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Birmingham backs Mondelez over BelVita energy health claims

Mondelez has been backed by the Birmingham City Council (BCC) over slow energy claims made for its BelVita breakfast biscuits after they were challenged in the UK.

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Oreo Thins: Mondeléz taps 'light bites' trend with new SKU but is it chic enough?

Mondelēz International’s skinny cookie Oreo Thins cater to demand for lighter bites in the U.S. but analysts question the product’s billing as a sophisticated adult cookie.

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Hershey international head retires; Ecom taps Mondelēz cocoa chief and Orkla hires new candy boss

Hershey’s International chief has announced his retirement; Orkla appoints a new confectionery CEO and Ecom takes on Mondelēz's former head of cocoa.

Trident gum coming to China as category picks up, says Mondelēz

Mondelēz plans to launch its Trident brand in China as its gum business returns to growth after a long slump.

Mondelēz struggles to keep pace with the global chocolate market in Q1

Mondelēz International has continued to grow below the overall chocolate market in first quarter of 2015 after it was the first to raise wholesale prices last year. However, it expects...

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Asia Choco Cocoa Congress 2015: Sourcing cocoa for Asia’s choc boom

Multinationals chocolate companies and the public and private sector will come together this week to assess the future of cocoa sustainability in Asia and how to capitalize on rising chocolate...

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.

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.

Mondelēz to bear costs in wheat futures manipulation charge

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) charged Mondelēz International and Kraft Foods for manipulation and attempted manipulation of the prices of cash wheat and...

Mondelēz fined $130,000 for BelVita tennis ad in Bulgaria

Mondelēz International has been hit with a fine from Bulgaria ad watchdog after it posted photographs of tennis pros on its Facebook page without permission.

Emerging Markets: India

Premium Indian chocolate race heats up with Cadbury Glow and Kit Kat Senses

Mondelēz’s Cadbury Glow and Nestlé’s Kit Kat Senses have joined India’s rapidly growing premium chocolate market.

Patent Watch

‘Little extra effort’ for latest heat resistant chocolate process, says Mondelēz

Mondelēz has developed a method to produce heat resistant chocolate that it says can easily be integrated into existing processes.

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.

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Hershey names CFO and Mondelēz picks North America head

Hershey has appointed Patricia A. Little as its new chief financial officer, while Mondelēz has named Roberto Marques as president of its North America business.

Polish consolidation

200 layoffs: Mondelēz to streamline Irish choc plants and shut gumbase factory

Mondelēz International plans to close its Tallaght chewing gum ingredient factory and will restructure chocolate production in Ireland, resulting in around 200 job cuts.

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...

Snacking power house talks about ‘regional jewels’ at Packaging Innovations 2015

Developing markets account for 44% at Mondelēz International with plans to expand into more ‘white space’

Mondelēz kicked off the Packaging Innovations tradeshow at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, today talking about its developing markets and ‘regional jewels’.

Mondelēz and Cargill join forces on sustainable cocoa

Cargill has formed a partnership to support Mondelēz International’s Cocoa Life program.

Candy at CAGNY

‘We’ll continue to seek tack-on acquisitions’: Mondelēz to shop in emerging markets

Mondelēz International says it will continue to look for complementary acquisitions in emerging markets after acquiring Vietnam’s Kinh Do.

Candy at CAGNY

Mondelēz to go global with Marvellous Creations range

Mondelēz International plans to roll out its Marvellous Creations range across the world and says the platform will draw in $500m in revenues by 2018.

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.

Mondelēz to exit retailers that rejected price hikes

Mondelēz International will withdraw from certain retail customers in Europe that have refused chocolate price hikes. 

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.

Cocoa Life program update

Mondelēz: Deadlines on sustainable cocoa are not realistic

Mondelēz International plans to eventually source its entire cocoa supply from its Cocoa Life sustainability program, but says setting deadlines won't lead to meaningful impact on the ground.

FLOCERT to verify Mondelēz's cocoa program

Mondelēz adds further third party verification to Cocoa Life program

Mondelēz International has announced that certification body FLOCERT will join Havard University in verifying the chocolate firm’s cocoa sustainability program Cocoa Life.

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