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Mass-market future for protein chocolate after Mars and Snickers launches?

Protein experts at leading nutraceutical trade fair Vitafoods consider if protein chocolate has mainstream appeal.

Food and beverage giants pledge to cut trans fats to below 1g per 100g by 2018

Global food and drinks businesses including General Mills, Kellogg, Mars, Nestlé and Unilever have pledged to reduce trans fatty acids to “nutritionally insignificant levels” by the end of 2018.

'Produces enough Maltesers to fill 166 Olympic-size swimming pools a year'

Mars to provide 100% renewable electricity to power 12 UK sites

Mars has partnered with Eneco UK to install a 20-turbine Moy Wind Farm in Scotland to provide 100% renewable electricity to power all 12 Mars UK sites.

NPD

Mars taps ‘mainstream’ trend with protein chocolate launches

Mars has introduced Snickers and Mars bars packed with protein after spotting a trend that it says has become “mainstream”.

Industry Voices - Euromonitor analyst Jack Skelly

The race to the top: Is chocolate's premiumization wearing thin?

Mars’ Grupo Turin buy gives it a premium chocolate brand to expand internationally, but consumers are increasingly building loyalty to its competitors as the segment grows saturated, writes Euromontior analyst...

M&M’s Red and Yellow characters team up with Marvel’s X-Men

Mars Chocolate North America will be hoping its new movie tie-up has the ‘x-factor’.

Confectionery packaging declines 1% to reach 12.8 billion units in 2015

Confectionery Packaging has declined 1% in the UK to reach 12.8 billion units in 2015, according to Euromonitor.

Mars La Chola buy a ‘turning point’ for Ecuadorian cocoa and CCN-51, says Hardman Agribusiness

Farm efficiency is back at heart of the industry’s sustainability push after Mars’ acquisition of Ecuadorian cocoa plantation Hacienda La Chola, according to Hardman Agribusiness.

Exclusive

Science vs taste: Nestlé and Mondelēz reveal different takes on candy nutrition guidelines

Nestlé says it is primarily guided by science when setting nutrition guidelines for its confections, while Mondelēz International takes account of multiple factors, but says consumer preference and taste is...

'THE GOAL IS TO REFORMULATE SO THEY CAN BE LABELLED 'EVERYDAY PRODUCTS''

Mars to label savoury products in global portfolio: 'Eat occasionally, once a week'

Mars will add labels to some savoury products in its global portfolio, such as Uncle Ben's and Dolmio, that don't meet its own nutrition criteria to say they should only...

R&D

Mars buys Ecuadorian cocoa farm for scientific research

Mars Chocolate has acquired Hacienda La Chola, a 485-hectare cocoa farm in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Major brands dump palm oil supplier IOI following RSPO suspension

Four of the world’s biggest food companies have moved swiftly to cease trading with Malaysian firm IOI after it fell foul of sustainable palm oil rules, but NGOs say it’s...

Farewell to US mainstream chocolates’ golden age? It’s possible, says UBS

Mainstream players like Hershey may struggle to maintain grip on the US chocolate market amid rising competition and a shift to seasonal and premium products, claims an analyst at Swiss-based financial...

Exclusive interview

WCF president: Cocoa sustainability efforts ‘not just focused on productivity’

The World Cocoa Foundation’s acting president has defended farmer inclusivity under the industry-backed CocoaAction initiative and says efforts are not limited to yield increases.

First quarter 2016 innovation

Global confectionery NPD: Lemon meringue truffles, green tea cookies and chili nut M&Ms

ConfectioneryNews presents our pick of products entering the global confectionery category this quarter from major players such as Mars, Lotte and Nestlé.

Hershey and Nestlé cocoa slave labor lawsuits dismissed

A district court in California has thrown out lawsuits accusing Hershey and Nestlé of misleading consumers by failing to disclose cocoa in some chocolate brands may come from slave labor.

Easter baskets 2016: What's new from the top confectioners?

Confectioners, including Mars, Hershey and Peeps have introduced new products for the upcoming Easter, which the National Confectioners Association predicts will help US Easter candy sales grow 1.4% from 2015. 

Mondelēz, Nestlé, Mars and Lindt pledge to use 'sustainable cocoa' for Australian-made chocolate

Australia’s leading chocolate companies such as Mondelēz, Nestlé, Mars and Lindt have all pledged to source only “sustainable” cocoa for domestically manufactured goods, says the Australian Industry Group.

Origins

Rising dragon: Vietnam to win fine flavor cocoa status

Vietnam is to become the second Asian nation to be recognized by the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) as a fine flavor cocoa origin.

CFSAF: 'Gen Mills was forced to make decision because of Senate’s failure to act'

General Mills and Mars to roll out GMO labeling nationwide as Vermont deadline looms: 'We can’t label our products for only one state'

It was prompted by pragmatism, rather than an ideological shift, but General Mills and Mars have resolved to roll out GMO labeling nationwide as Congress has proved unable to hammer...

Ad block: Smaller confectioners to stop advertising to kids under new scheme

Six US confectionery businesses have pledged not to advertise directly to children below the age of 12 under a new industry initiative.

Dispatches from Ho Chi Minh City

The Buzz: Vietnam Asia's golden child at Cocoa Revolution 2016

Discover how Vietnam will become a fine flavor cocoa nation, the challenges facing the global cocoa sector and what the future holds for chocolate demand in Asia and beyond.

Consumer reaction to Mars recall measured by YouGov

A recall of Mars and Snickers chocolate has had a negative consumer impact on both brands but the signs are it will only be short-term, according to YouGov data.

Opinion

Mars chocolate recall: What we know and don’t

After Mars recalled different brands of chocolate in more than 50 countries due to potential plastic contamination, attention is now turning to the how and why of the incident.

Mars issues mass chocolate recall due to plastic

Mars Chocolate has recalled a variety of chocolate bars after plastic was found in one of the products.

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