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Around 330 tonnes of sweets are thrown to spectators during the Cologne Carnival Procession – the weight of half a German intercity train. In Düsseldorf the volume of sweets thrown to onlookers is 45 tonnes – the weight of a chain excavator. Source: bahnmobil, Feb. 2016. © bodyartimages,

Sweets and snacks: trends and outlook

Confectionery is always popular – not just during the German Carnival season.

More than 30 kilograms of sweet and savoury snacks per capita per year

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Easy to open: today’s lifestyle-conscious customers expect to see pre-cut notches to open the packaging, sealed tear-off strips, ring-pull openings, snap caps or zip closures to allow convenient opening and reclosure. © PHOTOPRESS, Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Spruengli AG

Growing requirements on machinery

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Lovechock is one of the first chocolate bars packaged in biodegradable cellulose film. Working with the Dutch chocolate manufacturers, the packaging is made by a young company in Berlin that specialises in stainless steel lunch boxes and sandwich boxes. © ecobrotbox