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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 sells Domino, Fanipala and Jaffa biscuit brands to Fazer

Mondelēz International has agreed to sell Finnish biscuit brands Domino, Fanipala and Jaffa back to former brand owner Fazer.

Just the occasion: Hershey’s 'store within a store' experiential displays up sales

Hershey has reported positive results for its Candy Experience concept 'store within a store' at a Winn-Dixie outlet in Louisiana and three Supervalu-Cub Food Stores in Minnesota. 

Ferrara upgrades two chewy candy brands for Gen Z and Millennials

Ferrara Candy has reported a sales boost for its Red Hots and Now and Later brands after revitalizing the flavors and packaging. 

Mondelēz needs strategy rethink as Q1 revenues decline, suggest analysts

Mondelēz International must be careful not to saturate the Cadbury and Milka and Oreo brands with excessive SKUs and be wary cost-cutting measures don't harm revenues further, say analysts. ...

Hershey's barkTHINS buy an 'excellent move' as Q1 sales decline: Analyst

Hershey has posted a 5.6% net sales decline in its first quarter (Q1), but one analyst believes its acquisition of chocolate business barkTHINS offers hope in a troubled US confectionery market....

Spotlight on start-ups: 'Made in Africa' chocolate, food waste fruit jerky and umami butter

FoodNavigator will be starting a weekly feature ‘Spotlight on Start-ups’ where we interview some of the most innovative food start-ups operating in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Here we...

Raw foods on the rise as clean-label consumers crave more

From snack bars to spreads, chocolate to cheese, the trend for raw ingredients in processed foods is spreading across Europe, says Mintel, as consumer attention goes beyond the ingredient list...

Profits to treble: Management shakeup at Bon Bon Buddies

Wales-based licensed and branded confectionery firm Bon Bon Buddies has named a revamped executive team including a new managing director as it anticipates record-high profits.

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Science vs taste: Nestlé and Mondelēz reveal different takes on candy nutrition guidelines

Nestlé says it is primarily guided by science when setting nutrition guidelines for its confections, while Mondelēz International takes account of multiple factors, but says consumer preference and taste is...

Bazooka Candy Brands adds emoji-inspired gummies

Bazooka Candy Brands has launched emoji-shaped wearable gummies, Ring Pop Gummies Chains, just before summer as the company sees it as an ideal season for consumers to try new confectionery...

Confectioners in Court

Cadbury left black & blue in latest Nestlé battle over the color purple

Cadbury owner Mondelēz International has been dealt a blow in its ongoing fight with Nestlé to enforce UK trade mark protection on milk chocolate products wrapped in a shade of...

Food firms improve sustainability promises - but are they following them up with action?

The world's top 10 food firms are improving their promises and pledges on sustainability, food security and workers' rights, according to Oxfam’s Behind the Brands report. But is there any action...

CEO Interview

Stepping on the gas: Drive Gum enters Autogrill and BP in Spain amid international push

Sugar-free caffeinated chewing gum brand Drive Gum has its sights on the US and Russia after expanding distribution in Spain through deals with Autogrill and BP.

News in brief

Mondelēz names new UK head as Greenhalgh departs

Cadbury owner Mondelēz International has appointed a replacement for departing UK managing director Phil Greenhalgh.

Haribo launches Twin Snakes in US with Blue Chip Marketing

Gold-Bears candy maker Haribo of America has enlisted Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide to help launch its latest product, Twin Snakes, in the US. 

Sweet manufacturer snapped up by US firm

American food wholesaler, Innovative Bites, has acquired Bonds of London, in a multi-million pound deal.

'THE GOAL IS TO REFORMULATE SO THEY CAN BE LABELLED 'EVERYDAY PRODUCTS''

Mars to label savoury products in global portfolio: 'Eat occasionally, once a week'

Mars will add labels to some savoury products in its global portfolio, such as Uncle Ben's and Dolmio, that don't meet its own nutrition criteria to say they should only...

‘No specific concern on confectionery,’ says Nestlé CFO after flat Q1 performance

Nestlé’s confectionery business has posted flat real internal growth in the first quarter 2016 triggered by an economic slowdown in Brazil and an earlier Chinese New Year.

Paint it choc: Sulpice Chocolat enlists Chicago artists to enliven samely candy aisle

Artisan chocolate manufacturer Sulpice Chocolat plans to launch a hand-painted chocolate line at the upcoming Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago.

R&D

Mars buys Ecuadorian cocoa farm for scientific research

Mars Chocolate has acquired Hacienda La Chola, a 485-hectare cocoa farm in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Project 7 secures US-wide Walgreens listing for two gourmet gums

California-based confectionery company Project 7 has announced its sugar-free gourmet gum in birthday cake and coconut lime flavors became available in candy aisles in Walgreens across the US from April 1.

Chocolate tea: Taking craft to the next level

The entrepreneurs behind MiCacao, a US start-up which makes an organic ‘tea’ from cacao shells, say their product is ready to tap into a craft movement which is stretching beyond...

Mondelēz partners with China’s Alibaba to support $1bn global e-commerce goal

Chinese consumers are able to buy a fuller range of Mondelēz products, including Oreo Colorfilled, an online platform where people can customize their own Oreo packaging, thanks to the Mondelēz’s...

China’s Heijingang targets high-end consumers to compete with foreign brands

Domestic Chinese chocolate brand Heijingang plans a new premium line later this year to compete with western chocolates, which dominate the market.

Giant bowl: Werther’s Original in Times Square candy campaign

August Storck-owned Werther’s Original has commemorated US national caramel day with a candy giveaway in Times Square.

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