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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.

Waste chocolate helps Nestlé reach sustainability goal

Nestlé UK & Ireland has reached its target of zero waste to landfill at its Fawdon factory after using excess Toffee Crisp and Rolo ingredients to help power the site....

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The making of a brand: Contract manufacturers share secrets to success

The firms that manufacture healthy food and supplement products do much more than just make products – they are integral partners in product development, regulatory compliance and much more…

Nine most innovative products: Sweets & Snacks 2015 award winners

Retailers have voted for the new U.S candy items that have the best go-to-market potential at the National Confectioners Association’s Sweets & Snacks Expo.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2015

Hershey to become ‘further engrained’ in snacks

The Hershey Company will not rule out additional M&A activity to strengthen traction in snacks and innovate beyond core confections, its brand head says.

News in brief

Thorntons boss to stand down

Thorntons ceo Jonathan Hart will stand down from his role at the end of the chocolate manufacturer’s financial year on June 27 2015.

Food industry unprepared for water shortages

The food industry – the most water-intensive business on earth - is unprepared for global water shortages, according to a report which ranks the best and worst offending companies for...

Sharing the goodness: Hershey’s conveys progress its 2014 CSR report

The Hershey Company made significant progress against its responsible sourcing and sustainability commitments in 2014, according to its latest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report.

Nestlé changes Kit Kat name to YouTube Break

Food manufacturer Nestlé has changed the name of its iconic Kit Kat to YouTube Break, its biggest redesign in its 80-year history.

Save Food: Nestlé pledges to help the world tackle food loss and waste

The world’s biggest food firm, Nestlé, has put reducing food waste firmly on its agenda, announcing plans to help further prevent the issue of food losses and waste around the...

Katjes may shop for Spanish and Italian sugar confectioners after €60m corporate bond

Katjes International has issued a public offering and private placement to raise up to €60m ($67m) to pay off a previous bond and to bankroll acquisitions in Italy and Spain.

Cornish fudge firm pumps £600k into new site

A Cornish confectionery company has pumped £600,000 into a new site, tripling production space and creating six new jobs.

Trident gum coming to China as category picks up, says Mondelēz

Mondelēz plans to launch its Trident brand in China as its gum business returns to growth after a long slump.

Slovenian chocolate maker Zito accepts takeover bid from Croatian rival Podravka

Croatian food group Podravka has reached a €33.03m ($36.91m) deal to acquire a 51.55% stake in Zito, Slovenia's top domestic chocolate manufacturer.

Manner explores ‘wafer country’ Indonesia for Asia launchpad

Austrian-based biscuit firm Josef Manner is considering marking its entry into Asia by entering Indonesia, where there is already an established wafer market.

Divine Chocolate unites US and UK businesses

Divine Chocolate’s merger of its US and UK businesses will boost the power and profits of both operations, the firm has claimed.

UK investment fund eyes Eastern Europe dominance after snapping up Serbia's top biscuit maker Bambi

The new owners of Serbia’s largest biscuit-maker Bambi, Mid Europa Partners (MEP), hope to grow the business to become  Eastern Europe's biscuit leader.

Mondelēz struggles to keep pace with the global chocolate market in Q1

Mondelēz International has continued to grow below the overall chocolate market in first quarter of 2015 after it was the first to raise wholesale prices last year. However, it expects...

Roshen to close Mariupol plant as pro-Russian rebels threaten city take over

Roshen plans to close its confectionery plant in Mariupol, where production has been suspended since February 2014, as pro-Russian rebels threaten to seize the city.

Fox’s Biscuits factory faces engineers’ strikes

Imminent engineers’ strikes at Fox’s Biscuits’ Batley factory, owned by 2 Sisters Food Group, in West Yorkshire, could disrupt production, trades union Unite has claimed.

Nestlé USA closes its Puerto Rico distribution center

Nestlé USA shifts its Puerto Rico shipments to a third US facility

Nestlé USA will shift a majority of its US to Puerto Rico shipments from the Port of New York and New Jersey to JAXPORT (Jacksonville Port Authority) in Jacksonville, Florida.

Lutti to expand into Canada

French confectionery major Lutti has secured a distribution partner in Quebec, Canada where it plans to kick-start business with smaller, premium items, its CEO says.

Barry Callebaut clean water campaign launched in Ivorian cocoa villages

Barry Callebaut has launched a clean water campaign that will see it supply its Ivorian cocoa suppliers with filters and know-how.

BBX builds on premium confectionery portfolio with Kencraft Candy acquisition

BBX Sweet Holdings has made its seventh acquisition in less than 18 months, snapping up Kencraft Candy, and is on the look-out for more.

Confectionery: the perfect marriage of art and science?

Chemistry and art would be good subjects for aspiring confectioners to study – as well as developing a bit of business acumen - says the co-founder of Boston-based McCrea’s Candies. ...

Machu Picchu Foods scoops Peruvian rival to enter the wafer cone market

Machu Picchu Foods (MPF), a Peruvian cocoa processor/exporter and chocolate manufacturer, recently expanded its product portfolio with ice cream wafer cones following the purchase of wafer company Montecorvino from Callao. ...

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