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A buzz in the air in Paris

Did you visit this years’ Europain exhibition in Paris, which runs until tomorrow (Wednesday 12 March)? Having attended on Sunday and Monday, it was clear that Sunday was a quiet day in terms of visitors. However, on Monday there was a significant increase in footfall and a real buzz in the air. There were certainly […]

Posted 11 March 2014

Fairtrade sales are growing

The Fairtrade Foundation has announced that estimated retail sales of Fairtrade products in 2013 reached £1.8bn (€2.2bn), a 14% increase on sales of £1.5bn (€1.8bn) in 2012. A rise in Fairtrade sugar sales was fuelled further by the inclusion of Fairtrade sugar in products such as chocolate bars, ice cream and other products. Chocolate and […]

Posted 26 February 2014

Focus on Brazil

Following the focus on Brazil as the partner country of January’s International Sweets and Business Fair (ISM) in Cologne, it’s more good news for this emerging market as ingredients supplier AAK reveals plans to build a factory in Jundial, Sao Paulo. The company plans to invest $62m in the new plant with the factory due […]

Posted 20 February 2014

Demand for cocoa grows

Cocoa processing in Europe probably rose for a third quarter in the three months up to 31 December 2013, with global economic growth helping to support demand for the beans used to make chocolate, according to Bloomberg News. Read More

Posted 14 January 2014

Women in cocoa farming

Oxfam has urged major chocolate manufacturers to look at the conditions faced by women in the cocoa farming community. Mars’ private consultation found that its Vision for Change cocoa initiative was reaching some women, but more needed to be done. One of the recommendations from the report was that the company hire female technicians at […]

Posted 6 January 2014

Will you be at ISM 2014?

Will you be exhibiting at the 44th International Sweets and Biscuits Fair (ISM) from 26-29 January 2014 in Cologne, Germany? In the run up to the event we will be featuring a selection of the exhibitors in a weekly e-newsletter. We will also be producing a show preview, which will be printed alongside the February […]

Posted 17 December 2013

Cocoa prices to skyrocket

A third consecutive cocoa deficit will send prices skyrocketing in 2014, according to Rabobank analysis. Read More

Posted 16 December 2013

Russia ranks first in Europe

Russia ranks first in Europe and third globally in the confectionery market, with sales expected to grow about 6% over the next four years, according to market researchers. Read More

Posted 10 December 2013

Shopping on impulse

A Reuters report has highlighted how the growing trend for online shopping is likely to affect the number of impulse buys consumers make in shops and supermarkets. With confectionery and snacks making up a large proportion of these sales, it’s an issue that needs to be considered and alternative marketing strategies explored. Read More

Posted 4 December 2013

Last stand of the orangutan

A short film has been released by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) as part of its new campaign, Last Stand of the Orangutan: The Power is in Your Palm, which is targeting the snack food industry over its use of conflict palm oil. The film features an orangutan orphaned by palm oil speaking sign language with […]

Posted 21 October 2013

Cocoa supplies running out

Experts say the world will run out of cocoa, the key ingredient of chocolate, due to the pressures of rising global demand. According to global market researcher Euro Monitor International, chocolate consumers will eat about 7.4 million tons of the sweet treat in 2013, up nearly 2 per cent on a year earlier and worth […]

Posted 14 October 2013

Gum may ease depression

A new study published in the journal Appetite has shown that chewing gum may help to relieve symptoms in people suffering from mild to moderate depression, but it won’t necessarily improve their mood. Read the full story here

Posted 6 September 2013

Chocolate plant in India

It has been rumoured that Mars is considering building a chocolate manufacturing plant in India, in the western state of Gujarat. Should this happen, it would represent the company’s first production site in the country. At present, Mars imports brands such as Snickers and Twix into India, but is thought to be seeking to manufacture […]

Posted 29 July 2013

Promotions boost sweet sales

According to the recent report Pricing and Promotion in Europe, the confectionery sector saw the greatest value sales rise and the second largest increase in volume of products sold on promotion (up 5.3%) as suppliers and stores tried to convince shoppers they should indulge themselves. Is this a trend that’s set to continue?

Posted 15 July 2013