Breaking News on Confectionery & Biscuit Processing

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.

Mondelez aims to master the ‘black arts’ of chocolate depositing

Global leading chocolate player Mondelez International is part of a UK government funded project to improve chocolate deposition.

Mondelez’s Sour Patch Kids gets sugar-free gum makeover and wins analyst vote

Mondelez International has launched its candy brand Sour Patch Kids as a gum product under its Stride portfolio – a deft move, according to an analyst.

Adding powdered pectin to gum significantly improves release of lipophilic flavors, cooling agents, says Kraft patent

Adding powdered pectin to chewing gum can significantly improve the release of fat soluble ingredients such as flavors and cooling agents as it is chewed, according to a patent application...

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.

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.

Mondelez pumps $100m into new Czech biscuit factory

Mondelez International will invest $100m in a new Oreo and belVita biscuit factory in the Czech Republic that will supply Europe.

Milka’s cost-effective marketing in time of turmoil

An analyst has called Milka’s recent selective marketing a “masterclass” in how to implement cost-efficient, brand equity building strategies against a backdrop of an industry in “turmoil”....

New look for Cadbury Dairy Milk packs

Mondelez International has redesigned the packaging for Cadbury Dairy Milk in the UK.

Industry Voices - Cocoa in the developed world

‘We want to put Australia on the map for origin chocolate’ – Daintree Estates

The company behind Australia’s first single origin chocolate says the country’s cocoa is rich in polyphenols and is set for a big future. Its executive chairman, Cadbury veteran Barry Kitchen...

Cadbury 'happy to forfeit' three lost Eclair trademarks

Mondelez-owned Cadbury India has lost three of its Chocolate Eclairs label trademarks as part of an eight year tussle with Indian conglomerate ITC Ltd, but is playing down the consequences.

Big trouble in little China as Mondelez misses expectations

Mondelez International has fallen short of sales expectations in the third quarter (Q3) as the slowing Chinese economy dented consumption, particularly in its biscuit category.

Patent Watch

Mondelez eliminates cooking stage from candy production

Mondelez International has developed a method to prepare hard and soft candies and gum without the energy and time intensive cooking process.

Mondelez in ‘Choclairs’ row with Lotte in India

Mondelez International subsidiary Cadbury India has been granted an interim injunction by a high court In Delhi preventing rival Lotte from selling products alleged to infringe Cadbury’s Choclairs trademark.

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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Mondelēz aims to boost chocolate penetration

Mondelēz International’s heat resistant chocolate, new product development and increased penetration in under-represented parts of the world offers the company considerable potential for the future, chocolate head Bharat Puri has...

Oreo crazy rats hooked like cocaine addicts, claims unpublished study

Unpublished research by Connecticut College’s psychology department claims that Mondelēz’s Oreo cookies are as addictive as cocaine for rats.

We’re watching you: Mondelez ‘smart shelves’ detect facial features for targeted ads

Oreo maker Mondelez International will introduce video display units near checkouts that estimate a person’s age and gender to deliver targeted advertising.

Infographic: European chocolate makers move East

Chocolate production is still growing in developed markets, but volumes are growing at a faster pace in Eastern European countries like Poland, data from Leatherhead Food Research shows.

News in brief

Mondelez secures soccer partnerships ahead of World Cup year

Mondelez International has announced sponsorship deals with the US soccer team, Mexican club team Chivas and three American players including Clint Dempsey.

Mondelēz extends sustainable cocoa pledge to Indonesia

Mondelēz International is expanding its sustainable cocoa farming initiative, pledging to include Indonesia in its ten year, $400m commitment.

Chocolate shape affects flavour perception: Study

The shape of chocolate can affect flavour and texture perception, according to a study published in the journal LWT – Food Science and Technology.

Mondelēz takes trademark appeal to High Court

Mondelēz International has appealed against the New Zealand trademark authority’s decision to OK rival Whittaker’s registration of its Berry Forest chocolate bar, despite protestations that it is too similar to Mondelēz's own...

IPO chops down Cadbury Black Forest trademark breach claims

Cadbury has failed to block Kiwi rival Whittaker’s trademarking of the name 'Berry Forest' on the grounds that it is too similar to its Black Forest chocolate bar. 

Behind the brand: Agency talks challenges of Mondelēz gum rebrand across Europe

Mondelēz International invested in a European-wide revamp of its regional gum brands this year and the agency involved said consistency demands were the biggest challenge.

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