Nestlé’s chocolate brand KitKat pledges to be carbon neutral by 2025

SWITZERLAND – KitKat, one of the world’s most popular chocolate brands, has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2025, bolstering Nestlé’s sustainability efforts which aim to achieve net zero emissions  throughout its value chain by no later than 2050. The Nestlé owned chocolate brand aims to achieve carbon neutrality by reducing the emissions generated through the sourcing of its ingredients, the manufacturing of the product and its distribution by more than 50% as part of the plan. According to KitKat, most emissions occur when producing ingredients like cocoa and milk…

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Cargill inches closer to completion of Belgian innovation hub, supports sustainable grazing practices in the US

BELGIUM- The construction of Cargill’s new Belgium-based innovation hub dubbed the ‘House of Chocolate’ comprising of an inspirational high-tech chocolate experience centre, a pilot plant and a sensory lab, is well underway and is anticipated to open in March 2022. Cargill says the soon to be opened US$21 million innovation hub is an integral part of our long-term “Journey to Joy 2022” vision to become the trusted solution provider for chocolate and will serve its broad customer portfolio. The chocolate experience center will be a platform for co-creation to improve…

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Nestlé Smarties launches 100% recyclable packaging, collaborates with South African artist to curate art pieces

SOUTH AFRICA – Nestlé through its South African popular confectionery brand, Nestlé Smarties, has switched to 100% recyclable paper packaging. To celebrate this milestone, the brand has collaborated with contemporary recycling artist, Mbongeni Buthelezi, to design a digital guide for caregivers and children to follow in creating fun origami pieces using the brand’s recyclable paper. According to the food manufacturing giant, the collaboration is intended to drive the brand’s #SmartiesCreateWithPurpose narrative which is set to inspire conscious creativity by using recyclable goods. “Essentially, the purpose of the collaboration is for…

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Mondelez SA introduces Cadbury P.S. DUO sparking sharing moments

SOUTH AFRICA – Cadbury, part of Mondelez SA, the largest confectionery business in South Africa has expanded its Cadbury P.S. family with launch of Cadbury P.S. DUO. As the name suggests, P.S. Duo is a delicious new taste sensation that’s “Made To Share” as two individual bars are combined in one pack. The new offering brings layers of crispy wafer coated in scrumptious milk chocolate and smothered in creamy Caramilk, thus enticing fans of both Cadbury P.S. milk chocolate and Cadbury P.S. caramilk Also, the chocolate bars are artistically wrapped…

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Edita Food Industries expands portfolio with launch of new wafer and cream products

EGYPT – Edita Food Industries, a leader in the Egyptian packaged snack food market, has launched new wafer and cream products as the company seeks to expand its products portfolio and premiumise its offerings. The snack major has introduced Freska Block, which is a filled wafer bar with a double-layer chocolate coating that will be retailing for EGP 3 (US$0.19) per pack. The new product is available in three flavours: hazelnut cream, peanut butter, and cappuccino cream. The company has also introduced its new Molto Mini Magnum SKU, retailing at…

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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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