Arnott’s expands Tim Tams Adriano Zumbo range with two new flavours
March 4, 2015

Arnott’s, the makers of the iconic Australian chocolate coated Tim Tam biscuits, has launched two new flavours in its range of Tim Tams developed in Australia in collaboration with celebrity patissier Adriano Zumbo. Tim Tam by Adriano Zumbo has released a coconut cream variety as well as a chocolate raspberry flavour. Mr Zumbo, who is an Australian and French-trained patissier, is best known for his elaborate desserts and has developed a following thanks to his appearances on television show MasterChef... ...Read more »

Nestlé USA to remove all artificial colours and flavours from chocolate
February 25, 2015

Nestlé USA to remove all artificial colours and flavours from chocolate Global confectionery company Nestle has announced it will remove artificial flavours and FDA-certified colours, such as Red 40 and Yellow 5, from all of its chocolate confectionery products in the US by the end of 2015. Nestle USA said more than 250 products and 10 brands, including Nestle Butterfinger, Crunch and Baby Ruth will be free of artificial flavours and certified colours. Products will begin appearing on store shelves... ...Read more »

Ferrero billionaire owner dies
February 16, 2015

Ferrero billionaire owner dies Michele Ferrero, owner of global chocolate company Ferrero and Italy’s richest man, died on Saturday 14 February 2015, aged 89. Ferrero is a global company privately owned by the Ferrero family. It was established in 1944 in Alba in northern Italy when the company’s founders, brothers Michele and Pietro Ferrero opened a small confectionary shop during the Second World War and used local hazelnuts to create appealing and affordable products. The Company has grown... ...Read more »

Cadbury to shrink family-sized chocolate blocks
February 5, 2015

Cadbury to shrink family-sized chocolate blocks Confectionery company Cadbury Australia has announced it will shrink its family-sized 210g/220g chocolate blocks in the coming weeks. Cadbury Australia said the changes to the size of the block were due to pressure from increased manufacturing costs. “Confectionery companies around the world are feeling the squeeze of increasing costs,” Cadbury Australia said in a statement. “At Cadbury, we’re feeling it too,” the Company said. “We’ve... ...Read more »

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 »

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