Halloween confectionery big in UK and Ireland but weaker in Italy and Spain

Mixed bag for Halloween confectionery in Europe

Halloween confectionery sales are expected to grow in line with the overall market in Europe, but there are notably differences among EU countries, according to industry association Caobisco.

We explore ways to overcome the global gum slump

Editor's Blog

Infographic: Chewing over the global gum market

By Oliver Nieburg

Mondelez’s CEO has hailed gum the company’s problem child. We believe it’s only a phase and given the right environment this kid can flourish.

European debt crisis impacting chocolate demand in some EU countries, says Euromonitor. Photo Credit: WCF

European Q1 cocoa grind lowest since 2009

By Oliver Nieburg

Europe’s first quarter (Q1) cocoa grind slumped 3.9% on last year as the debt crisis hampered chocolate demand in struggling economies.

Cemoi subsidiary OP Chocolate eyes Asia

Cemoi private label subsidiary eyes Asia

By Oliver Nieburg

Welsh premium private label confectioner OP Chocolate, part of the Cemoi Group, has secured a financing deal to help it move into international markets in Europe, North America and Asia.

Cocoa grind capacity still shifting to Asia despite Q3 slowdown

Asia Q3 cocoa grind flat as capacity shift slows

By Oliver Nieburg

Asia’s cocoa grind for the third quarter has remained essentially flat compared to last year after growth in the previous two quarters, figures released yesterday show.

Demand for chocolate likely to be flat in spite of figures, says analyst. Photo credit: Flickr - cstrom

Lowest Q3 cocoa grind for Europe in seven years

By Oliver Nieburg

The European third quarter (Q3) cocoa grind has slumped 16% on the same period last year, but the statistics do not necessarily mean demand for chocolate is waning, according to an analyst.

H1 2012 pulls in more money for Lindt following stagnant 2011 sales

Sweeter start to 2012 for Lindt & Sprüngli

By Kacey Culliney

Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Sprüngli is off to a stronger start for 2012 with operating profits up 16% following stagnant results for last year.

Nestlé notes double-digit growth in emerging countries

Nestlé performance in Europe surprises analysts

By Jane Byrne

Nestlé’s sales for the nine months to the end of September rose 7.3% to reach CHF60.89bn (€49.24bn), slightly short of expectations, but its positive European performance blindsided analysts.

Novel foods progress may mean removing clones

By Jess Halliday

All is not well down on the novel foods farm. If food innovation in Europe is to thrive anew, MEPs and the Council need to get past the recriminations over the failed talks and remove the troublesome question of cloned foods from the negotiating table.

Pan-European study reveals packaging trends

Pan-European study reveals packaging trends

By Rory Harrington

Lightweighting, recyclability and the development of eco-packaging have been revealed as the key issues for consumers, according to an analysis of packaging trends across seven major European countries by the French trade commission.

Rexam defends green credentials of beverage can

Rexam defends green credentials of beverage can

By Guy Montague-Jones

Talking from the Brau Beviale trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany, Rexam executive John Revess outlined the lobbying and marketing work needed to improve the environmental image of the beverage can.