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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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Perfetti Van Melle USA brings Airheads into gum and trials Velcro packs

Perfetti Van Melle is hoping to lead US gum category growth by bringing Airheads into gum and launching Mentos Pure Fresh packs sealed with Velcro.

Yowie projects strong fiscal 2018 as it delays Canada entry

Yowie Group forecasts 55% to 70% net sales growth for its upcoming financial year after warning it will miss its revenue target this fiscal year.

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BBX Capital acquires specialty candy retailer It’s Sugar for $57m

Private equity firm BBX Capital has acquired It’s Sugar for approximately $57m to further expand its footprint in the wholesale confectionery market.

Mars to scrap Orkla’s Wrigley contract in Norway

Mars Norge will take charge of Norwegian Wrigley sales next year after terminating a distribution contract with Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Norge.

Castles made of bubble gum: PepsiCo JV hopes to bring edible sand to the US

PepsiCo's Mexican confectionery joint venture PISSA is looking for distributors to bring edible sand that becomes bubble gum to the US.

Hostess Brands plans to penetrate new categories under direction of new CCO

Hostess Brands has identified new retail opportunities for its snack bakery products, said its recently appointed chief commercial officer, Andrew Jacobs.

SmashMallow approaching run rate of $25m in 6-12 months, predicts CEO: 'It’s growing exponentially faster than KRAVE'

The SmashMallow snackable marshmallow brand – launched by food & beverage brand incubator Sonoma Brands in August 2016 – is “charging towards a very visible $25m dollar run rate in...

Not only America: Nestlé urged to consider $17bn sale of global confectionery arm

Nestlé could go further than offloading its struggling US confectionery business and could find a willing buyer for its entire global confectionery division, says an analyst.

Mondelēz’s e-commerce exec leaves for Johnson & Johnson

Mondelēz has confirmed the departure of its e-commerce executive Neil Ackerman. 

Katjes International acquires stake in Joseph Manner

Katjes International has snapped up a 5.7% stake in Austrian wafer maker Joseph Manner.

Nestlé to cut back on US confectionery category due to low market share

The group said it may even sell one of its confectionery businesses by the end of 2017 to boost its efforts in other categories where it has a stronger presence. 

Dunedin city councilor: New investors mean Cadbury factory may be saved

Dunedin’s city council says that raising a NZ $20m ($14.44m) public equity float required by Mondelēz to save the local Cadbury factory is likely to be successful.

Sweets & Snacks Expo

Bazooka Candy launches sharable Baby Bottle Pop Popping Powder

Bazooka Candy unveiled its four-pack Baby Bottle Pop Popping Powder at the recent Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago. 

Atkinson Candy to achieve SQF certification for expanded Texas plant

Atkinson Candy Company has invested $5m to expand current warehouse and operations facilities, totaling 60,000 square feet, in its Lufkin, Texas, headquarters. 

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

Russell Stover launches first sugar-free chocolate line sweetened with stevia extract

Russell Stover has unveiled a sugar-free chocolate line at the recent Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago. 

Ferrero wins appeal as Belgian court tells Delhaize to stop saying 'no palm oil' is healthier & more sustainable

Ferrero has won a court case against Belgian retailer Delhaize for claiming its palm oil-free, Nutella-style spread is healthier and better for the environment than a product with palm oil....

Barry Callebaut launches four cocoa powders for beverage and dairy applications

Barry Callebaut has added four new premium cocoa powders to its portfolio targeted for beverage and dairy applications.

Mondelēz reaffirms its commitment to climate change following Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

Mondelēz International has reaffirmed its commitment to climate change following US President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

Mars-owned Ethel M seeking US national distribution with Amazon and mass retailers

Ethel M plans to talk to Amazon and mass retailers to bring its chocolate to consumers across the US, ConfectioneryNews learned at the Sweets and Snacks Expo last month in...

Freshfel calls for minimum fruit content to use fruit images on-pack

Manufacturers are misleading consumers with images of fresh fruit on packaging when the actual fruit content is minimal or even zero, says trade group Freshfel, as it calls for a legal...

Ferrero opens world's first Nutella Café in Chicago

Ferrero has invested several millions of dollars in the world's first Nutella Café in the US.

Patchi to double manufacturing capacity with new Dubai plant

Patchi has begun work on a new 122,000 square-foot chocolate manufacturing facility in Dubai to serve as a “springboard” into regional and overseas markets when it opens in 18 months.

Nestlé increases Milkybar’s milk content to meet sugar reduction goal

Nestlé UK has reformulated Milkybar to boost milk percentage from 26% to 37.5%.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

Mars-Wrigley taps sweet heat trend for Skittles and Starburst

Mars-Wrigley has introduced spicy versions of Skittles and Starburst, while bringing its Extra gum brand into the chewy mints category.

Interview - Pladis Americas MD

'Hello we're pladis': Godiva and McVitie’s set for big US push

Pladis is aiming to become a major player in US premium chocolate with Godiva and will bring McVitie’s biscuits to the country next year, says its America's MD.

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