Nestle gets a heap of publicity for gold leaf coated Kit Kats in Japan
November 23, 2015

Traditional Kit Kats Nestle has released 500 single gold leaf covered Kit Kats to be sold in Japan only.   Unlike a usual Kit Kat, the ‘Sublime Gold Kit Kat’ comes in a single bar instead of the traditional four bar serving.   The gold leaf covered chocolates will be sold for the equivalent of approximately AUD$23 in department stores across Japan.   Different to many other countries, Nestle sells a wide variety of unique Kit-Kat flavours in Japan. Regularly available flavours... ...Read more »

Lindt joins the westward rush of Australian food retailers
November 18, 2015

Lindt & Sprungli is expanding its ‘Lindt’ chocolate stores into South Australia with an Adelaide shop to open in December 2015.   Lindt says its new stores will offer a wider selection of chocolates than what is sold in supermarkets and other retail outlets. The shop will also stock hampers for the holiday season.   Prior to this  announcement, Lindt operated eight chocolate cafes in Australia plus another five Lindt chocolate shops spread between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.   Lindt... ...Read more »

Guylian announces 2015 Christmas chocolate range
November 2, 2015

Belgian chocolate maker Guylian has announced its 2015 Christmas range.   The range includes:   Hampers   Indulge Hamper – A assortment of Belgian chocolates. The hamper has a recommended retail price (RRP) AUD$150 or AUD$200 with Guylian Cream Liqueur Praline.   Taste Hamper – Consists of Guylian’s original Praline chocolates (RRP AUD$55)   Discover Hamper – An introductory range to Guylian’s chocolates (RRP AUD$85)   Christmas Celebrate Hamper... ...Read more »

Most Australians buy their chocolate bars from supermarkets
October 14, 2015

Roy Morgan Research has found that one-third of the Australian population buy at least one chocolate bar in an average four week period.   Supermarkets are by far the country’s favourite place to purchase chocolate bars with almost five million people buying chocolate from supermarkets. Convenience stores and petrol stations followed, accounting for 8 per cent of all chocolate bar purchases. Just over one per cent of the population buy from vending machines and  milk bars.   Interestingly,... ...Read more »

Cadbury introduces premium chocolate brand
September 2, 2015

Mondelez International’s Cadbury has announced it will be introducing a new premium chocolate brand into Australia, Cadbury Coco.   The new brand will be sold in blocks and as gift packages. Cadbury Coco will be made from dark chocolate only but will come in different varieties including 70 per coco, 80 per cent cocoa, dark mint and dark orange.   To support the launch of the brand Cadbury will be engaging in a multi-million dollar marketing campaign lead by a television advertisement... ...Read more »

Unilever Magnum launches into confectionery and chocolate in Australia as part of a global brand extension
September 2, 2015

Unilever’s Magnum Ice Cream is preparing to launch a confectionery line into Australia.The Australian launch will coincide with the confectionery lines global launch into countries including Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, New Zealand and the UK.   The line will be available from most major supermarkets and independent stores from October 2015 and will be made from rainforest Alliance chocolate. The Magnum range will include the following products:   Magnum Chocolate Blocks   The... ...Read more »

Mars launches banana flavoured M&M’s into Australia
August 31, 2015

Mars has launched banana flavoured M&M’s into the Australian market.   The new M&M variation features yellow and brown coloured M&M’s along with banana flavouring.   M&M’s Banana flavour will join pre-existing varieties available in Australian supermarkets including milk chocolate, peanut and crispy.   Since M&M’s first entered the Australian market in the 1980s Mars have introduced a number of unique and often limited-time varieties including Pink &... ...Read more »

Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe introduces new food options
August 12, 2015

Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe’s has launched an expanded menu strategy in Australia. Guylian says the new menu is focused on providing innovative Flemish food and beverages. It features both savoury and sweet offerings such as, Smoked Salmon and Horseradish Cream Savoury Waffles Roquefort and Honeycomb Savoury Waffles Baguettes and gourmet salads Guylian Bombe Au Chocolate, a dark and white chocolate mousse with praline Guylian says that favourites from its old menu still remain including Sweet... ...Read more »

Show me the Snickers! Stress can sabotage your self-control
August 10, 2015

A challenging morning meeting or an interaction with an upset client at work may affect whether we go for that extra chocolate bar at lunch. In a study appearing August 5 in academic journal, Neuron, researchers placed human volunteers in a similar food choice scenario to explore how stress can alter the brain to impair self-control when we’re confronted with a choice. “Our findings provide an important step towards understanding the interactions between stress and self-control in the... ...Read more »

Mars teases customers with launch of new chocolate bar
July 29, 2015

Mars has launched a new Maltesers-inspired chocolate bar in Australia. The Maltesers ‘Teasers’ bar consists of milk chocolate mixed in with small pieces of the biscuit found in regular Maltesers. The Teasers bar is sectioned  into bubble shaped pieces and has been compared to the Maltesers offering in the Mars Celebrations mix box. Despite only just launching in Australia, the bar has been sold in the UK since 2013. When introduced to the UK, Mars said it wanted to intensify the amount of chocolate... ...Read more »

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