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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 to axe 454 jobs in Montreal cookie plant closure

Oreo maker Mondelēz International has announced plans to close its factory in Montreal, Canada, by the end of 2017.

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Florida bean-to-bar maker Pinellas Chocolate opens first retail store

State-inspired chocolate maker Pinellas Chocolate Company has opened its first retail store in Largo, Florida, where customers can sample its products and witness how bean-to-bar chocolate is made.

Candyking CEO to snap up the Nordic pick & mix supplier

The CEO of Nordic pick & mix supplier Candyking will take ownership of the company from investment fund Accent Equity 2008.

Ferrero expected to acquire Delacre biscuits by mid-December

Ferrero is nearing the acquistion of biscuits firm Delacre in an attempt to decrease its reliance on chocolate and expand in North American, says market analysts Euromonitor.

Ferrero drops Romanian Kinder Egg subcontractor amid child labor concerns

Ferrero has terminated all relations with subcontractors Prolegis in Romania after allegations children had been working long hours for low pay to produce toys for Kinder Eggs.

Malted milk helps startup root cookies in nostalgia & be on cutting edge of current trends

The founders of startup Malt Shop Cookies are hoping to jumpstart their new ecommerce business by launching on Cyber Monday the online sale of their line of malted milk cookies...

Nestlé KitKat trademark appeal against Petra Foods fails

The Court of Appeal in Singapore has reaffirmed Nestlé’s KitKat shape trademark is invalid and ruled Petra Foods’ Delfi Take-It bar cannot therefore infringe the mark.

Swiss companies create first donkey milk chocolate bar

Eurolactis, a Swiss company that sells donkey milk, and Swiss master chocolatier Fornerod have teamed up to make the first non-bovine Swiss milk chocolate bar.

Mars admits shrinking Maltesers and Galaxy Counters packs was ‘difficult decision’

Mars has been shrunk its Maltesers brand from 121g to 103g per bag without changing the price of the product, according to a tweet by UK-based food retailer turned insight...

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Hancock’s confectionery business expects to reach rural UK with e-commerce

Two brothers have launched a new British wholesale confectionery business, called HS Wholesale Sweets, continuing with a family tradition in confectionery. 

13 food giants pledge to ‘redouble’ climate change efforts at COP22

A coalition of food industry giants pledged to “redouble their efforts” in combating carbon emissions, carbon dioxide and deforestation, at the COP22 meeting in Morocco last week.

Americanna spearheads edibles market by launching first Cannabis puffs

The cannabis industry just welcomed a new edibles format, puffs, thanks to one of the major edibles brands in the US market, Americanna. 

‘Science, not politics, informs our approach to sustainability’: Mars responds to Trump on climate change

M&M’s maker Mars has disputed Donald Trump’s stance on climate change during the COP22 in Morocco. 

Katjes International ups stake in chocolate maker Halloren

Katjes International has raised its stake in publically-listed German chocolate producer Halloren to 7%.

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‘Next stage of evolution’: Mondelēz teams with Fairtrade to expand Cocoa Life to Cadbury brand

Mondelēz International has partnered with Fairtrade to grow the chocolate maker’s own program Cocoa Life to cover all Cadbury products in the UK & Ireland.

Former PepsiCo manager joins Just Born executive team

Peeps maker Just Born Quality Confections has hired Rachel Hayden as its new vice president and chief information officer.

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Brexit bites, or the price of a low pound

What will the impact of rising food prices in post-Brexit Britain be on manufacturers, retailers and consumers? Food and drink solicitor at Gordons law firm Mark Jones takes a closer look. ...

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Hershey: C-store has ‘large’ growth potential for seasonal confections

Seasonal confectionery c-store distribution is underdeveloped compared to other channels, despite the fact that the household purchase of seasonal confectionery is increasing, 

Peppersmith repositions as dental health brand, targeting $3.8m sales

UK mint and gum maker Peppersmith is to reposition itself as a dental health brand and has secured a listing in supermarket Waitrose's dental section.

Sunrise Confections plans vitamin gummies at first US candy plant

Sunrise Confections’ owner Mount Franklin Foods has acquired a factory in South Carolina where it will produce vitamin gummies, fortified candies and natural fruit snacks for private label.

Veteran’s Day

Untold war stories: Mars and M&M’s military history

Mars shares war stories about some of its leading brands on the eve of Veteran’s Day, otherwise known as Armistice Day.

Toblerone downsizing 'not about Brexit', says Mondelēz

Mondelēz International says higher cocoa costs rather than the currency impact of Brexit have led it to reduce the weight of two Toblerone products in the UK.

M&M’s taps Japan’s samurai roots for limited edition launch

Mars has introduced limited edition M&M’s milk chocolate kimono and samurai novelties in Japan.

NACS 2016

Just Born outlines strategy to outgrow candy category by 3%

Just Born Quality Confections says its resurrected chocolate business and new Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales items set to US c-stores early next year will help it outpace category...

Montezuma’s doubles production after Sainsbury’s and Trader Joe’s deals

British luxury chocolate brand Montezuma’s has doubled its production capacity in a £500,000 ($609,600) investment.

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