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Editor’s blog

Radio interview!

This morning I was invited to Radio York to comment on the topic of rising chocolate bar prices and consumption trends. To listen to the interview please visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p00hjxwr The light hearted discussion on confectionery begins approximately two hours into the show. Please let me know your thoughts!

Posted 27 June 2011

Stevia success

16 June 2011 – To help food manufacturers meet growing consumer demand for healthier, all natural products that offer great taste with fewer calories, Barry Callebaut is rolling out its innovative dark chocolate made with Stevia extract in the North, Central and South American markets. The company is the first manufacturer to offer a Stevia […]

Posted 16 June 2011

Fluctuating wheat prices

7 June 2011 – This year, wheat prices have continually fluctuated, Francisco Redruello, senior packaged food analyst at Euromonitor International explains further, “Dry weather conditions in China and Western Europe put upward pressure on prices in the beginning of April, but then prices declined at the end of April due to an implication in the […]

Posted 7 June 2011

More health benefits

Once again another study has been completed which provides evidence for the health benefits of cocoa. In the study published in the journal, Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, the researchers found that daily consumption of 40g of cocoa powder and 500ml of skimmed milk for four weeks was associated with increases in HDL (good) cholesterol […]

Posted 2 June 2011

Who benefits from sugar quotas?

27 May 2011 – After getting backing from member states in the EU sugar management committee, on 26 May, the European Commission will be releasing 200,000 tonnes of out-of-quota raw or refined sugar from any country of origin. This decision is in response to rapidly rising world sugar prices and bad weather leaving confectionery manufacturers, […]

Posted 27 May 2011

Home from Interpack

18 May 2011 – Interpack, as expected, proved to be a huge event, with approximately 2,700 exhibitors from about 60 countries. The event covered 174,000 square metres of space, although thankfully I didn’t have to walk around all 19 halls, with the majority of exhibitors relevant to confectionery and bakery markets being located in halls […]

Posted 18 May 2011

Real Food Festival

10 May 2011 – This month’s Real Food Festival featured over 400 carefully selected food and drink producers. Unlike other events the festival focuses on even the smallest of producers with an emphasis on organic, locally produced and sustainable goods. More and more people are really starting to care about where their chocolate comes from […]

Posted 10 May 2011

Chocolate and wine tastings

I’m sure many of you will have watched a Channel 4 documentary – Willie’s Wonky Chocolate Factory – in 2008, which was followed in 2009 by a second series; Willie’s Chocolate Revolution: Raising the Bar. The subject of the documentary was Willie Harcourt-Cooze, the UK’s only independent grower and producer of cacao. Last week, Willie […]

Posted 27 April 2011

Chocolates a la Amy

I spend most of my time writing and reading about chocolate, so I thought it was about time that I tried to make some for myself! Jackie Windels, owner of tempertemper  kindly allowed me to visit her company on Friday so that I could try out being a choclatier for a day! There was only […]

Posted 20 April 2011

Should we ban artificial colours?

7 April 2011 –  The Food and Drug administration has recently voted that foods containing artificial colours do not need to carry warning labels. The vote followed The Centre for Science in the Public Interest wanting to ban blue, green, orange, red and yellow artificial food colourings, due to the fact that they believe these colourings […]

Posted 7 April 2011

Road trip!

21 March 2011 – I arrived home from Bali yesterday at 5.30 am and despite my jet lag I managed to drag myself out of bed and come into the office! However, I will only be back in the office for a couple of days before myself and Jon Pittock visit Belgium for three days […]

Posted 21 March 2011

Cocoa embargo continues

This week, Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognised winner of November’s presidential election in Ivory Coast, has extended his embargo on cocoa and coffee exports to 15 March in an attempt to remove his rival by reducing his funds, but as yet Gbagbo has defied international sanctions and pressure to stand down. Although cocoa does not […]

Posted 24 February 2011

Confectionery confusion

11 February 2011 – I am completely confused about what consumers want from their confectionery and what manufacturers should be doing to satisfy them! This week I attended the Reformulate conference, which although not specifically aimed at the confectionery industry but the food industry as a whole, discussed the reformulation of foods to make them […]

Posted 11 February 2011

Tasty treats at ISM

I’m writing this comment on the last day of ISM and I am thoroughly exhausted. I completely underestimated the sheer size of the show and now totally understand why it is a must-attend event for all those involved in the confectionery industry. It was good to meet so many of you, to hear about your […]

Posted 2 February 2011