Category Archives: Confectionery

The intense flavor science behind Haribo’s gummies

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A hundred years ago, the first Haribo factory cranked up its confectionery machines on the banks of Germany’s Rhine River. Started by 27-year-old Hans Riegel, the business stayed modest and local—until the founder made a marvelous culinary discovery. The exact formula to his bear-shaped success remains a secret to this day, but its recipe includes gelatin, sugar, a copper kettle,… Read more »

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German confectionery sector significantly affected by coronavirus pandemic

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The German confectionery sector has been significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with 52% of companies reporting first quarter decreased sales, according to studies from the Federal Association of German Confectionery Industry (BDSI). As the industry body noted, the results were down to the loss of important sales channels such as department stores and sweets stores that have remained closed… Read more »

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Bunge Loders Croklaan develops system targeting up to 50% confectionery sugar reduction

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Netherlands-based group Bunge Loders Croklaan has claimed a major industry breakthrough for the confectionery sector in developing a system offering up to 50% sugar reduction in product ranges. According to the company, its latest solution, Sweetolin, has been devised without compromising on taste, which is a patent-pending total fat system with solutions in coatings for sweets and fillings applications. Speaking… Read more »

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Mars Files Patent for Heat-Resistant Chocolate

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M&M’s six-decades-old slogan “Melts in your mouth, not in your hand” might sound quaint to modern ears, but chocolate that won’t melt at warm temperatures while still maintaining its natural taste and texture may be the holy grail of the candy industry. And M&M-maker Mars is still on the hunt for chocolate that can fulfill M&M’s promise without its protective… Read more »

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Market Snapshot: Candy & Confectionery

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According to “2019 Trends and Advances in Food Packaging and Processing,” a report by PMMI Business Intelligence, candy and confectionery holds a 5.1% share of the nine food categories, with the number of establishments decreasing to 1,942 between 2014 to 2017 (a CAGR of -0.2%), though the number of employees increased to 83,927 in the same period, at a CAGR… Read more »

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The Top 100 Candy Companies in the World in 2019

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There’s a new kid on the block, well new to the Global Top 100 Confectionery list, to be exact. Valeo Foods, of Dublin, Ireland, purchased two companies that used to be on the list. Over the last year, they purchased Tangerine Confectionery, of Blackpool, UK, for over $127 million and the confectionery-only division of Raisio’s Plc, of Raisio, Finland, for… Read more »

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Halloween puts candy industry in spotlight

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When the National Confectioners Association (NCA) search committee was looking for a new CEO, they brought in candidates and had them pick their favorite candy out of a bowl. John Downs, now the group’s chief executive, picked out candy from a small family company, Goetze. “I picked out the Goetze Cow Tale that was in the bowl and Mitchell Goetze,… Read more »

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Is healthy confectionery a contradiction in terms?

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Growing concern about sugar has led to a slowdown in the global confectionery market, but there are pockets of faster growth, including in functional confectionery, as consumers look for more than a permissible indulgence – a sweet treat that delivers a real health benefit. Consumers have long sought foods and drinks that provide a balance between health and indulgence, but… Read more »

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Confectionery sector gains new setting for Interpack 2020

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Preparations for next year’s major interpack event in Du?sseldorf, Germany are fast gathering pace, with organisers anticipating nearly 3,000 exhibitors from across the packaging sector to participate. The event will offer a prominent showcase for the developments within the confectionery and bakery sectors, which will come under the spotlight in a brand new hall for the trade fair, taking place… Read more »

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Kinder Bueno bars are finally coming to the US and they’re a chocolate lover’s dream

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  Kinder Bueno chocolate bars are finally coming to the US in November. The candy bars feature a crispy wafer stuffed with a hazelnut filling and coated with milk chocolate. If you’ve been anywhere overseas or walked through an international airport once, you’ve seen — and hopefully tried — a Kinder Bueno bar. With its creamy hazelnut filling and crispy… Read more »

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