Large Australian liquorice business faces foreign acquisition
January 27, 2015

Large Australian liquorice business faces foreign acquisition Melbourne-based confectionery company Betta Foods has entered into administration, in an attempt to save the business by selling it. Established in 1954, Betta Foods produces liquorice and marshmallow products under the Capricorn and Eskimo brands. The company also produces private label liquorice, marshmallow and ice cream cone products for Australia’s largest supermarkets and fast food groups. Betta Foods has an annual turnover of... ...Read more »

Jam, honey and chocolate spreads stick well with UK consumers
January 21, 2015

Jam, honey and chocolate spreads stick well with UK consumers The UK syrups and spreads market is dominated by jam and honey spreads. However, chocolate spreads are expected to gather pace, growing by 35 per cent up to 2018, according to findings from market research organisation Canadean. Honey sales will reach close to a quarter of a billion dollars by 2018 Over the coming years, the syrups and spreads market is expected to grow by 22.5 per cent in the UK, reaching $960 million by 2018. Almost... ...Read more »

Ernest Hillier goes on the selling block
January 19, 2015

Ernest Hillier goes on the selling block Australia’s oldest chocolate business, the iconic Ernest Hillier has been placed into voluntary administration, and a meeting with creditors will take place on Tuesday 20 January 2014. Hillier’s administrator, Bruno Secatore of advisory firm Cor Cordis, told the Australian Associated Press (AAP) that while administrators were conducting financial assessments it would be “business as usual” at Hillier’s. Interested parties should contact the Hillier’s... ...Read more »

Potato chips remain Australia’s favourite snacks, Roy Morgan Research
January 14, 2015

Potato chips remain Australia’s favourite snack food When it comes to the nation’s most popular snacks, it seems Australians’ tastes tend more towards savoury than sweet. Potato chips are a favourite — 41 per cent of Australians snack on potato chips in an average seven-day period, according to findings from market research organisation Roy Morgan Research. Other popular savoury snacks included nuts (37 per cent), and savoury biscuits/crackers (32 per cent). “With two of every five... ...Read more »

Food and beverage mergers and acquisitions in Australia in 2014
December 23, 2014

Food and beverage mergers and acquisitions in Australia in 2014 Earlier in December 2014, Australian Food News reported that food manufacturing was one of four manufacturing sub-sectors to expand in November 2014, according to the Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI). In June 2014, Australian Food News reported that business advisory firm Grant Thornton had undertaken research that revealed that the Australian food and beverage industry was ripe... ...Read more »

Surge in Australians buying chocolate in lead up to festive season
December 17, 2014

Surge in Australians buying chocolate in lead up to festive season Surviving the festive season with one’s waistline intact is a bit like vowing to go to the gym on New Year’s morning: a noble goal, but not so easy in practice. Chocolate is another Christmas temptation that can be hard to resist: indeed, more Australians eat (and buy) boxed chocolates over the festive season than at any other time of year, according to market research organisation Roy Morgan Research. “Many of us take an ‘Eat,... ...Read more »

Consumers looking for ‘sustainable’ chocolate products
December 17, 2014

Consumers looking for ‘sustainable’ chocolate products Confectionery manufacturers should promote chocolate products as an indulgent treat with natural ingredients and sustainable production in order to tap into the chocolate market, according to market research organisation Canadean. Mid-lifers becoming an important consumer group According to Canadean, the UK’s confectionery market recorded sales of £5.3 billion in 2013, with the value of chocolate expected to increase at a Compound Annual... ...Read more »

Australia’s snacking habits revealed, Nielsen
November 19, 2014

Australia’s snacking habits revealed, Nielsen Eating between meals is extremely widespread with 96 per cent of Australians saying they regularly consume snack foods, according to new research from global market research organisation Nielsen. Fruit beats chocolate as a snack, just The Nielsen research showed that healthy habits prevailed by a slim margin, with 64 per cent of respondents saying they had consumed fresh fruit as a snack in the past 30 days – the most popular choice overall. However... ...Read more »

Hillier’s launches Christmas 2014 range
November 19, 2014

Hillier’s launches Christmas 2014 range Australia’s oldest chocolatier, Ernest Hillier Chocolates (Hillier’s) has launched a new product range for Christmas 2014. The range includes Honey Roasted Macadamia and Mini Christmas Puddings, which Hillier’s said were “perfect for sharing”. Staying true to its Australian heritage, Hillier’s joined the Australian Made campaign in September 2014, and the Company said it “wholeheartedly supports fellow Australian manufacturers, producers and... ...Read more »

Eating cocoa may enhance cognitive function in older people, study
November 3, 2014

Eating cocoa may enhance cognitive function in older people, study A  diet  high  in  cocoa  bean  flavanols—naturally  created  dietary  compounds  found  within  the  cocoa bean—may enhance cognitive function in older individuals, according to a new study from Columbia University, New York. Age-related cognitive decline is associated with changes in a brain region called the dentate gyrus (DG).  Previous studies report that age-related decreases in function of the DG may be involved... ...Read more »

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