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Editor’s blog

Disruption in the chocolate market

Changing lifestyles and personal wellbeing are disrupting the chocolate market, new research suggests, presenting an opportunity for manufacturers who respond to new consumer demands.

Posted 22 March 2017

Empowerment is key

Last week, I attended a conference in London which was hosted by Divine Chocolate to mark International Women’s Day, and what an inspiring day it was.

Posted 15 March 2017

KitKats to have 10% less sugar

In keeping with last week’s sugar reduction and reformulation theme, Nestlé’s UK and Ireland has revealed that 10% of sugar will be removed from its well-known brands, including KitKat, Aero, Smarties, Munchies and Rolo by next year.

Posted 8 March 2017

Curbing sugar intake

Food and drink manufacturers are yet again being urged to reduce the amount of sugar in their products after a new report shows that children are consuming the same amount of sugar as 20 chocolate chip cookies a day.

Posted 1 March 2017

Gearing up for Interpack

We’ve just sent the March issue of Confectionery Production to print. In it, you’ll find an overview of what’s happening at international packaging trade show Interpack, as well as the latest trends in confectionery processing and packaging.

Posted 23 February 2017

Healthy confectionery

Whether you believe there’s such a thing or not, the growth of healthy chocolate confectionery is set to outpace that of regular chocolate by 2021.

Posted 16 February 2017

Shrinking chocolate

If you’re about to tuck into your favourite chocolate bar, then enjoy it while you can because it could shrink by up to 20% as confectionery giants work to reduce sugar in their products.

Posted 9 February 2017

Live from ProSweets and ISM

Today, my blog comes to you live from the ProSweets and ISM trade fairs in Cologne, Germany, where everything from automatic panning and moulding machines to chewy sweets and turn into gum are being presented.

Posted 31 January 2017

Confectionery feed

After hundreds of red Skittles, produced by confectionery giant Mars, fell off a truck in the US last week, questions have been raised about what they were intended to be used for.

Posted 25 January 2017

Pricing pressure

Well, it’s official. Gone are the days you can get a Freddo bar for 10p in the UK. Brand owner Mondelēz International is set to increase the price to 30p, blaming higher input costs.

Posted 18 January 2017

Fruit snacks on the rise

This is not a ploy to get you to join in with those on health kicks this month, but health, convenience and choice have all contributed to a rise in the number of new fruit-based hitting the market over the last few years.

Posted 11 January 2017

What’s in store for 2017?

What a year 2016 was. The UK decided to exit the European Union, Donald Trump was elected as US president and Toblerone chocolate bars were reduced in size.

Posted 4 January 2017

Key trends for 2017

As we wave goodbye to Christmas and close the door on 2016, all eyes turn to 2017. With that, Euromonitor International has identified some of the key trends set to shape the global market next year.

Posted 28 December 2016

Will you be at ProSweets 2017?

Will you be exhibiting or attending ProSweets and ISM 2017 in Cologne from 29 January to 1 February? If so, we’d love to hear from you.

Posted 21 December 2016