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The KitKat conundrum: Confectioners risk disillusioning consumers by trademarking shapes

Confectionery companies may have to use clear packs and ditch all branding if they hope to trademark a shape, a move that could end up deterring consumers, writes trademark attorney...

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Nestlé plays premium chocolate card with global Cailler rollout

Nestlé will launch its Swiss bean-to-bar premium chocolate brand Cailler in key international markets via e-commerce as it looks to plug an alleged gap in its premium confectionery portfolio.

Mars, Nestlé and Hershey face fresh cocoa child labor class action lawsuits

Three class action lawsuits brought in California allege Mars, Nestlé and Hershey use child labor to produce their best-selling chocolate brands. The firms say they are tackling the issue and...

US chocolate price fixing lawsuit appeal dismissed

A US appeals court has upheld an earlier decision to throw out an antitrust lawsuit against Hershey, Mars and Nestlé.

Shape of things to come?

Nestlé must prove four-finger wafer shape alone is distinct to KitKat, rules CJEU

Legal experts say a European Court of Justice (CJEU) ruling yesterday will make it tough for Nestlé to register the four-finger wafer shape in the UK, where Mondelēz is trying to block...

Chocolate cartel allegations

Canada chocolate price fixing: Mars charge dropped, but Nestlé case resumes

Prosecutors have stayed criminal chocolate price fixing charges against Mars and some others in Canada, but the case against Nestlé resumes.

Factory Focus

Nestlé confectioner reveals her tricks of the trade - Part II

As part of FoodProductionDaily's Factory Focus feature yesterday, Vikki Geall, senior confectioner, Nestlé UK & Ireland, reveals her tricks of the trade from sourcing flour for Blue Riband, creating a...

Factory Focus - Part I

From sourcing flour for Blue Riband, creating a KitKat flavour and launching Rowntree's Randoms – Nestlé confectioner reveals her tricks of the trade

Nestlé UK and Ireland has partnered with the National Centre for Food Manufacturing at the University of Lincoln to find the chocolate makers of the future.

Which food and drink companies use social media well – and which don't?

Nearly one third of UK tweets are about food and drink companies - an impressive figure.  But as we reported yesterday , most companies aren't making...

Nestlé unwraps search for confectionery degree students

Nestlé is seeking to secure the next generation of chocolate makers with the launch of a new confectionery degree.

KitKat commits to only sustainable cocoa by early 2016

Nestlé plans to source only sustainable cocoa for its global KitKat brand in order to strengthen consumer trust.

Nestlé H1 confectionery sales dip; cornerstone brands need investment, says analyst

Nestlé confectionery sales dipped $300m in H1, so if it wants to stay at the top it must continue to invest in brands like KitKat rather than focus too heavily...

Tulane Survey

Hazardous cocoa child labor climbs 18% in West Africa: ‘Rallying call’ for chocolate industry to step up

The cocoa and chocolate industry acknowledges it must do more to combat cocoa child labor after the number of kids working in hazardous conditions on cocoa farms in Ghana and...

Market Research

Power of the dark side: Technavio reveals forecasts and growth drivers for global dark chocolate market

Global dark chocolate sales are expected to rise 9% each year up to 2019 due to increased demand in developing nations and associated health benefits, according to Technavio.


The ones to watch: Euromonitor pinpoints three chocolate markets in the Middle East & Africa

Euromonitor International unveils the world’s fastest growing chocolate markets and earmarks three beyond India and China that should be high on every confectioner's agenda.

Nestlé to open Digital Innovation Office in Silicon Valley in 2016

Nestlé: ‘Technology is fundamentally changing the way consumers buy our products and engage with our brands’

Nestlé is setting up a digital innovation team with staff drawn from the company’s marketing and technology groups, moving into an office in Silicon Valley co-located with swissnex, in 2016.

Nestlé suffers setback in Kit Kat shape trademark registration

The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) has advised the court Nestlé’s attempts to trademark the four-finger Kit Kat shape in the UK are...

Chocolate makers accused of leveraging 'loophole' on child slavery

The National Confectioners Association has hit back at U.S. senators it says mischaracterized the chocolate industry’s efforts on preventing labor rights abuses on cocoa farms in West Africa. But some Fair...

U.S. confectionery Goliaths losing market share to SMEs – IRI

The top four U.S. candy manufacturers are growing at slower rates than smaller companies, that are able to bring new products to market quicker, says an IRI analyst.

Ivorian cocoa embargo likely if Nestlé, ADM and Cargill child slavery case succeeds, says judge

U.S. chocolate manufacturers would forgo buying cocoa from Côte d’Ivoire if a case against three major cocoa processors succeeds, warns a dissenting judge.

News in brief

Nestlé’s Kit Kat name change angers food industry

Nestlé’s decision to change the name of its Kit Kat brand to YouTube Break has been described as “nonsense” and “stupid” by readers of this website.

Nestlé-sponsored research provides answers on chocolate fat bloom

A Nestlé-supported study has examined the causes of chocolate fat blooming, a process when white defects appear on the surface of chocolate because of fat crystallization – a serious problem...

Forget checkout counters: Search is king in online confectionery sales

Online grocery shopping is expanding at a strong pace in the US and the UK, offering a great platform for sales for confectionery makers, according to Clavis Insight.

Shea-ring the benefits: Confectionery industry rallies behind affordable, sustainable and quality ingredient

Shea continues to be an important, high quality ingredient that offers the confectionery industry numerous technical advantages and competitive price points, as well as important benefits to African communities. 

Nestlé changes Kit Kat name to YouTube Break

Food manufacturer Nestlé has changed the name of its iconic Kit Kat to YouTube Break, its biggest redesign in its 80-year history.

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