Barry Callebaut inaugurates third factory in India as demand for high-quality chocolate soars

INDIA – Leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, Barry Callebaut has inaugurated a new chocolate and compound manufacturing facility, located in Baramati, India. The Baramati facility is Barry Callebaut’s third factory in India and represents the company’s largest investment in the country to date. The new chocolate factory and warehouse includes an R&D lab and assembly lines capable of manufacturing chocolate and compound in different delivery formats. This will enable the company cater to the various needs of its customers – international food manufacturers, local confectioneries and semi-industrial…

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Nestlé starts wider roll-out of chocolate made exclusively with cocoa fruit

SWITZERLAND – Nestlé has begun a wider roll-out of its revolutionary Incoa chocolate made exclusively with the cocoa fruit without adding any refined sugar.   A statement from the Swiss food manufacturing giant, the chocolate under the Les Recettes de L’Atelier brand will appear on shelves in retail in France and the Netherlands with other European markets to follow. Nestlé first announced the development of this revolutionary approach in 2019 and then launched it with KitKat in Japan. The cocoa fruit contains cocoa beans and cocoa pulp. The pulp, which…

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British confectionery brand Thorntons to close all UK stores citing ongoing Covid-19 impact on retail market

UK – British confectionery brand and retailer Thorntons has announced that it is permanently closing its UK stores, after more than 100 years of trading. Thorntons referred to the changing dynamics of the high street and the ongoing impact of Covid-19 as the main reason for the shutdown that will impact jobs of over 600 people. The chocolate brand was acquired by Ferrero back in 2015 for £112 million, following several attempts to revive the business. Despite investing over £45 million in the brand, including the opening of new format…

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Nigerian manufacturing major Mamuda Group commences operations on newly built confectionary factory

NIGERIA – Mamuda Group, one of Nigeria’s leading manufacturing company has inaugurated its multi-billion Naira confectionery factory, under its subsidiary Mamuda Foods Company. The factory built in Kano State will undertake production of biscuits and chocolates, promoting local manufacturing. According to an insider’s report, Bosch Thermotechnology, the leading manufacturer of energy-efficient heating products, provided the firm with a 3-ton boiler. For its energy requirements, Mamuda is leveraging on its recently launched 22.5 megawatts gas power plant. The powerplant has an installed cryogenic storage tank with a capacity of 110M and…

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Chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli launches new bar sweetened using cocoa pod from Swiss-Ghanaian start-up Koa

GHANA – Lindt & Sprüngli, a global leader in the premium chocolate sector has partnered with a Swiss-Ghanaian start-up Koa to develop a new chocolate bar sweetened using cocoa pod’s pulp. The new chocolate known as Excellence Cacao Pur is exclusively made of 82% cocoa beans and 18% cocoa pulp from Koa. The use of cocoa pulp replaces the conventional refined sugar and create new flavor experiences with the chocolate maker indicating that the bar has an initial fruity and sour taste, followed by intense cocoa notes. “2021 will be…

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Nestlé fulfils wishes of plant-based fans with launch of vegan chocolate

SWITZERLAND – Swiss food manufacturing giant Nestlé is fulfilling the wishes of plant-based fans around the world by launching a vegan chocolate bar in 2020 under its popular KitKat brand. The launch follows other recent innovations from KitKat, including KitKat Ruby and KitKat Chocolatory Cacao Fruit Chocolate, using the first chocolate made entirely from the cocoa fruit. Nestlé, in a statement revealed that the new vegan KitKat – called KitKat V – will be launched later in the year in several countries across the globe.  During the initial launch, Nestlé…

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Ghana chocolate export earnings rose by 16.6% in 2019 reaching US$13.4m

GHANA – Ghana, one of the world’s largest producer of cocoa earned US$13.4m from export of chocolate and other food preparation containing cocoa in 2019. According to a report by Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), this was a 16.6% increase from earnings of 2018 which stood at US$11.5m and a further rise from US$5.3m of 2017. The authority has highlighted the major market for Ghanaian chocolate during the period under review was Nigeria, accounting for 87% of the total exports worth US$11.8m. Nigeria has maintained its dominance as a key…

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Mondelēz invests US$20.5M to expand capacity of Cadbury manufacturing facility in UK

UK – American multinational confectionary company Mondelēz International has announced plans to invest £15 million (US$20.5 million) into its UK-based Bournville site, dubbed the “heart and home” of Cadbury. The investment will include £11 million (US$15 million) to create a production line of Cadbury Dairy Milk tablets as the company consolidates the majority of its tablet production at the site. This new line will enable 125 million more of the iconic large sharing bars to be made at Bournville annually, with additional capacity for any future growth. Alongside the new…

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Strong performance in developed markets boost Mondelēz’s 2020 results

US – American multinational food and beverage company Mondelēz International‘s  net revenue for 2020 rose by 2.8% to US$26.58 billion driven by a strong performance in developed markets.  Net earnings attributable to the company however decreased to US$3.56 billion on a non-adjusted basis. According to the owner of popular snack brands Cadbury and Oreo the rise in net revenue was primarily driven by organic net revenue growth of 3.7%. Mondelēz International further notes that incremental sales from its acquisitions of Perfect Snacks and Give & Go also contributed to the…

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US-based digital bakery Sugar Lab unveils new line of 3D printed chocolates

US – Los Angeles-based digital bakery Sugar Lab, in collaboration with Chef Melissa Walnock of the Culinary Institute of America, has launched a new line of 3D printed chocolate truffles and bonbons. The products specially made for the valentine period include vegan strawberry-covered chocolate truffles and broken heart truffles in tahini and ginger varieties. With flavors ranging from refined to nostalgic, the truffles can pair with a champagne cocktail, an old-fashioned, or a favorite whiskey, note Sugar Lab. The bonbons, on the other hand, are filled with chocolate ganache with…

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