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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

Packaging showcase

Yesterday, I visited Packaging Innovations at Olympia in London, to see what new developments the sector is working on for confectionery, bakery and snack products.

Posted 14 September 2017

Fine food fair

Earlier this week, I visited the Speciality & Fine Food Fair at Olympia, London, which was a treat for all the senses. I’d heard good things about the show, but with it being my first time, I was keen to speak to exhibitors about their new product developments. 

Posted 6 September 2017

Dark chocolate with olive oil

There’s a new study almost every month highlighting the benefits of dark chocolate, but now new research is suggesting dark chocolate enriched with extra virgin olive oil is associated with an improved cardiovascular risk profile.

Posted 31 August 2017

Bakery focus

I’ll keep my blog short and sweet this week as we’re sending the September issue of Confectionery Production to press.

Posted 23 August 2017

Search for sugar alternatives

It seems like only yesterday I wrote my blog about the fight against sugar, but it was in fact last month, and the issue is still not going away, particularly in the UK.

Posted 16 August 2017

Are gluten-free products healthier?

You may look at this question and think the answer is simple, but as an increasing number of consumers buy into the gluten-free trend, new research suggests that gluten-free products are not always a healthy alternative to regular ones.

Posted 9 August 2017

Feeling nostalgic

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting the founders of commercial artisan confectionery manufacturer Champion & Reeves, who have recreated a product no longer in production.

Posted 2 August 2017

Changing face of chocolate

It was the end of last year when consumers started to notice the size of their favourite chocolate bars shrinking, and a new study by the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) has finally confirmed what many of us already knew.

Posted 26 July 2017

Price takes priority   

Although the UK’s inflation rate unexpectedly slowed to 2.6% in June, it’s still rising faster than wages, prompting many consumers to tighten their purse strings even further. 

Posted 19 July 2017