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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.

Nine-month results

Nestlé confectionery division ‘remains under pressure’

Nestlé hopes innovation and marketing support can restore growth to its confectionery division, which remains challenged in Brazil, the US and the UK.

NACS 2016

Mars debuts caramel-filled M&M's produced by new technology

Mars has launched M&M’s Caramel at the recent NACS show in Atlanta, Georgia, which will join Peanut, Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter as the largest four variants for the brand....

Exclusive interview

Gummies overtake chocolate in Colorado cannabis edibles space

Gummies are now the most popular cannabis edibles in Colorado with a share of 22% share of sales in the sector, says a newly released report from BDS Analytics’ GreenEdge database....

Cobden and Brown eyes expansion after 100% cocoa bar launch

Northern Irish chocolatier Cobden and Brown has plans to enter southern neighbor the Republic of Ireland after recently introducing a 100% cocoa bar, according to the company’s founder and CEO,...

SIAL, Paris 2016

Crunch time! Propercorn showcases Crunch Corn range in Paris

Propercorn is showcasing its Crunch Corn range for the European market, at SIAL, Paris, this week October (16-20).

Spun Candy experiences the sweet life on international ground

Spun Candy founder, James Ellender cannot be accused of resting on his laurels since achieving success with his British experiential confectionery concept in the UK. Here, we speak to the...

Project 7 gummy bears added to American Airlines menu

California-based confectionery brand Project 7 has partnered with American Airlines (AA) to add its gummy bears to the airline's food menu.

Hershey CEO J.P. Bilbrey to leave post

The Hershey Company has announced John P. Bilbrey will retire from his role as CEO and president, but he will continue as non-executive chairman of the Board.

'Americana mania': Hershey enters UK biscuits market with Reese's Rounds

Hershey has introduced its first biscuit brand in the UK, produced under license by Lightbody Ventures, as Brits covet American brands.

Startup Tracker

'Sweetener of the future': Adam’s Fresh Chocolate spearheads yacón use in chocolate

Peruvian daisy yacón will be the natural sweetener of the future in the chocolate industry, according to British raw chocolate startup Adam’s Fresh Chocolate.

Ferrero-owned Tic Tac Mints denounces Trump comments

Ferrero-owned Tic Tac Mints has become the latest candy company to distance itself from comments made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump

Expo East 2016

PUR enters bubblegum to seize on aspartame-free movement

Canadian aspartame-free gum and mint manufacturer, The PUR Company, has introduced two new gum flavors during the recent Expo East in Baltimore, MDi including a bubblegum SKU.

Analyst View

Mars Wrigley Confectionery to be ‘lean and mean’ in resurgent global market

Mars’ combination of its chocolate and Wrigley businesses will help it simplify its supply chain to compete in a global confectionery market poised for modest growth, say analysts

Packaging news roundup October: JBT Corporation; Flexicon; Ball; Sacmi

Johnson Matthey has partnered with Cranfield University to develop modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) for prolonged storage and improved management of fresh produce through the supply chain.


Hershey taps multi-textural demand with Cookie Layer Crunch launch

Hershey will launch a range of bars and share bags under a new line named ‘Hershey’s Cookie Layer Crunch’ across the US from December.

Mars warns of possible job cuts after merging chocolate division and Wrigley

M&M’s maker Mars has announced it will combine its chocolate and Wrigley segments to create a new division based in Chicago, called “Mars Wrigley Confectionery”.

Theo Chocolate warns confectionery industry to avoid ‘greenwashing’

Theo Chocolate says one of the greatest challenges it faces as a company committed to a responsible and transparent supply chain is “greenwashing” in the premium chocolate category.

Mallow & Marsh and pladis shortlisted for Amazon award

Two confectionery companies have been shortlisted for online retailer Amazon’s Growing Business Awards, which recognizes SMEs and entrepreneurs.


India’s ‘first’ chocolate subscription service: Cocoatrait

A chocolate tasting club in India has launched what it claims is the country’s first artisan chocolate subscription service.

Dragons' Den pick Raw Chocolate Co moves into private label

UK firm The Raw Chocolate Company is to move beyond branded goods to offer bulk chocolate and serve private-label customers.

Fannie May taps meal kit boom with Apron & Spoon launch

Chicago chocolate brand Fannie May has launched Apron & Spoon collection exclusively at its retail stores and its own website. 

Nestlé close to Garoto buy in Brazil after anti-trust issues

Nestlé is close to formalizing its acquisition of Garoto in Brazil following a lengthy anti-trust dispute.

Bazooka launches new gummy range through Yo-Kai Watch partnership

Bazooka Candy has launched a Yo-Kai Watch-themed gummy range in the US after seeing the success of the anime series and game play out in Japan. 

Emerging Markets

Mastic and mojito: Innovating in the Middle East’s ‘reshuffled’ gum market

Lebanese company Master Chewing Gum & Candies has introduced a gourmet gum brand in unconventional flavors such as mojito as it looks to seize on the Middle East’s changing gum...

Lindt seeks travel retail boost with Bijoux praline launch

Lindt is to launch Swiss Masterpieces Bijoux Collection at the Tax Free World Association World Exhibition & Conference (TFWA) in Cannes, France this October, as it aims to bump up...

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