Cadbury cuts Tassie jobs in Mondelez cost-cutting squeeze
May 25, 2015

Cadbury has announced it will be cutting 80 jobs from its Claremont chocolate factory near Hobart in Tasmania. Cadbury has announced it will be cutting 80 jobs from its Claremont chocolate factory near Hobart in Tasmania. Cadbury, which  is a core brand of Mondelez Australia and part of the global food conglomerate Mondelez, is still Australia’s market-leading brand in chocolate but is facing growing competitive pressures from other national and international chocolate brands as well as from... ...Read more »

Frosty Boy expands beverage range
May 13, 2015

Australian frozen dessert and beverage manufacturer Frosty Boy is expanding its ‘The Art of Blend’ beverage range with a new Decadent Milk Chocolate flavour. Australian frozen dessert and beverage manufacturer Frosty Boy is expanding its ‘The Art of Blend’ beverage range with a new Decadent Milk Chocolate flavour. The company has said they are launching the new flavour after noting increasing demands for more beverage choice in the Australian market. ‘’The Art of Blend’ range was introduced... ...Read more »

Dark chocolate improves blood flow to brain, study
May 11, 2015

Dark chocolate improves blood flow to brain, study Unsweetened dark chocolate may improve attention and help consumers beat the ‘midday slump’, according to new research from North Arizona University (NAU). The study, published in the journal NeuroRegulation and sponsored by confectionery company the Hershey Company, is the first to examine the acute effects of chocolate on attentional characteristics of the brain and the first study of chocolate consumption performed using electroencephalography... ...Read more »

Chocolate innovation takes off globally, despite sales growth slow-down
April 15, 2015

Chocolate innovation takes off globally, despite sales growth slow-down The pace of growth in the global chocolate market slowed in 2014 as the industry faced challenges stemming from increased cocoa prices, according to findings from market research organisation Mintel. However, chocolate innovation increased, with new product launches growing 18 per cent between 2013 and 2014. “The challenges facing the global market in 2014 have been related in part to supply, as the price of cocoa increased... ...Read more »

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 »

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