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UK to introduce tax on non-recycled plastic packaging by 2022

Food and beverage companies will be taxed on plastic packaging that contains less than 30 percent recycled content, the UK Chancellor Richard Hammond announced yesterday in the 2018 Budget speech. The tax aims to “transform the economics of sustainable packaging” and posit the UK as “as a world leader” in tackling the scourge of plastic littering across the world and… Read more »


Consumer holiday spending to increase from last year

According to the National Retail Federation, consumers will spend an average of $1,007.24 during the holiday season this year, up 4.1 percent from the $967.13 they said they would spend last year. A recent survey of consumers, paired with NRF’s annual holiday spending forecast, shows that holiday retail sales in November and December will rise. Holiday shoppers are expected to… Read more »


Puratos and Bakkersonline join forces

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Puratos and Bakkersonline join forces to offer artisans access to a platform combining online and in-store shopping Puratos, the international manufacturer of ingredients for the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors, combines strengths with Bakkersonline, a promising Belgian start-up. This is a major step in the digital transformation of Puratos which will allow its artisan customers to easily create a personalized… Read more »


Halloween celebrations prompt fiendishly fine confectionery ranges

Spooky themed chocolates and sweets marking Halloween have remained a firm favourite with British consumers, according to latest research from Mintel. The organisation’s findings from 2017 showed that 40% of UK households offered confectionery to ‘trick or treat’ visitors as part of party celebrations with friends and family. Last year, a total of £419 million was spent on marking the… Read more »


Technology Brings Creativity in Wafer Production

The challenges in making wafers are multifaceted – aside from new product shapes, we are challenged with continuously increasing production standards. Technology solutions work to not only solve them all but also to enable unlimited wafer-creativity. Energy savings and enabling manufacturing facilities to go green are very much key for wafer producers, as they are in all fields of the… Read more »


Favorite Candies Will Cost More in 2019

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The increasing cost in some ingredients and in cargo transportation is forcing the most recognized candies and chocolate manufacturers in the United States to raise the prices of their products in 2019. Mondelez, makers of Oreo cookies and Hershey Co., announced they will increase the price of their products and candies at the beginning of 2019, while Nestlé USA is… Read more »


Mondel?z International Launches SnackFutures™ Innovation Hub to Lead the Future of Snacking

Mondel?z International announced today that it will launch a forward-thinking innovation hub called SnackFutures to capitalize on changing consumer trends and emerging growth opportunities in snacking around the world. SnackFutures will be uniquely structured to bring together internal talent, an ecosystem of external partnerships and dedicated funding across three integrated mandates: Invention of new brands and businesses in key strategic… Read more »


UK flour could be fortified with folic acid ‘to reduce birth defects’

The UK government plans to consult on the mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid in a move to reduce birth defects. Public health minister Steve Brine announced that a consultation will be launched in early 2019 to consider the evidence around folic acid fortification as well as the practicality and safety of the proposal. The government said evidence suggests… Read more »


World Chocolate Masters has tie for 1st place

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The World Chocolate Masters saw both France and Switzerland tied for first place. France’s chocolatier, Yoann Laval and the Swiss pastry chef, Elias Läderach both won 1st position, with 163 points each. The judging will continue, as only a third of the contestants have been judged to date.  Läderach is a pastry chef at Confiseur Läderach AG.  The judges praised… Read more »


Ferrero to invest $91.7 mln in Russian confectionery business

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Ferrero is preparing major expansion in its Russian confectionery market operations during next decade, reports Eugene Gerden, exclusively from Russia, for Confectionery Production Global confectionery group Ferrero is aiming to invest up to €80 million in its Russian confectionery business, according to latest reports. As part of its plans, the majority of funds are considered to be focused on the… Read more »