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 »

Cadbury launches new-look Bubbly range
October 7, 2013

Confectionery manufacturer Cadbury Dairy Milk has relaunched its aerated chocolate ‘Bubbly’ range with pieces that are shaped like bubbles. The new range also includes a new flavour, ‘Bubbly Strawberry’. “We are excited to introduce the new-look Bubbly range into the Australian market and think it will really resonate with consumers looking for a delicious, aerated chocolate snack,” said Ben Wicks, General Manager Marketing Chocolate for Cadbury Dairy Milk. The new-look Cadbury Bubbly... ...Read more »

Drinking hot chocolate may help keep brain healthy
August 28, 2013

Drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day may help older people keep their brains health and their thinking skills sharp, according to a study published recently in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology (7 August 2013). The study, undertaken by researchers from the Harvard Medical School in Boston, involved 60 people with an average age of 73 who did not have dementia. The participants drank two cups of hot cocoa per day for 30 days and did not consume... ...Read more »

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 »

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