Seasonal Easter sales helped sell more than a quarter of America's
gourmet chocolate last year, and during the next four years will
help drive overall sales to nearly $1.8 billion, according to a new
Confectionery companies could always count on consumers to boost
sales at Christmas and other holiday seasons, but a report
published by Mintel adds more support to the notion that consumer
trends are changing.
Elizabeth Shaw, the UK confectioner, is set to exploit the
burgeoning trend for luxury chocolates, launching a revamped
packaging line in time to penetrate the lucrative Christmas market,
Tom Armitage reports.
Food giant Cargill has acquired OCG Cacao, a major supplier of
industrial chocolate to the European food industry. The deal, which
was initially announced in September, has been completed following
the necessary regulatory approvals.