-in-Africa ) has received three 2019 Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Food in London.

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