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Once the transaction is completed, Olam will have 700,000 metric tons of cocoa pressing capabilities.

Olam’s ‘complex’ ADM cocoa deal hits delay

By Hal Conick

Singapore-based Olam’s $1.3bn acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland’s global cocoa business has hit a bump in the road, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

Theegarten-Pactec adds 50 jobs in Dresden HQ expansion

Theegarten-Pactec splashes $33m on Dreseden HQ upgrade

By Oliver Nieburg

Confectionery packaging machinery supplier Theegarten-Pactec had made the largest investment in its history after it inaugurated a new manufacturing and office base at its Dresden headquarters last week.

Mondelēz resolves French retailer backlash over wholesale price hikes but loses some distribution in the process

French trade dispute dents Mondelēz Q3 earnings

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Mondelēz International third-quarter earnings fell 11% compared to last year due to disputes with French retailers over wholesale pricing changes and 'soft' developed market demand.

37% of viable probiotic cells are lost when added to chocolate at 40°C, according to a more precise laser detection method

How to measure probiotic counts in chocolate

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Flow cytometry – a laser-based cell sensor system – is almost twice as accurate at measuring probiotic levels in chocolate when compared to traditional methods, according to research.

Mars claims solid plant fat holds the key to caramel water migration issues

Patent watch

Watertight idea? Mars files patent for multi-texture caramel

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Mars has filed a patent for ‘multi-texture’ caramel products, using a method that prevents moisture migration from caramel to crispy components without the need for a fat-based moisture barrier.

Pecan Deluxe Candy (Europe) QSR inclusions expansion

Pecan Deluxe Candy (Europe) to move to bigger premises

By Jenny Eagle

Pecan Deluxe Candy (Europe) has invested in a €300,000 Yamato multihead check weigher, which can operate up to 100 bags per minute, to meet increasing demand for inclusions in products such as ice cream, desserts, cookies and donuts.

Fran Jimenez

Interpack 2014

Natra unwraps potential of ULMA confectionery machine

By Jenny Eagle

Natra and Grupo Bimbo are just some of the firms who have shown interest in the FR500 flow pack wrapper designed specifically for the bakery, confectionery and chocolate industry by ULMA Packaging.

Bossel with the Slug and Pile

Interpack 2014

Bosch launches ‘World first’ two-in-one biscuit machine

By Jenny Eagle

Bosch Packaging Technology has launched a biscuit packaging line, which it claims is the first of its kind, capable of fast slug to pile changeovers, and vice versa, with the same feeding components.

Individually wrapped candies inside smaller flexible bags present a challenge for manufacturers aiming for portion controlled products

Special Edition: Consumer friendly confectionery packaging unwrapped

Getting portion controlled packaging under control

By Oliver Nieburg

Consumer demand is rising for portion controlled packs, but do existing packaging machines have everything under control?

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.  

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