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Instead of little presents in calendars, joyful anticipation before Christmas in the 19th century was celebrated by wiping out 24 chalk lines one after the other until Christmas Day. © Jürgen Fälchle

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An innovative Countdown Calendar is causing a stir in the confectionery industry. From now on we will not only be “counting down” for Christmas but also for such occasions as weddings, company anniversaries or the World Cup kick-off.
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Sweets and snacks: trends and outlook


A review of 2015 shows that production volumes in confectionery items and snacks have only risen slightly compared with 2014, and sales have increased by 2.6 per cent. The outlook for the current year is cautiously optimistic. Experts are confident that new consumer demands will encourage the global packaging industry to develop progressive manufacturing solutions.
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Shhhh.... Christmas merchandise that cannot be sold at reduced prices is often given to charitable institutions. © faktorzwei,

Man or bunny? Or both?


Christmas is over and so for most of us it’s also the end of our sweet indulgence. But you may well be wondering what’s going to happen to all those lovely Christmas treats that filled the shelves of the supermarkets. There’s a preconceived idea that Father Christmases are converted into Easter Bunnies, but the Association of the German Confectionery Industry has recently denied this rumour.
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This is what the classic Halloren Kugel (chocolate ball) – the kind, creamy cacao – looks like, before it is covered with chocolate.



The confectionery industry benefits enormously from new concepts and efficient technologies: See “good old Halloren“.
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Heat-Proof Packaging for Chocolate


On average, Germans eat up to ten kilos of chocolate per year. Yet the demand for chocolate regularly reaches its lowest point during the summer months – a slump in sales which, hopefully, will now be counteracted by heat-resistant types of chocolate and packaging.
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Brave New 'Coloured' World


It has magnetic attraction for many kids and also arouses great interest from adult consumers: multi-coloured packaging. However, while is affords increased security for drug manufacturers, recycling companies and parents unleash a storm of protest.
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Chocolate Truffles © grafoto1 - Fotolia

Creative packaging for chocolate


What does your own borough taste like? And what are the differences between samples from different nations? An innovative form of chocolate bar packaging is conquering the market, showing tourists how to get around in New York or providing information about the unique flavours of the chocolate inside.
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Easter bunny beats Father Christmas


Whether it’s Christmas, Valentine’s Day or the Football World Cup – special items always sell extremely well. As before, this year’s Easter period features numerous seasonal packaging innovations for chocolate bunnies and other Easter items.
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