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Mondelez wins with share bags but Mars suffers after downsizing

Mondelez’s Cadbury Dairy Milk continues to solidify its lead as the UK chocolate market’s bestseller, but sales slide for Mars bar and Snickers following downsizing, according to market analysts IRI....

What the…? Wrigley looks to block Perfetti Van Melle’s ‘WTF’ trademark

Global gum leader Wrigley is trying to block the third largest gum player Perfetti Van Melle’s from registering character trademarks for ‘WTF’ and ‘What the Fresh’ in the US.

Gender inequality not just social but structural and choc giants must realize this: Oxfam

Confectionery giants Mondelēz International, Nestlé and Mars must do far more to ensure women are not blocked from day-to-day commercial cocoa operations because of issues like land rights, according to...

Dispatches: Pack Expo 2014

Gum packs of the future: Flip top cartons with fewer pieces

The biggest players in the gum industry are moving to flip top carton packaging with fewer gum pieces, according to Loesch Pack.

Cocoa flavanols may reverse memory decline, but not in chocolate, says Mars-backed study

A Mars-supported study suggests that cocoa flavanols in a functional drink may reverse age-related memory decline, but the same effect may not be true in chocolate.

Be wary of wholesale chocolate price hikes, warns Euromonitor

Chocolate makers should ensure that wholesale price increases do not stunt growth in the emerging markets, says an analyst at Euromonitor International.

Patent Watch

Mars stabilizes natural blue for confections

Mars has filed a patent to make natural blue colors derived from anthocyanins resistant to color changes in hard panned confections.

News in brief

Guess who’s back? Crispy M&M’S to return after 10-year hiatus

Mars Chocolate North America will relaunch M&M’S Crispy Chocolate Candies next year following a 10-year lull.

News in brief

Mars recalls M&M’s due to allergy risk

Mars Chocolate North America has recalled some M&M’s branded products because of undeclared peanut butter.

Follow the light: LED-lit displays boost candy sales, claims Mars

Mars Chocolate North America and Wrigley have introduced cash counter racks illuminated with LED lighting that they claim can increase front end confectionery sales by 10-12%.

Patent Watch

Has Mars found a way around cocoa bean fermentation?

Mars has filed a patent for a method to process unfermented cocoa beans that it claims would maintain the final chocolate taste and allow for a more consistent flavor.

UAE set for torrent of new entrants as chocolate market excels

The United Arab Emirates chocolate market is one of the fastest growing chocolate markets across the globe as big players such as Mars and Nestlé up their investment and others...

UK chocolate sales rocked as consumers balk at price hikes

Chocolate confectionery sales are falling in the UK as consumers move to lower priced products and take advantage of promotions following price hikes, says an analyst at IRI.

News in brief

Pet-care division head chosen to lead Mars Chocolate

Mars has appointed the boss of its Royal Canin unit Jean-Christophe Flatin to lead its global chocolate business.

News in brief

Shanghai M&M’s World ‘the next stage’ for Chinese brand building, says Mars

Mars has opened an M&M’s retail store in Shanghai, which it hopes will lift brand loyalty in China.

Innovate or die: Top confectioners unveil recent and upcoming launches

ConfectioneryNews sifts through recent and future launches from the world’s biggest confectionery firms including Mondelēz, Mars, Nestlé, Hershey and Haribo.

Patent watch

Watertight idea? Mars files patent for multi-texture caramel

Mars has filed a patent for ‘multi-texture’ caramel products, using a method that prevents moisture migration from caramel to crispy components without the need for a fat-based moisture barrier.

Plain packaging pay out to Mars would ‘certainly not be trivial’, says Institute of Economic Affairs

Mars in 2012 wrote to the UK’s Department of Health to express concern over the potential impact on branding and intellectual property rights should tobacco plain packaging policy be extended to...

Mars Chocolate North America follows Nestlé and Hershey with price hike

Mars Chocolate North America has become the latest to introduce wholesale price increases after similar moves from Nestlé and Hershey.

Taking stock: Time cocoa farmers got a bite of the chocolate business?

Giving cocoa farming cooperatives shares in chocolate firms would improve livelihoods and encourage them to boost yields and quality, while giving chocolate manufacturers greater control of their supply chain, says...

Paying the price of chocolate: Breaking cocoa farming's cycle of poverty

Industry voices discuss whether raising suggested retail prices for chocolate could incentivise cocoa farmers to invest in farms, bring them out of poverty and keep the next generation growing cocoa.

Health ‘a strategic priority’ says Mars as it creates specialized health chief role

Mars has flagged health as a leading priority and has named Debra Sandler, former Mars Chocolate North America president, as chief health and wellness officer for the global company.

The death of kingsize? UK confectioners agree 250 calorie cap

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) members including Mondelēz International have signed up to a 250 calorie cap on single-serve confectionery sold in the UK.

Patent Watch

Squeeze me! Wrigley creates squeezable chewing gum dispenser

Wrigley has filed a patent for a novel flexible chewing gum packet that can be squeezed to release the product.

Origins

Could West Africa lose its cocoa crown?

ConfectioneryNews asks industry leaders if cocoa production will gradually move closer to the burgeoning chocolate markets of China and Brazil or whether West Africa will always be the king of...

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