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Editor’s blog

Does size really matter?

Yet again sugar is hitting the headlines. Over the last week, we’ve reported on a series of announcements from pledges to offer smaller packages and clear calorie labelling to calls for the UK soft drinks levy to be extended to confectionery.

Posted 17 May 2017

Interpack trends

Having just returned from Interpack in Germany, I’m taking stock of everything showcased at the somewhat large processing and packaging fair.

Posted 10 May 2017

Final countdown

On Friday, the Confectionery Production team will be heading to Germany for Interpack, one of the largest international processing and packaging fairs.

Posted 3 May 2017

Out and about

It’s been a busy week for Confectionery Production so far and it’s not over yet. Today, my blog comes to you from Milton Keynes, where I’m attending ABB’s Bakery Switch to Robots event.

Posted 25 April 2017

Sweet success for seasonal chocolate

Seasonal launches accounted for one quarter of global chocolate new product launches in 2016, the biggest area of chocolate new product development, new research suggests.

Posted 20 April 2017

UK biscuit maker’s brands up for sale

The brands of Rivington Biscuits, which collapsed into administration last year, are set to enter the global market after being put up for sale by Metis Partners.

Posted 12 April 2017

Healthy snacking

Healthy snacking is on the rise in China, with Chinese consumers eating more nuts, seeds, fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy based snacks, new research shows, while more than a quarter of them are eating less chocolate confectionery.

Posted 5 April 2017

Packaging concerns

Food packaging rules are misleading and potentially dangerous, new research suggests, adding that the industry needs to address this as soon as possible.

Posted 29 March 2017

Disruption in the chocolate market

Changing lifestyles and personal wellbeing are disrupting the chocolate market, new research suggests, presenting an opportunity for manufacturers who respond to new consumer demands.

Posted 22 March 2017

Empowerment is key

Last week, I attended a conference in London which was hosted by Divine Chocolate to mark International Women’s Day, and what an inspiring day it was.

Posted 15 March 2017

KitKats to have 10% less sugar

In keeping with last week’s sugar reduction and reformulation theme, Nestlé’s UK and Ireland has revealed that 10% of sugar will be removed from its well-known brands, including KitKat, Aero, Smarties, Munchies and Rolo by next year.

Posted 8 March 2017

Curbing sugar intake

Food and drink manufacturers are yet again being urged to reduce the amount of sugar in their products after a new report shows that children are consuming the same amount of sugar as 20 chocolate chip cookies a day.

Posted 1 March 2017

Gearing up for Interpack

We’ve just sent the March issue of Confectionery Production to print. In it, you’ll find an overview of what’s happening at international packaging trade show Interpack, as well as the latest trends in confectionery processing and packaging.

Posted 23 February 2017

Healthy confectionery

Whether you believe there’s such a thing or not, the growth of healthy chocolate confectionery is set to outpace that of regular chocolate by 2021.

Posted 16 February 2017