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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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KitKat UK trademark rejected on appeal

Nestlé has lost its bid to register the four-finger KitKat has a 3D shape mark in the UK after a ruling in the Court of Appeal today.

General Mills releases 10,000 boxes of Lucky Charms branded marshmallows

Consumers who purchase General Mills' Lucky Charms could win a box of limited edition marshmallows.

Mars joins Nestlé, Lindt and Ferrero in calorie reduction goal

Mars-Wrigley, Nestlé USA, Ferrero, Lindt, and Ferrara Candy say half of their individually wrapped products will be 200 calories or less by 2022.

7-Eleven taps specialty bakery growth with Twix-topped donuts

Convenience store chain 7-Eleven has unveiled its first donuts topped with Twix Caramel Cookie bar pieces.

Oreo Firework popping candy on-trend, but is Mondelēz missing adult market?

Popping candy flavored Oreos will appeal to younger consumers, but Mondelēz may look to sophisticated flavors next to seize on sales among adults, says Mintel’s director of insight.

Startup Watch

Energy chocolate brand Zippy Bites expects ‘contagious’ growth in the US, CEO says

Natural caffeine added chocolate truffle company Zippy Bites is looking to scale up its business by expanding beyond coastal areas in the US. 

Raisio confectionery sales hit by Poppets delistings

Raisio has reported a decline in first quarter confectionery sales due to a weaker British pound and reduced UK demand for its brands, which include Poppets and Fox's Glacier.

Former Kraft exec launches Artisan Kettle organic chocolate chips

Artisan Kettle, an organic baking chocolate line created by former Kraft Foods’ brand manager Beth Goeddel, is rolling out across the US market.

Startup Watch

Oral care gum startup Confadent to launch in US

Startup Confadent is planning to bring an oral care gum brand to the US public after a test launch earlier this year.

Ferrero-owned Kinder secures licensing deal with Despicable Me 3

Kinder is rolling out Despicable Me-themed Surprise Eggs in the UK under a partnership with Universal Pictures.

Puratos has 'absolutely no intention to go public,' CEO Daniel Malcorps says

The bakery, chocolate and patisserie applications development company has no plans to go public, despite being run like a public firm.

Quarterly earnings

Mondelēz Q1 a ‘solid start’, driven by Oreo, Cadbury, belVita and Ritz

Mondelēz has posted organic growth of 0.6% during Q1, beating the company’s expectation, CEO Irene Rosenfeld said.

Hershey releases US summer flavors: KitKat, Kisses, Reese’s, PayDay and Twizzlers

Hershey has launched a series of traveler destinations-themed candy and snack products for this coming summer in the US. 

Trolli Candy’s UK distributor Innovative Bites ups snack portfolio with baked pretzels range

Innovative Bites, importer and wholesaler of mainly US grocery products in the UK, has added a Romanian snack to its lineup. 

Mars pledges to use 100% high-oleic peanuts in M&Ms, Munch Bar, by end of 2017

Confectionery giant Mars announced its pledge to use only high-oleic peanuts in its Peanut M&M’s and Munch Bar products by the end of 2017.

Quarterly Earnings

Hershey posts Q1 growth driven by Reese’s, KitKat, Kisses and other key brands

Hershey has reported total net sales of $1.88bn in Q1, 2017, growing by 2.8% compared to last year.

Mars launches first M&M’s chocolate block in Australia

Mars has launched its first M&M’s chocolate block in Australia

Mondelēz announces CMO departure, new hires in consumer insights and packaging

Mondelēz has announced its chief marketing officer (CMO) Dana Anderson has decided to leave the company. 

Nestlé departs UK for Poland taking 300 Blue Riband jobs

Nestlé is to move production of its Blue Riband chocolate brand from the UK to Poland with a loss of around 300 jobs.

Hershey seeks to reduce calorie counts with product reformulation, size adjustment

Hershey has included in its five-year plan a goal that 50% of its total offering of individually wrapped standard- and king-size confectionery products will be 200 calories or less. 

Delfi forms JV with Japan’s Yuraku Confectionery in Indonesia

Delfi Limited has formed a joint venture (JV) with the Yuraku Confectionery Company in Indonesia to sell chocolate snack products under the Delfi brand in Indonesia.

Project 7 partners with Weight Watchers

Gourmet gum brand Project 7 is aiming to capture a new target consumer – fitness enthusiasts – upon partnering with Weight Watchers.

Financials

Cloetta sales dented by Swedish pick & mix declines in Q1

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta has reported a slight dip in first quarter sales driven by declines in its Swedish pick & mix business.

Exclusive interview

Bazooka Candy’s president targets double-digit growth through innovation and global expansion

Accelerating innovation for core brands and expanding in international markets will be key strategies for Bazooka, says the company’s president Tony Jacobs.

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