Chocolate

Image: Getty/Kinzie+Riehm

Seasonal innovation

How to get ready for halloween 2024

By Natasha Spencer-Jolliffe

As the majors finalise their campaigns for candy’s ‘biggest moment’ how can smaller confectioners turn spooky season into sales?

Manufacturers of dark chocolate may be more able to pass price rises on to consumers. Image: Getty/ Alvarez

How manufacturers can survive the cocoa crisis

By Natasha Spencer-Jolliffe & Jess Spiring

Soaring costs and a dwindling supply of cocoa mean innovation and creativity are essential for chocolatiers who hope to weather the supply storm

Alzheimer’s Research UK supporter Layla Andrews and her mum Karen helped launch Cadbury's Memory Bar Boxes. Image credit: Mondelēz International

Sweet gestures: Meet the brands using candy to change lives

By Natasha Spencer-Jolliffe

Thoughtful charity collaborations from Cadbury, Swizzels and Tony Chocolonely’s are helping raise funds and awareness for UK causes by leveraging their unique relationship with confectionery consumers. Here’s how

Could the food industry develop luxury brands? Image Source: Getty Images/Lena_Zajchikova

How can luxury food brands succeed?

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

While luxury brands in beverage have been highly successful, luxury food brands are, as of yet, less prominent. What foods have the potential to be luxurious?

Ferrero is a long-standing member of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI). Pic: The Ferrero Group

Sustainability

Ferrero reports solid progress towards sustainability targets

By Anthony Myers

Ferrero said the release of its 15th Sustainability Report demonstrates considerable progress across its key sustainability pillars: protecting the Environment, Sourcing Ingredients Responsibly, Promoting Responsible Consumption, and Empowering People.

All roads lead to Indianapolis this year for the 2024 Sweets & Snacks Expo. Pic: CN

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2024

Chocolate brands cash in on America’s largest candy and snack trade show

By Anthony Myers

The 2024 Sweets & Snacks Expo became a launch pad for companies looking to crack the US confectionery market with new products from Colombia’s Vivamor, Canada’s Lovo Chocolate, along with reboots of classic brand Godiva and a new partnership deal...

Luker cocoa farmer  Eugenia Jiménez, inspects this season's crop. Pic: Luker Chocolate

Sustainability

Luker Chocolate on course to impact 1,500 farmers by 2027

By Anthony Myers

Luker Chocolate, the premium Colombian Business-for-Business (B4B) chocolate manufacturer, has revealed significant progress towards Its 2027 sustainability targets, including increasing income for farmers, social wellbeing, and deforestation-free cocoa.

Artisanal Truffles: Who can resist the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of a chocolate truffle? Pic: GettyImages

Special edition: plant-based confectionery

Top 11 vegan chocolate trends

By Anthony Myers

New research into the vegan chocolate market reveals that the sector is poised to gain even wider popularity with conscious consumers thanks to major brands embracing the plant-based wave.

Pic: Cargill

Special edition: Plant-based confectionery

Tantalizing textures: the new frontiers of plant-based gummies

By Anthony Myers

Across Europe, there is a palpable enthusiasm for plant-based gummies, reflecting a growing consumer interest in perceived health-promoting and more sustainable products; we speak to Quentin Schotte, Convenience and Snacking Manager for Cargill Food Solutions...

Consumers are becoming increasingly discerning. Pic: GettyImages

Special edition: Plant-based confectionery

Sweet Revolution: Embracing diversity with plant-based confectionery

By Anthony Myers

From creamy chocolates to chewy candies, plant-based options are paving the way for a more inclusive and compassionate approach to snacking that caters to the diverse tastes and preferences of consumers worldwide. We look at some of the key trends.

Moo Free can now track its ingredients in The Hub. Pic: Moo Free

Special edition: Plant-based confectionery

Moo Free launches new traceability tool, The Hub

By Anthony Myers

Dairy-free chocolate maker Moo Free is strengthening its sustainability credentials with the launch of The Hub, a business tool offering the manufacturer complete traceability across its supply chain.

All set for Indianapolis: 1,000 exhibitors are confirmed for this year's Sweets & Snacks Expo. Pic: CN

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2024

Sweets & Snacks Expo prepares for new Indy experience

By Anthony Myers

The annual Sweets & Snacks Expo convenes thousands of confectionery and snack industry professionals and hundreds of chocolate and candy companies for the largest trade event in North America. After 25 years in Chicago, it is moving on to a new home...

Pic: Nestlé

Marketing

Aero temps sharers with new campaign

By Anthony Myers

Nestlé’s Aero has launched a new ‘ShAero’ marketing campaign in the UK and Ireland, with an on-pack promotion that will see more than 33,000 sharing bars of Aero Peppermint up for grabs.

Sustainability is hard-wired into most supply chains these days, but there is still room for improvements, our next free webinar will hear. Pic: CN

CN Webinar

Free webinar: Is there a crisis in cocoa supply chains?

By Anthony Myers

With the new European Union Deforestation Regulation on the horizon, should the industry adopt a more responsible approach to procurement when sourcing cocoa beans and other ingredients? Sign up for our free webinar to discuss!