Middle East

Vietnam’s cocoa sector set to boom with state-owned plantations

Dispatches from Asia Choco Cocoa Congress in Singapore

State-owned plantations could rouse Vietnam’s cocoa industry

By Oliver Nieburg

Vietnamese state-owned companies plan to convert some coffee and rubber plantations to cocoa, delivering a significant boost to the country’s annual output, says Vietnam’s principle cocoa buyer Puratos Grand-Place.

Mars spends $140m on GCC factories expansion

Mars spends $140m on GCC factories expansion

By Eliot Beer

Chocolate maker Mars has invested a total of US$140m in new manufacturing facilities in Saudi Arabia and the UAE to increase production of its Galaxy and Snickers lines.

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.

Middle Eastern countries imported 4.4 thousand tons of confectionery from Brazil in 2013, but there's still big potential for growth, says ABICAB

Brazil sweet on Arabic markets

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Currently the Middle East represents just over 3% of Brazilian confectionery exports, but potential far exceeds that, according to Brazil's industry trade association.

Growing confectionery equipment outlays driven by emerging market demand

Dispatches from Pack Expo in Las Vegas

Confectionery equipment investments set to grow, says PMMI

By Oliver Nieburg

Booming demand from the growing middle classes in emerging markets mean confectionery industry investments in processing and packaging equipment will grow 4% to 5% annually, according to a report by processing and packaging association PMMI.

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.

Most UK produced chocolate goes to Ireland, but there has been significant growth in exports to South Africa and the United Arab Emirates

Chocolate fastest growing UK food export

By Oliver Nieburg

Chocolate is the fastest growing UK food export driven by a rise in sales to the Middle East and Africa and factory expansion by Nestlé, according to a report from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

The JV will include production of HFCS

Cargill and Arasco agree Middle East joint venture

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Cargill has said it intends to create a new sweeteners and starches joint venture in Saudi Arabia with agri-business firm Arasco, saying it will give the company a foothold in the fast-growing Middle East and North African market.

Mondelez GCC sales director John Stephenson (centre) meets JV partners Khaled S. Olayan (left) and Salah Algosaibi (right)

Mondelez eyes Saudi expansion with new JV

By Oliver Nieburg

Cadbury owner Mondelez International has entered a joint venture to expand distribution in Saudi Arabia, which it calls an “important and strategic market” in the region.

ADM restructures cocoa business

ADM restructures cocoa business

ADM Cocoa has separated its organizational structure into five key regions and business units, it announced today.

Eyeing new horizons in North Africa and the Middle East

Eyeing new horizons in North Africa and the Middle East

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Young, self-confident and increasingly wealthy populations in North Africa and the Middle East offer big opportunities for food and beverage firms – but there are risks too, according to ingredient company Wild GmbH.

Highest chewing gum consumption worldwide revealed

Highest chewing gum consumption worldwide revealed

By Oliver Nieburg

Research from Kantar Media has unearthed the countries that consume more chewing gum than anywhere else worldwide, which could help manufacturers choose their geographic focus.

Symrise tastes sales growth in first half results

Symrise tastes sales growth in first half results

By Rod Addy

Symrise’s flavour and nutrition division nailed an increase in sales in the first half (H1) of 2012, driven by performance in emerging markets and increasing sales with major customers.

VSI's new factory can even make triple-layered bars

Dutch bar manufacturer VSI opens third factory

By Rod Addy

Dutch non-branded bar manufacturer VSI has begun operations at a €10m plant in Leerdam, Holland, which incorporates a research and development (R&D) centre and has the capacity to make triple-layered bars.

Thorntons plans store closures as profits slump

Thorntons plans store closures as profits slump

By Oliver Nieburg

UK chocolatier Thorntons has suffered a 63% decline in profits in its half yearly report and intends to close almost half of its own stores and focus on commercial retail sales.

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