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Private equity and Hershey frontrunners for ‘stuck in time’ Russell Stover: Analyst

Private equity firms and Hershey are prospective suitors for up for sale Russell Stover, but America’s leading boxed chocolate firm could struggle to stay relevant, according to an analyst from Mintel....

Seasonal focus: 2014’s candy love-in

Money buys love in segmented US Valentine’s market

US Valentine’s candy consumers are expected to spend more than last year, but many will seek products on offer, while the rich will buy richer with more premium offerings.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: VALENTINE'S DAY

Like many other holidays, Valentine's Day is a time for sharing food, sweets, wine, and other treats with a loved one. Here are some packaging designs that aim for the...

Hershey ‘very excited’ about mystery new product, reckons Brookside could be $500m brand

Hershey’s chief executive John Bilbrey says he is “very excited” about a mystery new product that will unveiled later this year, and believes fruit and choc snack brand Brookside could become...

Hershey to acquire iconic Chinese confectionery firm

Hershey Netherlands B.V. has signed an agreement to acquire an 80% stake in Chinese confectionery and snack firm Shanghai Golden Monkey Food Company (SGM) - and the remaining 20% in 2015.

Hershey ups palm oil pledge but Greenpeace wants more

Hershey has committed to purchasing 100% traceable and sustainably-sourced palm oil by the end of 2014. Greenpeace has welcomed the move, but has reservations about timelines and terminology.

Hershey launches Jolly Rancher in India

Hershey has chosen India as the first country outside of North America to launch the Jolly Rancher brand.

Most popular US confectionery brands 2013 – consumer poll

US consumers have voted for their favorite confectionery brands in five categories: chocolate, premium chocolate, gum, candy and cookies. Find out the results here.

Hershey develops 'improved' method to detect cocoa flavanols

Hershey has filed a patent for a new method to purify and detect levels of cocoa flavanols and procyanidins.

Confectionery industry shirking palm oil responsibilities with RSPO: Greenpeace

Many confectioners are sidestepping responsibilities on sustainable palm oil by only ensuring products meet ‘inadequate’ RSPO standards, according to Greenpeace.

The Trick to Treat Sales Series: Halloween 2013 lineups

What are the leading confectioners serving up this Halloween? ConfectioneryNews explores the latest additions to Halloween lineups from big players such as Mars, Hershey and Nestlé.

The trick to treat sales series

Scary thought: Halloween candy is bigger than Halloween, says Hershey

Consumers desire flavors and packaging that evoke the wider Fall season and not just Halloween, says Hershey as the choc giant introduces a string of products to make the most...

Quality key to upping Chinese chocolate consumption, says analyst

Premium international brands for China’s increasingly affluent population could be instrumental in raising low domestic chocolate consumption, according to market researchers Canadean.

Hershey expects chocolate ad spending will underpin health of the category

Hershey is expecting the chocolate category to increase advertising spend in the next year to promote a growing number of innovations, which will leverage category growth.

Hershey adapts China brand Lancaster to US tastes

Hershey has launched Lancaster Soft Caramel Cremes in the US, six months after the company initially introduced the product in China. 

News in brief

Hershey highlights rise of dark chocolate as dessert in US

Hershey hosted an event in New York last week highlighting dark chocolate as the new dessert for Americans.

Hershey marks biggest outlay in Asia with $250m Malaysia plant

The Hershey Company will make its single largest investment in Asia with a new factory in Malaysia, a country the firm says gives it a strong route to 25 markets...

Hershey-funded school should curb child labor, says Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut has collaborated with Hershey to build a primary school in a western cocoa-growing region of Côte d’Ivoire – a move that should ensure children stay off the farms,...

Canada price fixing woes: Chocolate titans settle class action but still face criminal charges

Mars and Nestlé have opted to settle a class action lawsuit over price fixing allegations in Canada but both still face criminal charges in a separate investigation from the Competition...

News in brief

Betty Crocker and Hershey launch baking mixes

Betty Crocker has teamed up with confectionery major Hershey to launch a range of cookie and cupcake mixes.

Top US confectioners increase lobbying spend in 2012

The top four US confectioners shelled out 8% more on lobbying Congress in 2012 compared to the previous year.

Nestlé Kit Kat tie-up wires into Chinese Android appetite

This week’s launch of the new Google Android 4.4 Kit Kat and Nestlé’s tie-in chocolate Android robots is a marketing move worth millions and could help the Kit Kat name...

Nestlé unveils Android KitKat Google partnership

Nestlé is to make more than 50M Android-branded KitKat bars, after teaming up with Google to launch the new version of its Android mobile operating system to be called Android...

Hershey child labor lawsuit faces meltdown

A case alleging child labor abuses by Hershey in West Africa should be dismissed for lack of evidence, according to a Master’s report in the Court of Chancery in Delaware....

Editor's Blog

Analysis: Where is confectionery production moving?

We’ve delved into the ConfectioneryNews archives to chart newly built factories and major investments on existing plants by the industry’s major players over the past five years to discover where...

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