Australian cafes and restaurants to benefit most from 2013 Mother’s Day
May 1, 2013

Australians are expected to spend almost $1.4 billion spoiling their mums this year, according to research from market research organisation IBISWorld. This figure is an increase of 2.7 per cent from 2012, and almost three times the amount Australian spend on Father’s Day. Positive consumer sentiment, increasing disposable incomes and low unemployment are all expected to contribute to more lavish spending on Australian mums this year, according to IBISWorld. Adult Australians are expected to spend... ...Read more »

Cadbury re-launch of ‘enhanced’ Dairy Milk blocks
April 17, 2013

Global confectionary giant Cadbury has relaunched its Dairy Milk blocks range in Australia with “significant enchancements”. The enhancements include the introduction of new rounder-shaped chocolate pieces, the inclusion of whole nuts in all nut varieties of the product, and a new-look resealable pack. Ben Wicks, Cadbury Dairy Milk’s General Manager for Marketing Chocolate, said Cadbury Australia has made these changes following extensive research and input from Australian consumers. “The... ...Read more »

Chocolate overtakes the traditional Australian meat pie
April 4, 2013

New research has found that Australia’s love of the traditional meat pie with sauce is waning, as chocolates and lollies as convenient snacks gain popularity with consumers. Although the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) has meant less impulse buying, the research from Australian industry research group BIS Shrapnel showed that people are still willing to buy confectionary through convenience stores, milk bars and other ‘route trade’ locations. Overall, confectionary as a total product category... ...Read more »

Peanut butter a ‘rising star’ in UK’s sweet spreads market
April 4, 2013

Sales of peanut butter in the UK are on the rise, according to new market research from Mintel, leading the global market research organisation to label the spread a ‘rising star’ in the sweet spreads market. While it seems that jam and marmalade are falling out of favour with Brits, sales of peanut butter have increased by 20 per cent in the last two years alone, growing from £47 million in 2010 to £56 million in 2012. Volume sales have also increased by 17 per cent over the same two year... ...Read more »

New chocolate flavoured almond milk
March 25, 2013

Following the launch in Australia in 2012 of dairy-free almond milk, Almond Breeze, the brand is expanding its range with a low-fat chocolate version. Hitting the shelves in the lead up to Easter, the Company said the chocolate version has just 120 calories per 250ml serving. “Since the launch of Original and Unsweetened Almond Breeze, our Australian customers were asking us to introduce our flavoured versions, which are a big hit in the USA,” said Roger Ringwood, Australian director for Almond... ...Read more »

Australians will spend more than $3 billion on Easter chocolate and other food, research shows
March 14, 2013

Australians will opt for celebrations at home and gifts of confectionary this Easter, according to research from business information analysts at market research company IBISWorld. Across the four-day Easter break, IBISWorld predicts Australians will spend more than $3 billion, which equates to $132.85 per capita. This is a slight increase on the $130.33 per capita in 2012. Chocolate Easter is the most significant holiday for the chocolate industry, with spending during the break about 50 per cent... ...Read more »

Victorian Government gives cash for Mars expansion
March 5, 2013

The Victorian Liberal Coalition Government is contributing $2 million towards Mars Australia’s new expansion of its large manufacturing facility in Ballarat. The Mars expansion, which will cost AU$52 million overall, and involves energy and water upgrades, such as pipe and plant insulation, stormwater capture and storage, wastewater treatment upgrades, refrigeration systems upgrades and installation of solar panels. The investment will ensure Mars Australia continues to manufacture Mars Bars, Snickers,... ...Read more »

Nestlé’s sustainable cocoa plan launched in “Australian-first”
February 19, 2013

Nestle Australia’s chocolate favourites such as Kit Kat, Smarties and Club chocolate will now be sourced from “independently certified sustainable cocoa.” In what Nestle describe as an Australian-first, all cocoa for its retail confectionary business will be sourced from certified and sustainable farms which aim to eliminate the use of child labour and ensure a sustainable supply of cocoa. Nestlé Australia Business Executive Manager Confectionery and Snacks, Martin Brown said the 10-year “Nestle... ...Read more »

Chocolate in hot climate might no longer be a sticky business
January 24, 2013

A study undertaken by staff at the University of Campinas in Brazil has found that chocolate melting in hot climates may no longer be a problem. Just published in the January issue of the European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, the study concludes that the use of hardfats in products containing cocoa butter may be sufficient to alter the chemical structure such that chocolate could become heat-resistant. The study assessed the fatty acid and triacylglycerol compositions of a number of fully... ...Read more »

New technology: Cadbury files patent for heat-resistant chocolate
December 3, 2012

Retailers and chocoholics are looking forward to the results of a technological breakthrough that could see the development of heat-resistant chocolate. Global chocolate company Cadbury has filed a patent for a new chocolate that can resist heat for up to 40 degrees Celsius. The new chocolate will allow easier storage and transport, and enhance sales in the summer months when the temperature exceeds 33.8 degrees Celsius, the melting point of chocolate. A patent for a chocolate bar that will not melt... ...Read more »

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