The battle of the chocolate blocks: Lindt gaining popularity over Cadbury in Australia
June 11, 2014

Lindt is gaining popularity in the chocolate block segment Although Australians have maintained a good appetite for chocolate, not quite as many Australians are eating blocks of chocolate as they used to, according to findings from market research organisation Roy Morgan Research. Forty per cent — 7.7 million Australians aged 14 and older ate some of at least one chocolate block in an average four weeks in 2013, down from almost 8 million (45 per cent) in 2009. Although Cadbury remained the... ...Read more »

Olam International to invest US$61 million in new cocoa processing facility in Indonesia
May 26, 2014

Olam International will invest US$61 in cocoa processing facility in Indonesia International agribusiness Olam International Limited (Olam), has announced that it will be investing US$61 million to establish a new cocoa processing facility in Indonesia. Olam, which is based in Singapore and has businesses that operate across the value chain in 65 countries, said the project will enable it to “leverage the strength of its Indonesian cocoa sourcing network and participate in the growth of Asian cocoa... ...Read more »

Resveratrol in red wine, chocolate, grapes not associated with improved health, study
May 14, 2014

Resveratrol in red wine, chocolate and grapes not associated with improved health, a study has found The antioxidant resveratrol found in red wine, chocolate and grapes is not associated with longevity or the incidence of cardiovascular disease, cancer and inflammation, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. The “French Paradox” of a low incidence of coronary heart disease despite a diet high in cholesterol and saturated fat in France has been... ...Read more »

Mondelez International supports start-ups with launch of Mobile Futures Australia
May 7, 2014

Mondelez International has launched its Mobile Futures initiative in Australia Mondelēz International, the maker of iconic brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk and Philadelphia cream cheese, has announced the Australian launch of a mobile marketing initiative Mobile Futures. The initiative, which launched last year in the US and Brazil, aims to ignite the Company’s consumer connections by collaborating with some of the brightest and most innovative minds in the mobile space – startup entrepreneurs. The... ...Read more »

Which retailers are the big winners in Mother’s Day spending?
May 7, 2014

Cafes and restaurants will be the big winners this Mother's Day Australians are expected to spend over $1.4 billion on their mothers this Mother’s Day, with cafes, restaurants and chocolate manufacturers set to see a large share of that spend, according to business information analysts IBISWorld. The expected Mother’s Day spend, which IBISWorld said is an increase of 2.9 per cent on 2013, is due in part to robust consumer sentiment, healthy disposable incomes and low unemployment.... ...Read more »

Cadbury launches three new share-block flavours in Australia
May 5, 2014

Cadbury Dairy Milk Picnic, now in share-block size Confectionery giant Cadbury has launched three new flavours in its share-sized chocolate block range—Cadbury Cherry Ripe, Cadbury Dairy Milk Crackle and Cadbury Dairy Milk Picnic. The Cadbury Cherry Ripe, which Cadbury said was Australia’s oldest chocolate bar, is filled with cherry and coconut flavours coated in Cadbury Old Gold dark chocolate. It is now available in a share-block size. The Cadbury Dairy Milk Picnic is also now available... ...Read more »

UK a ‘nation of chocoholics’, Mintel finds
April 22, 2014

The UK is a 'nation of chocoholics', according to Mintel Nearly one in six (16 per cent) UK consumers, or around eight million people, eat chocolate every day, and a similar number (17 per cent) do so four to six times a week, according to new findings from global market research organisation Mintel. Mintel’s findings showed that only a tiny minority (5 per cent) of UK consumers said they never ate chocolate, meaning chocolate remains one of Britain’s favourite treats. “From the Aztecs... ...Read more »

Cadbury Australia partners with Monpi to import Fairtrade cocoa, supporting PNG farmers
April 22, 2014

Cadbury Australia is set to import Fairtrade cocoa from PNG Chocolate brand Cadbury Australia has announced it is set to begin importing Fairtrade cocoa beans from Papua New Guinea (PNG), in partnership with Fairtrade Australia New Zealand and agribusiness Monpi Cocoa Exports. Cadbury Australia said it had supported the efforts of Club 3000, a group of smallholder cocoa farmers, to sell its cocoa under Fairtrade terms. Cadbury Australia said the 12 month project, delivered in PNG by Monpi Cocoa Exports,... ...Read more »

Key chocolate ingredients could help prevent obesity, diabetes
April 9, 2014

Dark chocolate compounds could prevent obesity and type-2 diabetes The potential health benefits of dark chocolate keep piling up, and scientists are now homing in on what ingredients in chocolate might help prevent obesity, as well as type-2 diabetes. Researchers from the Department of Food Science and Technology at VirginiaTech University have found that one particular type of antioxidant in cocoa prevented laboratory mice from gaining excess weight and lowered their blood sugar levels. The study,... ...Read more »

Mystery about health benefits of dark chocolate solved
March 26, 2014

Scientists have discovered why dark chocolate is good for us The health benefits of eating dark chocolate have been extolled for a long time, but the exact reason has remained a mystery — until now. Certain bacteria in the stomach eat the chocolate and ferment it into anti-inflammatory compounds that are good for the heart, according to researchers from Louisiana State University. The research, which was presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society on 18 March 2014, showed that the... ...Read more »

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