General News

Christmas indulgence all wrapped up

Tuesday 18th Oct 2016

Irish chocolatier Lily O’Brien’s has unveiled its plans for the upcoming festive season.

From gift boxes to luxury hampers, there’s a wide range to suit many tastes in all shapes and sizes. Included is a Chocolate Advent House, priced at £25 and weighing 364g, which is designed as both a Christmas gift and as a keepsake decoration.

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Awards for Highland Chocolatier

Monday 17th Oct 2016

For a second year running, Perthshire-based Master Chocolatier Iain Burnett received a prestigious gold accolade in the International Chocolate Awards at Olympia, London this weekend, for one of his Velvet Truffles.

In competition with chocolatiers from all over the globe, his new ‘Caramel with A Twist of Liquorice Velvet Truffle’ topped the board – the only UK chocolatier to win such a distinction in the truffle and praline category this year.

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Industry heavyweights meet at Sugar Summit

Thursday 13th Oct 2016

Yesterday afternoon, Kennedy’s had the pleasure of attending the Sugar Summit in Parliament – a gathering of some of the industry’s most influential stakeholders who convened to help overcome the ongoing sugar challenge.

Hosted by Sugarwise, an organisation founded by Rend Platings that validates low sugar and sugar-free food and drink products with a kite mark...

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Mars Wrigley Confectionery formed

Tuesday 11th Oct 2016

Mars has announced its plans to combine Mars Chocolate and Wrigley segments to create Mars Wrigley Confectionery.

The new segment is designed to help Mars better serve its customers, address consumer trends and accelerate growth opportunities in a vibrant global confectionery category.

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End of reign of addictive sugar in chocolate?

Monday 10th Oct 2016

A new ingredient that could see the end of addictive sugar in confectionery was unveiled at the London Chocolate Forum last Friday.

The London Chocolate Forum, hosted by Kennedy’s Confection magazine, is the world’s biggest international chocolate industry conference, attended by more than 300 representatives of the world’s leading international chocolate producers.

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New factory for Barry Callebaut

Wednesday 5th Oct 2016

The Barry Callebaut Group recently celebrated the grand opening of its first chocolate factory in Indonesia.

As announced in June 2015, Barry Callebaut entered into a long-term outsourcing agreement with GarudaFood Group, one of the largest food and beverage companies in Indonesia, which involves the supply of at least 10,000 tonnes of compound chocolate per year to GarudaFood as well as the set-up of Barry Callebaut’s own operations.

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Lindt & Sprungli achieves 2016 Cocoa Commitment

Monday 3rd Oct 2016

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprungli has achieved its 2016 cocoa beans commitment, which states that by 2016 the entire cocoa beans supply chain from Ghana is traceable and also verified.

Lindt & Sprungli has control over every step of the production process in-house, from the selection of the finest cocoa varieties through to the finished product.

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New flow-wrap bag unit unveiled

Friday 30th Sep 2016

At FachPack 2016 earlier this week, Schubert unveiled its new Flowmodul flow-wrap bag unit. The eighth system component in the packaging machinery manufacturer’s portfolio enables the seamless packaging of products such as cookies, biscuit bars, and others into flowpacks with its proven top-loading packaging machines. The Flowmodul is designed to set new standards in primary packaging with regards to quality control, efficiency, space requirements and flexibility.

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Boost for Cameroonian cocoa sector

Thursday 22nd Sep 2016

Over 9,500 cocoa farmers in Cameroon have received more than £1.2m (CFA 958m) in premium payments – the largest ever certification premium payments made for sustainable cocoa in the country – under the Cargill Cocoa Promise.

These payments directly reflect the growing appetite of customers for certified cocoa products...

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Fibre as a ‘super ingredient’

Monday 19th Sep 2016

Tate & Lyle, a global provider of food ingredients, is to offer a range of healthy culinary creations to visitors at this year’s Gulfood Manufacturing show in Dubai.

This year, the company will showcase its award-winning PROMITOR Soluble Gluco Fibre and PromOat Beta Glucan, demonstrating how its team of industry experts can best support Middle Eastern manufacturers in meeting the demand for fibre-enriched products.

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