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Wrigley grows in morose French gum market

Wrigley has gained market share in the declining French chewing gum market.

Super Bowl XLVIII: Battle of the brands! Watch all the teasers here

As the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos head into battle on Sunday at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, the nation’s biggest food and beverage brands will battle for...

Sugar free class action against Wrigley thrown out

A class action lawsuit alleging Wrigley made misleading “sugar free” claims has been dismissed by a Californian court.

No commercial reason not to cut sugar in confectionery, says chairman

Action on Sugar: Campaign forms to cut sugar in confectionery

A new campaign group headed by medical professionals says the food industry can improve profit margins while cutting ‘unnecessary’ added sugar from products, which it says is responsible for rising...

Action on Sugar: Campaign forms to cut confectionery sugar content

A new campaign group headed by medical professionals says the food industry can improve profit margins while cutting ‘unnecessary’ added sugar from products, which it says is responsible for rising...

Oxfam aftermath: Women central to the future of cocoa, says Mars

A sustainable cocoa supply chain is reliant on women, who provide a large portion of the labor and often invest earnings on items that benefit their community, says Mars Chocolate...

Mars reaches reformulation limits and calls downsizing the only option

Mars UK says it has exhausted reformulation options for Mars and Snickers bars and has been left with no choice but to cut portion sizes to meet calorie reduction pledges.

Social climbers: Aussies plump for premium chocolate

Lindt, Ferrero and artisanal chocolatiers could be set to profit from thriving demand for premium chocolate in Australia, market analysts Leatherhead Food Research say.

Puratos and Mars team to develop Vietnam’s cocoa sector

Puratos and Mars have partnered to improve yields and quality in the Vietnamese cocoa sector.

Most popular US confectionery brands 2013 – consumer poll

US consumers have voted for their favorite confectionery brands in five categories: chocolate, premium chocolate, gum, candy and cookies. Find out the results here.

A tale of two farmers: The human cost of unsustainable cocoa

Sustainable supple chain adviser Solidaridad demonstrates the impact unsustainable cocoa has on farmers' lives in a new multimedia art exhibition in the Netherlands.

Serious cocoa deficit looms unless industry moves beyond certification ‘box ticking’ - Solidaridad

The industry needs to go beyond certification box-ticking to avoid a sizable cocoa deficit by 2020, says sustainable supply chain adviser Solidaridad.

Dispatches from FiE 2013

Mars: Chocolate fat reduction challenge in EU

The chocolate industry can only go so far to reduce fat in the EU, says Mars R&D manager, meaning portion size is the only current option.

Confectionery industry shirking palm oil responsibilities with RSPO: Greenpeace

Many confectioners are sidestepping responsibilities on sustainable palm oil by only ensuring products meet ‘inadequate’ RSPO standards, according to Greenpeace.

Turning the page on sustainability: Can cocoa waste notebooks improve the bean supply?

Stationery made from the pruned bark of cocoa trees contributes to a sustainable cocoa bean supply and allows confectioners to deliver a marketing story, according to supplier Cocoa Paper.

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Mars launches Galaxy at 'accessible' price in India

Mars has launched premium tablet chocolate brand Galaxy (also known as Dove) in India at a reduced price point.

Impulse buy: Unrealized potential at confectionery-rich checkouts, says Wrigley

A study backed by Wrigley has found that the confectionery-laden checkout zone is one of the highest areas for sales in stores, but is still underexploited by many retailers.

Editor's Blog

Cocoa certification: Does a minimum price distort the market or protect the farmer?

UTZ Certified argues that guaranteeing cocoa farmers a premium distorts the market by discouraging them from adopting good agricultural practices as they are guaranteed a premium regardless of quality. Fairtrade...

The Trick to Treat Sales Series: Halloween 2013 lineups

What are the leading confectioners serving up this Halloween? ConfectioneryNews explores the latest additions to Halloween lineups from big players such as Mars, Hershey and Nestlé.

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C-stores missing out on seasonal chocolate boom, says Mars

Mars Chocolate North America says that convenience stores are failing to achieve sales spikes enjoyed by other trade channels during seasonal periods because they have yet to optimize seasonal merchandising.

Mars defends use of artificial colors in M&Ms as CSPI-backed petition urges it to ditch ‘neurotoxic chemicals’

Confectionery giant Mars has defended its use of artificial colors in M&Ms after being urged to ditch them in a petition on change.org accompanied by a press release from the...

Mars devises strategy for US chocolate consumption to match Western European levels

Mars Chocolate North America claims pushing year-round sharing occasions is key to getting US chocolate consumption on par with high levels observed in many Western European nations.

Canada price fixing woes: Chocolate titans settle class action but still face criminal charges

Mars and Nestlé have opted to settle a class action lawsuit over price fixing allegations in Canada but both still face criminal charges in a separate investigation from the Competition...

Mars Chocolate North America launches nine products for 2014

Mars Chocolate North America has announced nine product launches planned for 2014, which it will exhibit at the Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing (NACS) show at the Georgia World Congress...

Mars and Mondelez wage M&M's trademark war in Sweden

Mars and Mondelez International’s Swedish subsidiary Kraft Foods Sverige hope to take their M&M's trademark dispute to the highest court in Sweden.

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