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Editor’s blog

Pure indulgence

Spending time in the confectionery section of London’s famously luxurious department store Fortnum & Mason last week was a joy. The mainstream confectionery brands that we know and love in the UK have their place – elsewhere – of course, but this is somewhere you might go to find something extra special. That is, if […]

Posted 17 March 2015

Egg shaped

With Easter just around the corner, my thoughts have turned, naturally, to eggs. Like lots of products that were once seasonally exclusive, certain egg-shaped confections are now popular and therefore available all year round.

Posted 10 March 2015

A baking revolution

Since the Great British Bake Off was first shown in the UK back in 2010, a baking revolution has slowly but surely made it’s way across the nation. Sales of flour and other baking ingredients have continued to rise since the series was aired, but what does this mean for manufactured bakery items? According to […]

Posted 3 March 2015

Keeping it topical

As a monthly printed publication, CP can never hope to be at the forefront when it comes to breaking news. Of course, we have the CP website for up to date news coverage, but in the magazine we aim to take a more in depth look at what’s happening in the industry worldwide.

Posted 24 February 2015

A lasting legacy

In the unlikely event that you missed the sad news of the death of Michele Ferrero on Valentine’s Day, here at CP, we of course wanted to pay tribute to an industry figure whose global chocolate empire made him Italy’s richest man. Mr Ferrero’s father, a pastry maker named Pietro, developed Giandujot, the forerunner to […]

Posted 17 February 2015

Back to work we go

As the dust settles after ProSweets and ISM in Cologne, it’s time to reflect on the highlights of these important industry events. Of course, there will be show reviews in the March issue of Confectionery Production, so if you’d like to be included, please email me at susannahm@bellpublishing.com by the end of this week. We […]

Posted 10 February 2015

Love is in the air

With only a couple of weeks to go until St Valentine’s Day (14 February), heart shaped chocolate love tokens abound here in the UK, but what if you’re looking for something a little more individual? As discussed in the February issue of CP, new technologies such as 3D printing are at the forefront of meeting […]

Posted 27 January 2015

The protein boom

We are seeing a definite boom in the market for protein-enriched products; overall, about 15 per cent of breakfast cereals launched in 2013 carried a protein claim and dairy launches with protein claims were up by 34 per cent from 2010-2013. The most popular flavour for ready-to-drink protein beverages launched globally in 2013-2014 was, of […]

Posted 20 January 2015

Are you ready?

ProSweets and ISM are now just a couple of weeks away. As a lover of all things indulgent, I am very much looking forward to my second visit to ISM and of course, my first experience of ProSweets, which takes place biannually.

Posted 12 January 2015

Seasons greetings

According to Wikipedia, Christmas crackers are part of Christmas celebrations primarily in the UK, Ireland and Commonwealth countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. But apparently their origins are sweet related. Pull a cracker this Christmas, in the UK at least, and it’s likely you will receive a set of mini screwdrivers, […]

Posted 23 December 2014

Looking ahead

As we near the final deadline of 2014, we’re looking ahead to the new year. We hope you like the new look Confectionery Production, which will land on your desks in January.

Posted 9 December 2014

New year, new look

Next week, we will be making the final tweaks to the new look December/January issue of Confectionery Production. Exciting times are ahead. But before we can finalise the content of the first issue of the magazine to mark 80 years of CP, we have a visit to one more big show to look forward to. […]

Posted 2 December 2014

No cocoa deficit  

The International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO) has responded to numerous press reports over recent weeks identifying potential deficits in the supply of cocoa in the years to come by emphasising that its projections in no way support this view. Reports of a deficit, possibly reaching a level of one million tonnes in the year 2020, have […]

Posted 25 November 2014

Were you there?

Having returned from a successful trip to Dubai last week where we attended Gulfood Manufacturing, we are keen to know what others thought of the event. Exhibitors during the show appeared very positive and there certainly seemed to be plenty of visitors to the Dubai World Trade Centre where the event was held. Sweets & […]

Posted 18 November 2014