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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.

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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.

Mars expands Georgia facilities for Orbit, Excel and goodnessknows production

Mars has announced plans to add production for Wrigley’s Orbit and Excel gum at its Flowery Branch site and says it will add production for snack square brand goodnessknows at...

U.S. confectionery Goliaths losing market share to SMEs – IRI

The top four U.S. candy manufacturers are growing at slower rates than smaller companies, that are able to bring new products to market quicker, says an IRI analyst.

‘We believe private sector is perfectly placed to help raise standards in food safety’ - Mars

Mars and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have partnered to boost food safety in Africa.

Mars supports FDA proposal to list added sugars on Nutrition Facts panel; move is ‘refreshing’ says CSPI

Confectionery giant Mars says it is in favor of FDA proposals to list added sugar on the Nutrition Facts panel, a move described as ‘refreshing’ by the Center for Science...

Special edition: Beyond 2020 - The future of sustainable cocoa

‘We cannot let Indonesia fail’: Mars stresses Asia’s importance in meeting future cocoa demand

Asia is poised to help meet rising demand for cocoa, but its key producer Indonesia faces quality concerns and its government lacks incentive to grow the sector.

Chocolate heavyweights back Indonesian sustainable cocoa program

Mondelēz, Mars, Nestlé and Barry Callebaut and Cargill are backing a three-year sustainable cocoa program in Indonesia, which aims to reduce poverty and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Wrigley to boost Africa business with $63m Kenya factory

The Wrigley Company is constructing a $63m plant in Kenya, which global president Martin Radvan calls an ‘important early step’ in realising a strategic commitment to Africa.

Wrigley UK eyes new chewing occasions with refreshed Extra gum

Wrigley UK hopes to tap into new eating and drinking occasions with its reformulated and repackaged Extra brand chewing gum.

Easter baskets 2015: Innovations from the top confectioners

R&D teams at Mars, Nestlé, Hershey and Mondelēz have developed a series of new products to capitalize on Easter, the second largest season for US confectionery sales.

The kings of confectionery: Mars and Hershey level pegging in 2015 Harris Poll

Mars and Hershey each have seven of the 20 most trusted brands in the US confectionery sector, according to a survey by Harris Interactive

Empowering women in agriculture is good for business

Empowering women in small-hold agriculture is essential to boosting productivity, creating new product launches and generating business - and companies are starting to realise this, says a Fairtrade Foundation report.

Mars plans $160m plant in ‘high priority’ Indian market

Mars will construct its first confectionery factory in India, producing Snickers and Galaxy.

Mars and Hershey settle Malteser spat ‘amicably’

Mars and Hershey have reached an out of court settlement in a Maltesers trademark case in the US.

Confectionery marketing to kids taboo under WHO’s European Region Nutrient Profile model

The World Health Organization (WHO) has proposed a nutrient profiling tool to help European member states that wish to restrict marketing of certain foods to children. Applying the nutrient profile...

Mars defends artificial dyes and says natural switch 'won't happen overnight'

Mars says it is exploring natural alternatives but sees no safety concerns with artificial colors and flavors.

Investigation ongoing after worker dies at Wrigley plant

Wrigley said it is ‘deeply saddened’ to confirm the death of a worker at one of its US facilities earlier this month.

Mars bar goes Fairtrade in UK under new sourcing program

Mars bars in the UK and Ireland will use Fairtrade cocoa under the certification body’s new Cocoa Sourcing Program.

Hershey, Mars and See’s Candies face heavy metal chocolate lawsuit

Non-profit As You Sow has accused Hershey, Mars and See’s Candies of failing to label lead and cadmium content in chocolate contrary to Californian law.

Canada 'chocolate cartel' update

Mars and Nestlé win evidence battle in chocolate price collusion case

Two confectionery giants have won access to Hershey and Cadbury’s leniency filings in a criminal case in Canada that accuses them of colluding to fix chocolate prices.

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