Chocolate

Confectionery target of lobby group

Lobby group presses for confectionery sugar tax

By Michelle Perrett

At least 20% tax should be slapped on all sugary confectionery, and price promotions on sharing bags in the category should be banned, according to campaign group Action on Sugar (AoS).


Waitrose has recalled four chocolate products, after a manufacturing error contaminated some of the bars with small pieces of plastic

Plastic contamination forces Waitrose recall

By James Ridler

A manufacturing error has forced the recall of four of Waitrose’s own-label chocolate bars, after a small number were contaminated with pieces of plastic.

Hotel Chocolat solves shear issue

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Hotel Chocolat solves shear issue

By Rick Pendrous

Hotel Chocolat has resolved an issue concerning the handling of warm liquid chocolate containing inclusions, such as nuts and raisins, after working with Essex-based pump supplier Triark Pumps.

Easter shoppers are set to shell out nearly £4bn on food and gifts over the holiday

Easter food and gift spending to reach nearly £4bn

By Michael Stones

Easter shoppers are set to spend £3.9bn on food and gifts over the next few days, according to analyst GlobalData, as Mintel reveals the holiday is a key driver for chocolate innovation.

Undeclared allergens in confectionery have caused several recalls

Thorntons recalls chocolate Easter eggs for undeclared allergens

By Rick Pendrous

Thorntons has recalled its Dark Chocolate Easter Egg with a Personalised Iced Message, because the icing contained milk that was not mentioned on the label and this could present a health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to milk or milk...

The top four chocolate consumer trends have been revealed (Flickr/Letizia Piatti)

Four chocolate trends to help manufacturers

By Matt Atherton

Exploiting four top chocolate trends – indulgence, premium, healthy and sustainability – will help manufacturers make the best of changing consumer trends, it was revealed in a Cargill report this week.

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