Chocolate with spices would appeal to Indian tastes but few companies are doing it, says India's only certified chocolate taster

Spice up the Indian premium chocolate market, says taster

By Oliver Nieburg

Multinational chocolate manufacturers are failing to cater to Indian tastes and should experiment with spices such as green cumin and saffron, according to India’s only professional chocolate taster.

Cutting Killer Pythons in half shows ‘social’ downsizing of sweets


Cutting Killer Pythons in half shows ‘social’ downsizing of sweets

By RJ Whitehead

At a time when lunch portions are growing, sweet tooths of a certain age across the antipodes can be heard lamenting how just the opposite has been happening with their favourite confectionery. However, one Nestlé line has turned the trend of shrinking...

Hershey said the deal would bring new distribution channels for its products

Hershey to acquire iconic Chinese confectionery firm


Hershey Netherlands B.V. has signed an agreement to acquire an 80% stake in Chinese confectionery and snack firm Shanghai Golden Monkey Food Company (SGM) - and the remaining 20% in 2015.

Hershey places new requirements on its palm oil suppliers

Hershey ups palm oil pledge but Greenpeace wants more

By Oliver Nieburg

Hershey has committed to purchasing 100% traceable and sustainably-sourced palm oil by the end of 2014. Greenpeace has welcomed the move, but has reservations about timelines and terminology.

Petra Foods' branded consumer division has been propelled by new premium introductions that give better profit margins

Petra Foods buoyed by ‘vibrant’ Asian consumption in Q1

By Oliver Nieburg

Singapore-based Petra Foods has reported first quarter profit gains in its branded consumer division driven by rising chocolate consumption in markets such as Indonesia and the Philippines and improved margins by introducing more premium products.

Cocoa grind capacity still shifting to Asia despite Q3 slowdown

Asia Q3 cocoa grind flat as capacity shift slows

By Oliver Nieburg

Asia’s cocoa grind for the third quarter has remained essentially flat compared to last year after growth in the previous two quarters, figures released yesterday show.

Chinese favour chocolate-strawberry flavour

Opportunities for smaller companies in Chinese chocolate market

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Foreign firms are the biggest players in a rapidly growing chocolate confectionery market in China – but a fragmented market means there are opportunities for smaller companies, according to a new report from Datamonitor.


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