The first section of our management briefing examining how the food industry is working to make agricultural supply chains more sustainable...
Sugar is under the spotlight, with academics and NGOs emphasising what they see as its central role in growing obesity. Such views are gaini...
The first section of our management briefing examining how the food industry is working to make agricultural supply chains more sustainable looks at cocoa, a commodity facing grave challenges but now receiving increased and concerted attention from companies following the launch of the CocoaAction collective initiative a year ago.
Sugar is under the spotlight, with academics and NGOs emphasising what they see as its central role in growing obesity. Such views are gaining more mainstream media attention, which has profound implications for the food industry and, in particular, for the chocolate sector. However, what are the prospects for low-sugar chocolate? Jonathan Thomas investigates.
Child labour is intrinsically linked to cocoa's broader sustainability challenges. If the cocoa sector is successful at boosting production during the coming years, it will not be deemed a sustainable expansion if the issue in the two major producing countries has not been satisfactorily addressed, writes Ben Cooper.
Perhaps the biggest story of the year, with the widest impact on the sector, was the horsemeat contamination saga. However, it was ironic the scandal should occur when food companies are placing increased scrutiny on the sustainability of their supply chains. And this year has seen some notable developments as food companies have sought collectively or individually to address sustainability issues in their supply chains.
Belgian chocolate maker Cavalier plans to rebrand its range of all-natural sugar-free chocolates to extend its mainstream appeal and increase the prominence of the brand message
Since selling its consumer units over the last few years, business-to-business chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has been treading a new path focused on its "core" business with industrial and artisanal customers. Michelle Russell caught up with Barry Callebaut marketing director for Western Europe, Sofie De Lathouwer at this year's ISM confectionery show in Cologne to find out more about its strategy for growth.
Indonesia-based snacks and confectionery maker GarudaFood is to outsource some chocolate production with business-to-business supplier Barry Callebaut.
Singapore-based confectioner Petra Foods has booked a fall in half-year profits thanks to currency fluctuation, although it said underlying earnings were higher.
Chocolate make Barry Callebaut is reportedly planning the closure of its Zaandam office in the Netherlands.
Hershey, Mars and Nestle - plus cocoa suppliers Barry Callebaut and Cargill - are among 12 companies to set up a new industry initiative to "accelerate" efforts to make farming in west Africa "more sustainable".
Barry Callebaut has booked an increase in first-half sales and earnings, boosted by the contribution of the cocoa business it acquired from Petra Foods last year.
Confectioners have gathered from all over the world to attend sector-specific trade show ISM in Cologne this week. Many companies are showcasing some of their most recent innovations, providing an indication of the latest trends in global confectionery markets. Here is a selection of some NPD that caught our eye.
Singapore-based confectioner Petra Foods has taken its M&A dispute with Barry Callebaut to arbitration.
Lotus Bakeries has appointed Barry Callebaut executive Isabelle Maes as CFO.
Business-to-business chocolate giant Barry Callebaut today (7 November) revealed a drop in earnings in its full-year but reaffirmed its mid-term financial targets.
Barry Callebaut and Petra Foods are in a row over the price the Swiss chocolate giant wants to pay for the Singapore chocolate firm's cocoa business.
US agribusiness giant Cargill is reported to be close to securing a deal to acquire Archer Daniels Midland's cocoa business.
Barry Callebaut has opened a cocoa facility in Indonesia through its venture with local exporter P.T. Comextra Majora.
The CEO of Petra Foods has insisted the Singapore-based confectioner is in "an ideal position" to capitalise on opportunities in Asia in the wake of the sale of its cocoa ingredients arm to Barry Callebaut.
The latest batch of reports from the just-food research store includes the global baby food market, dairy products in western Europe, and grocery retailers in the US.
B2B chocolate giant Barry Callebaut today (4 July) reported an 8% increase in sales volumes for the first nine months of its financial year, with growth, it said, across all regions.
US agribusiness giant Cargill has remained coy over reports it is exploring the possibility of buying Archer Daniels Midland's cocoa business.
Swiss industrial chocolate maker Barry Callebaut plans to expand its customer base in Mexico, having invested CHF45m (US$47.6m) to ramp up production capacity in the country.
Swiss industrial chocolate group Barry Callebaut is investing CHF45m (US$47.6m) to increase capacity at its production facility in Mexico.
US agri-giant Archer Daniels Midland has confirmed it is in talks over a potential sale of its cocoa business.
The latest batch of reports from the just-food research store includes innovation trends in ice cream and desserts, chocolate in emerging markets and savoury snacks in Europe.
Singapore-based confectioner Petra Foods today (16 May) reported higher underlying first-quarter profits thanks to improved sales and margins from what is now its core consumer products business.
Cargill has started building a cocoa processing plant in Indonesia to meet regional demand for cocoa products.
just-food (and sister site just-drinks) are the exclusive media partners for the three-day Consumer Analyst Group Europe investment conference, which starts today in London.
Cargill's move to buy Archer Daniels Midland's chocolate business has cleared its last regulatory hurdle after clearance from the European Commission. But Brussels has asked Cargill to offload part of the assets.
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Global Confectionery Market: News and Events February 2015
The report provides a review of the latest news and key events in the global confectionery market during February....
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