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Valio documents importance of ash-protein in sugar reduction

Valio documents importance of ash-protein in sugar reduction

Valio researchers discovered that ‘30% less sugar’ chocolate made with milk-based protein is equal to regular chocolate in taste and texture. The optimal ash-protein ratio in the reduced sugar chocolate was linked to pleasant taste and texture. This solution allows manufacturers to make delicious ’30% less sugar’ chocolate without artificial sweeteners. The current wellness trend…

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Marks and Spencer launch new chocolate Easter range

Marks and Spencer launch new chocolate Easter range

Marks and Spencer has launched a chocolate sausage dog called Walter as part of its Easter range. Unlike the other edible animal favourites from M&S – Colin the Caterpillar and Percy Pig – Walter actually looks pretty lifelike. The milk chocolate dog is priced at £5 and is part of the store’s Easter range, which…

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Ukraine increases imports of chocolate by 25.7%

Ukraine increases imports of chocolate by 25.7%

Imports of chocolate to Ukraine in 2020 grew in kind by 28% compared to the previous year, from 33,600 tonnes to 43,000 tonnes, in monetary terms it rose by 25.7%, from $150.5 million to $189.1 million, the State Customs Service has said. According to the data, the export of chocolate from Ukraine last year decreased…

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New technology enhances chocolate production

Baker Perkins, WOLF Machines and Dumoulin discuss the advancements in technology that has aided chocolate production and coating to operate efficiently even with new recipe trends.   Emerging technology plays a vital role in the development of chocolate production facilities and equipment, and the latest generation of intelligent factories in Industry 4.0. Baker Perkins recently…

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Mintel predicts the future of sweetness in indulgent treats

Mintel predicts the future of sweetness in indulgent treats

In a world where health and wellbeing have become a major focus in the food and drink industry, how do treat brands innovate to meet modern consumers’ palates, asks Mintel. The desire for intense, sweet and indulgent flavours will continue to bring pleasure to those looking for moments of pleasure and escapism. Brands will continue…

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Valeo Foods acquires German marzipan maker Schluckwerder Group

Valeo Foods acquires German marzipan maker Schluckwerder Group

Dublin-based Valeo Foods is acquiring Schluckwerder Group, maker of Lübeck marzipan, from German investment firm Novum Capital. At the end of 2018, Novum Capital began installing a new leadership team for Schluckwerder Group, including a CEO, COO and CFO. This allowed former Rolf Schluckwerder to retire. Since then, Schluckwerder, Germany’s leading manufacturer of marzipan, nougat and praline, has grown, with sales…

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Packaging technology meets new chocolate trends

Syntegon and Lareka about the developing trends in confectionery and chocolate and how packaging automation and machinery can develop to encourage this growth.   In addition to sustainability in packaging and digitalisation in many processes, consumers are also calling for healthier, more natural ingredients. This in turn affects processing technology: Reducing sugar content calls for…

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Innovation within the chocolate market

Innovation within the chocolate market

The chocolate market is seeing a huge growth in different flavour combinations, with Eastern ingredients and elements, health-conscious additions and more premium chocolate options.   Consumers are becoming more demanding of the products that they purchase, and the chocolate market is no exception to this rule. Consumers want products that offer genuine sensory appeal and…

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Cocoa, ethical sourcing: Strengthening communities and our supply chain

Cargill and Whittaker’s discuss the importance of being Rainforest Alliance Certified and the impact the cocoa industry has on those who work to produce it.   Chocolate is so beloved and ubiquitous that people often forget it is a tropical treat only grown in certain regions of the world. Cocoa farmers in West Africa —…

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Ritter Sport, doing the right thing, fair and square

Ritter Sport, doing the right thing, fair and square

International Confectionery sits down with Benedict Daniels, Managing Director UK & Ireland of Ritter Sport, and talks about breaking the mould in the chocolate industry.   Can you give us a brief history of Ritter Sport and tell us the core values of the company?   Ritter Sport was founded in 1912 by Alfred and…

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