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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.

Nestlé to introduce Gold KitKat in Japan for $16 a bar

Nestlé has launched a one-finger KitKat made with edible gold leaves at its Chocolatory boutiques in Japan.

Angry Birds chocolates coming to the US after Yowie tie-up

Australia-based Yowie Group has signed a licensing deal with Rovio Entertainment to bring Angry Birds branded chocolate to the US.

Hershey taps US premium chocolate boom with double-sized gifting brand Kisses Deluxe

Hershey has launched gifting brand Kisses Deluxe in the US ahead of the holiday season to capitalize on the rise of premium chocolate.

Russian chocolatier Goldberg plans UAE factory

Russian chocolate-maker Goldberg is planning to establish a factory in the UAE, as it targets the Middle East and North Africa as its first major export market.

Industry Voices

Ferrara Candy CEO: Millennials create ‘paradox’ where candy outdoes chocolate

Candy is outpacing chocolate growth in the US as Millennials, Generation Z and the Hispanic population transform consumption habits, says the CEO of Ferrara Candy.

Canada chocolate price fixing saga ends as Nestlé charges stayed

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) has dropped chocolate price fixing charges against Nestlé Canada and its former CEO Robert Leonidas.

NCA’s Sweets and Snacks Expo to grow 20% in 2016

The confectionery industry is growing, and with it the National Confectioners Association’s 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo will grow as well.

Transparency drive: Hershey first to adopt GMA's QR SmartLabel

Hershey will be the first company to adopt the Grocery Manufacturers Association's (GMA) SmartLabel program, which allows shoppers to scan on-product QR codes for detailed nutritional information.

Going for bronze: Hershey eyes third spot in Brazil’s chocolate market by 2020

US chocolate giant Hershey has unveiled a bold plan to become the third largest chocolate brand in Brazil by 2020.

Personalized Oreo packs to strengthen our e-commerce strategy, says Mondelēz

Mondelēz International is offering fans of its Oreo brand of cookies the opportunity to design their own cookie packaging.

Barry Callebaut to expand its European Specialties business

Barry Callebaut plans to expand its European Specialties business, by acquiring the commercial vending activities of FrieslandCampina Kievit.

Nestlé forms energy reduction partnership with Sheffield Hallam

Food and drink manufacturers could benefit from improved resource efficiency and cost savings across the supply chain as a result of a partnership between Nestlé UK and Ireland and Sheffield...

Katjes acquires rights for Vicks cough drops in Europe and considers UK expansion

German confectioner Katjes has acquired a perpetual license from Procter & Gamble to sell and distribute Vicks cough drops in Europe and Russia.

Hotel Chocolat fined after worker’s finger torn off

Luxury chocolate maker Hotel Chocolat has been fined £25,000 after a worker’s hand was dragged into a stirrer, ripping off his finger.

US candy marketplace rocks Hershey Q3 earnings

Hershey has reported a 31% drop in third quarter earnings and cuts its full-year guidance after lower than expected US candy, gum and mint sales.

Q3 Results

Mondelēz grows below global biscuits and chocolate market

Mondelēz International has reported organic growth for the year-to-date up to September, but has grown below the category average in its largest segments biscuits and chocolate.

Kayco launches Chocolate Leather to appeal to better for you segment

Kosher product manufacturer Kayco has launched Chocolate Leather, a chewy candy bar lower in calories, fat and sugar than an average chocolate bar.

Burton’s biscuit heist: Man charged with theft

A man has been charged with stealing a trailer packed with about £20,000 worth of biscuits.

Scot choc-maker iQ breaks into 3 GCC markets

Scottish premium chocolate startup iQ Chocolate will shortly start exporting its products to Kuwait, Qatar and Dubai after signing a series of distribution deals.

Exclusive interview: Head of KitKat

KitKat white space opportunities in China, Vietnam and Pakistan, says Nestlé countlines chief

Nestlé has expansion opportunities in developing markets in Asia and Latin America for its leading confectionery brand KitKat, according to the company’s head of chocolate countlines.

Nestlé confectionery unit posts organic growth, but analyst questions KitKat dependence

Nestlé's confectionery business posted 7.8% organic growth for the first nine months, but one analyst says the firm is over-reliant on KitKat and is performing below market rivals.

Mars targets healthier, on-the-go crowd with Snickers Crsiper and other c-store launches

Mars announced the November launch of its portion-controlled Snickers Crisper at this year’s National Association of Convenience Stores Show.

Mondelēz to bring belVita to China

Mondelēz International will launch its belVita breakfast biscuits in China in hopes of grabbing a larger piece of the country’s biscuit market share.

Praline popularity: Aunt Aggie De’s seeking growth outside Texas with new flavor

Aunt Aggie De’s Pralines, one of Texas' best-known praline makers, is trying to boost its popularity outside of the Lone Star State.

Back to the Future? Ferrara engages millennials in the confectionery aisle with focus on gummy, chewy, spicy, and sour

While we’re often told that millennials are rejecting the brands their parents grew up with, the same rules don’t necessarily apply in the candy aisle, notes the CEO of Ferrara...

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