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‘Bittersweet’ plant closure: Mondelez consolidates East Coast biscuit production in US

Mondelez International will close a factory in Philadelphia as it moves to consolidate US biscuit production on the East Coast.

Bournville £75M overhaul covers all options for Cadbury

Mondelēz International won't rule out job cuts in the £75M overhaul of its Cadbury Bournville plant near Birmingham, as it seeks to modernise production and improve efficiency there....

Mondelez adds investor Nelson Peltz to board

Mondelez International has added US ‘activist’ investor Nelson Peltz to its board of directors, the company has said.

Mondelez touts 100% RSPO-certified palm oil - two years ahead of schedule

Mondelez International reached its 2015 goal of sourcing 100% RSPO-certified palm oil for all its purchases last year – two years ahead of schedule, the company has said.

War of words erupts as Cadbury’s ill-fated Israel venture heads to court

Cadbury’s Israeli distributor Carmit Candy Industries has accused the Strauss Group of employing a war-like strategy to block Cadbury’s entry into Israel, while Strauss says Carmit only has itself to...

No commercial reason not to cut sugar in confectionery, says chairman

Action on Sugar: Campaign forms to cut sugar in confectionery

A new campaign group headed by medical professionals says the food industry can improve profit margins while cutting ‘unnecessary’ added sugar from products, which it says is responsible for rising...

Action on Sugar: Campaign forms to cut confectionery sugar content

A new campaign group headed by medical professionals says the food industry can improve profit margins while cutting ‘unnecessary’ added sugar from products, which it says is responsible for rising...

Back to Nature Foods acquires SnackWell’s from Mondelez

Back to Nature Foods plans to increase its scale in the ‘important’ cookie and cracker categories with newly acquired SnackWell’s business.

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.

Exclusive interview

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.

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