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Follow the latest business news from the confectionery industry’s leading players such as Mondelēz International, Mars-Wrigley, Ferrero, Hershey, Haribo, Perfetti Van Melle and Nestlé and track developments at firms such as Lotte, Ülker, Arcor, Cloetta, Jelly Belly and Lindt.

Mondelēz plans $90m biscuit factory in Bahrain

Mondelēz International intends to construct a plant in Bahrain to keep pace with demand for key brands such as Oreo in the Middle East in Africa.

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Mondelēz appoints president for Northern Europe

Mondelēz International has appointed Mary Barnard to oversee the company’s businesses in the UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

Hershey settles pot candy case

Hershey has agreed a settlement with Colorado-based firm TinctureBelle, which it had accused of passing off cannabis-infused candies such as Hashees Peanut Butter Cups as Hershey products.

United Biscuits to roll out waste cooking oil for lorries

United Biscuits (UB) has developed a sustainability initiative by using waste cooking oil to power 12 of its lorries and plans to roll out the project further across the business.

Divine stands ‘alongside the premium chocolate big players’ as it breaks into mainstream US retail

UK Fairtrade candy maker Divine Chocolate has secured distribution deals with US supermarket chains Kroger, Meijer, Roundy’s and Ahold and claims it is now competing with the largest US premium...

Chocolate multinationals 'enabling enslavement' on cocoa farms: Oxfam

Multinational chocolate companies are reaping billions in profits by keeping labor costs low, allowing human rights abuses to prosper on cocoa farms, according to an Oxfam campaigner.

China

Chinese biscuit maker Jiashili in $48m IPO

China’s sixth largest biscuit firm Jiashili Group has successfully listed on Hong Kong stock exchange and aims to innovate to grow its market share.

UK food and drink companies see margins ‘flatline’

The largest food and beverage companies in the UK have seen average margins flatline at 5.2% over the past two years, according to research from OC&C Strategy Consultants.

India

Newcomer Rajhans (Desai-Jain) Group eyes leadership in Indian luxury chocolate market

Rajhans (Desai-Jain) Group has made its first foray into the confectionery industry by launching its Schmitten brand in India and it is hoping to become the domestic market leader in premium...

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Nestlé partners with Cargill, DS Smith, and Google in youth employment initiative

Around 200 companies have joined forces under Nestlé’s ‘Alliance for YOUth’ to tackle youth unemployment in Europe.

United Biscuits bid: Kellogg strong contender

A trade buyer looks set to acquire United Biscuits (UB) if a sale is decided upon, with Kellogg a strong contender among three core bidders, according to an industry expert....

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United Biscuits to axe 157 jobs amid sales speculation

UK firm United Biscuits plans to cut up to 157 jobs at its Manchester plant as rumors of a potential sale to Ülker, Kellogg or Burton’s mount.

Mondelēz consolidates global choco-bakery production in Hungary

Mondelēz has opened three production lines at its plant in Hungary to consolidate global production of Milka and Cadbury choco-bakery sandwiches.

Yowie secures Walmart trial in Texas

Toy-filled chocolate egg firm Yowie has secured distribution in 50 Walmart stores in Texas.

Baronie snaps up fellow Belgian firm Duc d’O

The Baronie Group has acquired Belgian truffle maker Duc d’O from Gudrun for an undisclosed sum.

Follow the light: LED-lit displays boost candy sales, claims Mars

Mars Chocolate North America and Wrigley have introduced cash counter racks illuminated with LED lighting that they claim can increase front end confectionery sales by 10-12%.

Thorntons boosts jobs and production

Thorntons has massively boosted profits, driven partly by increased output and efficiency in production, supported by 59 new manufacturing jobs.

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Lindt North America chief takes reins at Russell Stover

Lindt & Sprüngli has appointed its North America senior vice president Andreas Pfluger to lead the newly acquired Russell Stover business.

‘Got Milk’ owner sues Bridge Brands Chocolate in trademark spat

The California Milk Processor Board has accused confectioner Bridge Brands Chocolate of unlawfully using and sub-licensing its “Got Milk?” slogan to Melville Chocolate and is seeking remedies in a US...

Nestlé, ADM and Cargill can’t escape liability for cocoa child slavery, rules court

A US appeal court has ruled that Nestlé, ADM and Cargill can be held to account for aiding and abetting child slavery in Côte D’Ivoire and has allowed a US...

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VIYM acquires Russian chocolatier French Kiss

Private equity firm VIY Management (VIYM) has acquired Russian premium chocolate producer, French Kiss.

Strauss pays $2.5m to settle Cadbury Israel lawsuit

The Strauss Group has reached a NIS 9m ($2.5m) out-of-court settlement with Cadbury distributor Carmit Candy, bringing a 12-year court battle to an end.

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AAK investing in new edible oils factory in eastern China

Edible oils major AAK will make a significant investment in China for a speciality and semi-speciality edible oils factory in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province. 

Recession hits Ferrero’s plans for a UK factory

Ferrero’s plans to build a new production facility in the UK and double its sales here to £400M by 2015 were abandoned because of capital expenditure constraints, it has been...

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Hershey chief financial officer to retire

David W. Tacka, senior vice president and CFO, intends to retire from Hershey at the end of the year. His successor is not yet known.

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