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Kraft to slash supplier base

Despite the proposed purchase of Cadbury, Kraft Foods plans to halve its supplier base to save more than $300 million a year. The company aims to consolidate everything from ingredients to packaging materials to improve productivity and as a result to simplify purchasing processes that has arisen from the numerous acquisitions over the years. The […]

Posted 11 September 2009

Polish confectioners push for public support

The Polish confectionery industry is pushing the European Commission for a loosening of the rules allowing national European Union (EU) governments to give confectionery manufacturers financial assistance when buying sugar inputs. A letter obtained by Confectionery Production from Polbisco ” the Association of Polish Chocolate and Confectionery Manufacturers ” has warned that last year’s abolition […]

Posted 11 September 2009

High flavanol chocolate can protect from UV damage

According to researchers at the institut for experimental dermatology at the German Witten-Herdecke university, high flavanol chocolate can help protect skin against damaging UV rays. Two groups consumed with a high or low flavanol cocoa powder dissolved in water for 12 weeks. Consequent tests showed that the skin’s minimal erythema dose (the point at which […]

Posted 11 September 2009

Nestle opens chocolate centre in Switzerland

Nestle has inaugurated its Chocolate Centre of Excellence in Broc, Switzerland. The centre will focus on the premium and luxury chocolate segment, which in turn will influence the company’s entire chocolate range, and combines a team consisting of cocoa bean scientists, sensory experts and chocolatiers to packaging designers and consumer specialists. It will also have […]

Posted 11 September 2009

Obesity-prone consumers

EU scientists have moved one step closer to creating genetic tests which could warn certain consumers they were naturally prone to obesity, sparking advice they avoid fattening foods such as confectionery, sweet bakery and ice cream. The EU-funded EUROSPAN project found a connection between a gene active in the central nervous system and increased risk […]

Posted 20 August 2009

Tamper evident labelling

British company Atwell Self Adhesive Labellers has recently supplied “Bendicks of Mayfair” and “Ashbury Chocolates Limited” with automatic front & back labelling systems. The labelling systems are primarily to be used for applying tamper evident labels to a selection of various sized boxes containing luxury chocolates such as the UK’s Elizabeth Shaw, Tesco Finest, M&S […]

Posted 20 August 2009

Brussels action on threatened honey production

The disastrous impact of bee diseases on honey production across the EU has prompted action from the European Commission and the EU Council of Ministers. The Commission is researching the problem this summer and will release a detailed assessment by the end of the year amidst calls from EU ministers for a coordinated Europe-wide response […]

Posted 20 August 2009

Extruder barrel liner replacement cost halved

New technology has cut the cost of Baker Perkins MPF food extruder barrel liner replacement by up to 50%. By making liner replacements easier to fit as well as enabling only the worn sections to be replaced, the cost, complexity and downtime needed to replace barrel liners have all been significantly reduced with savings for […]

Posted 20 August 2009

New Zealand Dairy Milk returns to cocoa butter

Cadbury has announced that it is responding to consumer feedback by returning its Dairy Milk product to a recipe containing only cocoa butter rather than vegetable fat. Cadbury New Zealand managing director, Matthew Oldham, says the decision to go back to using only cocoa butter in Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate was in direct response to […]

Posted 20 August 2009

Decline in confectionery fats impact AAK

Second quarter operating profits are down at Swedish chocolate and confectionery fats supplier AarhusKarlshamn (AAK) due to a decline in demand. Net sales stood at more than four billion Swedish kronor (€392m) but operating profits were 146 million kronors (€14.3m). The company has recorded additional preliminary insurance compensation of 70 million kronor (€6.8m), which is […]

Posted 20 August 2009

Sweet Brazilian determination despite currency concerns

The Brazilian confectionery industry is seeing a strong level of investment, strengthened focus on additional product categories and new product launches despite its export business struggling with currency devaluation and the subsequent necessary contract adjustments. This was evident at the recent 12th Sweet Brazil International exhibition in Recife, Brazil. Abicab, the Brazilian confectionery manufacturer’s association […]

Posted 20 August 2009

Almost time for Sweet Brazil exhibition

The Brazilian exhibitors at 12th Sweet Brazil International, that will start on Monday 10 August in Recife, Brazil, have excellent reasons to be optimistic with the results they expect to obtain at the fair. Brazil is the fourth biggest world producer of chocolate, sugar confectionery and gum and the country has seen exports of chocolate […]

Posted 7 August 2009

Ukrainian confectioner sees lower sales

Ukrainian sweet manufacturer Roshen Confectionery has seen its sales for the first half of 2009 decrease by 17.5% decrease compared to 2008. The manufacturer produces around 30% of all Unkrainian confectionery. Sales amounted to $330 million (€231m) with an unchanged output of 180,000 tonnes in the first half of 2009.

Posted 7 August 2009

Multinationals show interest in Gu

Mars and Nestle are among companies interested in UK-based chocolate dessert manufacturer Gu, according to British press reports. The manufacturer was recently put up for sale by its founders and a sale is expected to be completed within months. Company sales have reportedly increased by an average of 66% a year since it was founded […]

Posted 7 August 2009