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Nestlé, Hershey, Mars’ shift to clean snacking fuels US candy market rebound: Packaged Facts

Packaged Facts predicts major candy makers’ efforts to satisfy clean-snacking consumers will help the US confectionery market rebound after slightly sluggish sales in 2016.

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Candy NPD roundup: Oreo, Snickers, Cadbury, Jelly Belly and more

ConfectioneryNews tracks new candy products that are hitting the shelves monthly. Here are some of the recent launches: 

M&M’s, Dove and Snickers maintain chocolate market lead in China

Mars’ share in China’s chocolate confectionery market has been dropping since 2013, but the company maintains its leading position with 36.7% market share in 2017, Euromonitor’s latest data shows.

Cargo offers Extra gum, Pringles, Cheeze-It for Uber/Lyft passengers

New York-based startup Cargo that allows rideshare drivers to sell candy and snacks to passengers has launched in Chicago.

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Sugar scare fails to sweeten US sugar-free candy sales

Sugar-free chocolate and candy sales in the US have declined in the first half of 2017 despite consumers aiming to limit sugar in their diets.

Cocoa flavanol sports nutrition credentials dented: Effect on cyclists ‘minimal’

Cocoa flavanol intake may not have benefits for exercise performance and recovery in well-trained cyclists, European scientists deduce.

Hindu leader condemns Wrigley candies made with beef-sourced gelatin

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed says upset Hindus in the US are seeking “official apology” from the president of Wrigley for non-disclosure of beef in some of its candy products.

Mars launches M&M’s in 'priority market' India

Mars has brought M&M’s to India for the first time to expand the region’s bite-size chocolate category. 

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Mondi recognized by Mars for 0% claim rate on deliveries

Mondi Poznan which supplies laminates for Mars Chocolate’s MilkyWay wrappers has won recognition for its 0% claim rate on deliveries.

ONS recognises “shrinkflation” as reason for smaller (but not cheaper) chocolates

Servings of confectionery, fruit juice and biscuits are getting smaller without getting any cheaper, the UK government confirm as findings appear to strengthen what many consumers have long suspected.

Local chocolate players remain competitive in West Africa as regional sales set to grow

Retail value sales of chocolate confectionery in West African countries, like Nigeria and Cameroon, have experienced steady growth over the past five years, according to Euromonitor International.

Africa steadily finding its place on the world chocolate map

Chocolate confectionery sales are expected to rise in Africa, but only slightly higher than the global average, according to FoodTrending.

Wrigley sues e-cig firm for allegedly infringing Doublemint and Juicy Fruit trademarks

Wrigley has sued e-cigarette firm Chi-Town Vapers for allegedly misappropriating its branding on e-liquid flavors of electronic cigarettes.

Top 10 UK snack bar brands: goodnessKNOWS how Mars’ debut will change the playing field

Mars Chocolate has launched goodnessKNOWS bars in the UK, hitting the nerve of time that could disrupt the UK’s Top 10 snack bar brands, says Euromonitor.

Mars’ case against CocoVaa for trademark infringement likely to continue, says lawyer

CocoVaa Chocolatier’s owner says she will continue defending her position if Mars proceeds with litigation against its brand for trademark infringement. 

Brain-impaired elderly subjects appear to most benefit from cocoa flavanols: Review

Flavanol-rich chocolate is well known for its beneficial effect on the brain, but a review by Italian researchers point towards its neuroprotective effects in vulnerable populations over time.

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Caobisco encourages deadlines for 100% certified cocoa and palm oil

EU confectionery trade body Caobisco is encouraging its members to set a date by which they will source all cocoa and palm oil from a certified sustainable source.

Mars to scrap Orkla’s Wrigley contract in Norway

Mars Norge will take charge of Norwegian Wrigley sales next year after terminating a distribution contract with Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Norge.

Mars brand perception takes hit but expected to recover after recall

Mars’ recall of chocolate for potential Salmonella is unlikely to bring long term damage in the eyes of consumers, according to YouGov.

Nestlé comes out top in report assessing chocolate companies for their progress tackling child labor

Nestlé Cocoa Plan has come out top in a report by Stop the Traffik and Baptist World Aid Australia assessing the progress made by chocolate companies and certification organizations in tackling...

Mars issues recall due to potential Salmonella

Mars is recalling certain products due to potential presence of Salmonella from the ingredients used in making chocolate.

Global confectionery sector to grow CAGR 4.6% from 2016–2021

Manufacturers to develop confectionery with vegetables for a healthier halo

An improving global economy, stronger than expected economy in developed countries and rising disposable incomes in developing countries are the main reasons why demand is growing for confectionery products, according...

Mars and Wrigley drive confectionery sales from in-store to digital retail

Mars and Wrigley says redesigning the checkout line at retailers can help drive up sales of confectionery products. 

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

Mars-owned Ethel M seeking US national distribution with Amazon and mass retailers

Ethel M plans to talk to Amazon and mass retailers to bring its chocolate to consumers across the US, ConfectioneryNews learned at the Sweets and Snacks Expo last month in...

Sweets and Snacks Expo 2017

Retailers, not candy brands, influence innovation award decisions: NCA

Being a big candy brand does not necessarily help win the Most Innovative Award at the Sweets and Snacks Expo, the National Confectioners Association (NCA) says.

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