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Mars expands Georgia facilities for Orbit, Excel and goodnessknows production

Mars has announced plans to add production for Wrigley’s Orbit and Excel gum at its Flowery Branch site and says it will add production for snack square brand goodnessknows at...

U.S. confectionery Goliaths losing market share to SMEs – IRI

The top four U.S. candy manufacturers are growing at slower rates than smaller companies, that are able to bring new products to market quicker, says an IRI analyst.

‘We believe private sector is perfectly placed to help raise standards in food safety’ - Mars

Mars and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have partnered to boost food safety in Africa.

Mars supports FDA proposal to list added sugars on Nutrition Facts panel; move is ‘refreshing’ says CSPI

Confectionery giant Mars says it is in favor of FDA proposals to list added sugar on the Nutrition Facts panel, a move described as ‘refreshing’ by the Center for Science...

Special edition: Beyond 2020 - The future of sustainable cocoa

‘We cannot let Indonesia fail’: Mars stresses Asia’s importance in meeting future cocoa demand

Asia is poised to help meet rising demand for cocoa, but its key producer Indonesia faces quality concerns and its government lacks incentive to grow the sector.

Chocolate heavyweights back Indonesian sustainable cocoa program

Mondelēz, Mars, Nestlé and Barry Callebaut and Cargill are backing a three-year sustainable cocoa program in Indonesia, which aims to reduce poverty and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Wrigley to boost Africa business with $63m Kenya factory

The Wrigley Company is constructing a $63m plant in Kenya, which global president Martin Radvan calls an ‘important early step’ in realising a strategic commitment to Africa.

Wrigley UK eyes new chewing occasions with refreshed Extra gum

Wrigley UK hopes to tap into new eating and drinking occasions with its reformulated and repackaged Extra brand chewing gum.

Easter baskets 2015: Innovations from the top confectioners

R&D teams at Mars, Nestlé, Hershey and Mondelēz have developed a series of new products to capitalize on Easter, the second largest season for US confectionery sales.

The kings of confectionery: Mars and Hershey level pegging in 2015 Harris Poll

Mars and Hershey each have seven of the 20 most trusted brands in the US confectionery sector, according to a survey by Harris Interactive

Empowering women in agriculture is good for business

Empowering women in small-hold agriculture is essential to boosting productivity, creating new product launches and generating business - and companies are starting to realise this, says a Fairtrade Foundation report.

Mars plans $160m plant in ‘high priority’ Indian market

Mars will construct its first confectionery factory in India, producing Snickers and Galaxy.

Mars and Hershey settle Malteser spat ‘amicably’

Mars and Hershey have reached an out of court settlement in a Maltesers trademark case in the US.

Confectionery marketing to kids taboo under WHO’s European Region Nutrient Profile model

The World Health Organization (WHO) has proposed a nutrient profiling tool to help European member states that wish to restrict marketing of certain foods to children. Applying the nutrient profile...

Mars defends artificial dyes and says natural switch 'won't happen overnight'

Mars says it is exploring natural alternatives but sees no safety concerns with artificial colors and flavors.

Investigation ongoing after worker dies at Wrigley plant

Wrigley said it is ‘deeply saddened’ to confirm the death of a worker at one of its US facilities earlier this month.

Mars bar goes Fairtrade in UK under new sourcing program

Mars bars in the UK and Ireland will use Fairtrade cocoa under the certification body’s new Cocoa Sourcing Program.

Hershey, Mars and See’s Candies face heavy metal chocolate lawsuit

Non-profit As You Sow has accused Hershey, Mars and See’s Candies of failing to label lead and cadmium content in chocolate contrary to Californian law.

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.

News in brief

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.

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