Cocoa and Chocolate

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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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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Tony’s Chocolonely scales up Tony’s Open Chain sourcing initiative

Tony’s Chocolonely scales up Tony’s Open Chain sourcing initiative

Tony’s Chocolonely is inviting chocolate makers around the globe to join Tony’s Open Chain on their mission to make 100% slave free the norm in chocolate. Tony’s Open Chain is an initiative to collaborate on sourcing cocoa using Tony’s 5 Sourcing Principles to tackle illegal child labor and modern slavery by addressing poverty. The platform…

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Ritter Sport showcases ‘Accidentally Vegan’ range

Ritter Sport showcases 'Accidentally Vegan' range

Millions of people are reported to participate in Veganuary every year, but chocolate is listed as one of the top three products they missed the most when making their vegan pledge?Ritter Sport has unveiled a quartet of delicious chocolate bars that are accidentally vegan. Introducing the Ritter Sport ‘accidentally vegan range‘ Marzipan Ritter Sport’s no.1…

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M&Ms will return to the Super Bowl in 2021

M&Ms Will Return to the Super Bowl in 2021

Mars Wrigley has announced that M&Ms will return to the Super Bowl in 2021 with a 30-second spot. The chocolate candy brand sat out the 2020 Super Bowl, but parent company Mars Wrigley has consistently advertised during the Super Bowl for over the past 10 years, alternating brands like Snickers and Skittles in addition to…

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Mondelez to acquire paleo-bar maker Hu

Mondelez to acquire paleo-bar maker Hu

Mondelez International is nearing a deal to buy paleo chocolate-bar maker Hu Master Holdings in an agreement that values Hu at around $250 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. Chicago-based Mondelez (Nasdaq: MDLZ) took a minority stake in New York-based Hu in 2019 and is planning to buy the remaining shares, the newspaper reported,…

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Mars expands vegan range with two new chocolate bars

Mars expands vegan range with two new chocolate bars

Following a huge surge of popularity in the vegan/plant-based diet, Mars Inc has announced the launch of two brand-new vegan chocolate bars, just in time for ‘Veganuary‘, where people pledge a vegan diet for the month of January. The company has previously launched a vegan version of its popular Galaxy chocolate, now available in four tempting…

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Nestlé sets out plan to half emissions by 2030

Nestlé sets out plan to half emissions by 2030

Nestlé has announced its global roadmap to achieve net zero* greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions embracing the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. As a signatory of the UN ‘Business Ambition for 1.5°C’ pledge, Nestlé is one of the first companies to share its detailed, time-bound plan to halve the company’s emissions by 2030,…

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