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Goodbye scuff marks: Mars heat treats chocolate after tempering to avoid unwanted marks

A short burst of hot air or incubation can prevent unsightly white marks on chocolate obtained via friction during production and packing, according to a patent application from Mars.

Canada chocolate price fixing saga ends as Nestlé charges stayed

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) has dropped chocolate price fixing charges against Nestlé Canada and its former CEO Robert Leonidas.

Mars and Wrigley rethink impulse strategy for e-commerce age

Mars Chocolate and Wrigley have adapted impulse merchandising strategies to fit the modern retail landscape.


Are chocolate bars really getting smaller? Researchers compare historic packaging

An online marketing company has analyzed scans of vintage bars to discover if the most popular chocolates in the Western World have been shrinking.

Science brief

Study confirms safe doses of cocoa flavanols for supplements & fortified products

Consuming up to two grams per day of cocoa flavanols for 12 weeks is well tolerated in healthy men and women, says a new study from scientists from Mars Inc....

Top 10 UK chocolate brands in C-stores

Galaxy and Maltesers gain ground on Cadbury Dairy Milk as top UK c-store chocolates, finds IRI

Cadbury Dairy Milk is remains the top selling UK chocolate confectionery brand in convenience stores, but sales have dipped as Mars brands Galaxy and Maltesers grow, according to IRI data.

Making food safer globally: Mars partners with FAO

Mars has signed a partnership agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN).

Exclusive interview

Fairtrade CEO: Chocolate industry should pay double for cocoa to ensure farmer living income

Chocolate makers must pay double the market price for cocoa farmers to receive a living income, says the CEO of Fairtrade as the organization gears up to review pricing.

Gulfood Manufacturing 2015, Dubai

PepsiCo, Mars, Mondelēz and Fonterra throw spotlight on Middle East

PepsiCo, Mars, Mondelēz and Fonterra will focus their efforts on the Middle East at Gulfood Manufacturing in Dubai next week (October 27-29) with two conferences entitled Next Generation Manufacturing and...

Treofan to expand in the US as it sees growing market for five layer labels

Treofan has spent €60m in the past two years upgrading its plants in Germany, Italy and Mexico. It also has a sales office in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, US.

Treofan makes its biggest investment in 10 years with €30m five-layer label and packaging film plant

Trefoan invited guests including Bosch, Nestlé, Mars and Danone, to see what it claims to be one of the largest production lines in Europe for five-layer label and packaging film...

Mars targets healthier, on-the-go crowd with Snickers Crsiper and other c-store launches

Mars announced the November launch of its portion-controlled Snickers Crisper at this year’s National Association of Convenience Stores Show.

Mars snaps up Mexican Lindt distributor Grupo Turin

Mars has acquired premium chocolate firm Grupo Turin to capitalize on projected growth in the Mexican chocolate market.

Mars, Nestlé and Hershey face fresh cocoa child labor class action lawsuits

Three class action lawsuits brought in California allege Mars, Nestlé and Hershey use child labor to produce their best-selling chocolate brands. The firms say they are tackling the issue and...

US chocolate price fixing lawsuit appeal dismissed

A US appeals court has upheld an earlier decision to throw out an antitrust lawsuit against Hershey, Mars and Nestlé.

Chocolate cartel allegations

Canada chocolate price fixing: Mars charge dropped, but Nestlé case resumes

Prosecutors have stayed criminal chocolate price fixing charges against Mars and some others in Canada, but the case against Nestlé resumes.

Chocolate unsuitable for cocoa flavanol delivery despite new heart health pros, says Mars-backed consortium

Cocoa flavanols have been tied to lowering blood pressure and heart disease risk in new research by a Mars-backed project, but study authors say chocolate is too calorific to be...

Wrigley pushes to up permitted level of Ace K for gum in Australia and NZ

Wrigley hopes to bring Australia and New Zealand's rules on levels of Acesulphame Potassium in gum in line with international standards.

Tulane Survey

Hazardous cocoa child labor climbs 18% in West Africa: ‘Rallying call’ for chocolate industry to step up

The cocoa and chocolate industry acknowledges it must do more to combat cocoa child labor after the number of kids working in hazardous conditions on cocoa farms in Ghana and...

Market Research

Power of the dark side: Technavio reveals forecasts and growth drivers for global dark chocolate market

Global dark chocolate sales are expected to rise 9% each year up to 2019 due to increased demand in developing nations and associated health benefits, according to Technavio.


The ones to watch: Euromonitor pinpoints three chocolate markets in the Middle East & Africa

Euromonitor International unveils the world’s fastest growing chocolate markets and earmarks three beyond India and China that should be high on every confectioner's agenda.

Growing minis capacity: Mars to invest $109m to expand Dutch plant

Mars plans to expand capacity at its Veghel plant over the next 10 years to produce miniature versions of its brands as Western Europeans limit their calorie intake.

Mars invests $53m in M&M's Peanut expansion in Russia

Mars has opened an M&M’s Peanut plant at its chocolate factory in Stupino, Russia.

Mars backs WHO’s 10% sugar guidance: 'We are not trying to hide behind any science or research’

Mars Chocolate North America is going against the industry tide by backing the World Health Organization's guidance that added sugar should account for under 10% of a person's daily calories.

Mars stands by Russia in face of Western sanctions

Mars says it will continue active development in the Russian market despite an ongoing economic crisis and Western sanctions.

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