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Joining the cocoa dots: 12 confectionery titans join CocoaAction strategy

A dozen of the world's biggest confectioners have signed up to the World Cocoa Foundation’s CocoaAction - something the organisation says will join the dots of existing sustainability programmes. ...

Thinking big, getting small: Sizing up Mars product launches

The candy giant is looking to take a bigger bite out of the confectionery market with bite-size bars, giant-size candies, and other fresh takes on existing brands.

Snyderman: People are ‘hard wired’ to love candy

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, a surgeon and resident medical expert on NBC, believes candy and sugar are not taboos, but necessary to human health.

Roshen owner wins Ukraine election: Long live the president! But will his choc firm get the chop?

If Petro Poroshenko sells his chocolate firm Roshen following his Ukrainian presidential victory, Lotte is the most likely buyer, says Mintel analyst.

News in brief

Wrigley launches its first stevia-sweetened product

Wrigley has introduced Extra Professional Mints containing stevia rebaudiana across Europe, marking the first time it has used stevia in a product globally.

2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo

Top 8 product launches at Sweets and Snacks

The Sweets and Snacks Expo has wrapped up for 2014, but the scores of notable product launches has left show attendees with a sweet taste in their mouths. If you...

2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo

Leaders of the pack at 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo

The 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo showcased thousands of product launches, and old favorites, in standout packaging. Here are a number of bags, pouches, and other containers that captured attention.

20+ retailers appeal antitrust call – while champs Nestlé, Hershey and Mars seek to recoup costs

Retailers will appeal a recently lost price-fixing case against Nestlé, Hershey and Mars, while the triumphant chocolatiers have taken initial steps to recover court costs from the plaintiffs, according to...

2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo

Top five tasty trends at Sweets and Snacks

Confectionery manufacturers showing their latest products offer a glimpse of current and upcoming industry trends, including hot ingredients, growing categories, and standout packaging.

Mars UK faces late payment ‘hall of shame’ threat

Mars UK faces late payment accusations from lobbying group the Forum of Private Business (FPB), which is threatening to place it in its ‘hall of shame’ over the issue.

Comment

Forget doomed sugar battle and prepare for functional future

Money spent picking holes in negative sugar research could be better spent developing profitable functional confections that deliver indulgence.

Patent Watch

Wrigley controls gum sweetness with encapsulated enhancers

Wrigley has filed a patent to enhance the sweetness of sucralose in chewing gum using encapsulated sweetener enhancers  - a method that could help it to reduce costs.

Guest article

No future for chocolate if cocoa farmers are deep-rooted in poverty

Chocolate could become a small and expensive niche product unless we all do more to help cocoa farmers escape poverty, writes UTZ Certified executive director Han De Groot.

Hershey ‘tricking US consumers with fake Maltesers’, claims Mars

Mars has launched US legal action against Hershey accusing it of copying its Maltesers brand in all-red packaging.

Mars to source cocoa from India

Mars follows in Cadbury footsteps as it looks to source cocoa from India, a crop that still only accounts for a tiny fraction of world production.

Packaging design inspiration gallery: EASTER

Easter food isn't just chocolate and jelly beans; packaging decorated with chicks and bunnies can be found in shelves all over retail stores. Here are some examples of festive packaging...

News in brief

Mars Chocolate head to lead whole organization

Global president of Mars Chocolate Grant F. Reid will become president of Mars, Incorporated as Paul Michaels announces his retirement.

Concrete gumgle: Wrigley develops easy-to-remove chewing gum

Wrigley has filed a patent for a chewing gum base using block polymers that is less adhesive to concrete surfaces.

2020 sustainable cocoa targets ‘a tall order’ – Intertek

Chocolate makers may struggle to guarantee their entire cocoa supply comes from a sustainable source by 2020 targets, according to auditing service Intertek.

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Mars opens $270m US factory

Mars Chocolate North America has opened a new facility in Topeka, Kansas, to produce M&M’s and Snickers.

Mars gears up for large-scale cocoa flavanol pill study

Chocolate giant Mars and the US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute are readying themselves for a five-year research project into possible heart-health benefits of taking a daily flavanol-rich capsule. ...

Special Edition: Consumer friendly confectionery packaging unwrapped

Getting portion controlled packaging under control

Consumer demand is rising for portion controlled packs, but do existing packaging machines have everything under control?

Mars commits to palm oil deforestation policy

Mars has committed to ending deforestation associated with its palm oil supply by the end of 2015, becoming the latest multinational to do so, alongside Unilever and Nestlé, among others.

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Skittles given all clear after two sickened

Skittles which were believed to have sickened two people in Indiana have been given a clean bill of health.

US chocolate price fixing suit against Mars, Nestlé and Hershey melts

A $727m chocolate price fixing lawsuit against Hershey, Mars and Nestlé has been thrown out by the district court in Pennsylvania.

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