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Editor’s blog

Shrinking chocolate

If you’re about to tuck into your favourite chocolate bar, then enjoy it while you can because it could shrink by up to 20% as confectionery giants work to reduce sugar in their products.

Posted 9 February 2017

Live from ProSweets and ISM

Today, my blog comes to you live from the ProSweets and ISM trade fairs in Cologne, Germany, where everything from automatic panning and moulding machines to chewy sweets and turn into gum are being presented.

Posted 31 January 2017

Confectionery feed

After hundreds of red Skittles, produced by confectionery giant Mars, fell off a truck in the US last week, questions have been raised about what they were intended to be used for.

Posted 25 January 2017

Pricing pressure

Well, it’s official. Gone are the days you can get a Freddo bar for 10p in the UK. Brand owner Mondelēz International is set to increase the price to 30p, blaming higher input costs.

Posted 18 January 2017

Fruit snacks on the rise

This is not a ploy to get you to join in with those on health kicks this month, but health, convenience and choice have all contributed to a rise in the number of new fruit-based hitting the market over the last few years.

Posted 11 January 2017

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