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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.

Price fixing

Nestlé drops appeals for chocolate cartel fines in Germany

Nestlé Deutschland has withdrawn appeals in two cases for which it was fined for colluding to fix prices in Germany.

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‘Retrovate’ don't ‘innovate’ granola startups, says former Kellogg’s director

The increasingly crowded granola bars category has made it difficult for startups to gain ground. However, introducing new ingredients might not be the solution, suggests Ernie Pang.

Mondelēz expands Trident gum in Europe against headwind from fading chewing habit

Mondelēz has reported “positive” results after it launched a series of Max flavors under its multiple gum brands in Europe, including Trident, Stimorol and Hollywood, according to the spokesperson of...

Americanna to expand distillation program after initial success with cannabis puffed gummies

'Garden-to-gummy' edibles confectioner Americanna has announced a new company-wide distillation program, called Pure Distillate, to make purer cannabis concentrate. 

Cloetta may sell struggling Italian business

Cloetta is considering divesting its Italian subsidiary, which includes four factories and candy brand Galatine, among others.

Perfetti Van Melle fined for dental health messages on chewing gum

Mentos maker Perfetti Van Melle must pay a €180,000 ($192,000) fine for suggesting its chewing gum had equivalent dental health effects to brushing teeth.

2016 Sales Report

Lindt exceeds market expectations with 6% annual sales growth

Lindt & Sprüngli has reported a rise in 2016 revenues driven by strong performance in Europe, which exceeded analysts’ forecasts.

Divine Chocolate joins Tony’s Chocolonely as B Corps certified company

Part cocoa farmer-owned company Divine Chocolate has joined B Corps in hope of making its business more transparent. 

Three Squirrels expects to be incorporated after reporting net profit of over $29m

Rumor has been mounting over the last month that e-commerce snack brand in China, Three Squirrels, is planning to be incorporated in the near future, BakeryandSnacks learned from various sources.

‘Last resort’: Mondelēz ups prices on select UK products

Cadbury maker Mondelēz International has increased wholesale prices on some UK products, reporting increased cocoa costs and a weaker British pound.

Cloetta launches ‘test-and-learn’ confectionery store on China’s Alibaba

Swedish confectionery company Cloetta has opened its first online store in China through Alibaba’s Tmall Global platform to take advantage of the country’s growing online market for food.

Mondelēz hatches Cadbury Oreo Egg ‘n’ Spoon in the UK

Mondelēz-owned Cadbury has launched a new Oreo-inspired egg in the UK market, the Cadbury Dairy Milka Egg ‘n’ Spoon Oreo.

Startup Tracker

Fantasy Candies owner creates probiotic chocolate startup Blue Planet

Long-time candy maker and owner of the Ohio-based Fantasy Candies, Joel Fink, hopes to take probiotic chocolate to the national level through his new startup called Blue Planet Chocolate. 

Ferrero defends palm oil in Nutella with advert against 'unfair smear campaign'

Ferrero has launched a TV advertising campaign defending its use of palm oil in its flagship product Nutella, saying palm oil is currently suffering "an unfair smear campaign" in Italy....

Mondelēz ramps up premium offer in India with Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk Oreo

Mondelēz has introduced Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk Oreo to the Indian market after enjoying success with choco-bakery brands in other markets.

Mondelēz settles Indian factory probe in the US for $13m

Cadbury owner Mondelēz International has agreed to pay $13m to settle action brought by US authorities accusing it of breaching foreign trade rules when upgrading a factory in India.

Startup Tracker

Saffron-infused chocolate comes to the UK and the Netherlands

Startup firm Mahbir has launched a range of premium Indian foods containing saffron to the UK and the Netherlands, including a Belgian milk chocolate infused with the spice.

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Transparency and portion-control: Execs at top candy firms set 2017 expectations

Mars Wrigley, Ferrara, Just Born, and other top candy firms offer their business outlooks for 2017 and share details of innovation in the pipeline.

Belgian Boys taps imported European snacks growth with butter cookies

European snack startup, Belgian Boys, will roll out its butter cookies inspired by the original Belgian cookie, Speculoos, across the US in February. 

Runamok Maple creates new maple candy brand after acquisition

Vermont-based maple syrup producer, Runamok Maple, has just started producing maple candy products for the first time after acquiring Bascom Maple Farms’ maple candy operation.

Sterling fluctuation caused by Brexit is partly to blame

US unit of Hershey, Mars and Nestlé’s cocoa supplier, Transmar, files for bankruptcy

The US unit of cocoa trading and supplying company Transmar Group has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York after the...

Oregon edibles processors speak about marijuana testing rule change

The new marijuana testing regulations have made it much tougher for cannabis edibles producers to operate, reports the industry.

Raisio chief resigns: ‘Time for new adventures’ after 36 quarters of continuous growth

Raisio chief executive officer Matti Rihko tells us he is moving onto a new venture later this year and was proud to have overseen Raisio’s transition from a challenged regional...

Project 7 enters licensing business with Girl Scouts cookie-inspired gums and mints

Gourmet chewy candy brand, Project 7, has entered its first licensing business by launching Girl Scouts cookie-inspired gum and mints, the company recently announced.

Mars Wrigley seizes seasonal sales with Super Bowl commercials

Mars Wrigley has announced that Skittles will return with a new Super Bowl commercial next year as an extension of its long-standing “Taste the Rainbow” campaign.

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