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Top trends of 2017

As 2017 nears to a close, we’re looking at what the most-read articles to appear on the Confectionery Production website were this year.  

Posted 22 December 2017

Festive indulgence

With the festive season firmly upon us, I’m already thinking about the sweet treats I’ll be gauging on over the Christmas break. One will certainly be chocolate.

Posted 20 December 2017

Presentation is everything

Product presentation is key, particularly at Christmas when confectionery manufacturers are fighting for space on retailers’ already busy shelves.

Posted 13 December 2017

A look back at 2017

This week, the Confectionery Production team are busy pressing the December 2017/January 2018 issue, which has got me thinking about this year’s key trends.

Posted 7 December 2017

Innovative ingredients

We’re two days into Food Ingredients Europe in Frankfurt, Germany and it has already provided lots of ideas for upcoming articles in the magazine.

Posted 29 November 2017

Food for thought

Collaboration and innovation – those are the two key aims for Food Matters Live, which I attended yesterday to discover the latest trends in the industry and see new launches that have been developed to meet these trends. 

Posted 23 November 2017

Diary dates  

After a busy few months of travelling for various international trade shows, conferences and factory visits, it has got me thinking about upcoming events, including ProSweets Cologne and ISM.

Posted 15 November 2017

Recipe change for Nutella

As the industry continues to push for sugar reduction and reformulation of much loved confectionery products, a change in the recipe of hazelnut-chocolate spread Nutella has caused uproar among consumers.

Posted 8 November 2017

Industry trends at Gulfood

Automation, clean label and protective packaging are just some of the key trends being discussed at Gulfood Manufacturing, which is taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre this week.

Posted 1 November 2017

On the road   

My blog comes to you this week from the Netherlands, where I’m on a two-day trip visiting various ingredients and equipment manufacturers.

Posted 25 October 2017

Cereal: a snacking staple

While it has long maintained a seat at the kitchen table, it seems cereal may be moving beyond breakfast and even beyond the bowl, with new figures showing that 43% of US cereal consumers eat it as a snack at home.

Posted 19 October 2017

Clubbing together

The confectionery industry is once again uniting in the battle towards sugar and fat reduction, this time with the launch of a research group dubbed the ‘chocolate and confectionery club.

Posted 11 October 2017

Attention to detail

Now is as good a time as any for food manufacturers to highlight the health benefits of their products or introduce new, healthier, lines, as European shoppers are buying food with less salt, sugar, fat or calories, according to analysts.

Posted 4 October 2017

A guide for confectioners

It’s been a busy week for the Confectionery Production team as we prepare to send our bumper Supplier Profile issue to press. In it, we have information from 24 suppliers in the industry – from ingredients to processing equipment manufacturers.

Posted 21 September 2017