Cadbury launches three new share-block flavours in Australia
May 5, 2014

Cadbury Dairy Milk Picnic, now in share-block size Confectionery giant Cadbury has launched three new flavours in its share-sized chocolate block range—Cadbury Cherry Ripe, Cadbury Dairy Milk Crackle and Cadbury Dairy Milk Picnic. The Cadbury Cherry Ripe, which Cadbury said was Australia’s oldest chocolate bar, is filled with cherry and coconut flavours coated in Cadbury Old Gold dark chocolate. It is now available in a share-block size. The Cadbury Dairy Milk Picnic is also now available... ...Read more »

UK a ‘nation of chocoholics’, Mintel finds
April 22, 2014

The UK is a 'nation of chocoholics', according to Mintel Nearly one in six (16 per cent) UK consumers, or around eight million people, eat chocolate every day, and a similar number (17 per cent) do so four to six times a week, according to new findings from global market research organisation Mintel. Mintel’s findings showed that only a tiny minority (5 per cent) of UK consumers said they never ate chocolate, meaning chocolate remains one of Britain’s favourite treats. “From the Aztecs... ...Read more »

Cadbury Australia partners with Monpi to import Fairtrade cocoa, supporting PNG farmers
April 22, 2014

Cadbury Australia is set to import Fairtrade cocoa from PNG Chocolate brand Cadbury Australia has announced it is set to begin importing Fairtrade cocoa beans from Papua New Guinea (PNG), in partnership with Fairtrade Australia New Zealand and agribusiness Monpi Cocoa Exports. Cadbury Australia said it had supported the efforts of Club 3000, a group of smallholder cocoa farmers, to sell its cocoa under Fairtrade terms. Cadbury Australia said the 12 month project, delivered in PNG by Monpi Cocoa Exports,... ...Read more »

Key chocolate ingredients could help prevent obesity, diabetes
April 9, 2014

Dark chocolate compounds could prevent obesity and type-2 diabetes The potential health benefits of dark chocolate keep piling up, and scientists are now homing in on what ingredients in chocolate might help prevent obesity, as well as type-2 diabetes. Researchers from the Department of Food Science and Technology at VirginiaTech University have found that one particular type of antioxidant in cocoa prevented laboratory mice from gaining excess weight and lowered their blood sugar levels. The study,... ...Read more »

Mystery about health benefits of dark chocolate solved
March 26, 2014

Scientists have discovered why dark chocolate is good for us The health benefits of eating dark chocolate have been extolled for a long time, but the exact reason has remained a mystery — until now. Certain bacteria in the stomach eat the chocolate and ferment it into anti-inflammatory compounds that are good for the heart, according to researchers from Louisiana State University. The research, which was presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society on 18 March 2014, showed that the... ...Read more »

Australian chocolatier acquired by UK investment company
February 19, 2014

Hillier's Chocolates has been sold to the Australian arm of a UK investment firm Australia’s oldest chocolatier, Ernest Hillier Pty Ltd (Ernest Hillier), has been acquired by Re:Capital, the Australian arm of UK investment company Hilco Capital. The sale comes as the former owners of Ernest Hillier’s, the Piedimonte family, which owns a chain of supermarkets in Melbourne, focus on other business interests. Ernest Hillier was founded in 1914 and operates under the Hillier’s Chocolates and... ...Read more »

Cadbury launches new Boost Nuts chocolate bar
February 19, 2014

Cadbury has launched a new Boost Nuts chocolate bar Confectionery company Cadbury has launched a new version of its Boost chocolate bar, Boost Nuts, available from February 2014. Cadbury said the launch of the new bar looked to build on the success of Boost Totally Nuts in 2008, which was one of the most popular limited edition products in Cadbury’s history. The new Boost Nuts bar will become a permanent product in Cadbury’s chocolate portfolio. The Cadbury Boost Nuts chocolate bar has a centre... ...Read more »

Ingredients in chocolate, tea and berries could guard against diabetes
February 3, 2014

Compounds in blueberries, tea and chocolate could guard against diabetes Eating high levels of flavonoids including anthocyanins and other compounds found in berries, tea and chocolate could offer protection from type 2 diabetes, according to research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and King’s College London. The findings, published on 20 January 2014 in the Journal of Nutrition, showed that high intakes of these dietary compounds were associated with lower insulin resistance and better... ...Read more »

Hershey’s to develop 3D printed chocolate
January 28, 2014

3D printed confectionery has become a reality Confectionery company, The Hershey Company (Hershey’s), has announced that it has entered into a multi-year joint venture development agreement with 3D printing company 3D Systems to explore opportunities for using 3D printing technology in creating edible foods, including confectionery treats. Hershey’s and 3D Systems said the alliance would combine Hershey’s “world-class food science and manufacturing expertise” with 3D Systems’ 3D printing... ...Read more »

New flavors and ‘low calorie’ chocolates to drive the US chocolate industry
January 22, 2014

New flavours and 'low calorie' chocolate set to become trends in US chocolate industry Innovation of new products in dark chocolate and milk chocolate wage not switch new flavours and low-calories options such as sugar-free chocolates will increase the growth of the retail chocolate industry, according to global management consulting and market research firm Lucintel. The US chocolate industry is expected to experience moderate growth and reach an estimated US$19.3 billion in 2018. Lucintel... ...Read more »

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