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Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

Mars, Ferrero and Jelly Belly among Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017 Most Innovative Award winners

The National Confectionery Association (NCA) has announced the Most Innovative Award winners from nine major candy and snack categories, including chocolate, seasonal, gum and mints, at the Sweets & Snacks...

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.

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‘The Cocoa Exchange’: Mars sets up e-commerce party program for chocolate

Mars Chocolate North America is recruiting ‘curators’ to host parties promoting a specially created range from Mars, which can be sold on an online store.

Mars joins Nestlé, Lindt and Ferrero in calorie reduction goal

Mars-Wrigley, Nestlé USA, Ferrero, Lindt, and Ferrara Candy say half of their individually wrapped products will be 200 calories or less by 2022.

7-Eleven taps specialty bakery growth with Twix-topped donuts

Convenience store chain 7-Eleven has unveiled its first donuts topped with Twix Caramel Cookie bar pieces.

Mars pledges to use 100% high-oleic peanuts in M&Ms, Munch Bar, by end of 2017

Confectionery giant Mars announced its pledge to use only high-oleic peanuts in its Peanut M&M’s and Munch Bar products by the end of 2017.

Mars launches first M&M’s chocolate block in Australia

Mars has launched its first M&M’s chocolate block in Australia

Peeps, Jelly Belly being out of stock at Walmart during Easter is ‘significant issue,’ Quri says

US shoppers may have found it more difficult to locate Peeps and Jelly Belly this past Easter at Walmart’s candy aisle compared to Cadbury, Dove, Hershey and M&M’s, says Quri....

Daelmans Stroopwafels faces no ‘direct pressure’ from M&M’s at Walgreens

Daelman’s Stroopwafels is now available in about 6,000 Walgreens stores, a year after European snack importer The Brand Passport introduced it to the US market.

UK councils call for industry funds to tackle gum litter ‘plague’

The Local Government Association (LGA) is urging the chewing gum industry to contribute towards cleanup costs and encourages manufacturers to explore biodegradable gum bases.

Mars to invest $70m to up American M&M’s and goodnessknows production

Mars Chocolate North America plans to increase M&M’s capacity and will add goodnessknows flavor variants in a $70m manufacturing investment in the US.

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Easter chocolate NPD 2017: Hershey, Cadbury, M&M’s and Godiva

ConfectioneryNews highlights new items from Hershey, Cadbury, Mars and Godiva for Easter, a major contributor to overall US candy sales. 

M&M’s White Chocolate transitions from seasonal to everyday candy

Mars Chocolate will launch M&M’s White Chocolate as an everyday product at select food, mass, convenience and drug stores across the US in May, 2017. 

'The best kind of bad': Chocolate makers need premium ingredients not sugar reduction

Sugar and calorie reduction has taken its toll on the chocolate category, but focusing on quality ingredients can foster growth, suggests a Euromonitor analyst. 

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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.

Mars to bring Maltesers to the US & Canada

Mars will launch chocolate snacking brand Maltesers in North America for the first time.

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.

Big data: Which brands top confectionery sales in Beijing?

Trade body China Candy has collected February confectionery data from thousands of retailers in Beijing. 

Hershey and Mars lose China market share to Nestlé and Ferrero

Hershey and Mars have lost market share in China's declining confectionery category to Nestlé and Ferrero, according to Euromonitor Shanghai.

Mars to enter UK supplement space with cocoa flavanol pills

Confectionery giant Mars plans to launch its CocoaVia line of cocoa flavanol-based food supplements in the UK and Ireland later this month.

Wrigley launches first soft chews under Orbit brand

Wrigley has added a soft chew format for Orbit White in the US as the country's chewing gum market returns to growth after a challenging few years.

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E-tail-volution: Why confectionery e-commerce strategies shouldn’t be put on hold

Confectioners need to act fast in developing e-commerce strategies because even though online retail remains a small channel, it is rapidly evolving.

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.

Mars invests $900m in US supply chain with sustainability its priority

M&Ms maker Mars has announced it will invest $900m in its US supply chain in addition to the recent $1bn investment aimed at boosting its domestic manufacturing capabilities. ...

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