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Editor’s blog

What’s in store for 2017?

What a year 2016 was. The UK decided to exit the European Union, Donald Trump was elected as US president and Toblerone chocolate bars were reduced in size.

Posted 4 January 2017

Key trends for 2017

As we wave goodbye to Christmas and close the door on 2016, all eyes turn to 2017. With that, Euromonitor International has identified some of the key trends set to shape the global market next year.

Posted 28 December 2016

Will you be at ProSweets 2017?

Will you be exhibiting or attending ProSweets and ISM 2017 in Cologne from 29 January to 1 February? If so, we’d love to hear from you.

Posted 21 December 2016

Sugar consumption in decline

UK consumers are buying less sugar in their take-home shopping compared to last year, according to new research, partly due to consumer concern about sugar impacting sales of biscuits and chocolate.

Posted 15 December 2016

Ethical Christmas chocolate

The festive season is always a good opportunity to overindulge in chocolate, but when it comes to what types of product UK consumers buy at Christmas, new research suggests they look for those with ethical credentials.

Posted 7 December 2016

Health and nutrition

If I had to pick two words to sum up Health Ingredients Europe (HiE) this week it would be ‘health and nutrition’. The event is the perfect opportunity to not only see the latest ingredient innovations in the industry, but also taste them.

Posted 1 December 2016

Food matters

The Confectionery Production team were at Food Matters Live in London yesterday to discover the latest trends in the industry and see all the new product launches on show.

Posted 24 November 2016

Biscuit anyone?

We’re all partial to a biscuit or two as an afternoon snack, or after dinner treat, but new research suggests a decline in the consumption of high-calorie food items will promote structural shifts in the US cookie and cracker market.

Posted 16 November 2016

Live from Gulfood Manufacturing

The Confectionery Production team are in Dubai this week for Gulfood Manufacturing. As well as meeting existing contacts in the industry, the exhibition has been a great chance to meet new company representatives.

Posted 9 November 2016

Halloween confectionery in decline

With the trick or treaters having been and gone for another year, new research suggests that Halloween treats such as chocolate confectionery, gum and sugar confectionery have seen a global decline in consumption over the last few years.

Posted 2 November 2016

Sugar shortage

As a consumer of sugar, I know full well that I probably take advantage of the commodity when consuming it in my breakfast and hot beverages. However, this is not the case for Egyptian consumers and confectionery manufacturers.

Posted 26 October 2016

The price of Brexit

The pricing spat between Unilever and supermarket retailer Tesco that saw well-known brands temporarily unavailable online is “just the beginning”, according to one analyst, who has described the current pricing at UK retailers “unsustainable for manufacturers”.

Posted 19 October 2016

All things chocolate

It seems all eyes are on chocolate this month, particularly this week, as we celebrate Chocolate Week in the UK.

Posted 12 October 2016

A future for raw chocolate

Raw chocolate producer, Adam’s Fresh Chocolate, has been crowned The Seed Fund’s 2016 winner, and is set to benefit from £100,000 worth of mentoring, branding and business support to bring the chocolate to a wider audience.

Posted 5 October 2016