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Cocoa and Chocolate

Curaleaf to acquire cannabis chocolates and gummies maker BlueKudu

Curaleaf acquires BlueKudu

US-based cannabis retail operator Curaleaf Holdings will acquire BlueKudu, a Colorado-based producer of cannabis chocolates and gummies. Neither company has divulged any of the deal’s financial details. Curaleaf CEO Joe Lusardi said: “Colorado is the second largest cannabis market in the US with sales surpassing $1.7bn in 2019. With over eight years of operating history,…

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Mars invest a further $10 million in CARE to support women in cocoa-growing communities

Mars works with CARE with further investment

CARE and Mars Wrigley are building on the success and learnings of their Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) initiative, building women’s social and economic empowerment in cocoa-growing communities in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Through an additional US$10 million investment from Mars, CARE will expand the VSLA program beyond the 12,000 members Mars and CARE…

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Cadbury working on a vegan version of Dairy Milk

Classic chocolate brand Cadbury has announced it is working on creating a vegan version of its popular Dairy Milk bar. A spokesperson for Mondelēz, which owns Cadbury, revealed that the company has no immediate plans for a consumer launch of the bar. According to reports, the company has been working on developing a dairy-free recipe for two years, and…

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Quality Street launches new range of indulgent chocolate truffles

Quality Street launches new indulgent range

Quality Street Intrigue, a range of truffles inspired by classic Quality Street flavours, arrives in UK stores from this week. Rebecca Holt, Brand Manager for Quality Street said: “Quality Street is a much-loved UK brand; and we know many fans would love to enjoy more of it all year round. “That’s why we’ve created a…

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Barry Callebaut launches world’s first 3D chocolate printing studio

Barry Callebaut launches world's first 3D printing chocolate studio

The Barry Callebaut Group has announced the launch of the world’s first personalised 3D printed chocolate at scale, through its global decoration brand Mona Lisa. Mona Lisa is the first brand to launch personalised 3D printed chocolate at scale, made from Belgian chocolate. The move revolutionises the world of chocolate craft by combining industry-leading production…

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Nestlé invests £800,000 in two-finger KitKat Senses biscuit

Nestlé launch new Kit Kat product

Nestlé has expanded its “premium” KitKat Senses range with the launch of a two-finger biscuit in three flavour varieties in the UK. The two-finger biscuit format joins the existing KitKat Senses range of boxed chocolate and single bar formats. Available in 22.8g bars, the collection features three flavours: salted caramel, millionaire’s shortbread and choc chip cookie dough. According…

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Mondelēz International sets a new Guinness World Record

Mondelēz International wins Guinness World Record

Mondelēz International is taking playful cookie moments to the next level with a Guinness World Records title attempt. The company has set a new Guinness World Records title for most people dunking cookies across multiple venues.The fun record attempt was coordinated to celebrate the Oreo cookie brand reaching a major milestone of $3.1 billion in annual…

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Smarties launch new seasonal chocolate for Easter

Smarties launch new seasonal chocolate for Easter

Smarties has said a successful brand advertises its promise to consumers, but above all it invests in its ‘distinctive assets’, elements such as logos, colours and taglines that trigger memories of the brand and make a purchase more likely. In the brain, recognition and liking are closely intertwined. The shape of a product or its…

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Barry Callebaut introduces 100% dairy-free ‘M_lk Chocolate’

Barry Callebaut introduce 100% dairy free m_lk chocolate

Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, has announced the introduction of the 100% dairy free ‘M_lk Chocolate’ as part of a ‘Plant Craft’ Indulgence range. The new chocolate satisfies the growing demand for plant-based indulgence, particularly among millennials and centennials. The new chocolate is part of a wider portfolio…

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