Free2b Foods primes for free-from chocolate snacking expansion

Free2b Foods launched Snack Breaks earlier this month and plans further snack NPD with investor VG Growth Partners. Photo: Free2b Foods

Sun Cups maker Free2b Foods hopes to move beyond confections and into allergen-free snacks with investor VG Growth Partners.

Haribo currently ships products to the US from its factories in Europe. ©iStock/Razvan

Coming to America: Haribo to build first US factory

Simply Gum recently created its first mint line using its top three flavors in gum.  Photo: Simply Gum

Simply Gum: ‘We want to be an everyday gum sitting next to Wrigley’

Confectionery & snacks made up 23% of FMCG value sales growth in 2016, says Nielsen.  ©iStock/mabe123

Confectionery grows above FMCG average in Western Europe

The Bucharest factory. Picture: Constantia Flexibles.

Constantia Flexibles to close confectionery & snack packaging plant

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Retail & Shopper Insights

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One in five shoppers want more apps to help them reduce food waste: Survey

IRI said the changing shopping behavior driven by millennials have caused confectionery and snack companies to rethink their e-commerce strategies.  Photo: ©iStock/Chet_W

E-commerce the ticket to Millennial candy and snack sales: Analysts

Online sales as low as 0.5% in some major markets, but e-commerce is set to grow and evolve very quickly. ©iStock/31moonlight31

E-tail-volution: Why confectionery e-commerce strategies shouldn’t be put on hold

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Ingredients

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Symrise reports major growth in 2016

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Natural flavours and colours can reassure health-conscious parents

Starch texturizer can also cut winegums drying time in half, says Laura Goodbrand, product manager of starch at Cargill (right).

Gelatin-free winegums texture problems cracked with starch blend launch - Cargill

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Processing & Packaging

FDF & INCPEN publish guidelines for sustainable packaging & supply chain. Pic: FDF

FDF offers manufacturers guidelines on how to optimize their packaging systems

Jan-Willem van der Voort, (right) Lareka Confectionery Equipment collects the award for Design Challenge 2017. Picture: Additive Industries.

Lareka redesigns 3D printed sealer arm to increase the quality of chocolate packaging

Fox's Biscuits now uses FuturMaster for its planning and processing requirements. Pic: Fox's.

Fox’s Biscuits responds to daily retailer forecasting

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Markets

Sugar reduction is damaging the chocolate category, says Euromonitor. Photo: ©iStock/puhhha

'The best kind of bad': Chocolate makers need premium ingredients not sugar reduction

French chocolate sales hit €3.48bn in 2016, according to trade body Syndicat du Chocolat. ©iStock/thodonal

Premium tablets drive up value sales in France's chocolate market

Katjes International explores candy acquisitions in Italy and Spain, but expects annual sugar confectionery consumption in Western Europe to remain at 2.7 kg per capita

Katjes International CFO: Sugar confectionery consumption in Europe may have reached its limits

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Regulation & Safety

France's law can only ensure 1% of surplus supermarket food is donated ©iStock

France's food waste ban: One year on

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EFSA to recommend daily intake values for added sugar by 2020

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A 20% sugar cut by 2020? ‘It won’t be possible,’ says FDF

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Manufacturers

Hershey said it would expand Sourcemap's product coverage in the future based on consumer feedback.  Photo: Hershey

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups among Hershey’s first brands to test Sourcemap

Facial expressions show Mars the adverts that will drive sales

Facial expressions show Mars the adverts that will drive sales

Fudge Kitchen using a fiber-sweetner mix named Zùsto for first in a planned free-from range. Photo: Fudge Kitchen.

Fudge Kitchen taps Zùsto sweetener for sugar-free brittle

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R&D

Understanding demographic differences in low-content claim purchases and whether these claims are associated with improved nutritional quality of purchases could help inform future policies or programs. ©iStock

‘Low-content’ food labels are ‘misleading’ for consumers, US study claims

'Prime Lyfe 175A' is a high protein yeast for enhancing

Lallemand touts high protein yeast extract for meat alternatives

'We know it is not enough to improve flavour delivery and enhance the perception of sweetness with no aftertastes...' © iStock/bogdandreava

Patented sugar reduction molecule will be on shelves next year, says DouxMatok

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Commodities

Côte D'Ivoire farm gate cocoa price could drop from CFA 1,100 per kg ($1.81) today  to around CFA 720 per kg, says CCC. ©iStock/crazydiva

Cocoa price for Ivorian farmers may drop 30% amid widespread poverty

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Growth in deforestation commitments hides transparency issues

Poverty reduction key to curbing deforestation in West Africa: WCF president. ©iStock/M_D_A

Big 12 cocoa and chocolate players pledge to end deforestation in cocoa

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Poverty reduction key to curbing deforestation in West Africa: WCF president. ©iStock/M_D_A

Big 12 cocoa and chocolate players pledge to end deforestation in cocoa

Claims by alleged former child slaves in West Africa did not 'touch and concern' the US with sufficient force. ©iStock/NiroDesign

Nestlé, Cargill and ADM cocoa child slavery lawsuit dismissed

Ferrero said its market share is much smaller compared to leading US chocolate makers, such as Hershey and Mars.  Photo:©iStock/Authenticcreation

Ferrero USA outlook positive with Fannie May Confections acquisition - analyst

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