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Editor’s blog

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

More on sugar quotas

European Sugar Users (CIUS) has welcomed the compromise between EU institutions to end sugar quotas in 2017. “The end of sugar production quotas in 2017 will enable the supply chain to operate in a more market-oriented environment. This is an important step in achieving supply security, which is a prerequisite for economic growth. It will […]

Posted 5 July 2013

The latest news

As you may know, Amy Hollamby is now on maternity leave, so, for the time being, I will be looking after Confectionery Production magazine and its associated websites and blogs. As I’m new to the confectionery industry, please get in touch and make sure you keep me informed of all your news and innovation. Probably […]

Posted 3 July 2013

Does Mondelez treat employees unfairly?

Mondelez International is once again under the spotlight for its unfair treatment of employees. Members of Unite working for Cadbury’s Bournville plant in Birmingham are joining forces with colleagues from Egypt to challenge human rights violations by Mondelez towards employees in Egypt. The global snack company, which is now led by former Kraft CEO, Irene […]

Posted 7 May 2013

Don’t forget the farmers

The future of cocoa supply is always at the forefront of our minds. With demand increasing rapidly, industry is worried about how supply will keep up. With this in mind, my publisher, Neil McRitchie attended the Asia Choco Congress in Jakarta, Indonesia  to see how we can increase production sustainably. His thoughts from the conference […]

Posted 11 April 2013

Cocoa transparency

Following news earlier this month that multinationals are leaving women farmers behind, it is good to see that the problem is being addressed. Oxfam had discovered that many women cocoa farmers face discrimination, unequal pay and hunger. The investigation into cocoa supply chains took place in Brazil, Indonesia, Nigeria and Ivory Coast, countries where Mars, […]

Posted 27 March 2013

Natural colours overtake synthetic

A new report into the food colours market combining market expertise from Mintel and Leatherhead Food Research reveals that, for the first time in 2011, the value of natural colours has overtaken that of artificial/synthetic colours globally. The share of the total food colours market taken by natural varieties has increased from just over a […]

Posted 5 March 2013

Knowledge is power

Consumers are demanding more and more from confectionery manufacturers. They want to know exactly what a product contains and whether it has been responsibly sourced. Some manufacturers are giving the consumer exactly what they desire, whereas others seem to be more hesitant. Nestlé has launched a global initiative to give people instant access to information […]

Posted 13 February 2013

Returning from ProSweets

After a long week at ProSweets, we are finally back in the office!!! 325 companies from over 30 countries exhibited at the show. The machinery and equipment sector was strongly represented, but ingredient suppliers were less obvious, with a few companies commenting they may not exhibit at the next event due to the fair being […]

Posted 6 February 2013

It’s that time of year again

Every year ProSweets comes around quicker than expected.  I can’t believe it is already upon us. The event will take place from 27 to 30 January 2013, and predictably claims to be bigger than ever. The fair will once again present a wide range of products from the following areas: raw materials and other ingredients, […]

Posted 8 January 2013

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