Premium chocolate offers hope as food inflation soars in eurozone
While the food inflation rate continues to gallop ahead in the eurozone, observers speculate as to whether premium chocolate products could help confectionery firms ride the storm.
Ethical and premium brands lock in consumer awareness for chocolate makers
Ethical and premium brands will bring strong gains to chocolate makers with fresh evidence suggesting they hold sway in the mind of the consumer.
News briefs: healthy and premium chocolate launches
In recent years there has been an increasing trend towards healthy
and premium confectionery products, aimed at making consumers feel
better about the treats they eat and giving them a taste of luxury
Candy Expo highlights gourmet, premium and organic products
The All Candy Expo currently taking place in Chicago is
highlighting gourmet, premium and organic products, which
organisers say is the fastest growing segment in the confectionery
and snack market.
Nestle pushes for premium with new R&D centre
Global confectioner Nestle today announced the establishment of a
research and development (R&D) facility dedicated entirely to
dark and premium chocolate.
News briefs: Woolworths, product launches, and premium chocolate
In confectionery news this week, Woolworths secures sweet supplier
EUK with a loan deal, confectionery product launches outnumber
other food categories, and dark chocolate continues to prove
popular with manufacturers.
Premium innovation boosts Lindt sales
Strong sales of premium and dark products have led Lindt &
Spruengli to predict that full year revenue for 2007 will hit
CHF 2.95bn (€1.8bn), a 14 per cent increase from the year before.
Zetar acquires Lir luxury chocolates
UK confectionery firm Zetar today said it is expanding its range of
luxury and premium products thanks to the acquisition of Lir
Chocolates in Ireland.
Nestle partners luxury chocolatier Pierre Marcolini
Swiss-based food giant Nestle today announced going into
partnership with Belgian company Pierre Marcolini, as the company
aims to move further into the premium and luxury chocolate market.
Natra launches truffles for premium market
Natra said yesterday it will tap the premium and private label
chocolate markets with a new range of Belgium truffles, only two
days after acquiring a chocolate factory in the country.
Confectionery exhibition highlights premium trends
The growing demand for luxury, fortified, natural and organic
confectionery is the focus of this year's All Candy Expo.
Premium cocoa gets supply chain boost
Agricultural group Bioversity International has begun a new project
on sustainable and organic farming - designed to benefit both
producers of gourmet single-origin chocolate and cocoa farmers in
Hershey dark chocolate growth boosts sales
US based chocolate giant Hershey may have successfully taken
advantage of the consumer trend for dark chocolate but work still
remains to be done to reinvigorate core brands.
Roquette targets sugar-free 'premium' chocolate range
French ingredients firm Roquette has formed an alliance with Meert
to develop a range of sugar-free premium chocolate.
'Origin' chocolate fillings target luxury niche
European ingredients firm Puratos is the latest company to tap into
the trend towards product traceability with a new range of
origin-specific chocolates hailing from prime cocoa growing areas.