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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.

Choco Treasure brings whimsy of chocolate wrapped toys to U.S. legally

Thanks to a little ingenuity, Candy Treasure has brought to the U.S. legally a line of much-loved chocolate surprise eggs and sports balls filled with whimsical small toys that, until...

Cailler could be our international premium chocolate platform, says Nestlé

Nestlé is aiming to reposition its Swiss Cailler brand as a high-end chocolate for international markets to fill a gap analysts have identified in its premium chocolate portfolio.

Mondelēz fined $130,000 for BelVita tennis ad in Bulgaria

Mondelēz International has been hit with a fine from Bulgaria ad watchdog after it posted photographs of tennis pros on its Facebook page without permission.

Ferrero profits rise 14% as it grows in emerging markets

Ferrero has reported a before tax profit rise in fiscal 2014 driven by a growing presence in Brazil, Russia and countries in Asia.

Candy pizza: Look-O-Look seeks bigger slice of export markets with takeaway concept

Perfetti Van Melle subsidiary Look-O-Look is hoping to enter new markets as it builds on its new departure in novelty confectionery with takeaway-inspired confections.

Kerry Gum: ‘Our dream is to get into the Chinese market’

German energy specialist Kerry Gum has long-term ambitions to break into China but realizes competitive is fierce.

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Nestlé in numbers: The world’s number #3 global confectionery player in 2014

Where are Nestlé's strongest confectionery markets? And how does it fare in global markets? ConfectioneryNews digs into data from the company's 2014 Annual Report to dish up some bite-sized facts....

Empowering women in agriculture is good for business

Empowering women in small-hold agriculture is essential to boosting productivity, creating new product launches and generating business - and companies are starting to realise this, says a Fairtrade Foundation report.

Burton’s Biscuit’s US deal targets sales of £70M

Burton’s Biscuit Company is targeting almost £70M in sales through a new US distribution partnership with International Food Associates (IFA).

Mars plans $160m plant in ‘high priority’ Indian market

Mars will construct its first confectionery factory in India, producing Snickers and Galaxy.

Ferrero plans first factory in ‘strategic’ Chinese market

Ferrero plans to manufacture in China to heap further pressure on chocolate market leader Mars.

‘The new macaroon’: Fairy Chocolates plans steady export rollout for Cho’clair

Belgian startup Fairy Chocolates plans to gradually introduce its éclair praline fusion Cho’clair across Europe after bagging an innovation award at ISM.

IQ Chocolate: What’s essential to ensure a start-up survives – and thrives?

Four years ago two Scottish women with little experience of the food industry started developing a gourmet chocolate brand. Now they are moving into export markets – so what were...

Lindt 2014 profits rise as it tightens US stranglehold

Lindt & Sprüngli has reported profit gains in 2014 driven by a rising presence in the US market through its Russell Stover acquisition.

Jelly Belly president Simpson to retire; enter the fifth generation

Lisa Rowland Brasher will become the fifth generation of the Goeltiz Rowland family to lead Jelly Belly as president Bob Simpson announces his retirement.

Thorntons restructures to reflect business strategy

Thorntons has restructured its board to boost performance and reflect business strategy.

News in brief

United Biscuits boss to step down

United Biscuits CEO Martin Glenn will leave the company to join the English Football Association and will be replaced by the boss of UB’s international business Jeff van der Eems....

Cémoi to open chocolate plant in ‘developing West African market’

French firm Cémoi will open a chocolate factory in Côte D’Ivoire, taking the rare step of producing chocolate in a cocoa origin country.

Should liquorice come with a warning label?

Researchers in Italy have urged liquorice manufacturers to warn consumers about the dangers of overconsumption after a child suffered seizures after over-indulging.

Thorntons takes £7.7M hit as retailers reduce orders

Thorntons took a £7.7M hit to UK commercial sales in the first half of its financial year after two major accounts significantly reduced orders, although international sales partially offset the...

Mars and Hershey settle Malteser spat ‘amicably’

Mars and Hershey have reached an out of court settlement in a Maltesers trademark case in the US.

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Russian standby, Chinese gifting and EU impulse: Jelly Belly earmarks international priorities

Jelly Belly’s new international sales chief discusses expanding distribution in China, targeting impulse channels in Europe and the impact of the Russia’s political and economic situation.

Nestlé #notjustaboutfood! Multinational launches internship contest with Twitter

Nestlé UK & Ireland is launching a joint internship scheme with Twitter, a programme that will help it draw in talent from previously untapped areas. 

Unreal Candy shifts from mass market to natural channels

Unreal Candy is back on US store shelves after a six month hiatus and the company now plans a targeted approach to grow the brand in natural stores.

People on the move

Hershey names CFO and Mondelēz picks North America head

Hershey has appointed Patricia A. Little as its new chief financial officer, while Mondelēz has named Roberto Marques as president of its North America business.

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