High-end Swiss chocolate brand to finally hit U.S

High-end Swiss chocolate brand to finally hit U.S

Nestle announced on Wednesday that for the first time it will begin selling its Cailler chocolate beyond Switzerland, as the company attempts to make headway into the super-premium chocolate market.

The company will now sell Cailler chocolate, a nearly 200-year-old Swiss brand, in the United States, Britain and Germany with the help of Amazon starting Thursday. Nestle will also begin selling the Cailler brand for the first time at airport shops in Geneva, Zurich, Dubai and Singapore. The company said it is on track to introduce the high-end chocolate in China by mid-November.

“It is a very unique brand and very unique product,” Sandra Martinez, head of the confectionery strategic business unit at Nestle, said in an interview. “It has strong Swiss heritage and it’s the oldest chocolate brand in existence.”

The nuts used in the chocolate are roasted in-house. The company says milk for Cailler chocolate brands comes from “1,800 of the world’s happiest dairy cows grazing the lush, green grass” near the Nestle factory in Broc, Switzerland. Martinez said some factory workers even joke they know the cows by name.

The chocolate bon bons are available in 16 and 25-piece boxes ($24.90 or $34.90), and come in four assortments: the signature selection, milk chocolate, praline, and dark chocolate.

Callier also makes chocolate bars. The Art Du Brut variety (which feature various nut and fruit combinations) are $17.80 for two bars. The L’Encorce variety (plain chocolate bars) are $13.50 for a pack of three bars.

Nestle plans to launch a vigorous social media campaign to introduce the chocolate in the new markets. The company will also launch a marketing blitz at Grand Central Terminal in New York in mid-October.

By using Amazon as opposed to introducing the chocolate in the mass market, Martinez said that Nestle officials will be able to more quickly understand how consumers are responding to the product in the U.S. and other new markets.

Nestle, which also is the maker of baby food, Nespresso and bottled water and other consumers goods, hopes the move in chocolate — one of the behemoth’s oldest businesses — will help it gain ground on leading global confectioners Mondelez International and Mars.

Premium chocolate accounts for about 8% of all U.S. market chocolate sales, and the segment has seen double-digit growth in recent years, according to Candy Industry, a publication that covers the confectionery industry. But Nestle has been shut out of this market.

The super-premium brands are usually made with higher cacao content and often include exotic flavors. (The independent Vosges Chocolate sells a Guajillo & Chipotle Super Dark Chocolate Bar, while Hershey’s sells Scharffen Berger chocolates which they tout as being made with “an artisan process, honed with a wine-maker’s attention to craftsmanship.”)

“Premium chocolate is my small intimate frustration,” Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke told an investors conference last year in Boston.

Bulcke’s comment in Boston spurred speculation that Nestle, which is best known for mass market chocolate like Kit Kat, Crunch and Butterfinger, might try to buy a high-end chocolate maker in the United States.

But Nestle ultimately decided that Cailler could be its way into the high-end chocolate market.

Martinez declined to comment on whether Nestle may still be looking to buy a smaller high-end chocolate company as it tries to gain ground in the super-premium segment.


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10 Healthy Snacks To Eat At Your Desk

10 Healthy Snacks To Eat At Your Desk


Sweet potato stuffed with tuna? That may not sound like the most appetizing snack, but it’s delicious, and has a great balance of protein, nutrients and fat. That’s what you want when you’re at your desk and hunger strikes in mid-morning or afternoon, says Los Angeles nutritionist Jonny Bowden, author of more than a dozen books, including The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth.

Most of us might reach for a chocolate bar or a bag of chips, but we’d be much better off if we kept a stash of nutritious noshes on hand. “A snack should be a well-constructed mini-meal,” Bowden says. “It should be built around adequate protein, a little bit of fat and hopefully some fiber.” He recommends baking a batch of sweet potatoes and stowing them in the fridge. “They get sweet and delicious and soft.” Stuff a little tuna packed in water inside, and pack in a plastic container. Voila, a tasty mini-meal.

Ideally office snacks should provide 200 calories or less. But Bowden also recommends even lower-cal choices, like a single hard-boiled egg. One egg has around 70 calories and is packed with five or six grams of protein. Though you should always be striving for a balance of fiber, protein, nutrients and fat, don’t expect every snack to provide those elements. Just try to pick a food that’s nutritious and fits in, calorie- and nutrition-wise, with the rest of your diet


String Cheese

Bowden likes the Horizon brand organic version. High in protein, it offers a bit of fat and has only 80 calories.


Hard-Boiled Egg

One egg has around 70 calories and is packed with five to six grams of protein.


Peanut Butter and Apple

This snack has the magic combination of fiber, protein and fat.



One ounce, about 12 nuts, has 184 calories. Almonds contain omega-9 fatty acid, the fat also found in olive oil that’s associated with good heart health.


Lara or Atkins Snack Bar

Bowden especially likes these two brands.


Baked Sweet Potato With Tuna

Bake a batch and stow in the fridge. Stuff one with tuna packed in water, and tote it to work in a plastic container.


Celery and Hummus

Hummus, made with sesame seeds, contains lots of nutrients and beneficial fibers called lignans that improve blood profiles, normalize blood pressure and enhance vitamin E absorption


Half an Avocado

This creamy fruit has a surprisingly high fiber content. “It’s the unsung hero of the snack kingdom,” Bowden says.


Tomato Slices with Buffalo Cheese and Olive Oil

This combination contains fat and protein, and tomatoes are packed with antioxidants. A filling snack, low in calories.0x600

Nitrate-Free Turkey With Apple

Controversy continues about the danger of nitrates, so Bowden recommends choosing turkey without them.


The food of love: Females are more likely to have sex if they’re ‘wined and dined’ first

The food of love: Females are more likely to have sex if they’re ‘wined and dined’ first (at least if you’re a bush cricket)

  • Researchers found male bush crickets entice their partners with food
  • They present them with a ball of jelly to encourage long mating sessions
  • Scientists were unsure if the gift sex was to ensure healthy offspring or not
  • Some bush cricket species have evolved clasping devices like ‘handcuffs’  to ensure a long sex session
  • But insects using force run the risk of being kicked and bitten by females

By Sarah Griffiths

When it comes to dating, it appears humans and bush crickets share a common ritual – they both like to treat their partner to a lavish dinner.

Researchers have discovered female insects are more likely to mate with a male who has brought them food, in the form a giant ball of jelly.

But male bush crickets who expect sex without offering their partner a tasty meal are likely to get a kicking from the disgruntled females.

The way to a female bush cricket's heart is through her stomach: The female insects are more likely to make love if they have been 'wined and dined' first, a new study has found. Mating Mexican bush crickets, also known as katydids, are pictured

The way to a female bush cricket’s heart is through her stomach: The female insects are more likely to make love if they have been ‘wined and dined’ first, a new study has found. Mating Mexican bush crickets, also known as katydids, are pictured

Providing gifts of food to females during courtship or mating is common in the insect world, but entomologists have debated why this practice has evolved.

The two main theories are that the male is using food to distract the female so he can mate for longer, or that he is trying to ensure she is better fed, to ensure stronger offspring.

In a bid to solve the mystery of the insect’s dating practices, evolutionary biologists Dr James Gilbert of Sussex University, Professor Karim Vahed at the University of Derby and researchers at the California Academy of Sciences and the Institute Tecnológico de Ciudad Victoria in Mexico closely studied amorous bushcrickets, which are also known as katydids.

The joint study, which is to be published in the journal Evolution, revealed male bush crickets treat their partner to dinner to prolong sperm transfer, rather than being ‘considerate’ to ensure a good start in life for their children.

Male bush crickets treat their partner to dinner to prolong sperm transfer, according to a team of experts including professor Karim Vahed (pictured)

Male bush crickets treat their partner to dinner to prolong sperm transfer, according to a team of experts including professor Karim Vahed (pictured)

The scientists looked at 44 bushcricket species. In most, the male produces a food gift of a large blob of jelly called the spermatophylax, which can weigh as much as a third of his own bodyweight.

They found males who present females with a spermatophylax are less likely to meet resident behaviour from their partner and have sex.

In a minority of species, however, male bush crickets produce little or no food, and have evolved a far less pleasant practice, instead. 

Among this group, to keep the female attached, males use many bizarre kinds of clasping devices near their genitals resembling teeth that puncture the female’s abdomen and can even completely encircle her like ‘handcuffs,’ the experts explained.

Unsurprisingly, female bush crickets who endure a long spell of copulation with no food resist the act by kicking and biting the males and sometimes thrash around to throw them off.

‘Such conflict shows males who don’t give gifts are trying to ensure they transfer as much sperm into the female as possible – and often more than she wants,’ Dr Vahed said.

‘We see this forceful approach by males in all bushcricket species where nuptial gifts have been lost.’

Dr Gilbert added: ‘If these “bear traps,” “spikes” and “handcuffs” have evolved to prolong sperm transfer in bushcrickets, which have lost nuptial gifts, it’s likely that the nuptial gift serves the same purpose in those species that still use it.’

The researchers concluded that both of the male approaches to mating – whether using food or force – were about maximising the number of offspring they produce rather than any concerns about ensuring a good start for their children.

Top 10 – most popular Tropical Drinks in Hawaii

Summer entertaining is all about relaxing, making the most of great weather and great friends. Here is a great list of how to make some of the most popular Tropical Drinks. With some new twists on old favourites and some brand new taste sensations, these tropical drink recipes will liven up any dinner party, from a backyard barbecue to an all-out tropical affair.

Drink #10 Bay Breeze
Bay Breeze Drink
The Bay Breeze is an easy and delicious cocktail to make. This drink is also sometimes called a Downeaster or Hawaiian Sea Breeze.
Drink #09 Mai Tai
Mai Tai Drink
There are many recipes for mai tais and here is one of them. “Maita’i” is the Tahitian word for “good.” The spelling of the drink, however, is two words.
Drink #08 Mojito
Mojito Drink Recipe
A mojito is traditionally made of six ingredients: white rum or vodka, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime, sparkling water, ice, and mint.[1][2] Its combination of sweetness, refreshing citrus and mint flavors is intended to complement the potent kick of the rum, and have made this clear highball a popular summer drink.
Drink #07 Blue Hawaiian
Blue Hawaiian Drink
The Blue Hawaii is a tropical cocktail made of rum, pineapple juice, blue Curacao, sweet and sour mix, and sometimes vodka as well.
Drink #06 Hurricane
Hurricane Drink
The hurricane is an extremely sweet alcoholic drink made from lime juice, passion fruit syrup and rum. It is one of many popular drinks served in New Orleans.
Drink #05 Piña Colada
Pina Colada Drink
The piña colada is a sweet, rum-based cocktail made with hard rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice, usually served either blended or shaken with ice.
Sex on the beach Drink
Sex on the Beach is a highball cocktail made from vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice and cranberry juice. The ingredients may be shaken together in a shaker with ice, and served in a highball glass.
Drink #03 Bahama Mama
Bahama Mama Drink
The Bahama Mama is a must try tropical cocktail that features two potent rums, dark and 151 proof.
Drink #02 Lava Flow
Lava Flow Drink
A Lava Flow is a great tropical drink made with two kinds of rum.
Hawaiian Margarita Drink
The Hawaiian-inspired margarita is a great blended cocktail. It has a strong strawberry and pineapple flavor to it.