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Ecom denies that it has failed to make certification premium payments to farmers

Ecom-Armajaro denies failed co-op payments

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Ecom and Armajaro maintain they did not fail to pay farmers for certified cocoa beans as Ecom’s trading license is suspended and a media hotchpotch of leaked documents and official positions ensues.  

What’s at the heart of the matter for the confectionery industry this Valentine’s? Greencolander -Flickr

Seasonal focus: 2014’s candy love-in

Money buys love in segmented US Valentine’s market

By Oliver Nieburg

US Valentine’s candy consumers are expected to spend more than last year, but many will seek products on offer, while the rich will buy richer with more premium offerings.

Retro tins aimed at nostalgic adults. PEZ broadens its target group

PEZ returns to roots with adult proposition

By Oliver Nieburg

Austrian confectioner PEZ International is hoping to take advantage of the vogue retro trend by re-launching peppermint candies for adults that were previously ditched in favor of child-friendly products in the sixties.

Thorntons' second quarter results impressed city analysts

Sweet Christmas for Thorntons, according to Q2 trading

By Michael Stones

Thorntons reported sweet success over Christmas, with its second quarter results, for the 14 weeks to January 22, revealing sales in both fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and retail divisions ahead of some City analysts’ expectations.

You had me at Hello: Lindt sales driven by innovations and volume growth

Lindt says Hello to 2013 sales gains

By Oliver Nieburg

Lindt & Sprüngli has reported 8% growth in its 2013 sales driven by higher volumes and innovations such as its Hello brand.

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