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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.

MilkBoy: ‘We're bringing back Swiss chocolate to the U.S.’

Startup chocolate firm MilkBoy is hoping to storm the U.S. premium market with Swiss-made chocolate using regional flavors such as pine tree oil.

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Ferrero signals intent to raise retail game with Thorntons buy

Ferrero has given strong indications it hopes to grow in chocolate confectionery retailing by acquiring UK chocolate maker Thorntons, writes Euromonitor analyst Jack Skelly.

Mars expands Georgia facilities for Orbit, Excel and goodnessknows production

Mars has announced plans to add production for Wrigley’s Orbit and Excel gum at its Flowery Branch site and says it will add production for snack square brand goodnessknows at...

Sustainable sourcing starts with better use of your own company's waste

When it comes to sustainable sourcing, is creating your own ingredients and resources from recovered or recycled wastes the most sustainable of all options?

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Ferrero should ditch 99p stores for Thorntons to prepare for premium Brit invasion

Ferrero should move its newly acquired Thorntons business out of discount stores to help it capitalize on the growing premium segment in the UK and abroad.

Ferrero and Thorntons strike £112M purchase deal

Ferrero has struck a £112M deal to buy 30% of the UK chocolatier Thorntons, after several shareholders sold their stakes in the business.

Justin’s open to ‘win-win’ opportunities with bigger partner to accelerate growth

Organic peanut butter cup producer Justin’s says it would entertain offers from larger firms to help it grow scale in the U.S. and move into export markets, but won't actively...

NPD EXCLUSIVE: 'We're going to deliver more protein with a third of the sugar,' says CEO

KRAVE Jerky to launch low-sugar protein bars

Hershey-owned KRAVE Jerky will go head-to-head with Clif Bar, Kind and Lärabar as it readies to launch protein bars with one-third of the sugar towards the end of this year....

Perfetti Van Melle shores up U.S. Chupa Chups presence

Dutch-Italian firm Perfetti Van Melle has reached a deal for a U.S. ‘shop-in-shop’ concept inside  IT’SUGAR candy stores for the world’s leading lollipop brand Chupa Chups.

Torie & Howard moves into growing fruit chews category and ups big retail distribution

Organic premium candy firm Torie & Howard has expanded its product offering to include soft fruit chews and is taking its hard candies into larger grocery and club channels.

Big Inter-chew: Gum giant talks strategy & innovation in 2015

Wrigley sees recovery after ‘bringing the fun’ back to gum with Juicy Fruit and sours

Wrigley says marketing dollars and R&D efforts put into its Juicy Fruit brand last year helped win back young U.S. consumers who had moved away from the category and hopes...

Just Born banks on tropical flavors, Minions and Jurassic World licenses to drive 2015 sales

Just Born is hoping to capitalize on the rising Hispanic population in U.S. with spicy exotic flavors and says licensing deals with the Jurassic World and Minions movies will spur...

Jolt Energy Gum relaunches as category experiences sales resurgence

Sales of chewing gum are climbing again after several years of stagnation, likely due to evolving tastes and eating patterns, in addition to new product launches, according to IRI Worldwide.

The Cookie Department aims to help children fight obesity with a healthy cookie alternative

As counter-intuitive as it sounds, the founder of The Cookie Department says he wants to “fight the good fight for anti-obesity” by marketing a vegan cookie to children and their...

People on the move

Hershey international head retires; Ecom taps Mondelēz cocoa chief and Orkla hires new candy boss

Hershey’s International chief has announced his retirement; Orkla appoints a new confectionery CEO and Ecom takes on Mondelēz's former head of cocoa.

Burton’s Biscuits CEO: We’ll drive undeveloped U.S. premium biscuits market with Cadbury Fingers

Burton’s Biscuits will bring the UK’s bestselling premium cookie brand to the U.S. to grow the country’s emergent premium cookie market, says the firm’s CEO.

Mars appeals to health-conscious consumer with goodnessknows national launch

The inclusion of dried fruit in Mars Chocolate North America’s goodnessknows snack squares helps deliver the sweetness consumers seek from confections, while also helping the candy-giant deliver on its commitment...

“Don’t forget about baby boomers” when marketing foods, IRI analyst cautions

Food marketers increasingly are training their crosshairs on millennials whose purchasing power is growing quickly, but they should not overlook baby boomers, who spend the most of any generation on...

Five modern twists on brittle

Five startups showcasing at the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago hope to rekindle Americans’ love affair with the iconic sugar candy brittle by updating the old fashioned confection with...

News in brief

Nestlé’s Kit Kat name change angers food industry

Nestlé’s decision to change the name of its Kit Kat brand to YouTube Break has been described as “nonsense” and “stupid” by readers of this website.

Birthday cake emerges with other nostalgic throwbacks as top flavors

Yellow birthday cake with thick, sugary frosting, like those made in local grocery stores nationwide, is emerging as a top selling new flavor in candies and sweets, according to leading...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2015

How to succeed as a start-up in Europe (and not get swallowed by Big Food)

Start-ups have faced tough times along with the rest of the European food industry in recent years as a tight economy and ever tighter regulations have bitten deep.

Jelly Belly will launch organic confections, jelly beans and fruit snacks, CEO says

Jelly Belly Candy Company is launching a line of USDA certified-organic candies, including fruit flavored snacks, gourmet jelly beans and other confections, the firm’s CEO and president told FoodNavigator-USA exclusively....

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....

Special edition: Outsourcing

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…

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