‘The growth trajectory of chocolate and candy over the last two years … is quite a story’

We meet in the executive lounge in the McCormick Place Conference Center, which the NCA has taken over for the week with the Sweets & Snacks Expo 2022 taking up almost four-and-half acres of floor space, which signifies the biggest confectionery show in the North America is back to almost full strength after two years … Read more

Cacao-free chocolate alternative mimics the real thing, with 80% fewer CO2 emissions

Chocolate is one of the most consumed food products on the planet. Estimated to reach a total market size of $180bn by 2025, according to ResearchAndMarkets, chocolate is big business. But the chocolate industry has a ‘truly dark side’, according to London-based start-up WNWN (pronounced ‘win-win’) Food Labs. “People don’t really know about the problems … Read more

Mondelēz confirms progress in meeting ESG goals

The company said its ESG strategy and goals prioritise delivering lasting change at scale through ‘innovative and holistic approaches, collaboration for sector-wide transformation and adoption of measurable solutions’. ESG remains a long-term value driver at Mondelēz and is core to the company’s purpose, it said in a statement to the media: ‘The 2021 Snacking Made … Read more

Chocolate Recalls for May 15, 2022

The chocolate recalls keep on rolling in this month. Remember to check your own countries food safety agencies if you do not live in the USA since we use FDA information when we share these recalls. ———- Chocolate Recalls ———- Queen Bee Recalls On April 28, 2022, Queen Bee LLC (Lovell, WY) issued a voluntary … Read more

The art of caution and why invoking science in the marketing of chocolate chip cookies could backfire

While consumers view the scientific process as competent, they also perceive it as cold, so confirmed the researchers who – over a series of 10 experimental studies – analyzed consumers’ reaction to marketers touting the science behind their brand.​​ This could ultimately backfire when touting products that are associated with invoking pleasure, like chocolate chip … Read more

‘This is a landmark moment but there is more to come’

The Cocoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS) was a five-year undertaking by scientists at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US, with support from Mars Inc’s nutrition division, Mars Edge. It is noteworthy for both its scale and scope. Building on a growing body of evidence pointing to the benefits of flavanols on … Read more

New Fairtrade report highlights how cocoa sector can help farmers progress toward living incomes

Supported by a grant from the Open Society Foundations, the report, What Makes Co-operatives Work?, outlines recommendations for Fairtrade and the cocoa sector at large, developed after researchers conducted an in-depth study into the functions of s and heard feedback from two case study cocoa cooperatives in Ghana. The recommendations include proposals for how better … Read more