Luker Chocolate’s Paul Morris joins the ranks of the World Confectionery Conference

Luker Chocolate’s Paul Morris is set to join the ranks of our World Confectionery Conference, as the company continues its expansion as a key supplier to a wide range of businesses across the sector.

He returns as part of our event in Brussels on 9 September after playing his part initially last year for our online version of the industry showcase, having been engaged with a broad spread of projects for the Colombian-headquartered business.

Speaking to him earlier this year at  ISM in Cologne, he explained that one of the company’s core focuses for 2022 is its latest oat m!lk and white oat m!lk range – which has resonated with the broader major trend for plant-based and vegan confectionery ranges.

As previously noted, Luker’s own research on the segment has noted that oat milk category sales in particular have rocketed by a total of 70% during 2020, with consumers becoming ever-more health conscious and seeking alternatives from conventional chocolate ranges. This has been reflected in the fact that over half a million people worldwide were expected to have taken part in the 2022 veganuary movement, underlining the sector’s growing influence.

Paul added: “New conscious consumers are really passionate about finding new opportunities, and we believe that oat milk is the best solution to give people the best tasting, indulgent products that just happen to be plant based. The enquiries that we have had so far have been really positive, and people love the flavour, taste and ethics behind it.”

The company has been founded on a strong approach to sustainability, with its own cocoa plantations in Colombia delivering a large part of its success as a B2B chocolate supplier over the past two decades.

Welcoming him to the event, Neill Barston, editor of Confectionery Production added: “Having been among the first companies to support us with our online version of the conference amid the height of the pandemic, it’s excellent to see Paul Morris return to meet and greet all those who will have seen his initial presentations and hear how the company is continuing to evolve. It has played a key role as a beacon of sustainable chocolate production and is a fantastic addition to our event.”



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