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Editor’s blog

Protective packaging

As we draw closer to ProSweets, discussions around sustainable packaging and manufacturing methods heighten. Confectioners often use excessive amounts of packaging in an attempt to create a heavier product with a luxurious feel. This packaging is more often than not superfluous and does not impact shelf life or help protect the product. Removing excess packaging […]

Posted 3 December 2012

Untapped markets

Chocolate consumption in more mature chocolate markets is experiencing a slow down. Although growth is being exhibited, this growth is extremely slow suggesting a stagnation of these markets. The latest Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry trends report from SymphonyIRI Group reveals a decline in the volume of confectionery sales over the last year in […]

Posted 8 November 2012

Do Fairtrade mislead consumers?

Current rules allow confectionery and chocolate carrying the Fairtrade mark to contain cocoa that has not been ethically sourced. Fairtrade has set up a system to ensure that chocolate manufacturers that want to use the Fairtrade Mark must buy the precise amount of cocoa they need from Fairtrade farmers that will be used in their […]

Posted 19 October 2012

Mobile advertising

Mondelez International recently stated that American consumers spend more than 23% of their daily media consumption on a mobile device. Yet most marketers dedicate less than 1% of their media spend to mobile. This represents a huge gap in the market, and it is driving Mondelez to think differently about consumer engagement and path to […]

Posted 10 October 2012

Hersheys commits to certified cocoa

The best news I have heard in a long while is that Hersheys has promised to use 100% certified cocoa by 2020. Hershey did not specify which certification scheme eg Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade or UTZ certified it will apply – if any. But the issued press release did highlight a company announcement made earlier in […]

Posted 4 October 2012

Protecting the planet

18 September 2012 – It is good to see that despite the economic climate, major companies are still focussed on protecting the planet through the use of renewable energies. Nestlé has topped a list of global companies in efforts to disclose and cut carbon emissions. The Carbon Disclosure Project, an independent non-profit organisation, released its […]

Posted 18 September 2012

Chocolate with half the fat

Scientists have discovered a way to replace up to 50 per cent of chocolate’s fat content with fruit juice. Chocolate with less fat and calories is a dream come true to most consumers. Especially when the study claims that the fat reduction does not take away the creamy chocolatey mouth feel we associate with chocolate. […]

Posted 23 August 2012

A cocoa RDA?

15 August 2012 – A new study by Mars has revealed yet more health benefits of cocoa. This latest piece of research has revealed that regular consumption of dietary cocoa flavanols may improve cognitive function in elderly subjects with early memory decline. Executive director of the Mars Centre for Cocoa Health Science, Harold Schmitz, says, […]

Posted 15 August 2012

Say no to taxes

20 July 2012 – Are taxes the government’s solution for everything? In the past couple of months I have read about pasty taxes and fat taxes, and now there is a proposal in Wales to introduce a 5p levy to chewing gum (http://www.sweetsandsnackseurope.com/news/5p-levy-for-chewing-gum/) Imposing taxes has many potential implications for confectionery companies, particularly those that […]

Posted 20 July 2012

Healthier nuts for chocolate

It is widely known that consumers are becoming increasingly health conscious, and this is being highlighted in the types of chocolate they are purchasing. Requests for chocolate with fewer calories or healthier inclusions are growing. Therefore, it is good news that recent research has revealed the almonds contain 20% less calories than previously thought. I […]

Posted 12 July 2012

Practise what you preach

29 June 2012 – At the recent Chocovision conference it was noted that many young potential cocoa farmers are moving away from the industry to improve their income. This is obviously a massive problem for the industry, one which Barry Callebaut is helping to address. The company is establishing a centre of cocoa excellence in […]

Posted 29 June 2012

The future for chocolate

11 June 2012 – I have to say that Chocovision 2012 was one of the most informative and thought provoking conferences that I have attended. The event was held in the beautiful town of Davos, Switzerland, and whilst travelling to the event, negotiating the winding mountain roads (quite an interesting introduction to driving on the […]

Posted 11 June 2012

Balance the challenge

The Confectionery Production team is preparing to attend Chocovision 2012 next week. The event takes place 5-7 June in Davos, Switzerland. This is the first in a series of international bi-annual conferences for senior business leaders around the world and key stakeholders in the cocoa, chocolate and retail industry. Confectionery Production is the only UK […]

Posted 30 May 2012

New cocoa supplies

23 May 2012 – Researchers from São Paulo claim to have discovered how the deadly fungus Witches’ Broom operates. The fungus ravaged the chocolate industry in Brazil in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Witches’ Broom mould is carried by the wind and only attacks cacao trees. The plant turns completely brown, and clusters of […]

Posted 23 May 2012