Giving cocoa farming cooperatives shares in chocolate firms would improve livelihoods and encourage them to boost yields and quality, while giving chocolate manufacturers greater control of their supply chain, says Divine Chocolate.
Lindt & Sprüngli’s operating profit rose 10.3% in 2012 and the company has declared itself “partially unaffected” by the continuing economic downturn as consumers still seek quality chocolate in tough times.
Despite volatile cocoa prices, fragile consumer confidence and retail price pressure, positive first-half results posted by Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli point to a high level of resilience at the premium end of the confectionery category.
The global commodity market continues to worry confectionery and
sugar firms, as AB Foods profit is dented by sugar reforms, Nestle
combats costs with price hikes, and Cadbury may be ripe for
Confectionery firm Hershey today announced an average wholesale
price increase of three per cent across the US, as the company
moves to improve on the disastrous profit loss posted last week for
the fourth quarter.
US-based Hershey yesterday posted a Q4 operating profit drop of 65
per cent, as high commodity costs, restructuring charges and
competitive US market conditions continue to dog the confectionery
The Sudzucker group has reported a 18.3 per cent increase in sales
for the first nine months of its year thanks to special products
and fruit preparations, while sugar was responsible for a big drop
in operating profit.
Hershey said yesterday that third quarter margins fell a massive 13
percentage points from the same period in 2006, as a result of
tough competition in the premium chocolate market and rising milk
Tate & Lyle has taken new measures to remove itself from
volatile commodity markets and refocus on value-added ingredients,
with a plan to sell its Mexican sugar business, Grupo Industrial
Azucarero de Occidente.
The world's largest producer of ginger for confectionery, Buderim
Ginger, said on Friday that it expects to see higher profits this
year, thanks to the long-term improvements made through its
Barry Callebaut, the world's top supplier of industrial chocolate
to the confectionery industry, has delivered strong profit for the
year, boosted by the integration of recently acquired US
confectionery firm Brach's and...
Dutch life science company DSM today posted a net profit of €959
million. Although DSM Fine Chemicals posted slightly lower sales
and a lower operating profit, attributable to the pharma products
and aspartame businesses, DSM Food...
British sugar and sweeteners group Tate & Lyle on Thursday
reported a jump in half-year profits with underlying pre-tax profit
for the six months to 30 September rising to £126 million (€195.5
million) from €99.9m million last...