Monthly Archives: June 2015

Who won the International Chocolate Awards in 2015

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Winners of the International Chocolate Awards have been announced at the Prize Ceremony in York, June 5, at the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall. The entry categories included flavored chocolate bars, filled chocolates and spreads, and are based on yearly feedback from our entrants and in consultation with the fine chocolate industry. All judging is anonyms, including at the Grand Jury final… Read more »

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Barry Callebaut unveils its latest addition to its state-of-the-art string of CHOCOLATE ACADEMY centers in Japan

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Opening of 19th CHOCOLATE ACADEMY center in Tokyo, Japan New state-of-the-art facility provides chefs and culinary professionals the chance to train and experiment with the most comprehensive and diverse selection of high-quality global Gourmet chocolate products CHOCOLATE ACADEMYTM center in Tokyo is Barry Callebaut’s 19th chocolate training center in the world and the 4th in Asia Pacific Kohei Ogata appointed… Read more »

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Consumer Goods Forum Makes Tough Pledge to Tackle Food Waste

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In order to help CGF members implement the new resolution, an implementation plan has been developed. The plan includes key steps that will help develop a baseline, monitoring and public reporting mechanisms, communication and engagement plans and implementation toolkit.

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War declared on trans fat

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The US government declared war on artificial fats known as “trans” that are present in almost all processed foods. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will ban the use of partially hydrogenated oils (Phos) in food, considering them a threat to public health. The restriction will be applied gradually over a period of three years. These oils are… Read more »

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Tracking confectionery ingredient trends

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Consumer demand for clear and clean labels has suppliers offering natural and innovative alternatives. Maple syrup, nuts, honey, salt and a whiff of campfire smoke; it sounds like the items for a dinner prepared by pioneers of yore. Rather, these are trending flavors and ingredients for today’s premium chocolate and confections. It’s, like, forward into the past. So what’s making… Read more »

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Grupo Bimbo: agrees to acquire Iberian Panrico

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Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V. announced a preliminary agreement to acquire Panrico S.A.U. in Spain and Portugal. This acquisition includes 100 percent of the shares, excluding the branded packaged bread category. The transaction is conditional upon the result of due diligence, signing a final acquisition agreement, and the receipt of customary regulatory approvals. Grupo Bimbo is the largest baking Company… Read more »

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Kids love sweets

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Children and teenagers continue to represent a significant target audience for the global confectionery industry, according to a new report entitled Children’s Food & Drinks – Global Trends & Opportunities, from Leatherhead Food Research. Although demand for most types of confectionery remains strong among younger audiences, some of the more popular children’s varieties include confectionery with novel shapes, ‘interactive’ confectionery… Read more »

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Packaged Food 2015: What’s New in Confectionery?

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The latest figures from Euromonitor International suggest that competition to be the leading confectionery producer is heating up between Mars and Mondelez. Both companies are expected to achieve sales of around US$25 billion in 2015, with the former company possibly edging ahead to become market leader. While it could be argued that this is a result of exchange rate differences, the implications remain… Read more »

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