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Will you be at iba?

What’s new in the bakery, confectionery and snack sectors? Iba – the International Bakery Exhibition – covers all the trends, from baking ingredients to packaging.

Posted 23 July 2015

Feast for the senses

A beach scene complete with edible sand, shells and starfish and a forest complete with cake trees and earth, biscuit moss and chocolate insects.

Posted 15 July 2015

Sweet celebrations

With wedding season in full swing, it’s hard not to notice all the appealing pastel coloured confectionery that has appeared – from personalised rock to candy buffets and towering layers of cup cakes and colour coded macarons.

Posted 7 July 2015

True works of art

At the beginning of June, the winner of the new Junior UK Chocolate Masters competition was unveiled. Quentin Bechard from Shangri La Shard won the title.

Posted 30 June 2015

Good for the heart

From time to time, the results of another scientific study advocate the potential health benefits of eating chocolate, and I am always happy to hear that there are even more good reasons for including it in my diet.

Posted 24 June 2015

Bring it back…

I recently received an email detailing the campaign to ‘Bring back Banjo’, a chocolate bar that hasn’t been seen on our shelves since the 1980s.

Posted 16 June 2015

Popular British treats

Apparently Maltesers are the UK’s favourite sweet treat; that is according to a poll of 8,000 mobile users conducted by the poll app Just A Score.

Posted 10 June 2015

Sweet innovation

My trip last month to the NCA Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago was a real treat that gave me the opportunity to see some of the trends that will be influencing the confectionery sector around the world in the coming months.

Posted 3 June 2015

Size matters

In response to consumer demand for treats in portion sizes, many brands have introduced smaller packs and packs for sharing – and this product format has become increasingly popular.

Posted 27 May 2015

Nobody does it better

At last, here I am in Chicago. Having wandered around the Sweets & Snacks Expo tasting all sorts of irresistible confections, its salad on the menu for me at mealtimes.

Posted 20 May 2015

Life is sweet

This time next week I will be en route to Chicago to attend the NCA Sweets & Snacks Expo. It is many years since I last visited the US and it will be my first trip to Chicago.

Posted 12 May 2015

Eating with your ears

‘Crunchy’ is just one of the descriptive terms that are increasingly appearing on packaging to entice us to buy products in which this is an appealing attribute. Tools have even been introduced to measure the potential ‘crunchiness’ profile of certain ingredients to help manufacturers choose and replicate the level of crunch that is required. In […]

Posted 5 May 2015