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20/03/14

Europe: Cargill Makes Sustainable Cocoa Investment

13/03/14

Poland: Discounter Expands Organic Range

13/02/14

Denmark: Organic Food Market Share Expands

 

 

20/03/14

Europe: Cargill Makes Sustainable Cocoa Investment

Cargill's cocoa and chocolate business has made a significant investment to expand its cocoa liquors capabilities in its plants in France and Germany. The move comes as it looks to meet growing consumer demand for organic and sustainable confectionary products.

According to Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate's Managing Director Philippe Huet, 'this major investment in our cocoa liquor capabilities will enable us to meet growing customer demand for premium and organic chocolate products. These liquors are used in our wide range of chocolate recipes and in our organic certified cocoa butter and powders.'

The investment in Rouen, France, focuses on enhancing and expanding the Fine Flavour range of cocoa liquors. A production line has been dedicated to the high quality manufacturing of small batch specialty liquors with subtle signature tastes. The beans used for these liquors are from specific origin countries with distinctive characteristics such as Venezuelan beans, of a mild and creamy taste, or those from Ecuador, with a flowery aroma. The dedicated Fine Flavour range production line carefully preserves the delicate flavours specific to each origin country and guarantees the purity of certified organic products.

The plant in Berlin, Germany also plays an important role in the production of specialty liquors for the chocolate market and the investment significantly increases its capacity in response to additional demand for quality liquor.

Huet concludes: 'Our customers expect us to keep innovating and adding value to their products, and these investments are focused on delivering for their success.'

OM Comment
Cargill is investing to capitalise on growth in the sustainable confectionary products market. Brands like Green & Black's are expanding internationally, raising demand for organic and sustainable cocoa. By investing its facilities, Cargill wants to ensure it does not miss out on this growing demand.

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Related Article: Proliferation of Food Eco-Labels to Continue

Source: News Release / OM

 

 

13/03/14

Poland: Discounter Expands Organic Range

Lidl is expanding the portfolio of organic products in its stores in Poland. The move is a response to changing consumer trends and growing demand for organic food in the country.

Lidl's organic product range comprises seasonal vegetables, as well as apples, oranges, butter, cheese, tea, pasta, coffee and cleaning products. It is estimated that organic food sales in Poland account for just 0.2% share of total food sales; the average Pole spends PLN 11 (EUR 2.60 USD 3.62) on organic food per capita. Considering this rate is tiny compared to other EU countries, the market is deemed to have high growth potential.

Related Report: #1002-40 The European Market for Organic Food & Drink

Source: Portal Spozywczy

 

 

13/02/14

Denmark: Organic Food Market Share Expands

Organic foods now account for 7.6% of total food sales in Denmark.

Paul Holmbeck, CEO of the association for organic food farmers Økologisk Landsforening, says that Denmark's position is a result of the knowledge, interest and trust Danish customers have in organic food production. Supermarkets are also successful in marketing organic foods.

Helene Birk, export manager at Økologisk Landsforening, points out that the traditions and the reputation of Denmark as an organic nation is advantageous for exports. In fact, Danish organic food exports increased to DKK 1.2bn (EUR 160m) in 2012, more than quadrupling export levels over the past seven years.

The Danish organic bakery company Aurion has also posted its best result in 39 years. In 2013, its sales turnover increased by 25% to DKK 36.6mn (EUR 4.9m) and pre-tax profit amounted to DKK 1.5m (EUR 0.2m). The company's sales to retailers, catering and wholesale sector all increased.

   

Source: Børsen
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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