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CEO Q&A

What did Divine Chocolate learn at Davos? CEO weighs in on Brexit, Theresa May, Trump and women’s issues

Divine Chocolate's CEO Sophie Tranchell discusses takeaways from the World Economic Forum last month in Davos, Switzerland.

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Coffee Flour expands footprint into chocolate and baking categories

Coffee Flour, a firm that started with an idea to take advantage of discarded coffee cherry fruit, is vying for health and nutrition-focused investment partners after recently being selected by...

Nestlé pledges 18,000-tonne sugar cut in European products

Nestlé has pledged to remove at least 18,000 tonnes of sugar from products in its European portfolio by 2020, equivalent to a 5% reduction of current levels.

Ülker in talks to secure MENA rights for McVitie’s

Ülker Bisküvi Sanayi A.Ş is in talks to acquire rights to McVitie’s products in Middle East and North Africa.

Startup watch: Ruben’s Chocolate

Buffalo milk chocolate targets supermarket listings in Austria and Italy

Austrian startup Ruben’s Chocolate is eyeing supermarkets in its home market and Italy for its buffalo milk chocolate brand Augusto.

Mondelēz names 2017 ‘Year of Well-being and Innovation’ with launch of Véa snacks

Mondelēz has added savory biscuit brand Véa to its portfolio, targeted at today’s health-conscious millennials.

Carmit launches private label vegan chocolate with rice flour

Private label maker Carmit Candy has developed a dairy-free vegan chocolate, which it will debut at Expo West in Anaheim, California, next month.

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Whole Foods executive-created OCHO Candy fills Easter's organic chocolate void

Organic confectionery brand OCHO Candy has developed its first Easter egg after spotting an unmet need for natural alternatives during the holiday season.

Lotte to face 'severe consequences' if it allows US missile system, warns China

China’s state media outlet Xinhua has urged Lotte to reject a US missile system on a golf course owned by the Korean conglomerate or face "severe consequences"....

NPD news

Ancient grain additions: Ritter Sport makes first foray into vegan chocolate

German firm Ritter Sport has introduced two vegan chocolate varieties to its home market, which contain ancient grains.

Full-year results

Nestlé coy on future of ‘disappointing’ US confectionery unit

Butterfinger maker Nestlé refuses to speculate if it will offload its challenged US confectionery business, but says it is “no stranger” to portfolio trimming.

BREAKING NEWS

Unilever rejects $143bn Kraft-Heinz mega-merger bid

Dutch-Anglo food giant Unilever has rejected a $143bn (€134bn) merger proposal from US company Kraft Heinz as being too low.

Mondelēz rolls out SmartLabel app to keep its consumers informed

More than 1,100 products across Mondelēz’s US snack portfolio, including Oreo cookies, Good Thins crackers and belVita breakfast biscuits, are now searchable on the SmartLabel app. 

Cloetta shores up pick & mix offer with $37m Candyking acquisition

Cloetta has acquired fellow Swedish confectioner Candyking, which supplies pick & mix in the UK and Nordic markets.

Georgia Nut eyes gummy consumers with fortified chocolate gems

Illinois-based Georgia Nut is targeting the vitamin, mineral and supplement consumers with its chocolate gem technology to deliver a range of bioactives, from vitamins C and D, to melatonin, probiotics,...

Startup Watch

Dave’s Sweet Tooth may break $1m revenue after e-commerce scale-up

Michigan family-run toffee brand Dave’s Sweet Tooth has reported a 300% sales growth along with a 2,500% e-commerce business increase in 2016 after launching a new website through the Shopify...

‘An expensive place to manufacture our products’: Mondelēz proposes to close New Zealand Cadbury plant

Mondelēz International has initiated a consultation process to shut its factory in Dunedin in early 2018 and may shift capacity to Australia.

Dark twin of the fortune cookie coming to the US

ISM innovation winner Pechkeks is preparing to enter the US and Canada with dark humor biscuit brand Misfortune Cookies.

Wrigley launches first soft chews under Orbit brand

Wrigley has added a soft chew format for Orbit White in the US as the country's chewing gum market returns to growth after a challenging few years.

Hershey's chocolate Valentine’s NPD: KitKat Red Velvet, Reese’s hearts and more

Hershey has  launched a string of Valentine’s Day products this year under its core brands across the US, including KitKat, Reese’s, and Cadbury, as IRI estimates the season generated nearly...

Nestlé targets Millennial travelers with KitKat Mini Moments

Nestlé International Travel Retail (NITR) has started rolling out KitKat Mini Moments across major international airports following an initial launch at Dubai International Airport in December, 2016. 

Fairy Chocolates targets Asia expansion with Cho'clair Minis

Belgian luxury confectioner Fairy Chocolates has introduced a mini version of its éclair praline fusion Cho’clair as it concentrates on expansion in Asia.

SPOTLIGHT JAPAN

Have a break...have a Kit Kat sushi

Japan is known for its love of weird and wacky Kit Kat flavours, but Nestlé might have just taken the biscuit with its sushi version.

Storck makes big US push with Toffifay

August Storck has repositioned its Toffifay brand in the US to appeal to female shoppers and hopes to compete in the affordable premium space.

ISM 2017

Bon Bon Buddies extends Disney partnership with new fruit candies

UK licensing confectioner Bon Bon Buddies has unveiled its latest “100% fruit-made” candies, Fruitickles, at ISM 2017 in Cologne, Germany, but will not roll out the brand across the EMEA region until...

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