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Perfetti Van Melle USA faces $5m Mentos ‘packaging deception’ lawsuit

Perfetti Van Melle USA says it will vigorously defend a class action lawsuit in New York that accuses the firm of deceiving consumers by slack-filling Mentos chewing gum containers.

Growing minis capacity: Mars to invest $109m to expand Dutch plant

Mars plans to expand capacity at its Veghel plant over the next 10 years to produce miniature versions of its brands as Western Europeans limit their calorie intake.

Cloetta agrees $34.4m Lonka acquisition to enter Dutch chocolate market

Cloetta has returned to profit in the second quarter and announces a deal to acquire Dutch fudge and chocolate producer Lonka for SEK 295m ($34.4m).

Lindt continues to punch above ‘stagnating’ chocolate market in H1

Lindt & Sprüngli has reported strong sales growth in the first half of the year driven by its North American business and recent Russell Stover acquisition as global chocolate markets...

Got milk? pours onto confectionery scene with licensed snacks range

The California Milk Processor Board has licensed its got milk? trademark to Melville Candy and Diversified Flavor for confectionery goods and sees opportunities for the products in mass market retailers...

Me and my factory

Why United Biscuits had to invest £50M

United Biscuits has pumped millions into its flagship Harlesden site. Kevin McGurk tells Nicholas Robinson why the investment had to be made

Mars invests $53m in M&M's Peanut expansion in Russia

Mars has opened an M&M’s Peanut plant at its chocolate factory in Stupino, Russia.

Project7 rivals gum’s big boys with philanthropy and crazy flavors

US social enterprise Project7 is carving a niche for itself in the highly consolidated chewing gum market with novel flavors such as birthday cake and sour caramel apple.

Nestlé to open Digital Innovation Office in Silicon Valley in 2016

Nestlé: ‘Technology is fundamentally changing the way consumers buy our products and engage with our brands’

Nestlé is setting up a digital innovation team with staff drawn from the company’s marketing and technology groups, moving into an office in Silicon Valley co-located with swissnex, in 2016.

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.

Guest article

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?

Editor's Blog

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.

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