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These are all the posts that have been tagged with asia.

Stevia use likely to increase

According to a recently released survey among the Stevia industry professionals by business research and growth strategy firm KnowGenix, the use of the natural sweetener is likely to increase in food and beverage markets. Respondents believe that Stevia sweeteners will capture over 50% of Aspartame and Sucralose’s market shares, though the top concerns listed were […]

Lindt & Sprungli 2009 sales down 1.9%

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprungli has achieved sales worth 2.52 billion Swiss Francs and an organic growth of 2.3% in an extremely difficult market environment for premium products. Due to adverse exchange rate factors, however, annual sales actually decreased by 1.9%. Sales in the US, together with Canada and Australia, showed above average development especially in […]

Barry Callebaut optimism despite lower demand

Barry Callebaut has seen stagnating demand for chocolate this year yet has seen revenue edge up 1.5% to 1.45 billion Swiss francs in the first quarter of its 2009/2010 fiscal year ending 30 November 2009, according to its latest financial statement. Sales revenue increased by 6.3% in local currencies, but was severely impacted by adverse […]

The end of stand-alone Australian confectionery association

Confectionery Manufacturers of Australasia (CMA) members have decided to cease operating as a stand-alone association and join the general Australian Industry Group (Ai Group). Ai will establish a specific confectionery sector within the organisation. Ai Group chief executive, Heather Ridout, says, “As the successor to CMA, Ai Group is pleased to welcome CMA members to […]

Cadbury results raise the bar

Cadbury increased its full-year profitability and revenue forecasts after reporting that underlying sales rose 7% in its July-September quarter. Shares in the company initially rose 1.2% to 808.95 pence, the highest since its 2008 soft drinks demerger, and well above Kraft’s current cash and share offer worth 726 pence. Despite this, analysts said the current […]

Nestle stays on track

Nestle has revealed growth of just under 4% for the third quarter, the same percentage as for its confectionery business. The strongest division was drinks with an almost 10% organic growth. Paul Bulcke, CEO of Nestle, says, “We have been streamlining our structures and product portfolio and, at the same time, we continue to invest […]

Food Design director retires

After 14 years at the helm, Colin Hunter has retired as managing director of Food Design, manufacturer of specialist sugar confectionery ingredients to the international food industry Hunter built the company from a germ of an idea on the proverbial “back of fag packet”, into an organisation with a turnover of between £3-4 million. This […]

Chr. Hansen launches natural white food colour

So far producers of panned confectionery products such as chewing gum and chocolate dragees have had no option but to colour their products with titanium dioxide (E171 in Europe), a titanium-derived white colour produced by synthesis. Now Chr. Hansen has introduced a unique natural alternative based on calcium carbonate, which is classified in Europe as […]

Tate & Lyle opens new facility in Australia

Tate & Lyle has opened a new state-of-the-art manufacturing and R&D facility for its Food Systems business for the Asia Pacific region in Wacol, Queensland. The new AU$ 7 million facility will also serve as Asia-Pacific headquarters for Tate & Lyle’s Food Systems business. Brian Walker, regional sales director of Tate & Lyle Food Systems, […]

Confectionery awards presented in Australasia

Two of the Australasian confectionery industry’s best students were presented with the prestigious Craig Award and the Sollich Award at the industry’s premier annual conference in the region, ConTechPlus, held in Melbourne recently. Each year the industry celebrates excellence in confectionery study at the Confectionery Manufacturers of Australasia’s (CMA) annual conference, ConTechPlus, where the two […]

Hershey to buy Van Houten Singapore

Barry Callebaut has sold 100% of its consumer company in Asia, Van Houten Singapore, to The Hershey Company. While Callebaut will retain ownership of the traditional Van Houten Brand, Hershey will own the license of the Van Houten brand name and related trademarks in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Australia/New Zealand for consumer products. […]

New violet natural colour

Made from purple carrot, the new anthocyanin colour offers beverage producers a vivid and stable violet colour with increased shelf life. Chr. Hansen has added a new member to its ColorFruit family of transparent colours extracted from edible fruits and vegetables. Based on purple carrot, ColorFruit Magenta 109 WS’ develops a natural and vivid violet […]

Bell’s ‘Top 10 Flavours for 2009’ published

Global company Bell Flavors & Fragrances, which supply ingredients for the food, beverage, soap and cosmetics industries, has published its ‘Top 10 Flavours for 2009’. 

 The list of sweet flavours covers the confectionery, bakery and dairy sectors. The company also publishes top ten lists of savoury and beverage flavours. The methods used to compile […]

Japanese leaders join forces

Japan’s leading producer of chocolate products, Meiji Seika Kaisha, is to merge with Meiji Dairies Corporation in a bid to improve competitiveness and growth potential. Assuming shareholder approval, the new joint venture, Meiji Holdings Co Ltd is expected to become effective on 1 April next year. Meiji Seika, which specialises in confectionery and other foods, […]