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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.

Innovation drives 7.2% profit growth in Orkla snacks and confectionery

Innovation including new nuts and chocolate products has contributed to a strong performance by the confectionery and snacks division of Norwegian-based business Orkla.

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Clean eating trend fuels Torie & Howard's hard candy business

Connecticut-based hard candy company Torie & Howard says America's clean eating trend is fueling its business growth. This year, the company has added a new distributor, expanding the firm's reach...

'Expand and expand': Magnum chocolate harbors global ambitions after premium refresh

Unilever’s Magnum chocolate range has entered retail outlets across Western Europe after a recent rebranding and plans further global expansion, says contract manufacturer Kinnerton Confectionery

United Biscuits targets £17m first-year sales for McVitie’s Digestive Nibbles

United Biscuits is claiming a first for the UK biscuits category with the launch of new bitesized products under its McVitie’s brand.

Mars to ditch all artificial colours from its entire global food portfolio

Food giant Mars has pledged to phase out all artificial colours from its global food and drink portfolio in the next five years.

ISM 2016 top innovations: New Product Showcase winners revealed

The International Sweets and Biscuit Fair (ISM) has announced the top three innovations at this year’s show in Cologne, Germany.

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Candyman returns: Jelly bean innovator back in business via crowdfunding

Cult personality David Klein speaks to ConfectioneryNews about his new jelly bean business that is seeking online funding through a Kickstarter campaign.

News in brief

Premium chocolatier Montezuma’s gains Sainsbury’s listing

Luxury British chocolate brand Montezuma’s has secured distribution in over 300 Sainsbury’s stores across the UK.

Ferrero’s Kinder Surprise toy linked to child’s death in France

Prosecutors are investigating if a three-year old girl in France died after choking on a toy from a Kinder Surprise egg.

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Nestlé nutrition expert talks ‘difficult’ task of cutting sugar in confectionery

KitKat maker Nestlé reports progress in reducing sugar across its confectionery portfolio but won’t reformulate to a lower threshold until sugar’s link to obesity and type 2 diabetes is substantiated....

News in brief

Cult Candy: Hershey refreshes Take5 brand after sales soar without marketing support

Hershey has re-branded and relaunched its candy brand Take5 after sales grew 10% in the last three years without any marketing support.

Dispatches from Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco

'What's old is new': BT McElrath brings back handmade toffee after 20-year hiatus

BT McElrath has relaunched its all-natural toasted almond toffee product at the Winter Fancy Food Show this year 20 years later after it was pulled. 

Nestlé KitKat shape trademark fails as Cadbury appeal allowed

A UK high court has ruled Nestlé’s KitKat lacks the distinctiveness to be registered as a 3D shape trademark. Nestlé plans to appeal the judgment.

Hershey seeks innovation partner to ship chocolate in hot weather

Hershey has launched a contest calling for companies to help it develop a lightweight, affordable shipping system that will keep chocolate cool even in the warmest months.

Katjes eyes fruit gum expansion as it ups stake in Dutch licorice maker Festivaldi

A subsidiary of Katjes International has taken over the remaining shares in Harlekijntjes brand licorice maker Festivaldi as it looks to grow the brand’s presence in fruit gums.

Mondelēz pledges to switch to cage-free eggs in North America and Europe

Mondelēz has revealed plans to source 100% cage-free eggs in North America by 2020. 

Caffeinated chocolate brand Awake launches granola bars into Walmart

Caffeinated chocolate brand Awake has expanded into the snack bars market with a granola product packing the caffeine content of half a cup of coffee.

Consumers report ‘worse taste’ in the wake of Cadbury Creme egg sales drop

Declining sales for Mondelēz’s Cadbury Creme eggs come as almost 40% of UK consumers report the new recipe tastes “worse” than the original, according to a poll by OnePulse.

Analyst Insight

Lindt will continue to outdo competitors after 2015 sales triumph, says analyst

Lindt & Sprüngli has reported 2015 sales growth far above the overall chocolate market and one analyst believes it will continue to outpace multinational premium chocolate competitors in the coming...

AB Sugar: Allegations of abuse in our supply chain are inaccurate and publicity-seeking

Publicity at the expense of accuracy - this is how AB Sugar has described a recently published report which makes claims of forced labour, health and safety violations and illegal...

Toy-filled candy market opens up in US as Atlantic Candy extends licensing rights

Atlantic Candy Company, the contract manufacturer of Yowie, is now able to produce toy-filled candy using its special child-safe pod for others under license.

Free-from brand Enjoy Life to launch protein snacks as it aims to raise profile

Mondelēz International's US free-from brand Enjoy Life Foods is expanding its line-up with on-the-go protein snacks as it looks to raise brand awareness.

Teach children to defend themselves against advergames

Children should be taught how to defend themselves against marketing tactics used in online 'advergames' for unhealthy food, says one researcher - but policy changes to restrict online advertising would...

Butterkist claims first for UK market with launch of yogurt-coated popcorn

Tangerine Confectionery is next year launching what it claims is the UK’s first yogurt-coated popcorn.

Torie & Howard wins seasonal gift handbag listing at Walgreens

Torie & Howard’s organic candy has won a nationwide US listing in Walgreens on Easter and Mother’s Day for its handbag gift package.

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