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 »

Nestlé foodservice chocolate range changes name in Australia and expands to include couverture range
August 25, 2014

Nestlé hospitality chocolate range changes name and expands to include couverture range Food manufacturer Nestlé Professional’s chocolate range designed for use by chefs in cafes, restaurants and other foodservice outlets, has undergone a make-over which includes a move to a new brand name and inclusion of a new couverture range in Australia. From September 2014, Nestlé Professional chocolate will appear under the Nestlé Docello name and in “revamped” packaging that the Company... ...Read more »

Arnott’s launches new cake-inspired Tim Tam
July 30, 2014

Arnott’s launches new cake-inspired Tim Tam Arnott’s, the makers of the iconic Australian chocolate coated Tim Tam biscuits, has launched a new cake-inspired Tim Tam variety in Australia in collaboration with celebrity patissier Adriano Zumbo. Inspired by the Red Velvet Cup Cake, Tim Tam Red Velvet is a combination of vibrant red biscuits and a velvety cream cheese centre, coated in a layer of Tim Tam milk chocolate. Mr Zumbo, who is an Australian and French-trained patissier, is best known for... ...Read more »

Ferrero Group buys major hazelnut farm in Turkey
July 23, 2014

Ferrero Group buys major hazelnut farm in Turkey The Ferrero Group, one of the market leaders of the confectionery industry, has continued to strengthen its presence in the hazelnut market by acquiring hazelnut producer Oltam Group. Oltan Group, based in Trabzon in Turkey, is a worldwide leading operator in the procurement, processing and marketing of hazelnuts, with an annual turnover above $500 million. It is active throughout the main hazelnut growing regions with five production facilities exporting... ...Read more »

Cadbury launches flavour-matching Facebook-powered vending machine
July 16, 2014

Cadbury launches flavour-matching Facebook-powered vending machine Confectionery giant Cadbury Australia has launched new technology that gives Australian consumers the opportunity to find out what chocolate flavour they are best matched to, based on their Facebook profile. To bring this to life, Cadbury and advertising agency Red Agency has created the world’s first flavour-matching Facebook-powered vending machine. ‘The Joy Generator’ lets users log in to their Facebook profile and receive... ...Read more »

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 »

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