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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.

Bon Bon Buddies to produce Chewits Easter egg

UK confectioner Bon Bon Buddies is to produce a Chewits Easter egg for brand owner Cloetta under a two-year licensing deal.

Senior figures to give evidence in Sour Jacks trade secrets lawsuit

Top figures at Promotion in Motion and Ferrara Candy are to give oral statements in a lawsuit over an alleged breach of Sour Jacks and Welch’s Fruit Snacks trade secrets....

Mars adds Boo-tterscotch M&M's to Halloween lineup

Mars is to launch an M&M's butterscotch flavor exclusively at Target stores across the US this Halloween.

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Nestlé faces ‘tough trading conditions’ for confectionery in US and Brazil

Nestlé has described confectionery as a ‘difficult category’ in its first-half results as it was hit by weak Easter demand in Brazil and increasing competition in the US.

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Kiva releases cannabis chocolate bars despite difficulty imposed by state regulation

The increasing demand for consuming cannabis through confections has pushed the California-based Kiva to launch its first CBD chocolate bar line. 

Inside scoop: Nestlé doubles its largest quality assurance center to fight for confectionery safety

Nestlé’s gives ConfectioneryNews a look inside its $31m expanded quality assurance center in Dublin, Ohio, where it is battling the emerging threat of foreign bodies in confections.

Cadbury pulls ‘discriminatory' TV ad in Australia

Mondelēz has been ordered to pull a TV ad in Australia for Cadbury Picnic that featured a fast-speaking Indian man.

Lindt expands global chocolate business through new retail stores

Premium chocolate brand, Lindt, will open its first chocolate stores in Wales, UK and Canberra, Australia respectively later this month to further drive its brand equity.

Kroger hooks Mondelēz’s new Swedish Fish-flavored Oreos

Mondelēz has launched Swedish Fish-flavored Oreos, which combine Oreo chocolate wafers and Swedish Fish-flavored crème, exclusively at Kroger stores across the US.

Mondelēz acquires licence to produce Cadbury-branded biscuits

Cadbury owner Mondelēz International has bought the licence to produce Cadbury-branded biscuits from UK manufacturer Burton’s Biscuit Company.

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Gelita taps clean label trend through promoting collagen protein

Gelita, one of the world’s largest animal-based protein companies, has showcased how neutral-tasting collagen peptides can be used for protein enrichment.

Crowdfunding push to relaunch The San Francisco Chocolate Factory brand

A $10,000 crowdfunding push has been started in a bid to relaunch The San Francisco Chocolate Factory brand.

Dubai officials clear Milka bars social media spreads alcohol rumours

A simple labelling mis-translation gave rise to widespread rumours that an international chocolate brand’s formulation contained alcohol, Dubai authorities have revealed following a probe.

Food industry under fire over Olympic sponsorship deals

The Olympic Games in Rio has been branded a “carnival of junk food marketing” as campaigners published new research on advertising tactics used by Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Mars brand M&Ms. Kellogg’s were...

Sonoma Brands seeks to build a new confectionery category with SMASHMALLOW snacking marshmallows

SMASHMALLOW – the latest innovation from food & beverage brand incubator Sonoma Brands – could herald the launch of a new confectionery category: gourmet snackable marshmallows, says founder Jon Sebastiani.

Mondelēz may make second Hershey bid as five Trust members to leave

Mondelēz may make another bid to acquire Hershey as five board members are set to step down under an agreement with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General (AG), says the author...

Ferrero aims to ease North America struggles by acquiring Delacre: Analyst

Ferrero has reportedly made a bid to acquire Belgian biscuits and pastries manufacturer Delacre in a move one analyst says could support a push for North America and reduce its...

Kellogg to close US Town House and Kashi cracker factory

Kellogg is to close one of its US snacks production plants to reduce capacity in its cracker manufacturing operations.

E-commerce

Perfetti Van Melle taps Amazon Dash for Mentos

Perfetti Van Melle has signed up to Amazon Dash for its Mentos brand, allowing consumers to order gum and mints by pressing a button.

Hearthside Food Solutions acquires bars and cookie firm Oak State Products

Hearthside Food Solutions is tapping growing demand for contract food manufacturing with the acquisition of Illinois bars and cookie producer Oak State Products.

Mondelēz appoints ex-Wrigley boss as India MD

Mondelēz International has named the managing director for its India business months after inaugurating a chocolate plant in Andhra Pradesh that will be its largest Asia Pacific plant.

Lindt repositions Russell Stover as everyday brand

Lindt’s Russell Stover Every Day range has gained listings at major supermarkets such as Walmart since its April release in the US as the brand reduces reliance on key seasons....

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Cannabis in chocolate to be as normal as caffeine in drinks, says startup Défoncé Chocolatier

Défoncé Chocolatier’s founder and CEO, Eric Eslao, is waiting for the final vote on California's Adult Use Marijuana Act in November. If passed, his cannabis-infused chocolate can be sold in...

Factory upgrade

Ferrero Canada plans three new products at Brantford site

Ferrero Canada plans to add production lines for three new products in a CAD $36.1m (USD $27.66m) investment at its factory in Brantford.

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Hershey reports Q2 growth, continuing to target ‘snackfection’ trend

Hershey has posted 3.7% net sales growth in its second quarter results as it gears up to launch a 'snackfection' item later this year.

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