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Editor’s blog

The appeal of almonds

According to the latest Innova Market Insights Global New Products Report, almonds outpaced overall food and nut introductions around the world in 2013, climbing 35%, compared to a 10% increase in 2012 (1).

Posted 21 August 2014

Up on the roof

As two Italian chefs expertly demonstrated how a Raffaello is created at the Ferrero Carnival press event, it was easy to imagine that each and every one of these chocolates is hand made with such skill and precision.

Posted 13 August 2014

We want to hear from you…

Confectionery consultant Graham Godfrey, a long-standing member of the Confectionery Production editorial board and regular contributor to the magazine wants to hear from you… Dear reader… During the time I have been writing for Confectionery Production, I have tried to choose article topics that I felt would be interesting and useful to you. The emphasis […]

Posted 31 July 2014

Amsterdam Cocoa Declaration

The second edition of the World Cocoa Conference, has concluded with the adoption of the Amsterdam Cocoa Declaration, highlighting the progress made in tackling the cocoa industry’s most serious problems.

Posted 16 June 2014

See you in Amsterdam…

The World Cocoa Conference is now underway at the Rai Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam. Attendees will include executives from chocolate industry corporations, senior government officials and cocoa farmers.

Posted 9 June 2014

Merger plans scrapped

According to a Reuters report, Archer Daniels Midland Co (ADM) has ditched long-running efforts to sell its cocoa business. This will ease concerns that have weighed on the market for months about a possible merger with ADM’s closet rival Cargill, the report states.

Posted 13 May 2014

Emulsifier approved in Japan

Following the news that Cargill has gained approval for the use of sunflower lecithin in Japan, I spoke to Thorsten Bornholdt, EMEA product manager, fluid lecithin, about this development. This will have clear benefits for the import/export sector in the Japanese market, Bornholdt tells CP. Currently, the country accounts for only four per cent of […]

Posted 6 May 2014

Cocoa demand rises

North American cocoa grindings rose for the sixth straight quarter with the smallest increase in nearly a year and a half after the 2013 figure was revised upward, according to data from the NCA, Reuters has reported.

Posted 23 April 2014

A buzz in the air in Paris

Did you visit this years’ Europain exhibition in Paris, which runs until tomorrow (Wednesday 12 March)? Having attended on Sunday and Monday, it was clear that Sunday was a quiet day in terms of visitors. However, on Monday there was a significant increase in footfall and a real buzz in the air. There were certainly […]

Posted 11 March 2014

Fairtrade sales are growing

The Fairtrade Foundation has announced that estimated retail sales of Fairtrade products in 2013 reached £1.8bn (€2.2bn), a 14% increase on sales of £1.5bn (€1.8bn) in 2012. A rise in Fairtrade sugar sales was fuelled further by the inclusion of Fairtrade sugar in products such as chocolate bars, ice cream and other products. Chocolate and […]

Posted 26 February 2014

Focus on Brazil

Following the focus on Brazil as the partner country of January’s International Sweets and Business Fair (ISM) in Cologne, it’s more good news for this emerging market as ingredients supplier AAK reveals plans to build a factory in Jundial, Sao Paulo. The company plans to invest $62m in the new plant with the factory due […]

Posted 20 February 2014

Demand for cocoa grows

Cocoa processing in Europe probably rose for a third quarter in the three months up to 31 December 2013, with global economic growth helping to support demand for the beans used to make chocolate, according to Bloomberg News. Read More

Posted 14 January 2014

Women in cocoa farming

Oxfam has urged major chocolate manufacturers to look at the conditions faced by women in the cocoa farming community. Mars’ private consultation found that its Vision for Change cocoa initiative was reaching some women, but more needed to be done. One of the recommendations from the report was that the company hire female technicians at […]

Posted 6 January 2014

Will you be at ISM 2014?

Will you be exhibiting at the 44th International Sweets and Biscuits Fair (ISM) from 26-29 January 2014 in Cologne, Germany? In the run up to the event we will be featuring a selection of the exhibitors in a weekly e-newsletter. We will also be producing a show preview, which will be printed alongside the February […]

Posted 17 December 2013