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How cocoa sustainability has come to fore

The first section of our management briefing examining how the food industry is working to make agricultural supply chains more sustainable...

Confectionery: Chocolate and the scrutiny on sugar

Sugar is under the spotlight, with academics and NGOs emphasising what they see as its central role in growing obesity. Such views are gaini...


How cocoa sustainability has come to fore

Ben Cooper | 16 Jun 2015

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.


Confectionery: Chocolate and the scrutiny on sugar

Jonathan Thomas | 10 Mar 2014

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.


Confectionery: cocoa and child labour

Ben Cooper | 10 Mar 2014

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.


Review of 2013: supply chains and sustainbility

Ben Cooper | 6 Jan 2014

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.

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Sugar-free Cavalier eyes mainstream with rebrand

Katy Askew | 10 Jun 2014

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


just the answer: Barry Callebaut

Michelle Russell | 31 Jan 2013

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.

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GarudaFood in supply deal with Barry Callebaut

Dean Best | 16 Jun 2015

Indonesia-based snacks and confectionery maker GarudaFood is to outsource some chocolate production with business-to-business supplier Barry Callebaut.


Forex weighs but Petra points to underlying growth

Dean Best | 14 Aug 2014

Singapore-based confectioner Petra Foods has booked a fall in half-year profits thanks to currency fluctuation, although it said underlying earnings were higher.


Barry Callebaut "mulls Zaandam closure"

Hannah Abdulla | 13 Jun 2014

Chocolate make Barry Callebaut is reportedly planning the closure of its Zaandam office in the Netherlands.


Industry in new cocoa sustainability pledge

Dean Best | 22 May 2014

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 boosted by cocoa acquisition

Katy Askew | 3 Apr 2014

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.


ISM: Innovation round-up from ISM 2014

Katy Askew | 29 Jan 2014

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.


Barry Callebaut, Petra row goes to arbitration

Dean Best | 17 Dec 2013

Singapore-based confectioner Petra Foods has taken its M&A dispute with Barry Callebaut to arbitration.


Lotus Bakeries names Barry Callebaut exec CFO

Katy Askew | 3 Dec 2013

Lotus Bakeries has appointed Barry Callebaut executive Isabelle Maes as CFO.


Barry Callebaut FY earnings slide

Michelle Russell | 7 Nov 2013

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, Petra in dispute over takeover

Dean Best | 23 Oct 2013

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.


Cargill "in final stages" of ADM cocoa deal

Michelle Russell | 2 Oct 2013

US agribusiness giant Cargill is reported to be close to securing a deal to acquire Archer Daniels Midland's cocoa business.


Barry Callebaut JV opens Indonesia cocoa facility

Dean Best | 3 Sep 2013

Barry Callebaut has opened a cocoa facility in Indonesia through its venture with local exporter P.T. Comextra Majora.


Petra Foods looks to "seize growth" in Asia candy

Dean Best | 15 Aug 2013

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.


just-food research round-up

just-food Research Team | 15 Jul 2013

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.


Barry Callebaut volumes beat market forecasts

Dean Best | 4 Jul 2013

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.


Cargill coy over "interest" in ADM cocoa business

Michelle Russell | 3 Jul 2013

US agribusiness giant Cargill has remained coy over reports it is exploring the possibility of buying Archer Daniels Midland's cocoa business.


Barry Callebaut looks to expand Mexican customers

Katy Askew | 1 Jul 2013

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.


Barry Callebaut invests in Mexican capacity

Katy Askew | 1 Jul 2013

Swiss industrial chocolate group Barry Callebaut is investing CHF45m (US$47.6m) to increase capacity at its production facility in Mexico.


ADM confirms talks over cocoa unit sale

Katy Askew | 21 Jun 2013

US agri-giant Archer Daniels Midland has confirmed it is in talks over a potential sale of its cocoa business.


just-food's research round-up

just-food Research Team | 21 Jun 2013

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.


Improved sales, margins boost Petra Q1

Dean Best | 16 May 2013

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 to build cocoa facility in Indonesia

Dean Best | 7 May 2013

Cargill has started building a cocoa processing plant in Indonesia to meet regional demand for cocoa products.

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Brussels clears Cargill's ADM chocolate buy - with a condition

Dean Best | 20 Jul 2015

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.


Barry Callebaut broadens reach with nut M&A

Katy Askew | 9 Jun 2015

B2B confectionery supplier Barry Callebaut has entered into an agreement to acquire US nut producer American Almond Products Co. for an undisclosed sum.

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