Huge expansion in range of fairtrade products

The range of fairtrade products is growing at a huge rate, expanding far beyond tea, coffee and chocolate. Two new own-brand all natural nut products can now be bought at Tesco – a chopped brazil nut and dried apricot mix and a peanut, cashew and dried mango mix. More fruity products have also become available. […]


Nestle broadens strategic links with Barry Callebaut

Nestle and Barry Callebaut have announced their intention to broaden their strategic co-operation in Europe. The project spans three countries and includes the transfer of production facilities in Italy and France, as well as a long-term supply contract for Barry Callebaut to furnish chocolate mass to Nestle chocolate factories in Russia. The two parties expect […]

Nestle plans to stop Lion bar production

Nestle is considering stopping production of its Lion chocolate bar and is supposedly looking for a buyer for its Dijon factory as sales have dropped considerably. Health trends have affected sales of some chocolate bars and Lion was condemned by a Consumers’ Association survey for its sugar and fat content. Nestle has since reduced the […]


Cadbury goes head to head with Wrigley

Cadbury Schweppes, the world’s largest confectioner, is to enter the UK chewing gum market in the first half of 2007 with the launch of Trident, the world’s fastest growing gum brand. Wrigley has had a virtual monopoly on the sale of chewing gum with about 95% of British sales. The launch underpins Cadbury’s confidence in […]

Chocolate firm establishes health centre

A North American chocolate company has revealed results of ongoing studies at Yale University, linking the consumption of hot cocoa to improved cardiovascular function. The statement also coincides with the company’s announcement of the establishment of the Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition. The Hershey Company plan is to direct scientific research to develop products […]


Brits are European chocolate champions

With the Easter chocolate bonanza over, British consumers have once again retained their crown as Europe’s chocoholics. According to market analyst Datamonitor, Brits chomp their way through 10kg of chocolate a year compared to just 2.2kg in Italy, which also has the lowest per head consumption of chocolate in Europe. Last year, the UK spent […]


Tea flavoured chocolate

Jasmine tea is said to be one of the first new flavours to be developed by a top chef for Nestle’s Cailler brand of chocolate bars. Nestle has asked Michelin-starred chef Ferran Adria of top Spanish restaurant El Bulli to develop new flavours for the chocolate. El Bulli is known for its unusual use of […]

Industry initiative backs government guidelines

Masterfoods, in conjunction with Cadbury Trebor Bassett and the Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate and Confectionery Association (BCCCA) have joined forces in a major education initiative to help consumers understand better how to enjoy chocolate and confectionery as part of a balanced diet. Enjoy chocolate and sweets as part of a balanced diet and lifestyle. That is […]

Pecan Deluxe ups production

Yorkshire-based Pecan Deluxe Candy is completing a major investment programme in new facilities that will provide more streamlined production. The latest investment will provide a self-contained nut production zone, a fifth nut production line, an increased capacity bakery operation, and a large storage area for finished products. Nut production is now segregated from other areas […]

Confectioner’s sweet reflections

Glisten, a fast-growing confectionery group making chocolate and sugar-based decorations, announced double turnover and good progress on current trading at its recent AGM. Chairman, Jeremy Hamer, said “Glisten has had a very good start to the current year with overall turnover for the first four months more than double last year and, on a like-for-like […]

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Nestle outlook is bright

Nestle has announced sales of CHF67.7 billion for the food and beverage group worldwide during the first nine months of 2005. The 5.6% organic growth across food and beverage was due to the successful extension of distribution beyond the traditional supermarket grocery channel. Peter Bra-beck-Letmathe, chairman and CEO of Nestle said,“The acceleration in our core […]

Laughing gas chocolate bubbles with joy

Chocolate made with laughing gas is more enjoyable, according to a study published in Chemistry & Industry magazine. Also known as nitrous oxide, laughing gas apparently produces a more intense flavour when used to put bubbles in chocolate. Researchers at the University of Reading tested a chocolate selection made with four different gases – nitrous […]

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