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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 launches Oreo Choc’O Brownie in UK

Mondelēz has introduced its Oreo Choc’O Brownie to the UK market and will be supporting the launch with a £2.5m ($3.2m) audiovisual advertising, experiential, sampling and PR campaign. ...

IT'SUGAR seeks to ‘bring the country together’ with Trump-shaped gummy

Specialty candy producer IT'SUGAR has launched Trump-shaped gummies at its retail stores across the US and via its website.

This week Down Under

Cadbury vows to ‘secure' jobs while announcing 50 redundancies

Though Mondelēz has billed its new plans to invest A$75m (US$60m) into upgrading its Hobart Cadbury factory as a move to “secure local jobs”, it has at the same time...

Mondelēz 2017 Christmas NPD: Cadbury Dairy Milk, Popping Candy, Toblerone and more

Mondelēz International has unveiled UK confectionery launches for Christmas 2017.

Ferrero UK adds to flavor-changing Tic Tac range and brings Nutella into biscuits

Ferrero will introduce a new flavor variant of Tic Tac Mixers, Hello Kitty and Hot Wheels-branded Kinder Surprise eggs, and will bring biscuit brand Nutella B-Ready to the UK market.

Ferrero invests $10.6m in UK Christmas launches and urges retailers not to neglect Diwali

Ferrero has announced a string of Christmas launches and is separately urging retailers to adopt point of sale displays to seize on UK Diwali sales.

Mondelēz taps 'potential' in UK biscuits market with Cadbury cookies

Mondelēz is rolling out a biscuit line under its Cadbury brand in the UK this month. 

Amplify wants to be 'fastest growing' premium snack group in Europe

Amplify Snack Brands has said that it wants to become the “fastest-growing” premium snack brand in Europe as it battles to improve the profitability of its international division.

Mars launches M&M’s in 'priority market' India

Mars has brought M&M’s to India for the first time to expand the region’s bite-size chocolate category. 

Startup Watch

Retro reboot: British confectionery brand Champion & Reeves to expand after crowdfunding

Luxury nougat startup Champion & Reeves has adopted the style of discontinued classic British brand Callard & Bowser and eyes domestic and export success after raising £156,540 ($204,000) via crowdfunding.

Hershey says future 'very bright' for experiential retail upon NYC store opening

Hershey will open its Chocolate World experience store in New York City’s Time Square later this year.

pladis and Unite advance UK government’s apprenticeship plan

McVitie’s maker pladis and Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union, have signed an Engineering Apprenticeship Agreement to facilitate the recruitment of 50 apprentices into engineering roles at pladis by...

Quarterly Earnings

McCain Foods president to become Mondelēz’s new CEO amid Q2 revenue decline

Dirk Van de Put will succeed Irene Rosenfeld as Mondelēz’s new CEO in November.

Legal Watch

Just Born and Ferrara Candy slack-fill cases to proceed

Judges have rejected motions to dismiss two separate cases accusing candy makers Just Born and Ferrara Candy of deceiving consumers by under-filling packaged products.  

Lindt bets on realignment of Russell Stover Candies for long-term growth

Lindt has reported organic sales growth of 3.6% for the first half-year 2017, reaching CHF 1.549bn ($1.603bn).

Nestlé ‘strongly committed’ to confectionery outside US as segment declines continue

Nestlé’s confectionery business has continued to decline in the first half of 2017, but it says it remains committed to the segment.

Q2 2017 results

Hershey hints at seasonal opportunity in e-commerce upon posting Q2 growth

Hershey’s Q2 2017 net sales reached $1.66bn, increasing 1.5% compared to the same period last year.

Godiva Chocolate names former Starbucks, PepsiCo exec as CEO

Godiva Chocolate has named Annie Young-Scrivner as its new CEO, taking effect on Sept. 14, 2017. 

ONS recognises “shrinkflation” as reason for smaller (but not cheaper) chocolates

Servings of confectionery, fruit juice and biscuits are getting smaller without getting any cheaper, the UK government confirm as findings appear to strengthen what many consumers have long suspected.

M&A

Ferrara Candy may acquire Nestlé’s US confectionery business

Gummy maker Ferrara Candy is reportedly going to participate in an auction for Nestlé’s US candy business, according to a report by Reuters.

Nestlé launches cake-style KitKat upon renovating chocolate store in Japan

Nestlé will launch a KitKat Chocolatory Gateau Mignon exclusively at the KitKat Chocolatory Ginza store in Tokyo, Japan, on July 25, 2017. 

Raisio cuts earnings guidance amid UK confectionery challenges

Raisio has reduced its 2017 guidance after production and commercial challenges in its UK confectionery business.

Simple ingredients renovation

Next step: Mondelēz to cut sugar, salt, sat fat and artificial ingredients in power brands

Cadbury owner Mondelēz International plans to renovate its power brands with simpler ingredients and improved nutrition after meeting some of its well-being targets early.

Russell Stover Chocolates names Andrew Deister as new CEO

Andrew Deister has succeeded Andreas Pfluger as Russell Stover Chocolates CEO. 

Mondelez’s Toblerone may have grounds for candy shape-based lawsuit against Poundland

A British business advisory lawyer says Mondelēz could take action against Poundland for launching Twin Peaks chocolate that looks like its Toblerone brand because of its “unique and distinctive” shape....

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