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Mars to ditch all artificial colours from its entire global food portfolio

Food giant Mars has pledged to phase out all artificial colours from its global food and drink portfolio in the next five years.

Patent Watch

No oxygen required: Mars seeks patent for cocoa fermentation using airtight bags

Cocoa off-flavors can be avoided by fermenting beans in sealed vacuumed bags inside an incubator with yeast starter cultures, claims Mars in a patent application

Bio-Rad joins Mars and IBM-led food safety consortium

Bio-Rad Laboratories has joined a consortium set up by IBM Research and Mars to categorize microorganisms and what influences their activity in a normal factory environment.

Chocolate & the War for Independence: Mars awards grant to discover use of chocolate among 18th century troops

Mars Chocolate North America has handed a $10,000 grant to Fort Ticonderoga for a new exhibition on how chocolate was used by armies and cultures that held the fort in 1777.

'Twas the season: Gifting pushes UK confectionery sales up 8% over Christmas, finds IRI

Confectionery was the fastest growing food category in value sales for UK supermarkets over the Christmas period, according to market analysts IRI.

Editor's Blog

The Candy Files: Confectionery industry 2015 year in review

ConfectioneryNews trawls its archives to present a month-to-month review of the biggest industry news in 2015.

News in brief

Mars in Dove Chocolate allergy alert

Mars is recalling 6,700 cases of Dove Chocolate Assortment Snowflakes, 24 oz. bag from more than 30 states due to allergen concerns.

Patent Watch

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.

Infographic

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 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.

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