Japan: Nestle Changes Kit-Kat to Recyclable Paper Packaging

Nestle Japan has said that from late September its Kit-Kat mini’s packaging will be changed from plastic to paper packaging. The move is a...

Hershey Announces Investments In Emerging Snacking Businesses

The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) is further expanding its position as a snacking category leader, announcing minority investments in emerging snacking businesses FULFIL Holdings Limited and Blue Stripes LLC. C7 Ventures,...

UK: Tangerine Confectionery Investing GBP 7.5 Mln in York Facility

Tangerine Confectionery is set to invest GPB 7.5 million in its York facility adding Fox’s and Poppets brands manufacturing, local press reports. The investment...

UK: Mondelez Bringing Biscuit Products Typically for Children Under 100 Calories

Mondelez plans to bring 100% of its chocolate and biscuit products typically bought for children in the UK and Ireland under 100 calories by...

UK: Confectionery Business Bon Bon’s Acquires HF Chocolates

Yorkshire based luxury confectionery company Bon Bon’s has acquired hf Chocolates for an undisclosed amount. Established in 1957 hf Chocolates imports and distributes luxury confectionery...

Oreo Maker Mondelez Raises Sales Forecast as Emerging Markets Fuel Growth

Mondelez International Inc raised its 2019 sales forecast on Tuesday, benefiting from several years of tailoring its chocolates and cookies to cater to consumer...

Australia: Aurora Pulls Out of Yowie Bid

Aurora Funds Management has advised it will not proceed with its takeover bid for Australia’s Perth based confectionery company Yowie. In a statement to the...

As Rural India Develops Taste for Chocolate, a Dominant Mondelez Extends its Reach

* Growth in incomes, sharp tax cut propel India chocolate sales * Mondelez seeks to be in up to 100,000 villages in next 3 years *...

Unilever Food Business Expands 1.3% in Q2; Ice Cream Innovation Mitigates Weather Woes

Unilever’s food and refreshments business saw growth of 1.3% in Q2, of which 1.4% came from price. In ice cream, the company managed 2% of...

Dr. Oetker Acquires Brazilian Decorative Confectionery Company

Dr Oetker Brazil has bought Brazilian confectionery company Mavalerio for an undisclosed amount. Albert Christmann, CEO of the Oetker Group said, "We have been successful...

Barry Callebaut Building A New Chocolate Manufacturing Facility in India

The Barry Callebaut Group has started construction of its new chocolate factory in Baramati, India. The facility is expected to be operational by mid-2020. Once...

Lindt & Sprungli’s H1 Group Sales Up 6.2%

Strong organic Group sales growth +6.2% to CHF 1.76 billion (in Swiss Francs +5.4%) Increase in operating profit (EBIT) by +7.8% to CHF...

Lindt Confirms 2019 Outlook After Business Improves in the U.S.

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli on Tuesday confirmed it expects organic sales growth of 5-7% in 2019 after an improving situation in the...

Gabriella’s Kitchen Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Lulu’s Chocolates

Following the press release dated May 16, 2019 Gabriella's Kitchen Inc. is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement with...

Russia: Symrise Opens New Liquid Flavoring Production Line

Symrise has opened a new production line for liquid flavourings at its site in Rogovo, Russia. The expanded plant will offer liquid taste solutions...

Nestle Creates 70% Dark Chocolate Made Entirely from Cocoa Fruit

Nestlé has announced it has created a unique chocolate made entirely from the cocoa fruit, using the beans and pulp as the only ingredients...

Orkla Reports Good Growth for Food, Confectionery and Ingredients in Q2

Orkla ASA: Improvement for Orkla's branded consumer goods business In the second quarter of 2019, Orkla's branded consumer goods business achieved operating profit (EBIT adj.)...

Ferarra Candy Closing US office

US The Ferrara Candy Company, an affiliate of Ferrero Group, is closing its Glendale offices. In a WARN notice the company said the closure...

New Distribution Centre for Barry Callebaut in Belgium

Cocoa and chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut is building a new global distribution centre in Lokeren, Belgium. The new 60,000 m2 distribution centre is expected...

Italy: Colussi Group Enters Chocolate Sector Acquiring La Suissa

Privately owned Italian food company Colossi Group has acquired a majority stake in Piemonte based confectionery manufacturer La Suissa, no financial details have been...

Chocolate Maker Mars Backs Ivory Coast, Ghana Cocoa Floor Price

U.S. food maker Mars Inc. supports a decision by Ivory Coast and Ghana to set a floor price for their cocoa exports, a senior...

Mount Franklin Foods Appoints Enrique Grajeda As President And CEO

Mount Franklin Foods, a leading manufacturer of branded and private label confectionery, nuts, snacks and foodservice products, announces the appointment of Enrique Grajeda as...

Orkla Acquires UK Specialty Fudge and Toffee Manufacturer

Through its wholly-owned subsidiary NIC Enterprises Limited ("NIC"), Orkla Food Ingredients has signed and completed an agreement to purchase British fudge and toffee manufacturer...

AUA Private Equity Acquires Snack Food Manufacturer TruFood

AUA Private Equity Partners has acquired the assets of snack food contract manufacturer TruFood, no financial details have been disclosed. Founded in 1985, TruFood manufactures...

Coca-Cola HBC Completes Acquisition of Bambi Confectionery

Following its initial announcement on 18 February 2019, Coca-Cola HBC AG ("Coca-Cola HBC") is pleased to confirm the completion of the acquisition of Bambi,...

Mondelez Invests USD 6 Mln Developing Chocolate , Biscuit and Candy Products

Mondelēz International announced today it is investing $6 million in its Reading Science Centre in the UK to support the development of new chocolate,...

Ferrero Acquires Spain’s Biggest Ice Cream Maker

27 May 2019- Italian confectionery company Ferrero has reportedly acquired a majority stake in Ice Cream Factory Comaker (ICFC), Spain’s largest ice cream maker...

Nestle Still Committed to Global Confectionery – CEO

24 May 2019 - Nestle remains committed to confectionery despite unloading its U.S. chocolate operations during a review of the food giant's operations, Chief...

Orkla Latvia Invests EUR 333 Thousand to Improve Production Efficiency

20 May 2019-Orkla Latvia has invested EUR 333 thousand installing an automatic packing and weight control machine at its Laima candy facility to improve...

Gabriella’s Kitchen to Acquire CBD and THC Infused Chocolate Manufacturer

17 May 2019- Gabriella’s Kitchen (GABY) plans to acquire California based manufacturer of CBD and THC Infused Chocolates LuLu’s Chocolates for USD 1 million,...

US: Hershey to Invest USD 104 Mln Expanding Manufacturing Plant

13 May 2019- The Hershey Company is set to add a USD 104 million expansion to its Stuarts Draft, August County, Virginia manufacturing plant. The...

US: Mars to Invest USD 30 Mln in Plant Expansion

10 May 2019- The Greater Topeka Partnership announced Mars Wrigley Confectionery plans to invest USD 30 million expanding its Kansas production facility local press...

Australia: Keybridge Capital Pulls Out of Yowie Bid

06 May 2019- Kenbridge Capital has advised it will not proceed with its takeover bid for Australia’s Perth based confectionery company Yowie. In a statement...

Hershey’s Consolidated Net Sales Up 2.3% for Q1

25 April 2019 - The Hershey Company today announced net sales and earnings for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019 and reaffirmed its...

Hershey’s Announce Changes to the Executive Team

18 April 2019- The Hershey Company today announced new executive leaders who will report to President and Chief Executive Officer Michele Buck. “These appointments are...

Barry Callebaut to Build Chocolate Factory in Serbia

19 April 2019- The Barry Callebaut Group is planning to build a chocolate factory in Novi Sad, Serbia. The factory will serve as a...

Barry Callebaut Group H1 Sales Volume up 2.4%

11 April 2019- Strong profitability and accelerating growth momentum. • Sales volume up +2.4% on top of a strong prior-year base • Sales revenue of CHF...

Egypt’s Edita Food to Increase Stake in Confectionery Subsidiary

09 April 2019 – The Egyptian snack food manufacturer announced that it concluded an agreement to acquire an additional 22.7% stake in candy subsidiary...

UK: Walkers Chocolates Secures GBP 3.5 mln Funding

01 April 2019- Birmingham based Walkers Chocolates has secured a GBP 3.5 million investment from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. The company plans to use...

Barry Callebaut Expands Cocoa Processing Capacities

29 March 2019- Barry Callebaut has opened a new processing unit at its Zone 4C Société Africaine de Cacao (SACO) plant in Abidjan, Ivory...

Orkla Building EUR 8.9 mln Production Facility in Latvia

22 March 2019 – Orkla Latvia will start construction on its new Liama confectionery production facility this Spring. The EUR 8.9 million facility in...

South Korea’s Orion Set to Build Confectionery Plant in India

19 March 2019 – Orion Corporation, one of South Korea’s major confectionery manufacturers, has reportedly partnered with local food producer, Mann Ventures to construct...

Italian Food Group Illy Buys British Truffle Maker Prestat

15 March 2019- Italy's Illy Group has agreed to buy Buckingham Palace's chocolate truffle supplier Prestat as it expands its portfolio of premium brands...

Barry Callebaut Opens New Office and Chocolate Academy Centre in China

08 March 2019- The Barry Callebaut Group, manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, celebrates today the opening of its new office and its...

Cargill to Acquire Smet, Boosting Gourmet Chocolate Offering

04 March 2019 – Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business and Smet, Belgium-based supplier of chocolate and sweets decorations to the food service and confectionary...

Coca Cola HBC Acquires Serbia’s Leading Confectionery Brand

18 February 2019- Coca‑Cola HBC AG ("Coca-Cola HBC") is pleased to announce the acquisition of Bambi, Serbia's leading confectionery business from funds advised by...

GreenSpace Brands Sells Rolling Meadow Dairy Brand to Agrifoods Cooperative Subsdiary

31 January 2019- GreenSpace Brands Inc. (TSXV:JTR) ("GreenSpace") and Agrifoods International Cooperative Ltd. ("Agrifoods") are pleased to announce the sale by Greenspace of the...

Barry Callebaut Completes Acquisition of Inforum in Russia

01 February 2019- The Barry Callebaut Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, today announced that it has successfully closed...

Suedzucker to Close Two German Sugar Factories in Restructuring

31 January 2019 - Suedzucker, Europe's largest sugar refiner, said on Thursday it plans to close two German sugar production plants as part of a restructuring programme announced this week.

Hershey Reports 2018 Net Sales up 3.7%

31 January 2019- The Hershey Company today announced net sales and earnings for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018. The...

Mondelez Sees Organic Net Revenue Grow 2.4% over FY2018

Full-Year Highlights Net revenues increased 0.2% despite unfavorable currency and divestiture impacts; Organic Net Revenue grew 2.4%, with balanced volume/mix and pricing Gross...

Lotte Confectionery Acquires Bakery Company L&M Mayson

31 January 2019- South Korean confectionery company Lotte Confectionery has announced it has acquired an 80% stake of Myanmar’s L&M Mayson for around EUR...

UK Competition Authority Clears PepsiCo Acquiring Pipers Crisps

31 January 2019- The UK competition authority has cleared the acquisition of Pipers Crisps to PepsiCo PepsiCo announced its intention to acquire crisps brand Pipers,...

The Coca-Cola Company Completes Acquisition of Chi Ltd. in Nigeria

30 January 2019- The Coca-Cola Company today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Chi Ltd. in Nigeria. Coca-Cola first announced a minority investment in Chi three years ago and, as planned, has now acquired full ownership of the company.

Kraft Heinz Completes Sale of Indian Brands Including Complan

30 January 2019- The Kraft Heinz Company today announced it has completed the sale of Indian brands Complan, Glucon-D, Nycil and Sampriti to Zydus Wellness Limited and its affiliates.

Danish Crown to Cut Over 300 Jobs, Primarily in Underperforming UK Unit

30 January 2019- Danish Crown has revealed that, as part of an effort to reduce costs by DKK 350 million in the current financial year, it will be cutting between 300 and 400 jobs across the company, primarily at its UK operation Tulip.

Britain’s Leading Tea Brand Reveals Suppliers in Bid to End Worker Abuses

29 January 2019 - Britain's biggest tea brand has revealed details of its suppliers on Tuesday in a fast-growing campaign to break a "club...

“Next Generation Food Ingredients” Company Renewal Mill Secures USD 2.5 mln in Funding

30 January 2019- California based “next generation ingredient company” Renewal has secured USD 2.5 million in seed funding from HG Ventures. Renewal Mill, which...

“Next Generation Food Ingredients” Company Renewal Mill Secures USD 2.5 mln in Funding

30 January 2019- California based “next generation ingredient company” Renewal has secured USD 2.5 million in seed funding from HG Ventures. Renewal Mill, which upcycles the by-products of food manufacturing into ingredients and products, plans to use the funding to increase current production and expand into new market opportunities.

Domino’s Says Overseas Ops to Slice into Profit, Shares Dive

29 January 2019- Domino's Pizza on Tuesday warned a slowdown in overseas markets would dent its 2018 underlying pretax profit, sending shares in Britain's biggest pizza delivery firm down more than 10 percent, on course for their worst day in two years.

Kantar: The Surprising Source of FMCG Growth in China

29 January 2019- Young families in lower-tier cities are an increasingly important source of growth for the FMCG industry. For many brands, they are the make-or-break factor for their success in China. To win them over, brands need to understand what they're buying and, more importantly, why.

HKScan Secures Deal with Chinese E-Commerce Company Alibaba

28 January 2019- HKScan has secured a contract with the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to stock its Omega-3 Pork, the products will be available through Alibaba's grocery chain Hema.

NECCO’s Sky Bar Candy Bar Acquired by Duck Soup

28 January 2019- Massachusetts based retail store Duck Soup has acquired the patent and formula for NECCO's Sky Bar. The company said it is now looking into making the chocolate bar in small batch.

HKSan Secures Deal with Chinese E-Commerce Company Alibaba

28 January 2019- HKScan has secured a contract with the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to stock its Omega-3 Pork, the products will be available...

DAVOS-Nestle Chairman Defends Long-Term Strategy in Face of Shareholder Activist

25 January 2019- Nestle SA chairman Paul Bulcke said on Friday he would not pursue short-term efforts at the expense of long-term success, in the face of...

Nestle Chairman Defends Long-Term Strategy in Face of Shareholder Activist

25 January 2019 - Nestle SA chairman Paul Bulcke said on Friday he would not pursue short-term efforts at the expense of long-term success, in the face of scrutiny from shareholder activists who know how to "pressure-point you and tease."

Japan’s Asahi to Buy Fuller’s Beer Business

25 January 2019- Shares of Fuller, Smith & Turner jumped 21 percent after the British pub operator and brewer agreed to sell its beer business to Japan's Asahi for an enterprise value of 250 million pounds ($327 million).

Elev8 Brands, Inc. Acquires Blessed Bean Coffee, LLC

24 January 2019- Brands, Inc., a holding company (the "Company") focused on the commercial development of hemp and CBD-based products, is pleased to announce it has acquired Blessed Bean Coffee, LLC.

Mintel- Allergen Labelling Confusion: Just 37% of Brits Agree It’s Easy to Identify Which...

• 39% of allergy/intolerance sufferers who have bought /used free-from products would like to see a UK-wide allergen labelling system on free-from products.
• 48% of Brits say that they, or someone in their household, avoid at least one food/ingredient - although only 20% do so due to an allergy or intolerance.
• UK free-from market valued at £837 million in 2018, growing by 133% since 2013.

Big Brands Revisit the Milkman Model to Cut Plastic Pollution

24 January 2019- Major packaged goods sellers and retailers, under pressure to cut the flow of single-use plastic bottles and containers clogging the world's waterways, have teamed with recycling and shipping firms on an e-commerce service that puts a twist on the old-fashioned milkman.

Irish Nutrition Company Glanbia Stockpiling in UK Ahead of Brexit

24 January 2019- Irish nutrition company Glanbia has begun stockpiling products in Britain as it works on the assumption that Britain will leave the European Union without a withdrawal agreement, its chief executive said.

Milk Powder, Whey, Lactose and Casein Prices in Selected EU Countries and USA –...

10 January 2019 - Below are the latest monthly prices for food-grade whole milk powder (in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Poland and Germany), skim...

Cargill CEO: ‘We Want to Remain a Private Company’; Acquisitions Likely in 2019

24 January 2019 - Talking with journalists at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Cargill CEO and Chairman David MacLennan stressed...

American Pasteurization Company Acquires FreshCo Foods

23 January 2019- American Pasteurization Company (APC), a national leader in High Pressure Processing (HPP), has acquired FreshCo Foods, a Milwaukee-based, end-to-end co-manufacturer of...

Brazilian Poultry Firm BRF Aims to Restore Saudi Exports in Three Months

23 January 2019- - Brazilian poultry processor BRF said on Wednesday it expected to restore chicken exports to Saudi Arabia to previous levels in three months after one of its plants lost its certification to export to the Middle Eastern country.

From Bait to Plate: Blockchain Platform Tracks Food’s Journey

23 January 2019- With a scan of their smartphones, consumers can now track the journey of their fish meal to ensure it's a legal, ethical and sustainable product.

FrieslandCampina Opens New Distribution Centre in The Netherlands

23 January 2019- Dutch dairy company FrieslandCampina has opened a new distribution centre in Meppel, the Netherlands. The distribution centre will store and transfer dairy products coming from its production facilities in Beilen and Meppel for export to China, Hong Kong, Russia and Greece.

Bunge Names Gregory A. Heckman Acting Chief Executive Officer

January 22, 2019 – Bunge Limited, a leader in agriculture, food and ingredients, today announced that Board member Gregory A. Heckman, a seasoned agribusiness...

Glanbia Ireland and Royal A-Ware Partner to Build New EUR 140 mln Cheese Plant

22 January 2019- Dairy processor Glanbia Ireland and Dutch dairy producer Royal A-ware have announced a strategic partnership, jointly investing EUR 140 million to construct a cheese factory in Belview, Ireland.

Parabel and CK Ingredients Sign Distribution Agreement for LENTEIN Plant Protein in Canada

21 January 2019- Parabel USA Inc, producer of plant protein ingredients, today announced that it has finalized a Distribution Agreement with CK Ingredients, a supplier of innovative raw materials, for the commercialization of LENTEIN® plant protein for the nutraceutical sector in the Canadian market.

Bonduelle in Discussions to Acquire US Plant from Seneca Foods

22 January 2019- The Bonduelle Group announces they have entered into discussions with the American company Seneca Foods Corporation to acquire its plant in Lebanon (Pennsylvania, USA).

Parabel and CK Ingredients Sign Distribution Agreement for Plant Protein in Canada

21 January 2019- Parabel USA Inc, producer of plant protein ingredients, today announced that it has finalized a Distribution Agreement with CK Ingredients, a...

Conagra Brands Exploring Strategic Alternatives for Italian-Based Frozen Pasta Business

22 January- Conagra Brands has said it is looking into strategic alternatives for its Italian-based frozen pasta business, Gelit. As yet the Conagra has not set a timeline for the process or made any decisions relating to the strategic alternatives.

Ferrero, Hostess, B&G Interested in Kellogg’s Cookies and Fruit Snacks Businesses

21 January 2019- Ferrero, Hostess, B&G have reportedly placed first rounds bids on Kellogg's Keebler, Famous Amos and fruit snacks businesses. The report from CNBC said the deal could value the brands at over USD 1.5 billion.

Ferrero Shortlisted for Second Round of Campbell Soup’s International Business Auction

18 January 2019- Italian confectionery company Ferrero has reportedly been short listed to take part in the second round of Campbells Soup international business auction, according to press reports including Reuters.

Lindt & Sprungli Organic Sales Grew 5.1% in 2018

15 January 2019 – In the financial year 2018, Lindt & Sprüngli achieved solid sales growth, gained substantial market shares and once again grew faster than the overall chocolate market.

Frozen Aerated Products

The present invention relates to frozen aerated products including products manufactured by low-temperature extrusion with superior creaminess. In particular, the invention is concerned with a partially coagulated protein system induced by controlled coagulation of milk protein which imparts outstanding sensory attributes on frozen confectionery including low-temperature extruded frozen products, in particular when containing low fat. A method of producing such frozen aerated confectionery product and the products obtainable from the method are also part of the present invention.

Nestle Romania to Close Candy and Coffee Production Unit

14 January 2019- Nestle Romania has announced its plans to close its candy and coffee production unit in Timisoara. The plant is expected to close by the end of May 2019.

Kantar: UK Grocers Buck High Street with Record Christmas Spend

08 January 2019- Amid negative headlines for the high street, supermarkets have painted a brighter picture, posting record sales of £29.3 billion over the Christmas trading period in the UK.

World Confectionery Group Makes Bid to Acquire Spanish Chocolate Company

07 January 2019- World Confectionery Group has launched a voluntary tender offer for the acquisition of 100% of the shares and outstanding convertible bonds of Spanish confectionery company Natra.

Concentrate for Making a Premix for a Frozen Confection

Disclosed is a concentrate for making a premix for a frozen confection, wherein the concentrate is in the form of granules. In one embodiment the concentrate comprises saccharides and/or non-saccharide sweeteners in a total amount of from 40 to 90% by weight of the concentrate; protein in an amount of from 1 to 15% by weight of the concentrate; and fat in an amount of from 1 to 25% by weight of the concentrate. In another embodiment the concentrate comprises saccharides and/or non-saccharide sweetener in a total amount of from 70 to 95% by weight of the concentrate; and fat in an amount of from 3 to 25% by weight of the concentrate. In a third alternative embodiment the concentrate comprises protein in an amount of from 10 to 50% by weight of the concentrate; and fat in an amount of from 3 to 25% by weight of the concentrate. In each embodiment the fat comprises emulsified fat droplets.

Chocolate Products and Methods of Making Thereof

The present invention, in an embodiment, is a chocolate product that includes a carbohydrate such as starch, dextrin, or maltodextrin having a bulk density of 0.01 gram/cubic centimeter to 0.4 gram/cubic centimeter; 30 weight percent to 70 weight percent, based on the total weight of the carbohydrate and the vegetable oil, of a vegetable oil that is an unsaturated fat; and cocoa butter. In other embodiments, the present invention is a method of making a chocolate product.

Euromonitor: Chocolate Spreads: Can Barilla be the New Star?

02 January 2018- by Emil Fazira

Italian Confectioner Venchi Plans to Expand in Asia with State Support

27 December 2018- Italian gourmet chocolate maker Venchi plans to expand in Asia using the financial support it has just received from the government, the company said on Thursday.

Venezuela Cocoa Growers Fear New Pest: the Government

27 December 2018 - Venezuela cocoa trader Freddy Galindo has battled highway robberies, kidnappings of family members and declining quality in his 19 years exporting the nation's legendary beans.

Optimized Formulation of Alternative Chocolate of Carob Without Milk, With or Without Added Sugar,...

The invention patent relates to improvements in the formulation of a product based on carob bean which can take various forms (solid tablets, bars, candies), yielding an alternative chocolate product with special nutritional characteristics to meet the requirements of consumers with food restrictions due to health problems or through their lifestyles or convictions, providing characteristic colour, odour and taste attributes, without using soy, milk (lactose-free and milk protein-free), caffeine, theobromine, with or without added sugar, gluten-free, with or without fibres, with low glycemic index sugars and without any allergenic ingredients.

Kraft Heinz, Mondelez Make the Cut in Campbell Soup’s International Business Auction-Sources

23 December 2018- U.S. food companies Kraft Heinz Co and Mondelez International Inc have been short-listed to participate in the second round of Campbell Soup Co's auction of its international business, people familiar with the matter said.

UK: Real Good Food Completes Sale of Jams and Preserves Business

20 December 2018- Real Good Food plc today announces that it has completed the sale of R&W Scott Limited ("R&W Scott") to its management team (the "MBO"). The Group will receive consideration of £3.95 million as a result of the MBO, payable by means of a cash payment of £1.50 million, £0.5 million of which is deferred until 30 September 2019, and the assumption by R&W Scott's management team of £2.45 million of third-party debt.

Latvia: Orkla Confectionery and Snacks Invests EUR 53,000 in Biscuit and Waffle Production Facility

19 December 2018- Chocolate and confectionery company Orkla Latvia, has invested over EUR 53,000 in its Artilerijas Street biscuits and waffles production facility installing sugar dosing equipment.

Confectionery Product

The present invention relates to confectionery products, in particular to confectionery products having a filling comprising porous particles having an amorphous continuous phase. Further aspects of the invention relate to a process for manufacturing a confectionery product and a fat-based confectionery product having an enhanced sweetness perception.

Coated Pita Chip

A coated pita chip and method of producing it are presented herein. A pita chip may be coated with a sugar-based syrup or chocolate. If the pita chip is coated with a sugar-based syrup, the coated chip may be baked or cooled to harden and bond the coating to the chip. If the pita chip is coated with a chocolate coating, the pita chip is cooled to harden and bond the chocolate to the chip. Additional food items, inclusions, such as nuts, dried fruit pieces, granola, seeds, spices and the like may be adhered to the chip by the hardened coating.

Fat Composition for Low-Trans Fat, Non-Tempered Chocolate and Chocolate

The purpose of the present invention is to provide, as fat for non-tempered chocolate, a fat composition which can contain less trans fats and more cacao materials such as cocoa butter and cocoa mass, and has good melting and snapping properties. The present invention is accomplished on the basis of a finding that a transesterified fat having a specific fatty acid composition is effective against the problem as well as knowledge that a combination of the fat composition with a specific emulsifier is effective for the problem. The present invention provides fat for chocolate and chocolate which has a strong chocolate flavor and good melting and snapping properties such that health risks linked to trans fats can be avoided.

Porous Particles for Reducing Sugar in Food

The present invention relates to porous particles comprising a sweetener, a bulking agent and a non-dairy protein. Further aspects of the invention relate to...

Mars to Invest EUR 70 mln in French M&M’s Plant

13 December 2018 – Mars Wrigley Confectionery France is investing around EUR 70 million in its French factory in Haguenau, Alsace. The Haguenau plant manufactures...

Mars to Invest EUR 70 mln in French M&M’s Plant

13 December 2018 – Mars Wrigley Confectionery France is investing around EUR 70 million in its French factory in Haguenau, Alsace.

CMA Approves Valeo Foods /Tangerine Confectionery Merger

11 December 2018- The UK competition authority has cleared the completed acquisition by Valeo Foods (via its subsidiary Rowse Honey Limited) of Taurus 3 Limited (a holding company of Tangerine Confectionery Group Limited).

Nutella Maker Ferrero in Race to Buy Campbell’s International Business-Sources

10 December 2018 - Ferrero SpA is interested in buying Campbell Soup Co's international business, which includes biscuit brand Arnott's, two sources close to the matter said on Monday.

Amorphous Porous Particles for Reducing Sugar in Food

The present invention relates to amorphous porous particles comprising sugar,a bulking agent and surfactant, having a closed porosity of between 20 to 60%. Further aspects of the invention relate to a food product comprising the amorphous porous particles; a process of making the amorphous porous particles and a fat based confectionery product containing them; and the use of the amorphous porous particles as bulk sugar replacers in food products such as fat based confectionery products for example, chocolate.

Confections Comprising Chocolate Capsules

A process for the preparation of a confectionery composition and compositions producible by the process. The process comprises providing a first sheet (10) of edible film having a plurality of first recesses (12) therein and a second sheet (22) of edible film, optionally having a plurality of second recesses (24) therein. A liquid filling (18) is supplied to the first recesses (12) and then sealed between the first and second sheets (10, 22) to form capsules (26). Molten chocolate (14) may be applied to the first recesses and/or the second recesses before the liquid filling. The capsules may be placed in a chocolate shell.

Cocoa Companies Fail on Pledge to Stop Africa Deforestation – Report

07 December 2018- Major chocolate companies have failed to keep a promise they made a year ago to stop forests in West Africa being destroyed for cocoa production, a campaign group said on Friday.

Barry Callebaut Closes Transaction with Burton’s Biscuit Company UK

10 December 2018- Closing of transaction

Italy’s Barilla Challenges Nutella with ‘Pan Di Stelle’ Spread

06 December 2018 - Italian baker and pasta maker Barilla said it would launch in January a chocolate and hazelnut spread named after its signature 'Pan di Stelle' biscuits - in a challenge to market leader Nutella.

Poland: Mondelez Expands its Global Technical Centre to Include Gum and Candy

05 December 2018- Mondelez has invested a further $5 million in its Global Technical Centre in Wroclaw, Poland to expand the R&D activities to include gum and candy innovation.

Dual Structure Crunchy Gum Pellet

A coated confectionery is provided including a confectionery core and a shell surrounding said confectionery core. The shell includes a soft coating including at least one layer of a first coating material and a hard coating including at least one layer of a second coating material. The soft coating forms at least 25% of a total weight of said shell.

Chocolate Product with Sour Taste Attribute and Process of Making Such Chocolate Composition

The present invention concerns chocolate compositions comprising components capable of imparting a sour taste attribute.The inclusion of a sour taste imparting component in a variety of 'conventional' chocolate compositions and chocolate confectionery products produces unique taste and flavor profiles. In accordance with particularly preferred embodiments the invention, the component imparting sour taste is a particulate composition comprising non- neutralized or partially neutralized organic acid, optionally surrounded by a coating comprising partially neutralized polycarboxylic acid. The sour taste imparting component of the present invention was found to produce particularly beneficial results in chocolate confectionery products wherein a fruit-flavoured component or composition is present. Also provided by the invention are processes of producing chocolate compositions comprising certain components capable of imparting a sour taste attribute.The present invention also provides the use of organic acids for imparting sour taste in a chocolate composition.

Barry Callebaut, Dutch Partners Launch Sustainable Mass-Market Chocolate

29 November 2018 - Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut on Thursday signed a partnership with Dutch No.1 retailer Albert Heijn to make its private-label chocolate fully traceable from 2019, reflecting consumers' growing interest in ethical sourcing.

Barry Callebaut and Garudafood Extend Supply Partnership in Indonesia

27 November 2018- Garudafood, one of the largest food and beverage companies in Indonesia, and the Barry Callebaut Group, the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, announce the signing of an additional agreement for the long-term supply of another 7,000 tonnes of compound chocolate per year to Garudafood's biscuit factory in Rancaekek, a sub-district of Bandung, Indonesia. Barry Callebaut expects deliveries of the additional volumes to start in mid-2019.

US: Pearson’s Candy Acquired by Spell Capital

23 November 2018- Private Equity firm Spell Capital has acquired Minnesota based confectionery manufacture Pearson's Candy from Seattle based Brynwood Partners for an undisclosed amount.

Carambar & Co Invests EUR 35 mln, Transferring Production to France

23 November 2018- French candy company Carambar & Co is investing EUR 35 million to relocate all production to France. Local Press reports the company has an objective to be 100% “made in France” by 2020.

Fuji Oil Acquires Major Industrial Chocolate Manufacturer Blommer

19 November 2018- Japan's Fuji Oil has announced today the acquisition of industrial chocolate manufacturer Blommer Chocolate Company.

Process for Producing a Confectionery Product

The disclosure relates to a process for producing a confectionery product comprising heat resistant chocolate or a heat resistant compound mass and to the confectionery product, which is produced by this process. The process utilizes spraying water and/or a polyol (such as a sugar alcohol or a sugar) solution onto chocolate or a compound mass thereby inducing the formation of heat resistant chocolate or a heat resistant compound mass.

Edible Chocolate Product

Edible chocolate products are provided. They comprise chocolate and a dry powdered fermented plant product. The dry powdered fermented plant product may be a sourdough. The edible chocolate product may be either liquid or solid. Preferably, it is solid. It may be used as food, or as an ingredient in foods.

Hershey India Enters the Protein Cookie Market

14 November 2018- Hershey India, part of The Hershey Company, is entering the 'better for your' snack segment with a range of protein cookies.

Italy: Chocolate Maker Pernigotti in Talks with Italian Companies

13 November 2018- Last week, Italian chocolate company, Pernigotti announced it had had to close its manufacturing operations in Novi Ligure due to decline in sales and revenues.

Barry Callebaut’s FY Sales Volume up 6.3%

07 November 2018- Full-Year Results Fiscal Year 2017/18 of the Barry Callebaut Group

India: Mondelez International Opens New Global Technical Center

02 November 2018- Mondelez International has opened its latest Technical Center in India. The £15 million investment will support new product and technology for the company's global brands in Chocolate and Beverages.

Beyond Coffee: Illy Looks to Wine and Chocolate for Stronger Aroma

31 Octohber 2018- Riccardo Illy, whose family owns one of Italy's most renowned coffee brands, would rather discuss the finer points of tea and cellared wine these days than the perfect espresso.

Mintel: Bite-sized, Functional and Premium Chocolate Gain Popularity in the US

• 76% of US chocolate buyers say it's worth it to pay more money for premium chocolate.
• Just 42% of parents who eat candy say they limit the amount of candy their kids eat.
• New product launches of chewy candy grew 83% over the last five years.

Tereos Opens R&D Centre in Singapore

29 October 2018- Tereos has expanded its services and research capabilities opening an Asia Pacific R&D Centre in Singapore. The Asia R&D centre aims to leverage the groups portfolio of products and address regional demand for noodles, bakery products, confectionery, teas, sauces, snacks and beverages, the company said.

Orkla Foods Q3 Sales down 1.7%, Confectionery and Snacks Sales Stay Flat

25 October 2018- Orkla's operating profit (EBIT adj.) increased by 7% in the third quarter to NOK 1,353 million. Orkla's operating revenues increased in the third quarter by 3%, to NOK 10,126 million.

Hershey Reports Q3 Consolidated Net Sales up 2.3%.

25 October 2018- The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) today announced sales and earnings for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018 and reaffirmed its 2018 reported net sales and adjusted earnings outlook.

AAK Operating Profit Rises 11% in Q3

25 October 2018- AAK's Interim report for the third quarter 2018.

Switzerland: Lindt Chocolate Centre Under Construction

22 October 2018- Swiss chocolatier and confectionery company Lindt is building a chocolate centre and Sprungli head office at its Lindt and Sprungli factory in Kilchberg.

USA: Ferrero Announces USD 9 mln Facility Expansion

22 October 2018 – Global confectionery company Ferrero has started construction on a USD 9 million expansion at its facility in New Jersey. The expansion will increase the facility's packaging and warehousing to 67,000 square feet.

Hershey Completes Acquisition Of Pirate Brands

17 October 2018- The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) today announced that it has finalized the acquisition of Pirate Brands from B&G Foods, Inc., including the Pirate's Booty, Smart Puffs and Original Tings brands, for a purchase price of $420 million, or approximately $360 million net of tax benefits.

Mars Partners with Benson Hill Biosystems to Help Protect Cacao from Climate Change

11 October 2018—Benson Hill Biosystems, a crop improvement company unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants, and Mars, Incorporated, a family-owned global pet care, confectionery and food business, today announced a strategic partnership to improve the productivity and climate resilience of the cacao tree, essential to chocolate production.

Turkish Confectionery Producer Kervan Group Expanding

10 October 2018- Turkish soft candy producer and exporter Kervan Gida has secured a USD 7.5 million loan from EBRD to help with its expansion plans to meet increased consumer demand both in Turkey and abroad.

Mondelez Commits to Making All Packaging Recyclable by 2025

9 October 2018- Mondelez International today announced a new commitment to make all packaging recyclable and provide recycling information by 2025.

Barry Callebaut to Acquire Inforum, Expanding Business in Russia

4 October 2018- The Barry Callebaut Group has signed an agreement to buy Russian chocolate manufacturer Inforum. No financial details have been disclosed. The deal subject to regulatory approval and other closing conditions is expected to complete this year.

Orkla Acquires UK Fudge and Chocolate Manufacturer

1 October 2018- Through its wholly-owned subsidiary NIC Enterprises Limited ("NIC"), Orkla Food Ingredients has signed and completed an agreement to acquire the British chocolatier and confectioner County Confectionery Ltd. ("County's").

Mars and Snickers Chocolate Bars to get Recipe Change to Make them Healthier

1 October 2018- In January 2019 Mars and Snickers chocolate bars will be available with less sugar and more protein to make them healthier, according to media sources including The Grocer.

Brenntag Exclusive Distribution Partner for Cargill’s Cocoa and Chocolate in Central Eastern Europe

1 October 2018- Brenntag (WKN A1DAHH) and Cargill have reached an agreement, making Brenntag the exclusive distribution partner for Cargill's industrial cocoa and chocolate in the Central Eastern European (CEE) region.

Gelatin-Free Aerated Confectionery Products, Foam Structuring Compositions, And Methods for Preparing the Same

The invention relates to the manufacture of foods, in particular to aerated confectionery products, like marshmallow-type products, to foam structuring compositions, and methods for preparing them. Provided is an aerated confectionery product having a density up to 0.5 g/cm3, the product comprising as foam structuring composition a combination of (i) a native potato protein; (ii) a gelling starch; and (iii) a highly branched starch (HBS) obtained by treatment of starch or a starch derivative with glycogen branching enzyme (EC 2.4.1.18), and wherein said HBS has a molecular branching degree of at least 6%, wherein the molecular branching degree is defined as the percentage of a- 1,6 glycosidic linkages of the total of a- 1,6 and a- 1,4 glycosidic linkages ((a- 1,6 /(a- 1,6 +a- l,4) *100%)

Turkish Owner of Godiva Chocolate Exploring Sale of Japanese Business -Sources

26 September 2018- Yildiz Holding, the Turkish owner of Godiva chocolate, is exploring a sale of the high-end chain's Japanese business in a deal that could fetch around $1.5 billion, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

US: Spangler Candy Buys Necco Wafers and Sweethearts

26 September 2018- Spangler Candy Company has announced it has bought candy brands Sweethearts and NECCO Wafers. The brands and equipment were obtained following a series of transactions brought about by the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) bankruptcy.

UK’s Hotel Chocolat Looks to Japan, U.S. for More Growth

25 September 2018- Hotel Chocolat will open shops in Japan and the United States later this year, the British chocolatier said on Tuesday, targeting international expansion to drive its long-term growth after profit climbed 13 percent in its latest financial year.

Euromonitor: Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership (TPP) Creates Market Opportunities in Packaged Food

24 September 2018- by Euromonitor Research

Bon Appetit! French Find Traces of Bugs in Their Food and Drink

20 Sep - From insect residues in fizzy drinks to beef gelatin in yoghurt, consumer group Foodwatch said it had found undisclosed animal-based ingredients in a dozen food and drink products sold in France.

Non-dairy Confectionery Product

The present invention relates to non-dairy and/or vegan confectionery products, especially chocolate based products and methods of their preparation.

Barry Callebaut Signs Supply Agreement with Burton’s Biscuit Company

19 September 2018- Zurich based Barry Callebaut has signed an agreement with UK Burton's Biscuit Company for the long-term supply of over 12,000 metric tonnes of chocolate and compound per year.

Nestle, Unilever, Coke Make Bids in $4 Bln-Plus GSK India Sale-Sources

18 Sep - Nestle, Unilever and Coca-Cola are among bidders for GlaxoSmithKline's Indian Horlicks nutrition business, expected to fetch more than $4 billion, four people familiar with the matter said.

Hydrolyzed Starch Compositions And Their Use In Food Applications

Provided herein are common starch-based and waxy starch-based hydrolyzed starches. The hydrolyzed starches described herein demonstrate desirable properties over existing hydrolyzed starches for food applications, including but not limited to, dairy, ready-to-eat cereal coatings, clean-label confectionary products, nutritional and cereal bars, crumb chocolate, infant and/or elderly nutrition.

Finsbury Food Group’s Preliminary FY Group Revenue Down 3.4%

17 June - Finsbury Food Group Plc (AIM: FIF), a leading UK speciality bakery manufacturer of cake, bread and morning goods for the retail and foodservice channels, is pleased to announce its preliminary results for the financial year ended 30 June 2018.

Barry Callebaut Completes USD 30 mln Expansion Investments in NA Facilities

13 September 2018- Barry Callebaut, the world's leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, today announced the completion of several expansion investments in three of its North American facilities located in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec; Chatham, Ontario; and St. Albans, Vermont.

Hershey To Acquire Pirate Brands From B&G Foods

12 September 2018- The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) and B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE:BGS) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Hershey to acquire Pirate Brands, including the Pirate's Booty, Smart Puffs and Original Tings brands.

Method For Producing Fresh Cheese-like Vegetable Food Product

Provided is a method for producing a fresh cheese-like vegetable food product which is free from dairy products, has a natural, fresh cheese-like dairy flavor and body, and has excellent spreadability and squeezability as a confectionery material. The pH of an emulsified oil composition which contains a soybean emulsified composition containing a specific protein and lipid, a specific soybean protein material having a reduced content of a lipophilic protein among soybean proteins, and a protein coagulant is adjusted to a pH of 5.5-6.3 using lactic acid fermentation and/or an organic acid.

Cadbury Owner Mondelez Stockpiles Products, Prepares for Hard Brexit – the Times

11 September 2018 - Mondelez International Inc, the owner of Cadbury brand, is stockpiling ingredients, chocolates and biscuits in case of a no-deal Brexit, the Times reported https://bit.ly/2MjCYjJ on Tuesday, citing president of Mondelez's European division.

Mondelez Expects 2-3% Organic Sales Rise in 2019

7 Sep - Today, at a meeting with analysts and investors in Boston, Mondelez International Chief Executive Officer, Dirk Van de Put, and other senior executives outlined the company's new long-term strategy to generate sustainable shareholder value. The company also established new long-term targets, reaffirmed its 2018 outlook, and provided an outlook for 2019.

Rabin Worldwide and Union Confectionery Machinery Company to Take Iconic Necco Candy to Auction

6 September 2018 - After many months of rumors and speculation and a cavalcade of potential buyers, Necco, the oldest confectionary company in the United States, is writing its next chapter. A massive public auction will take place on September 26th and 27th, 2018 to sell off select assets which include both brands and equipment.

Cargill Doubles Sustainable Sourced Cocoa in Ghana

4 Sept - The amount of sustainable cocoa sourced by Cargill in Ghana has doubled since the establishment of its own licensed buying company (LBC) model, and over 13,000 cocoa farmers are now benefiting from the initiative - up by 30% from 10,000 a year ago.

Formulation Of Chocolate With Carob And Low Caffeine And Theobromine Content, No Added Sugar,...

The patent invention relates to a chocolate formulation with carob, with low caffeine and theobromine contents, animal milk-free, with or without added sugars, gluten-free, soy-free, with or without fiber, using cocoa and carob as the basis, alternatively supplemented with coconut fat, rice derivatives, powdered sweet potato and sugars having a low glycemic index, producing a food product with special nutritional features to meet the requirements of customers with dietary restrictions due to health problems or life style (low-fat or natural diets, body-builders, etc.) with color, odor and flavor attributes which are characteristic of products based on cocoa and carob.

Canadian Government Invests $1.8m in PEI Cheesemaker to Expand Product Line and Grow Markets

31 Aug - The dairy sector is an important contributor to Canada's economy, contributing $20.9 billion through sales by farmers and food processors. The Government of Canada knows the importance of supporting a strong and competitive dairy industry that will ensure Canadian families continue to benefit from high-quality products while creating well-paying jobs for Canadians.

Amyris Gets Green Light for Commercial Sales of its New, Natural, Zero-Calorie Sweetener

30 Aug - Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS), a leader in the development and production of sustainable ingredients for the Health & Wellness, Clean Beauty and Flavors & Fragrances markets, announced today that its zero-calorie sweetener made from sugarcane has received designation as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) by an independent expert panel. This designation is based on FDA requirements and allows Amyris to begin commercially selling its new, natural, zero-calorie sweetener.

Jeanette Hauan Fladby Appointed Executive VP at Orkla

27 August 2018- Jeanette Hauan Fladby (50) has been appointed new Executive Vice President at Orkla in charge of the Orkla Confectionery & Snacks business area.

Cargill to Invest $150 Mln in Brazilian Pectin Facility to Meet Market Demand

24 Aug - Cargill has the intention to invest $150 million to construct an HM pectin production facility in South America. HM pectin is a versatile, citrus fruit-based texturizer used for jams, beverages/juices, acid dairy drinks and confectionery.

Novel Confectionery Product

A shelf-stable mousse comprising (i) an aerated fat-free composition of a protein whipping agent, water and a sugar syrup, which composition is in admixture with (ii) at least one of a fat-containing substance; wherein the mousse has a water activity of less than 0.75, a hardness of less than 0.8N (measured as the force required to insert a probe to a depth of 7mm into the mousse), and a loss factor tan d value of greater than 0.95.

Hershey CFO to Retire Spring 2019

16 August 2018- The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) today announced that Patricia A. Little, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, intends to retire from the company in the spring of 2019. Little has served as the company's CFO since joining in 2015.

ADM Opens Technical Innovation Center for Food in Shanghai

16 Aug - Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today celebrated the opening of its new regional office and state-of-the-art flavor and ingredient creation, application, development and customer innovation center in Shanghai, China. The opening of the space was announced at a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Valeo Foods to Acquire Tangerine Confectionary

13 August 2018- Valeo Foods, a pan-European producer of branded food and beverage products, has acquired British confectionery company Tangerine according to media reports.

Comestible Containing Milk Solids And Method Of Making

A comestible containing milk solids and method of its making includes providing a fat phase that has a fat and milk powder, providing a syrup phase that has a sweetener and a solid content between about 72% and about 88% by weight, followed by mixing the fat phase with the syrup phase in a weight ratio between 70% fat phase/30% syrup phase to 30% fat phase/70% syrup phase and forming the milk-base comestible from the mixed mass. The resulting comestibles deliver real milk in a shelf stable form in a product that has a clean taste and pleasant mouthfeel, with a non-grainy, non-mealy texture

Soluble Agglomerated Chocolate Powder

The invention concerns a method for producing a soluble agglomerated chocolate powder, said powder comprising cocoa and other chocolate powder ingredients including a sweetener and/or a white component powder comprising protein, said process comprising the steps of: —preparing an aqueous emulsion of cocoa fat, —loading a fluid bed agglomerator with the chocolate powder solid ingredients other than cocoa, —spraying the emulsion of cocoa fat into the fluid bed agglomerator to form agglomerates. The invention concerns also the use of an aqueous emulsion of cocoa fat to agglomerate chocolate powder ingredients of a soluble agglomerated chocolate powder.

Hershey Sells Chinese Candy Brand Golden Monkey

30 July 2018- The Hershey Company has sold off Golden Monkey brand in China to Henan Yuxiang Food Technology Co. Ltd. for USD 59 million.

Hershey Reports Q2 2018 Consolidated Net Sales up 5.3%.

26 July 2018- The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) today announced sales and earnings for the second quarter ended July 1, 2018. The company updated its 2018 reported net sales and earnings outlook to reflect strategic international business divestitures and reaffirmed its organic sales and adjusted earnings outlook.

US: Necco Candy Factory Shuts Down Production

26 July 2018- The Necco plant in Revere, MA closed its doors on Tuesday and without warning shut down production according to local press sources and a notice on the City of Revere website.

Mondelez Q2 Net Revenues Increased 2.1%

25 July - Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MDLZ) today reported its second quarter 2018 results.

UK: Delicious Ideas Acquires Barnack Confectionery

25 July 2018- Peterborough based distributor and packer company Delicious Ideas Food Group has acquired Barnack Confectionery for an undisclosed amount, according to multiple media reports.

Hershey: New Research Reveals Branded Desserts Win With Gen Z and Millennials

24 July - The Hershey Company's (NYSE:HSY) Foodservice team, one of the industry's leading branded sweet ingredient, snack and refreshment suppliers, conducted custom research through The Center for Generational Kinetics. The findings reveal perceptions, influence and loyalty of branded products with Millennial and Gen Z decision-making in foodservice operations. There is a significant branded dessert opportunity among these specific consumers.

Lindt & Sprüngli Group Sales up 7.7% in H1

Kilchberg,July 24, 2018 – Lindt & Sprüngli has had a successful start to the financial year 2018. The Group achieved strong group sales of +7.7% in the first half-year, generating consolidated sales of CHF 1.67 billion. Organic growth increased to +5.1%. The Group is therefore on track to achieve its strategic target of organic sales growth of around +5% for the full financial year. Market share gains were particularly impressive in the large markets in Europe, considering the highly saturated chocolate markets and an exceptionally challenging trading environment. A vibrant seasonal business, the launch of product innovations and the good performance of own chocolate boutiques and cafés are building the base for this success.

Aerated Confections Containing Nonhydrated Starch and Methods of Preparation

Disclosed are sugar reduced aerated confections. The confections essentially comprise a first heterogeneous continuous phase including a structured amorphous saccharide, a second discontinuous phase including a multiplicity of gas cells. The first heterogeneous continuous phase includes a multiplicity of crystals distributed evenly throughout also including about 1%-35% by dry weight basis of a non-hydrated polysaccharide filler ingredient preferably starch in the form of discrete particles evenly distributed through the continuous phase having a mean particle size distribution of preferably less than 150 microns. The confectionery food products find particular suitability for use as ingredients for reduced sugar children's RTE cereals.

UK: Mondelez to Launch Reduced Sugar Cadbury Chocolate

23 July 2018- From 2019 Cadbury Dairy Milk will be available in a new bar with 30% less sugar, the new reduced sugar bar will be available in UK stores alongside the standard bar.

Natural Candy Company Little Secrets Raises Funding

20 July 2018- Sunrise Strategic Partners ("Sunrise"), a Boulder, CO-based accelerator of emerging brands co-founded by Steve Hughes and Trilantic North America, today announced an investment in Little Secrets, a clean label chocolate brand made without artificial colors or flavors. This is the ninth investment for Sunrise since it launched in 2016.

INTERVIEW: Nestle UK on Reducing Sugar and the Potential for ‘Structured Sugar’

19 July 2018- In the UK as part of the government's plan to reduce childhood obesity, the food industry, including retailers, manufacturers, restaurants, cafés and pub chains, has been challenged to cut 20% of sugar from a range of products by 2020, with a 5% reduction in the first year.

Premier Foods’ Quarterly Sales up 1.7%

18 July - Gavin Darby, Chief Executive Officer - "We are pleased to report another quarter of growth, with sales up +1.7% compared to last year. Our biggest brand, Mr Kipling, led the charge with an excellent performance on the back of its recent brand relaunch with sales up +14% in the UK. Over the last six months, we have delivered sales growth of +4.5% which goes to show that our strategy of product innovation and working closely with our strategic partnerships is delivering results. With further exciting innovation across our branded portfolio to come in the months ahead, our expectations for progress in the year remain unchanged."

Orkla’s Operating Revenues Rose 3% in Q2

13 July - Branded Consumer Goods posted 2% turnover growth. Organic turnover growth in the period was 0.5%, adjusted for the loss of a distribution agreement within Orkla Confectionery & Snacks. Orkla continued to achieve good growth in Finland and Central Europe. Orkla Food Ingredients made fine progress in the second quarter due to higher sales of ice cream ingredients.

Barry Callebaut’s Q3 Sales Volume up 4.8%

13 July - Antoine de Saint-Affrique, CEO of the Barry Callebaut Group, said: “After the very strong performance in the first half of this fiscal year, we continued to see strong momentum in the third quarter, fueled by all key growth drivers, regions and product groups. Our volume growth was again significantly above the global chocolate confectionery market.”

NZ: Nestle to Sell Some Confectionery Brands

12 July 2018- Nestle had conditionally agreed to sell some of its smaller local New Zealand confectionery brands to Australian Quadrant Private Equity. The brands being divested include Mackintosh's Toffee and Black Knight licorice, no financial details have been disclosed.

Cargill’s Food Ingredients & Applications Rose in Q3

12 July - Cargill today reported $3.2 billion in adjusted operating earnings for the 2018 fiscal year, one of its best performances. The fourth quarter also was very strong. The company's improved financial results over the past two years are the outcome of significant efforts by its teams to redefine how Cargill operates. The organization runs today with greater agility and stronger integration to serve customers' rapidly changing needs.

Euromonitor: Global Chocolate Industry: From Bean to Bar

06 July 2018- As all things chocolate are celebrated on World Chocolate Day (7th July), Euromonitor International offers insights from multiple research industries to provide an overview of the changing landscape of the chocolate industry, from production through to consumption.

US: Highlander Partners Acquires Another Confection Company

06 July 2018- Highlander Partners, L.P., a leading middle-market private investment firm based in Dallas, Texas, today announced its acquisition, through a newly-formed entity, of substantially all the assets of Queen City Candy, Inc. ("QCC"), a manufacturer of gummy confection products located in Greendale, Indiana.

Nestle, Hershey at Odds with Farmers Over U.S. GMO Labeling

3 July - The world's top food companies and farmers of crops such as beet sugar are pitted against each other as they lobby the U.S. government over plans to label genetically engineered ingredients.

AAK Opens Customer Innovation Center in Tokyo

26 June 2018- To further strengthen its capabilities and customer co-development approach in the Japanese market, AAK will open a Customer Innovation Center in the Minato ward of Tokyo.

IFC Invests $25 Mln in Food Processing Group KazFoodProducts

19 June - IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is investing $25 million in KazFoodProducts LLP, a leading Kazakh food processing group of companies operating in grain milling and confectionary sectors, to support the company's expansion plans and boost Kazakhstan's agricultural sector, helping to diversify its economy while enhancing global food security.

Belgium: Cargill Makes Additional Euro 12 Mln Investment in Chocolate Facility

19 June - With the rapid rise in consumer demand for premium, high quality Belgian chocolate, Cargill has invested in a new liquid chocolate production line in its Mouscron production facility in Belgium. This investment increases the company's capacity to produce milk and dark chocolate and creates up to 10 new local jobs.

CVC Capital Acquires Malaysian Snack Producer Munchy

13 June - Munchy Food Industries Sdn Bhd ("MFI") and CVC Capital Partners Asia Fund IV ("CVC Asia IV")today announced that CVC Asia IV has acquired a 100% stake in MFI and its Malaysian subsidiary Munchworld Marketing Sdn Bhd. The acquisition was completed on 8 June 2018. Prior to the acquisition, MFI was 70% held by Double-V Series Sdn Bhd, the holding company owned by the founders of MFI, while fund investor TAP Crunch Sdn Bhd held the remaining 30% stake.

Mars Wrigley Confectionery Names New Global President

12 June 2018- Today, we announced that Andrew Clarke, currently Chief Marketing & Customer Officer, will replace Martin Radvan as the Global President of Mars Wrigley Confectionery in September.

Belgian Chocolate Company Godiva Gears Up For Bold Business Growth

11 June 2018- GODIVA Chocolatier, the leading premium Belgian chocolate company, today announced that it has chosen two new partner agencies to elevate its iconic brand, redefining the consumer experience from purchase to consumption. McCann and Hill+Knowlton Strategies have been selected for their omni-channel capabilities, global reach, and strategic insights.

New England Confectionery Company NECCO Acquired for USD 17.3 mln

1 June 2018- The New England Confectionery Company (“NECCO”), the 171-year-old maker of the iconic NECCO wafer, has been acquired by Sweetheart Candy Co. LLC, an entity owned by Dean, Evan and Daren Metropoulos, for $17.3 Million. The deal, which closed yesterday, came in the wake of the company's April bankruptcy filing and subsequent auction process.

AAK Investing in a Customisation Plant for Special Nutrition, Chocolate & Confectionery Fats and...

AAK has decided to invest in a customization plant in the Philippines. The plant will be located on land owned by oils and fats refinery San Pablo Manufacturing Company in Batangas, approximately 100 kilometers south of Manila.

Beverage Whitening Composition And Method

A beverage whitening composition for whitening coffee, tea or hot chocolate, is described. The composition replaces a selected fluid, such as partially skimmed milk or whole milk, in a reduced volume while providing the same or a very similar whitening ability and taste as the selected fluid to be replaced, so as to be indiscernible to the consumer. The target volume for reduction is 60% to 80%, based on the volume of the fluid to be replaced. The composition is useful for replacing 1%, 2%, or whole milk in dispensers that contain milk bags, to reduce frequency of bag replacement. The composition may be steamed and used to whiten a steamed milk beverage, such as a latte.