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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.

News in brief

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.

Top US confectioners increase lobbying spend in 2012

The top four US confectioners shelled out 8% more on lobbying Congress in 2012 compared to the previous year.

Editor's Blog

Analysis: Where is confectionery production moving?

We’ve delved into the ConfectioneryNews archives to chart newly built factories and major investments on existing plants by the industry’s major players over the past five years to discover where...

The wait is over for a natural blue! FDA approves spirulina as food color in US as Mars petition gets green light

The FDA’s decision to give the thumbs up to spirulina  as a source of blue color in candy and gum finally gives US firms a natural alternative to artificial FD&C Blue #1...

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Wrigley talks up sugar free gum and denies Mars contributes to tooth decay

Wrigley is urging consumers to chew sugar free gum as part of oral healthcare routines and dismisses that it is contributing to dental diseases through parent company Mars’ sugar-based products.

Wrigley files patent for ‘natural’ tooth friendly gummies

Mars-owned Wrigley is attempting to patent a method to produce ‘natural’ tooth friendly gummies using erythritol.

Editor's Blog

Infographic: Chewing over the global gum market

Mondelez’s CEO has hailed gum the company’s problem child. We believe it’s only a phase and given the right environment this kid can flourish.

News in brief

Mars wins award for cocoa flavanol research

Mars Incorporated’s commitment to research into cocoa flavanols has been rewarded recently with an annual award from the Institute of Food Technologists.

Mars UK president: ‘Food manufacturing is cool again’

Perceptions of the food industry are changing and manufacturing is becoming a more popular career for young people, according to Mars UK president, Fiona Dawson.

SPECIAL EDITION: HEALTHY AND FUNCTIONAL CONFECTIONERY

Sugar-free gum for dental health: Innovations in science

They say a smile is worth a thousand words. The tooth fairies in the chewing gum industry are exploring ways to make that smile worth even more.

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Green bull? ‘Natural energy’ grows health claim wings

The EU energy market is set to grow by €1bn by 2017 and much of that could come from ‘natural energy’, a sub-sector that has been boosted by recent health...

Mars Drinks eyes ‘huge potential’ in single-serve beverages after new functional coffee launch

Mars Drinks says it sees huge global potential for single-serve hot drinks machines and consumables in the high-growth office environment, and predicts ‘tremendous growth’ in emerging markets.

Mars and Nestlé adopt UK traffic light labels; Mondelez opts out

The UK's largest confectionery company, Mondelez International-owned Cadbury, has decided against signing up to the UK’s hybrid front of pack nutritional label as competitors Mars and Nestlé adopt the tags....

UK bitesized confectionery market ‘thriving’, says Mars

Bitesize confectionery has seen 40% growth over the last four years in the UK and is now worth £550m ($859m), according to Mars which has launched its first share bag...

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