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Leatherhead International Ltd

Leatherhead Research provides expertise and support to the global food and drink sector with practical solutions that cover all stages of a product’s life cycle from consumer insight, ingredient innovation and sensory testing to food safety consultancy and global regulatory advice.

As a not-for-profit, membership-based organisation with 1,500 members, Leatherhead represents a who’s who of the global food and drink industry and supports all Members and clients, large or small with consultancy and advice as well as training, market news, published reports and bespoke projects. Projects are tailored to meet the specific needs of individual Members and clients in support of their competitive goals and technical challenges.

Confectionery training

Leatherhead Research’s confectionery training courses – Sugar Confectionery Production ​and Chocolate Confectionery Production​ – are attended by many high-profile companies, making them the starting point for anyone in the confectionery industry. By attending these courses, delegates will understand the functionality and properties of ingredients such as sugar, glucose syrup, pectin, starch, gelatin, cocoa butter and vegetable fats; and discover the principles behind techniques such as panning, toffee, fudge and caramel production, chewing gum manufacture and refining and conching of chocolate. Each course has fantastic practical sessions and trouble-shooting workshops to bring the subject to life.

Market insight at your fingertips

Further, Leatherhead's monthly Confectionery Industry Update​ is a cost-effective way of tracking monthly developments in the dynamic confectionery market. Each issue profiles a particular country or region, reviews global new product launches, and summarises major trends. A separate section provides a summary of the major legislative developments affecting the industry; and the report also includes the latest technical developments, patents and new ingredients. In addition, a major operator in the global confectionery industry is profiled in every issue.

Related resources

The future of food and drink labelling in Europe

The future of food and drink labelling in Europe

Leatherhead Research | 08-Jun-2022 | Technical / White Paper

Front-of-pack labelling for food and drink is under the spotlight as various strategies are being implemented across Europe to encourage healthier and...

Shelf Life Determination: Best Practice Guidance

Shelf Life Determination: Best Practice Guidance

Leatherhead Research | 12-Jan-2015 | Technical / White Paper

Food and drink manufacturers are under increasing pressure to enhance the accuracy of shelf life determination. Traditional practices such as ‘short dating’...

Food Fraud and Food Safety

Food Fraud and Food Safety

Leatherhead Research | 18-Nov-2013 | Technical / White Paper

Food fraud, including food adulteration, counterfeiting and substitution has always been an industry concern and is gaining interest once again as an economic...

Do ‘natural’ claims cut the mustard?

Do ‘natural’ claims cut the mustard?

Leatherhead Research | 30-Jul-2013 | Technical / White Paper

For a ubiquitous word, ‘natural’ has gained an enormous amount of traction in the food industry. Marketers certainly love the term, in part because it...