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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.

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Nestlé plays premium chocolate card with global Cailler rollout

Nestlé will launch its Swiss bean-to-bar premium chocolate brand Cailler in key international markets via e-commerce as it looks to plug an alleged gap in its premium confectionery portfolio.

Mars snaps up Mexican Lindt distributor Grupo Turin

Mars has acquired premium chocolate firm Grupo Turin to capitalize on projected growth in the Mexican chocolate market.

Huge blaze engulfs Halloween toffee apple factory

A factory making toffee apples for Halloween was burnt down at the weekend. 

Lindt cleared to produce chocolate golden teddy after Haribo court battle

Lindt & Sprungli has been cleared by a German court to keep producing its golden chocolate teddy bear, otherwise known as Goldbären, following an almost three-year spat with Haribo.

Chocolate factory welcomes 40,000 visitors

Pembrokeshire-based chocolate manufacturer Wickedly Welsh Chocolate welcomed more than 40,000 people into its factory over the summer holidays, the firm has revealed.

Welch’s fruit snacks are ‘no more healthful than candy’, says false advertising lawsuit

Welch’s fruit snacks are candy masquerading as healthy snacks, says a false advertising lawsuit filed in New York.

US chocolate price fixing lawsuit appeal dismissed

A US appeals court has upheld an earlier decision to throw out an antitrust lawsuit against Hershey, Mars and Nestlé.

Shape of things to come?

Nestlé must prove four-finger wafer shape alone is distinct to KitKat, rules CJEU

Legal experts say a European Court of Justice (CJEU) ruling yesterday will make it tough for Nestlé to register the four-finger wafer shape in the UK, where Mondelēz is trying to block...

Mondelēz to lean on healthy snacks and digital media to expand margins

Mondelēz International hopes to “significantly expand margins” through healthier versions of its products, product innovation and more reliance on digital media.

Scott Semel: 'Our growth has been meteoric'

The meteoric rise of barkTHINS snacking chocolate: ‘It took off like a rocketship’

Sometimes the most disruptive food products are less about blue-sky innovation than taking something familiar, adding a new twist, and creating a completely new category, says Ripple Brand Collective founder...

Legal Watch

Ferrara Candy files lawsuit over rice weevils found in Red Vines licorice

Ferrara Candy Company filed a lawsuit against American Licorice Company, claiming the company sold them Red Vines licorice invested with rice weevils.

Factory Focus

Nestlé confectioner reveals her tricks of the trade - Part II

As part of FoodProductionDaily's Factory Focus feature yesterday, Vikki Geall, senior confectioner, Nestlé UK & Ireland, reveals her tricks of the trade from sourcing flour for Blue Riband, creating a...

Walmart cracks open Yowie eggs across 4,300 US store network

Character confectionery firm Yowie has secured distribution in 4,300 Walmart stores across the US following a successful trail in Texas.

Factory Focus - Part I

From sourcing flour for Blue Riband, creating a KitKat flavour and launching Rowntree's Randoms – Nestlé confectioner reveals her tricks of the trade

Nestlé UK and Ireland has partnered with the National Centre for Food Manufacturing at the University of Lincoln to find the chocolate makers of the future.

Hershey taps Amazon Dash and expects US e-commerce grocery market to hit $80bn

Hershey forecasts rapid growth in the US online confectionery market as its Ice Breakers brand becomes available for reorder via Amazon’s Dash button.

Exclusive interview

Wearables, beacons and smart diplays: Eight tech startups to help Mondelēz tap Millennials

Mondelēz International’s director of field shopper market shares details on eight technology startups that will help promote power brands such as Trident and Oreo.

Nestlé unwraps search for confectionery degree students

Nestlé is seeking to secure the next generation of chocolate makers with the launch of a new confectionery degree.

'Long-term growth potential' in Europe's chocolate market

Mondelēz keeps faith in Europe as it opens flexible $30m chocolate line in Poland

Mondelēz International has opened a $30m line in Poland to produce popular brands such as Milka, Cadbury and Oreo as it anticipates a recovery in Europe’s chocolate market.

Sunbelt Bakery's Protein Delights to compete with Kellogg and General Mills protein bars, says brand director

Sunbelt Bakery has launched a protein-based bar without preservatives and containing 6 g of protein that it hopes will compete with the likes of General Mills' Nature Valley protein bar...

KitKat commits to only sustainable cocoa by early 2016

Nestlé plans to source only sustainable cocoa for its global KitKat brand in order to strengthen consumer trust.

Fresh-baked cookie pioneer Otis Spunkmeyer will launch retail line in early 2016

Well-known fresh cookie-maker Otis Spunkmeyer is expanding its empire beyond food service and into the retail segment for the first time with the launch of a line of sweet baked...

Montezuma’s signs ‘significant international deal’ to enter US with Trader Joe’s

UK premium chocolate firm Montezuma’s will be stocked in the US for the first time after it signed a deal with food store chain Trader Joe’s.

Lotte Confectionery found guilty of copying Japanese packaging design

Lotte Confectionery, part of Lotte Group, South Korea, has allegedly been found guilty of copying a Japanese snack maker's package design, according to a hearing at Seoul Central District Court.

£10M investment in Jacob’s Cream Crackers factory

Biscuit manufacturer United Biscuits (UB) has revealed £10M investment plans for its Jacob’s Cream Crackers factory. 

Ardent Mills announces intent to buy Canada flour milling plant from Mondelēz

Denver-based Ardent Mills has announced it's intention to purchase a flour-milling plant in Ontario, Canada, from Mondelēz Canada.

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