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Barry Callebaut's new Chocolate Academy in Shenzen. Pic: Barry Callebaut Group

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Barry Callebaut opens new Chocolate Academy in southern China

By Anthony Myers

The Barry Callebaut Group is pushing further into the Asian market with the opening of a fourth office in the Chinese southern city of Shenzhen, coupled with the announcement of a third Chocolate Academy in the country.

Eef de Ferrante, MD, AIPIA, (centre) at last year's Asia Summit. Photo: AIPIA

AIPIA cancels China Summit amid concerns over Coronavirus

By Jenny Eagle

AIPIA, the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association has announced it is postponing its China Summit, due to be held in Shanghai in April, due to concerns about Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China and many other regions.

Amos Sweets moves into its 4.0’ phase. Pic: Amos Sweets

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Amos Sweets set for global expansion

By Anthony Myers

Candy innovator launches new products in China and makes deals with worldwide distributors, retailers and partners as company moves into export market.

The Chinese penchant for chocolate is growing. Pic: ©GettyImages/PrasertSripodok

Chocolate’s use in bakery is a booming business in China

By Gill Hyslop

Once perceived as an exotic delicacy – bought only as a luxury gift or an extravagant treat – the Chinese consumers’ taste for chocolate is growing and the ingredient is quickly cementing a niche for itself in bakery.

Several Cantonese mooncake manufacturers believe the Western market is ready for the introduction of mooncakes.

Bakery China 2017

China to familiarize Western market with ‘pinyin’ baked treats

By Gill Hyslop

China’s diverse bakery industry – encompassing bakers of traditional ‘pinyin’ (literally translated as ‘Chinese style cakes and snacks’) and producers of modern items like croissants and waffles – is growing at a rate that far exceeds most other segments.

Counterfeit Western chocolate brands such as Ferrero Rocher seized by Chinese police. ©iStock/Authenticcreation

Fake Ferrero and Mars chocolate seized in China

By Douglas Yu

Chinese police recently seized 300,000 counterfeit chocolate pieces during the 2017 Lunar New Year worth around 700 RMB ($102) per box, after a wedding candy store owner received complaints from local consumers.

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Chinese sweetener prices rising at last after spate of plant closures

By RJ Whitehead

After a year-long race to the bottom by Chinese manufacturers, acesulfame-K sweetener prices have grown steadily since May, with analysts expecting further increases then stabilisation as suppliers, including segment giant Anhui Jinhe, hold back on production.

The belVita line will try to push forward the nutritious biscuit market in China

Mondelēz to bring belVita to China

By Hal Conick

Mondelēz International will launch its belVita breakfast biscuits in China in hopes of grabbing a larger piece of the country’s biscuit market share.