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CCN-51: Cocoa’s shining light or a risky monocrop?

Cocoa and chocolate stakeholders highlight the advantages and potential pitfalls of high-yielding cocoa variety CCN-51. What part should it play in the industry’s drive for sustainability?

Candy billionaire Forrest E. Mars dies

Mars has announced its former president has Forrest E. Mars died on Tuesday (July 26) aged 84.

News in brief

Mars to rollout M&M’s Coffee Nut across US after consumer vote

M&M’s Coffee Nut has won a public vote to be the brand’s next nut variety and will roll out at retailers across the US next month.

Market Insights

Restacking BRICs: Chocolate makers to rethink future growth markets, says Euromonitor

Euromonitor International has pinpointed several promising chocolate markets that may help manufacturers offset slowdowns in traditional emerging markets such as China and Brazil.

Mars to invest $9m in Wrigley Russia plant

Mars has announced plans to ramp up Juicy Fruit production at in its Wrigley plant in Russia.

Mars restates sustainability pledge after missing packaging target in 2015

Mars is working on packaging developments including a ‘fresh pack’ without an aluminum layer after missing its goal of making 100% of its packaging recyclable or recoverable by 2015.

E-commerce candy: Mars partners with Alibaba; Mondelēz refreshes Facebook partnership

Mars has announced a strategic collaboration with China’s Alibaba just a few days after Mondelēz refreshed its partnership with Facebook as both companies tap the global e-commerce boom.

Exclusive Interview with Mars La Chola General Manager

High tech revolution: Ecuador’s cocoa sector prepares to mechanize

Ecuador’s cocoa industry is vying to increase its efficiency by exploiting technology, but says farm sizes must increase to allow mechanization.

Even doubled income for farmers won’t make cocoa sustainable: Mars

Cocoa living income may need to quadruple to secure the long term future of the crop, says Mars’ global procurement head.

Confectionery to be worst hit UK food sector after Brexit, says Euromonitor

Confectionery volumes are forecast to decline faster than any other packaged food category after the UK voted to leave the European Union.

Mars launches M&M’s, Bounty and Galaxy trail mixes in UK

Mars Chocolate Drinks and Treats has launched a range of trail mixes under confectionery brands M&M’s, Bounty and Galaxy in the UK.

Consumer standpoint: How should confectioners address health concerns?

Restricting marketing to children is the primary health action EU consumers expect from the confectionery sector, according to consumer group BEUC.

World Cocoa Conference 2016: In their own words

Cocoa sector remains ‘far from’ from sustainable

Stakeholders at the World Cocoa Conference 2016 acknowledge there is a long road ahead to reach full cocoa sustainability.

News in brief

Plastic in peanut M&Ms not from production plant – Mars

Red plastic found in a bag of peanut M&Ms in Norway did not come from the production plant in France, according to Mars.

News in brief

Mars opens new Skittles production line at Yorkville Wrigley factory

Mars has expanded its Wrigley factory in Yorkville, Illinois, with a new Skittles line. 

Candy in court

Mars may be banned from selling M&M’s in Sweden

Mars will face heavy fines if it sells M&M’s in Sweden beyond this month unless it appeals a recent court ruling in a trademark spat with Mondelēz International....

New program to help cocoa farmers adapt to threat of climate change

Businesses including Barry Callebaut, Mars and Nestlé are part of a new program designed to help cocoa farmers adapt to the threat of climate change.

NEWS FROM THE Sweets & Snacks Expo: CHICAGO

Raise your glasses: the winners of the Most Innovative New Product Awards

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) unveiled and gave awards to the “most innovative candy and snack ideas, concepts and products” at the annual Sweets & Snacks Expo this year in...

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.

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