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Mondelēz likely to merge with Kraft Heinz after ending Hershey pursuit: Analyst

Mondelēz has ended its pursuit of Hershey nearly two months after the US chocolate giant rejected the $23bn takeover. And analysts speculate it may merge with Kraft Heinz or PepsiCo....

Snack NPD August 2016: Good Thins’ new flavors, Burton’s Biscuit, Jack Link’s new jerky and strips

BakeryandSnacks presents a monthly round-up of product launches, relaunches and innovation that caught our eye in August.

Interview: Bulletproof design agency

Stimorol gum packaging revamped after Mondelēz said it ‘was failing to stand out’

Mondelēz-owned European gum brand, Stimorol, is set to launch revamped packaging designed by the London office of brand and packaging agency Bulletproof. 

Mondelēz warns multinationals to reposition during China’s economic slowdown

Multinational companies should reconsider their business strategies amid China’s economic slowdown, Mondelēz China president Stephen Maher told the audience at the recent Food and Beverage Innovation Forum in Shanghai....

Confectionery industry open to pan-EU 250 calorie cap per portion

Nestlé, Mars and Mondelēz are willing to discuss setting an industry-wide 250 kcal limit on confectionery portions across Europe.

Cadbury pulls ‘discriminatory' TV ad in Australia

Mondelēz has been ordered to pull a TV ad in Australia for Cadbury Picnic that featured a fast-speaking Indian man.

Kroger hooks Mondelēz’s new Swedish Fish-flavored Oreos

Mondelēz has launched Swedish Fish-flavored Oreos, which combine Oreo chocolate wafers and Swedish Fish-flavored crème, exclusively at Kroger stores across the US.

Mondelēz acquires licence to produce Cadbury-branded biscuits

Cadbury owner Mondelēz International has bought the licence to produce Cadbury-branded biscuits from UK manufacturer Burton’s Biscuit Company.

Dubai officials clear Milka bars social media spreads alcohol rumours

A simple labelling mis-translation gave rise to widespread rumours that an international chocolate brand’s formulation contained alcohol, Dubai authorities have revealed following a probe.

How can share bags fit confectioners’ portion control strategy?

Nestlé, Ferrero and Mondelēz International say share bags can be part of the confectionery industry’s push for portion-controlled products.

Mondelēz appoints ex-Wrigley boss as India MD

Mondelēz International has named the managing director for its India business months after inaugurating a chocolate plant in Andhra Pradesh that will be its largest Asia Pacific plant.

Mondelēz adapts Milka to local tastes for China launch

Mondelēz International has tailored its Milka brand to Chinese tastes ahead of September launch for the power brand in the emerging Chinese market. 

Earnings call takeaways

E-commerce sales rise 30% for Mondelēz in H1 as biscuit competition heats up

Mondelēz has identified e-commerce as core to future growth as it faces tough competition in US biscuits and weak demand in the Middle East.

Financial Results

Mondelēz posts Q2 growth but below global snacks market

Cadbury and Oreo maker Mondelēz International has posted 1.5% organic revenue growth in the second quarter, but has grown below the combined chocolate, biscuits and gum & candy markets in...

Origins

‘The new Nacional’: Chocolate majors urged to join Dominican Republic cocoa awakening

Chocolate makers are being pushed to join Dominican Republic’s plans to triple cocoa yields by 2027. The nation can become as valuable as Nacional, a prized cocoa variety from Ecuador,...

Market Insights

Restacking BRICs: Chocolate makers to rethink future growth markets, says Euromonitor

Euromonitor International has pinpointed several promising chocolate markets that may help manufacturers offset slowdowns in traditional emerging markets such as China and Brazil.

Mondelēz 'in talks' to acquire Cadbury biscuits license from Burton’s

Mondelēz International has allegedly approached UK’s Burton’s Biscuits for its license to produce Cadbury biscuits, according to reports.

News in brief

Mondelēz International unveils chocolate chip Oreo with dual-flavor wafer

Mondelēz International has unveiled its latest limited-edition Oreo - chocolate chip flavor.

E-commerce candy: Mars partners with Alibaba; Mondelēz refreshes Facebook partnership

Mars has announced a strategic collaboration with China’s Alibaba just a few days after Mondelēz refreshed its partnership with Facebook as both companies tap the global e-commerce boom.

Smaller flexible plastic packs top the trend for 2016

Smaller flexible plastic packs have topped the trend for 2016 as they give consumers a sense of control over snacking, portion sizes and awareness of sugar intake in food and...

No PayDay: Hershey rejects Mondelēz $23bn takeover approach

Hershey has rejected a takeover approach from Mondelēz International that would have created ‘the world’s largest candy company.’

Mondelēz loses bid to toss wheat manipulation suit

Oreo maker Mondelēz International must face a US class action lawsuit alleging it manipulated wheat prices after a court blocked its motion to dismiss the case.

Consumer standpoint: How should confectioners address health concerns?

Restricting marketing to children is the primary health action EU consumers expect from the confectionery sector, according to consumer group BEUC.

World Cocoa Conference 2016: In their own words

Cocoa sector remains ‘far from’ from sustainable

Stakeholders at the World Cocoa Conference 2016 acknowledge there is a long road ahead to reach full cocoa sustainability.

Mondelēz Polish R&D centre to develop well-being snacks and e-commerce

Mondelēz has started construction on a $15m R&D center in Poland as part of the company’s plan to create a global integrated supply chain and Research, Development & Quality (RDQ) network...

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