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Mondelez recalls biscuits due to likely presence of fipronil

Mondelez has withdrawn six batches of biscuits in Czech Republic and Slovakia due to the likely presence of fipronil.

NPD

Candy NPD roundup: Oreo, Snickers, Cadbury, Jelly Belly and more

ConfectioneryNews tracks new candy products that are hitting the shelves monthly. Here are some of the recent launches: 

Mondelēz invests $5m to redevelop Dunedin’s Cadbury World

Mondelēz has confirmed it will close the Cadbury factory in Dunedin, New Zealand, in early 2018, and refurbish its local Cadbury World with a NZ$7m ($5m) investment.

Fairtrade and Cocoa Life to build climate change program in Ghana

Fairtrade International says its first climate change program with Mondelēz’s Cocoa Life will be launched in Ghana.

Mondelēz launches Oreo Choc’O Brownie in UK

Mondelēz has introduced its Oreo Choc’O Brownie to the UK market and will be supporting the launch with a £2.5m ($3.2m) audiovisual advertising, experiential, sampling and PR campaign. ...

This week Down Under

Cadbury vows to ‘secure' jobs while announcing 50 redundancies

Though Mondelēz has billed its new plans to invest A$75m (US$60m) into upgrading its Hobart Cadbury factory as a move to “secure local jobs”, it has at the same time...

Mondelēz 2017 Christmas NPD: Cadbury Dairy Milk, Popping Candy, Toblerone and more

Mondelēz International has unveiled UK confectionery launches for Christmas 2017.

Mondelēz taps 'potential' in UK biscuits market with Cadbury cookies

Mondelēz is rolling out a biscuit line under its Cadbury brand in the UK this month. 

Mondelēz scales up Cocoa Life, but total volumes sourced sustainably flat at 21%

Mondelēz International reached more farmers via its Cocoa Life program in 2016, but total volumes of sustainable cocoa were unchanged year-on-year.

E-commerce

Mondelēz creates virtual chocolate store 'Cadbury Joy Deliveries' on Amazon India

Mondelēz has teamed with Amazon in India to create a virtual chocolate & sweets store on the e-tailer’s online marketplace.

Cadbury, Ferrero, Nestlé, Hershey among favorite chocolate brands in Asia Pacific

A survey conducted by YouGov Australia shows that Cadbury is Asia Pacific’s (APAC) favorite chocolate brand, chosen by 25% of the respondents in the region.

Quarterly Earnings

McCain Foods president to become Mondelēz’s new CEO amid Q2 revenue decline

Dirk Van de Put will succeed Irene Rosenfeld as Mondelēz’s new CEO in November.

Mondelēz closer to sustainability goals by reducing Oreo, Cadbury packaging

Mondelēz has eliminated 46,300 metric tons of packaging – two-thirds of its 2020 goals—to reduce its environmental impact.

ONS recognises “shrinkflation” as reason for smaller (but not cheaper) chocolates

Servings of confectionery, fruit juice and biscuits are getting smaller without getting any cheaper, the UK government confirm as findings appear to strengthen what many consumers have long suspected.

Simple ingredients renovation

Next step: Mondelēz to cut sugar, salt, sat fat and artificial ingredients in power brands

Cadbury owner Mondelēz International plans to renovate its power brands with simpler ingredients and improved nutrition after meeting some of its well-being targets early.

Local chocolate players remain competitive in West Africa as regional sales set to grow

Retail value sales of chocolate confectionery in West African countries, like Nigeria and Cameroon, have experienced steady growth over the past five years, according to Euromonitor International.

Africa steadily finding its place on the world chocolate map

Chocolate confectionery sales are expected to rise in Africa, but only slightly higher than the global average, according to FoodTrending.

Mondelez’s Toblerone may have grounds for candy shape-based lawsuit against Poundland

A British business advisory lawyer says Mondelēz could take action against Poundland for launching Twin Peaks chocolate that looks like its Toblerone brand because of its “unique and distinctive” shape....

Top 10 UK snack bar brands: goodnessKNOWS how Mars’ debut will change the playing field

Mars Chocolate has launched goodnessKNOWS bars in the UK, hitting the nerve of time that could disrupt the UK’s Top 10 snack bar brands, says Euromonitor.

Cadbury adds Dairy Milk Oreo and Tiffin production to Bournville factory

Mondelēz has expanded production at its Cadbury factory in Bournville, UK, following a £75m ($96.5m) investment.

Mondelēz sales hit by cyberattack but outlook unchanged

Mondelēz International says a cyberattack on its systems has been contained, but may harm revenues in its second quarter.

Chocolate confectionery contributes most to value sales of sustainable cocoa products: Euromonitor

Sales of cocoa-based products featuring a sustainable trade and farming label, such as Fairtrade, is set to be valued at $8.9bn in 2017, Euromonitor said. 

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Caobisco encourages deadlines for 100% certified cocoa and palm oil

EU confectionery trade body Caobisco is encouraging its members to set a date by which they will source all cocoa and palm oil from a certified sustainable source.

Mondelēz’s e-commerce exec leaves for Johnson & Johnson

Mondelēz has confirmed the departure of its e-commerce executive Neil Ackerman. 

Mondelēz signs deal with Côte d'Ivoire & Ghana deal to reduce cocoa deforestation

Mondelēz’s sustainability program, Cocoa Life, will collaborate with governments in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana to reduce deforestation in the cocoa supply chain.

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