Australia’s favourite chocolate bars, market research findings
August 12, 2013

Nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians aged 14 and over ate chocolate bars in an average four week period in the year to March 2013, down from 53 per cent in the year to March 2009, according to market research organisation Roy Morgan Research. Cadbury’s Cherry Ripe bar was the most popular choice, with 10 per cent of Australians overall saying they had eaten one (up from 9 per cent in the year to March 2009), ahead of Cadbury Dairy Milk 50g blocks (9 per cent, up from 8 per cent). Mars Bars... ...Read more »

Nestle launches Wonka Chocolate Blocks
August 12, 2013

Food manufacturer Nestle Australia Ltd has launched new Wonka Chocolate Blocks. The Wonka brand is associated with the Willy Wonka character from popular children’s book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and films based on the book. The new Wonka Chocolate Blocks come in four flavours: Wonka Chocolate Tales (milk chocolate), Wonka Caramel Hat Trick (flowing caramel and crunchy caramel pieces coated in milk chocolate), Wonka Nutty Crunchilicious (milk chocolate with hazelnuts, cookie and caramel... ...Read more »

Food consumption and flavour influenced by pre-meal rituals, Study
July 31, 2013

Ritualistic behaviours can influence perception of flavour and consumption of foods, according to research from the University of Minnesota. The new collection of studies, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, on 23 July 2013, found that the rituals performed before eating – even the seemingly insignificant ones – can actually change the perception of the food eaten, improving the food’s taste. “Whenever I order an espresso, I take a sugar... ...Read more »

Paton’s launch new chocolate coated macadamia range for supermarkets
July 31, 2013

Australian macadamia confectionary manufacturers Paton’s Macadamia Plantations Pty Ltd (Paton’s) have launched a new range of chocolate coated Australian macadamias, called ‘MiniMacs’. Paton’s says the nuts used for MiniMacs are sourced from Australian rainforest regions and coated in Paton’s chocolate. MiniMacs are available in three flavours – milk, dark and orange – and come in both a 100g share pack size and a 30g snack size. “When developing MiniMacs we wanted to take our popular... ...Read more »

Food brands rank high on Australian Trusted Brands list
July 29, 2013

Two food product brands, Cadbury and Weet-Bix, have ranked among the top ten Most Trusted Brands in an annual survey conducted by Reader’s Digest, and released late last week. The survey, which Reader’s Digest has conducted for the last 12 years, asked 3,024 Australians to rate brands in 40 categories on a trust scale of 1-10. Reader’s Digest said the data was post-weighted to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) population estimates, to ensure it was representative of the Australian population. “Year... ...Read more »

Nestle applies for another patent for non-melting chocolate
July 10, 2013

Nestle has proceeded with applying for a patent for a non-melting chocolate, despite the fact that rival chocolate maker Mondelez, which manufacturs for Cadbury, has also lodged a patent. Nestle filed the application for patent in late 2012, and it was published online in June 2013. The product is a “chocolate product with a tropicalised shell” that has “improved heat-stability”, and the patent would also apply to a method for making such a product. Background of non-melting chocolate Conventionally,... ...Read more »

Bulla buys ‘choc top’ ice cream company
July 8, 2013

Family owned Australian dairy company, Bulla Dairy Foods (Bulla), has announced the acquisition of ‘Choc Top’ ice cream company Rowena Foods. The deal between Bulla and Rowena Foods means Bulla takes over operations at the ice cream company’s manufacturing plant in Dandenong South in Victoria. Bulla said the take over will include 100 per cent retention of the Rowena Foods staff and a continued delivery of the iconic ‘Choc Top’ ice cream range to Australian consumers. Bulla said the acquisition... ...Read more »

Hershey pleads guilty to chocolate price-fixing in Canada
June 26, 2013

Hershey Canada Inc. (Hershey) has pleaded guilty before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto for its role in fixing the price of chocolate confectionery products in Canada contrary to the criminal conspiracy provision in the Canadian Competition Act. Hershey was fined $4 million. The Canadian Competition Bureau said that because Hershey had co-operated with the Bureau’s investigation, and will co-operate with any subsequent prosecution, it recommended to the Public Prosecution Service... ...Read more »

Dark chocolate improves mood, and its sales keep climbing
June 11, 2013

Researchers at an Australian university, Swinburne University of Technology, have found that the polyphenols in dark chocolate increase calmness and contentedness. At the same time, global market research of chocolate consumption shows some very interesting trends. Mood link trial The research, which was published in the May 2013 issue of the Journal of Psychopharmacology, found that participants who drank a high dose concentration of cocoa polyphenols reported greater calmness and contentedness... ...Read more »

Australian cafes and restaurants to benefit most from 2013 Mother’s Day
May 1, 2013

Australians are expected to spend almost $1.4 billion spoiling their mums this year, according to research from market research organisation IBISWorld. This figure is an increase of 2.7 per cent from 2012, and almost three times the amount Australian spend on Father’s Day. Positive consumer sentiment, increasing disposable incomes and low unemployment are all expected to contribute to more lavish spending on Australian mums this year, according to IBISWorld. Adult Australians are expected to spend... ...Read more »

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