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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.

Hershey bites into premium meat snacks market with acquisition of KRAVE jerky

Hershey has moved into the premium end of the meat snacking market with the acquisition of Sonoma, CA-based gourmet jerky maker KRAVE Pure Foods for an undisclosed sum.

‘Damaging small businesses’: Mondelēz and Mars slammed on supplier payment extensions

Mondelēz and Mars have been accused of exploiting small businesses by extending payment terms to some UK suppliers from 60 to 120 days.

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Mars Chocolate North America goes landfill-free

Mars Chocolate North America has that all of its ten factories have achieved zero-waste-to-landfill.

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UKIP jelly babies under fire on Amazon

Sweet manufacturer Choc-Kits has come under fire for releasing a “fun” can of UKIP jelly babies on Amazon.

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Tootsie Roll stalwart Melvin J. Gordon dies

Tootsie Roll Industries’ long-standing CEO and chairman of its Board of Directors Melvin J.Gordon has died aged 95.

Vanparys seeks partners for UK, Germany and US export drive

Belgian chocolate dragées firm Vanparys is aiming to build a network of wholesale partners to grow its export business.

Burton’s Biscuits invests £5M in new production line

Burton’s Biscuit Company has invested £5M at its Blackpool factory to build a new production line, boosting capacity.

Fairytale Denmark: Michelsen signs book deal to support China push

Danish premium chocolatier Michelsen hopes to break into China after teaming with a start-up company that produces hollow Hans Christian Andersen books containing chocolate.

Thorntons will have to ‘follow the herd downmarket’, says analyst

UK chocolate firm Thorntons has posted sales declines in the second quarter and has no other option but to follow major supermarkets downmarket, according to an analyst.

IFFCO appeals Kit Kat ruling in South Africa

International Foodstuffs’ (IFFCO) has appealed a trademark case against Nestlé to South Africa’s top court.

Mondelēz International to let 250 go at Bournville

Mondelēz International is letting 250 staff go at its chocolate factory at Bournville, which makes a range of Cadbury branded products, including Cadbury Dairy Milk.

Hershey to sell Mauna Loa Macadamia nuts business

Hershey plans to offload macadamia nut business Mauna Loa to Hawaiian Host for an undisclosed sum.

Lindt ‘playing in another league’ after stellar 2014, says analyst

Lindt reached record annual sales this morning, surpassing CHF 3bn for the first time - surprising growth given cocoa price hikes and a tough market, an analyst says.

Ferrara Candy Company to produce vitamin gummies for Perrigo

Ferrara Candy Company has agreed a deal with Irish healthcare firm Perrigo to manufacture a line of store brand gummy vitamins and dietary supplements for the US market.

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Ex-Haribo chief to lead PEZ Candy

The former president of Haribo of America has been appointed new president and CEO of the US division of PEZ.

Kellogg’s BiscoMisr buy a vehicle to Middle East & Africa: Analyst

Kellogg has secured a gateway to introduce its own brands in the promising MEA region by acquiring a controlling stake in Egyptian biscuit maker BiscoMisr, says an analyst.

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Former Pez CEO joins Promotion In Motion

Ex-president and CEO of Pez Candy Joseph Vittoria is to join Promotion In Motion as executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

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Elmer Chocolate invests $40m in Louisiana plant expansion

Elmer Chocolate is aiming to be ‘the most efficient gift chocolate manufacturer in the world’ as it announces plans to add 70,000 square-foot to its production site in Ponchatoula.

Rajhans builds arsenal to be India’s premium choc leader with Hoppits launch

Rajhans (Desai- Jain) Group has launched premium chocolate brand Hoppits under the Schmitten umbrella as it aims to become India’s leading luxury chocolate firm.

Mars spends $140m on GCC factories expansion

Chocolate maker Mars has invested a total of US$140m in new manufacturing facilities in Saudi Arabia and the UAE to increase production of its Galaxy and Snickers lines.

Wrigley UK merges Orbit into Extra range

Wrigley UK has incorporated its Orbit brand into the Extra range to help drive sales and will also launch soft chew options to appeal to younger consumers.

International Chocolate Award winner Chocolat Madagascar

Creating fine chocolate ‘analogous to making wine’, says Chocolaterie Robert

International Chocolate Award winner Chocolaterie Robert says that fine chocolates, like fine wine, should process the main commodity freshly and at origin.

Hershey snaps up Jolly Rancher maker Allan Candy

Hershey has acquired its contract manufacturer for Jolly Rancher and Lancaster brands in North America Allan Candy, which also owns a series of Canadian confectionery brands.

Hershey may answer consumer calls to ditch corn syrup

Hershey is considering replacing high fructose corn syrup with sugar in its product range in response to consumer demands.

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