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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.

Mars and IBM to use genetic data for food safety understanding

Mars and IBM Research have created a consortium which will use advances in genomics to boost food safety.

‘Damaging small businesses’: Mondelēz and Mars slammed on supplier payment extensions

Mondelēz and Mars have been accused of exploiting small businesses by extending payment terms to some UK suppliers from 60 to 120 days.

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Mars Chocolate North America goes landfill-free

Mars Chocolate North America has that all of its ten factories have achieved zero-waste-to-landfill.

Cocoa flavanols may fend off age-related cognitive dysfunction, says Mars-backed study

A Mars-backed study has provided further evidence that high cocoa flavanol consumption may help improve cognitive function, possibly through changes to insulin sensitivity.

Year in review with the top two

Learning from the leaders: Developments at Mars and Mondelez in 2014

ConfectioneryNews takes a look back at changes at the leading confectioners Mars, and Mondelez in 2014 and showcases the biggest acquisitions of the year.

Mars spends $140m on GCC factories expansion

Chocolate maker Mars has invested a total of US$140m in new manufacturing facilities in Saudi Arabia and the UAE to increase production of its Galaxy and Snickers lines.

Wrigley UK merges Orbit into Extra range

Wrigley UK has incorporated its Orbit brand into the Extra range to help drive sales and will also launch soft chew options to appeal to younger consumers.

Victory for Hershey in Posh Nosh trademark war

A Californian court has upheld an injunction preventing Posh Nosh, an importer of UK candy, from selling a number of confectionery brands that Hershey contends infringe its marks.

Chocolate shortage ‘overstated in the extreme’, says ICCO

The International Cocoa Organization has quelled media reports of a chocolate crisis in 2020 and says there are sufficient cocoa stocks for the next five years.

Top 10 bestselling UK chocolate brands

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.

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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.

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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%.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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