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Natra makes inroads in China and US

Valencia-based Natra is strengthening its positions in China and the US with new offices in both countries. The two new branches join Natra’s existing international network of five European factories, from where it produces 115,000 tons of chocolate products annually, and a trade office on the West coast of the US. From its new office […]

Posted 13 October 2008

Barry Callebaut extends Chocolate Academy network

Zurich-based Barry Callebaut has added to its global network of Chocolate Academies with two new facilities ” one in Russia and the other in the US. Callebaut now operates 12 Chocolate Academies across the world, all offering seminars, demonstrations, theoretical courses and practical workshops designed to inspire passion for fine chocolate. The US Academy is […]

Posted 13 October 2008

Thorntons enjoys good growth

Strong performances across all sales channels have helped boost pre-tax profits at Thorntons by almost 20%. The UK confectioner has also passed the £200 million sales threshold for the first time ever. Thorntons’ preliminary results statement for the year ended 28 June 2008 show that despite toughening market conditions, sales grew by 11.9% to £208.1 […]

Posted 13 October 2008

Competition hots up for Q awards

Supermarket own brands look set to scoop several of the UK’s Quality Food Awards next month. The Q’ Awards, which are in their 29th year, are open to both branded and own brand products, and organisers say the competition between the two sectors this year has been fierce’. Products are judged on taste, texture, aroma, […]

Posted 13 October 2008

Vanilla research is consumer-driven

Givaudan has undertaken significant investment and global research into what’s next’ for one of the world’s favourite flavours. Building upon a strong heritage in vanilla flavours, Givaudan’s consumer-driven TasteEssentials vanilla programme pushes the boundaries of traditional vanilla flavour. The flavour design approach brings together leading global consumer understanding and sensory knowledge. Consumer and market exploration […]

Posted 12 September 2008

“Rebalanced chocolate” responds to healthy choices

Barry Callebaut has developed a range of chocolate products that offer an improved, rebalanced nutritional profile. “Rebalanced chocolate” contains more dietary fibers, less sugar, less fat or is even sugar-free. With consumers are becoming increasingly more health-conscious, the range has been well received. “Since we started the rebalanced chocolate programme eight months ago, we already […]

Posted 12 September 2008

Move over goji, here comes Baobab

The fruit pulp of the Baobab tree is the latest ingredient for confectionery, cereal bars and smoothies, following Novel Foods approval by the European Commission. The Baobab tree is known as the upside down’ tree, and is a common feature of the landscape in southern Africa. Its fruit has up to three times the vitamin […]

Posted 12 September 2008

Hershey announces price hike

Hershey has announced an increase in wholesale prices across its US, Puerto Rico and export chocolate and sugar confectionery lines. A weighted average 11 per cent increase on the company’s instant consumable, multi-pack and packaged candy lines will help offset some of the significant increases in the company’s input costs, including raw materials, packaging materials, […]

Posted 12 September 2008

Guylian acquired by Lotte

The Belgian premium boxed chocolate company Guylian has reached an agreement to partner with South Korean Lotte Confectionery. Guylian will benefit from Lotte’s strong distribution in the fast growing Asian confectionery markets and additional resources to further strengthen the network of Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafes. The acquisition of Guylian will diversify Lotte’s existing confectionery business […]

Posted 25 July 2008

Tate & Lyle sells sugar operations

Tate & Lyle has sold its international sugar trading operations to Bunge Ltd for an undisclosed amount. It represents another step in the company’s strategy of reducing its exposure to volatile commodity markets. The international sugar trading business made an operating profit of £2 million (€2.5m) in the two months to 31 May 2008, an […]

Posted 25 July 2008

Sugarfree gum market grows

European market research has shown a worldwide increase in the consumption of sugarfree chewing gum. 85% of the chewing gum bought in Germany is now free from sugar, an increase of 12% since 2006, while sales of sugared gum have fallen by 5%. Consumption in Italy has risen to 9%, while in Turkey the sugarfree […]

Posted 25 July 2008

Kellogg acquires Chinese biscuit manufacturer

Kellogg has acquired the Zhanghang Food Company (Navigable Foods), a manufacturer of biscuits and crackers in the north and northeastern regions of China. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Navigable Foods’ 2007 net sales were approximately $50 million (€31.8m). “Geographic expansion in high-growth markets like China will help Kellogg Company continue to deliver sustainable […]

Posted 25 July 2008

Cadbury confirms strong start to 2008

British confectionery company Cadbury has shown a strong first half of 2008 with growth expected to be above 4-6% and double-digit growth in emerging markets. Todd Stitzer, Cadbury’s CEO, says: “We’re off to a strong start as a focused confectionery business and expect first half revenues above our goal range and good progress on margins. […]

Posted 25 July 2008

Pasteurised under vacuum

Buhler Barth AG introduced a new CCP nut and almond sterilisation system at this year’s Interpack. This latest innovation was developed in response to the continuing salmonella problem, which has particularly hit the almond industry in the US. Existing processes approved by the Almond Board of California (ABC) often degrade or even destroy the natural […]

Posted 25 July 2008