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Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

Sweets & Snacks Expo set to begin as US confectioners make portion guidance pledge

The annual Sweets & Snacks Expo, hosted by the National Confectioners Association (NCA), will kick off in Chicago next week on May 23, 2017.

Ferrero-owned Kinder secures licensing deal with Despicable Me 3

Kinder is rolling out Despicable Me-themed Surprise Eggs in the UK under a partnership with Universal Pictures.

Top public nutrition adviser faces criticism after receiving money from chocolate industry

A spate of recent reports have accused a top member of Scotland’s food standards agency of bias after revealing her financial ties to a major chocolate firm - is the...

Australian chocolate consumption on the rise, says Roy Morgan Research

Australians are eating more chocolate bars, blocks and boxed chocolates than in 2013, according to research by Roy Morgan.

Nutritionists dispute relevance of sugar levels in chocolate spreads following report

Chocolate spreads and jams contain huge amounts of sugar, with two slices of bread containing the entire maximum daily intake - but some experts have questioned whether the quantities eaten are...

Ferrero names internal candidate as next CEO

Ferrero has appointed a CEO to take over duties from Giovanni Ferrero, who will become executive chairman.

Confectionery grows above FMCG average in Western Europe

Confectionery was the second biggest driver of growth in Western Europe’s fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) market in 2016, according to Nielsen.

M&A

Ferrero USA outlook positive with Fannie May Confections acquisition - analyst

Ferrero is to acquire all the equity of Fannie May Confections brands, including its subsidiaries Fannie May Confections and Harry London Candies from 1-800-Flowers.com for $115m.

Interview: WCF President

Big 12 cocoa and chocolate players pledge to end deforestation in cocoa

The 12 major players in cocoa and chocolate have united with public sector partners to eradicate deforestation in the cocoa supply chain.

NCA State of of the Industry Conference 2017

Premium & healthy snacks: Mars and Ferrero execs chew on 2017 US confectionery trends

Ferrero North America CEO Paul Chibe and VP of strategy and insights at Mars Matt Lloyd weigh in on 2017 confectionery trends.

Fake Ferrero and Mars chocolate seized in China

Chinese police recently seized 300,000 counterfeit chocolate pieces during the 2017 Lunar New Year worth around 700 RMB ($102) per box, after a wedding candy store owner received complaints from local consumers.

Industry reacts to RSPO's Impact Report

FoodNavigator approached industry and campaigners for their reflections on the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)'s 2016 Impact Report. What are the challenges and opportunities in the next 12 months?

Ferrero to modernize French factory in $42m project

Ferrero France has announced plans to upgrade its plant in Villers-Ecalles in a project to be completed by 2021.

Three Squirrels expects to be incorporated after reporting net profit of over $29m

Rumor has been mounting over the last month that e-commerce snack brand in China, Three Squirrels, is planning to be incorporated in the near future, BakeryandSnacks learned from various sources.

Ferrero defends palm oil in Nutella with advert against 'unfair smear campaign'

Ferrero has launched a TV advertising campaign defending its use of palm oil in its flagship product Nutella, saying palm oil is currently suffering "an unfair smear campaign" in Italy....

Ferrero expected to acquire Delacre biscuits by mid-December

Ferrero is nearing the acquistion of biscuits firm Delacre in an attempt to decrease its reliance on chocolate and expand in North American, says market analysts Euromonitor.

Ferrero drops Romanian Kinder Egg subcontractor amid child labor concerns

Ferrero has terminated all relations with subcontractors Prolegis in Romania after allegations children had been working long hours for low pay to produce toys for Kinder Eggs.

Euromonitor Quarterly Statement Q3 2016

‘Post-Brexit consumers may move to lower-priced confectionery, reversing premium chocolate trend’

Brexit is unlikely to have a dramatic effect on confectionery sales, with the quarterly update showing a 2% reduction in volume sales by 2020, according to Euromonitor.

Unilever/Tesco row: Are Nestlé & Ferrero next? says Euromonitor

A row has broken out between Unilever and Tesco over price hikes.

Ferrero-owned Tic Tac Mints denounces Trump comments

Ferrero-owned Tic Tac Mints has become the latest candy company to distance itself from comments made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump

The 'ignored’ commodity: Confectioners face tough choice on sugar sustainability

Sustainability in sugar has been side lined by the health debate, but the confectionery industry is a heavy user and must now decide whether it will support cane growers in the...

INFOGRAPHIC

Top 10 chocolate brands: US candy market dollar sales rise

Mars M&M’s, Hershey’s Reese’s and Nestlé’s Butterfinger are among the top US chocolate brands for the year to date, but which are gaining and which are losing share?...

Mondelēz may move for Ferrero after Hershey saga: Mintel

Mondelēz International may need to aim for a “lesser but still important” confectioner, such as Ferrero, to compete in the US confectionery space after ending its pursuit of Hershey, says Mintel....

Confectionery industry open to pan-EU 250 calorie cap per portion

Nestlé, Mars and Mondelēz are willing to discuss setting an industry-wide 250 kcal limit on confectionery portions across Europe.

How can share bags fit confectioners’ portion control strategy?

Nestlé, Ferrero and Mondelēz International say share bags can be part of the confectionery industry’s push for portion-controlled products.

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