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Chocolate powered race car

Scientists from the UK University of Warwick has unveiled a formula 3 race car powered by waste from chocolate factories and made partly from plant fibres They hope it will be one of the world’s fastest biofuel vehicles, possibly reaching speeds of 145 mph. It has been built to Formula 3 specifications about the car’s […]

North American cocoa grindings down

North American cocoa grindings in the first quarter dropped 12.97% from a year earlier, to 99,875 tonnes, according to data from the National Confectioners Association (NCA). Cocoa grinding is used as a measure of demand for the key chocolate ingredient. The report previously included data from the United States only, but starting in this first […]

Barry Callebaut appoints CEO for Americas

Barry Callebaut has appointed David Johnson to the position of president and CEO Americas effective from 1 May 2009. He will succeed Massimo Garavaglia, who has held this position since September 2006, after having relocated from Europe for a three-year term. Garavaglia will return to Europe as of 1 June 2009 to succeed Onno Bleeker […]

Dick Brittle joins Tangerine

Tangerine Confectionery, the UK’s largest independent confectionery company, has appointed industry veteran Dick Brittle as a non-executive director. Brittle, 59, joins after retiring as a director of Hancock’s the UK’s largest confectionery only cash & carry. He has over 40 years’ knowledge of the UK and European trade and consumer confectionery market. Commenting on his […]

Cadbury considers bid for Leaf

Cadbury is reportedly planning a surprise EU expansion with a bid for Leaf International’s Scandinavia and Benelux operations, according to press reports. Netherland-based Leaf, the owner of Chewits sweets, relaunched the Chewits brand in the UK recently. It is one of Europe’s Leaf has been put up for sale by the private-equity firms CVC Capital […]

Worries for vanilla

Recent political unrest in Madagascar may affect the vanilla output of the world’s top producer Tensions have risen sharply in the country, one of the largest global producers of vanilla amid clashes between government and opposition supporters and a new wave of looting. The country’s new president Andry Rajoelina ousted former president Marc Ravalomanana after […]

Unilever launches ice cream in Romania

As part of its growth strategy in South Central Europe, Unilever has announced plans to launch an ice cream business in Romania. Global ice cream brands such as Magnum, Cornetto, Vienetta and Carte d’Or will now be widely available throughout the country. The company is also to acquire the Romanian ice cream brand Napoca, which […]

Barry Callebaut to sell consumer chocolate business to Natra

Barry Callebaut, the leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products has signed an agreement with Spanish private label chocolate player Natra to integrate Callebaut’s European chocolate consumer business into Natra. The combination of the two businesses would create a significant private label and third-party chocolate products maker in Europe with estimated annual sales of […]

ICA to coordinate global cocoa quality and regulation

The International Confectionery Association has held two meetings in Cologne, Germany on cocoa supply chain issues. In addition to ICA, attendees included NCA, CAOBISCO, CMA Australia, CMA Canada, Confectionery Association of Japan, World Cocoa Foundation, Federation of Cocoa Commerce, European Cocoa Association and chocolate manufacturers. The first meeting addressed global pesticide use in growing areas […]

Efsa funds honey study

A €100,000 European food Safety Authority (EFSA) grant has been awarded to an EU science consortia to investigate the impact of the so-called bee colony collapse disorder’ on honey production. Since 2003, there have been reports of serious losses of bees from beehives in Europe, with the cause being unknown, although possible factors include starvation, […]

ADM acquires Schokinag

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has expanded its global cocoa and chocolate business with the signing of an agreement to purchase Schokinag-Schokolade-Industrie Herrmann GmbH & Co. KG, one of Europe’s leading producers of chocolate and cocoa powder. Scott Walker, managing director of ADM Cocoa International, says, “By integrating Schokinag into our cocoa business, we will […]

Sugar competition under microscope

The lack of competition in the sugar sector could become a particular target of European Commission competition authority action over concerns it could inflate confectionery and other food prices in the long term. Although the unprecedented rise in prices in early 2008 has been deflated by the credit crunch, the Commission is still concerned that […]

Cadbury to sell final drinks business

Cadbury is to sell its last remaining drinks business to focus on chocolate and sweets as the group re-confirms guidance for strong profit growth. The company will divest its Australian beverages unit, estimated to be worth £600 million (€652m), in order to become a pure confectionery group. The Australian division is the last drinks business […]

AB Foods buys sugar unit

Associated British Foods (AB Fooods), the owner of British Sugar, is to buy Ebro Puleva SA’s sugar unit for €385 million, gaining half the market in the Iberian peninsula as EU reforms reduce production AB Foods, whose other businesses include Twinings teas and Primark retail stores, produces 4 million tonnes of sugar annually under British […]