Ancient grain additions: Ritter Sport makes first foray into vegan chocolate

Quinoa and amaranth additions are V-label certified and cater to Germany's growing vegan population. Photo: Ritter

German firm Ritter Sport has introduced two vegan chocolate varieties to its home market, which contain ancient grains.

Crunch time for challenged US chocolate business? Photo:Nestlé/Businesswire

Nestlé coy on future of ‘disappointing’ US confectionery unit

Cloetta to acquire the firm it beat to Coop Sweden's pick & mix contract in 2014. Photo: Candyking

Cloetta shores up pick & mix offer with $37m Candyking acquisition

Mondelēz has adopted the Grocery Manufacturers of America's SmartLabel app. Pic: ©iStock/Nastco

Mondelēz rolls out SmartLabel app to keep its consumers informed

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Georgia Nut eyes gummy consumers with fortified chocolate gems

Unilever rejects $143bn Kraft-Heinz mega-merger bid

Unilever rejects $143bn Kraft-Heinz mega-merger bid

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Retail & Shopper Insights

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

Who won? Top candy and snack innovation for ISM 2017...

ISM 2017 innovations: New Product Showcase award winners revealed

Richard Masters, Premier League MD and Francesco Vitrano, Cadbury brand director, celebrate Cadbury's three-year sponsorship deal from start of 2017/18 Premier League season. Photo: MDLZ

Mondelēz defends Cadbury and English Premier League sponsorship deal

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Ingredients

Antonia Kauter, product manager, Döhler

Döhler Cactus Pear-Kiwi functional gummie equivalent to one-and-a-half cups of espresso

The 3D meringue kiss sweetener Liteez. Picture: Lampados.

Meringue kiss 3D sweetener melts in hot drinks

Market leading chocolate supplier predicts global chocolate demand will recover in next two quarters. Photo: Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut eludes global chocolate declines in Q1

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Processing & Packaging

Superfos Lovemade baby food. Picture: RPC.

RPC Group to acquire North American plastic packaging firm for £552m

Robert Toporowski, project manager, OEX Cursor

Sports-themed confectionery tins popular with consumers

Marie Bret, export manager, Deltasacs.

Deltasacs launches biodegradable and compostable candy packs

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Markets

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Mars to enter UK supplement space with cocoa flavanol pills

Organic foods and chocolate with real fruits striking a chord with consumers. ©iStock/studio-fi

Health & wellness chocolate to outpace regular category: Euromonitor

Are you ready for Valentine's Day? Picture: iStock.

Van den Bosch ensures hearts are not broken on Valentine’s Day

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Regulation & Safety

An explosion at a PCA paper mill in DeRidder, Louisiana, has left three dead and six injured. Pic: ©iStock/PeterHermesFurian/ihba

Three dead in Packaging Corporation of America paper mill explosion

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Eating liquorice while pregnant is comparable to prenatal binge drinking: Study

Commissioner Hogan announced a three month consultation period last Thursday ©iStock

European Commission launches public consultation on Common Agricultural Policy

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Manufacturers

Mondelēz proposes to shift capacity at Dunedin site (pictured) to Australia with final decision due in the coming weeks. ©iStock/vale_t

‘An expensive place to manufacture our products’: Mondelēz proposes to close New Zealand Cadbury plant

Toffee brand Dave's Sweet Tooth said holiday season represents around 40% of its overall business.  Photo: Dave's Sweet Tooth

Dave’s Sweet Tooth may break $1m revenue after e-commerce scale-up

Misfortune Cookies carry sardonic messages compared to their cheery counterpart. Photo: Pechkeks

Dark twin of the fortune cookie coming to the US

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R&D

'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

Snacks are encroaching upon the traditional three square meals a day and growing numbers of younger consumers see no problem in swapping them for six substantial snacks a day.©iStock

Get ready for bespoke snacking experiences on a mass scale, says Mondelez chocolate innovator

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Commodities

ICI's child labor prevention system aims to keep kids in schools and away from hazardous cocoa work. Photo: Cargill

‘Potentially full scale-up’: Cargill pilots cocoa child labor monitoring system

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Industry reacts to RSPO's Impact Report

Global cocoa market set for supply surplus in 2017/18, says ICCO, as Europe's Q4 grind shows slight decline Photo: iStock

Euromar drags down European cocoa grind as global market set for surplus

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IRI data shows that Valentine's Day generated nearly $2.8bn worth of confectionery sales in 2015.

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Mondelēz grows below the global snacks market and marginally misses organic growth target in 2016.  Photo: MDLZ

Mondelēz revenues slide 13% in 2016 as analysts casts doubt on Kraft-Heinz merger

Counterfeit Western chocolate brands such as Ferrero Rocher seized by Chinese police. ©iStock/Authenticcreation

Fake Ferrero and Mars chocolate seized in China

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