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 »

Global cocoa sector agrees to sustainability strategy, commits $700,000 to fight ebola
October 27, 2014

Global cocoa sector agrees to sustainability strategy, commits $700,000 to fight ebola Hundreds of members of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and leaders from the global cocoa sector have convened in Copenhagen, Denmark to take further crucial steps toward implementing a comprehensive strategy, called CocoaAction, to sustain the cocoa industry and improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. WCF leadership also announced a collective effort to support the fight against... ...Read more »

Re:Capital acquires Betta Foods, forms Confectionery Innovation Group
October 20, 2014

Re:Capital acquires Betta Foods, forms Confectionery Innovation Group International investment company Re:Capital has announced the acquisition of Australian confectionery manufacturer Betta Foods and the formation of a new holding company, The Confectionery Innovation Group Pty Ltd (Confectionery Innovation Group). The Confectionery Innovation Group will take 100 per cent ownership of Betta Foods, the Broadmeadows-based manufacturer of confectionery items such as marshmallows and snowballs which... ...Read more »

Gloria Jean’s and Arnotts launch Tim Tam chocolate drink
October 6, 2014

Gloria Jean’s and Arnotts launch Tim Tam chocolate drink Coffee house Gloria Jean’s Coffees and biscuit manufacturer Arnott’s have announced a new drink collaboration, the Arnott’s Tim Tam Choc Raspberry Chiller, which is available to purchase this spring at select Gloria Jean’s coffee houses nationwide. Gloria Jean’s and Arnott’s said the Arnott’s Tim Tam Choc Raspberry Chiller is a rich chocolate drink with an added burst of raspberry flavour. “We love working with Arnott’s... ...Read more »

Coconut water the beverage to watch in Europe, research
September 24, 2014

Coconut water the beverage to watch in Europe, research Recent efforts to promote coconut water as the natural and healthy soft drink of choice have already moved it into the mainstream in the US and manufacturers and are now also focusing on developing the European market, according to market research organisation Innova Market Insights. Coconut water is made with juice of young, green coconuts and is already a popular drink in many Asian and Latin American countries. It can be promoted on an ‘all-natural... ...Read more »

Genome research means zero-caffeine coffee bean could soon grow in Queensland
September 15, 2014

Genome research means zero-caffeine coffee bean could soon grow in Queensland It will soon be possible to grow premium-quality caffeine-free coffee, tea and cocoa, thanks to research from the University of Queensland. The University of Queensland researchers said the developments will offer the 12 per cent of coffee drinkers who choose decaf access to a “pure, less-processed product with all the full-bodied flavour of the real thing”. Professor Robert Henry, at UQ’s Queensland Alliance for... ...Read more »

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