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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.

The death of kingsize? UK confectioners agree 250 calorie cap

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) members including Mondelēz International have signed up to a 250 calorie cap on single-serve confectionery sold in the UK.

Duc d’O enters US to seize on thriving premium chocolate sector

Belgian truffle company Duc d’O Chocolates has continued its global expansion by entering the US market.

Mass-market gum makers unmoved by functional ingredients, says Fertin Pharma

Private label gum maker Fertin Pharma says that mass-market gum makers are content with existing health claims on sugar free gum and are unconcerned about boosting the effects through added...

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Godiva appoints new CEO

Yildiz Holding has appointed Mohamed Elsarky to run its Godiva Chocolate business.

Nestlé opens Crunch chocolate factory in Egypt

Nestlé has added an extrusion line to its existing dry goods plant in Egypt that will produce Crunch.

Fox’s Biscuits eyes premiumization to halt sales declines

UK firm Fox’s Biscuits plans to overhaul its brand image to boost domestic sales by 20% over the next three years and triple its exports, according to new managing director...

Kellogg, Nestlé, Mondelēz et al. promise to stop certain kids' ads by 2018

Over 20 major food firms have signed up to health and wellness pledges on advertisement to children, consistent product information, open access to formulation policies and employee wellbeing as part...

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Nestlé UK to pull Wonka bars

Nestlé will axe its Wonka bars in the UK after sales tailed off following a strong launch.

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Nestlé opens third China R&D centre

Nestlé has officially inaugurated its latest Chinese research and development facility, in Dongguan, Guangdong province.

Mars: No immediate chocolate price increases in face of cocoa deficit

Mars says it is experiencing the same pressures on the cocoa market as Nestlé, but currently has no plans to raise chocolate prices.

Mars faces class action over cocoa flavanol claims

Mars will face allegations it mislabeled cocoa flavanol content in its chocolate bars, after a judge rejected a request to dismiss the US lawsuit.

Mondelēz adds third party verification to Cocoa Life program

Mondelēz International has allowed Harvard University to measure the impact of its Cocoa Life sustainability program.

Food manufacturers ‘unprepared for digital revolution’

Food manufacturers are unprepared to exploit the digital revolution that is boosting online sales of food and drink, warns Rabobank.

Hershey takes pot candy firm to ‘high’ court

Hershey has accused Colorado-based firm TinctureBelle of passing off cannabis-infused candies such as Hashees Peanut Butter Cups as Hershey products.

Joining the cocoa dots: 12 confectionery titans join CocoaAction strategy

A dozen of the world's biggest confectioners have signed up to the World Cocoa Foundation’s CocoaAction - something the organisation says will join the dots of existing sustainability programmes. ...

“We believe that the sugar confectionery category and our brands within it are the 'most honest' category in store": Chewits owner

What are you playing at? Kellogg, Coca-Cola and Cloetta accused of ‘sneaky’ advertising to kids

Food and drink firms are using so called ‘advergames’ and social media to get around laws governing advertising to children, a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary has claimed.

Roshen owner wins Ukraine election: Long live the president! But will his choc firm get the chop?

If Petro Poroshenko sells his chocolate firm Roshen following his Ukrainian presidential victory, Lotte is the most likely buyer, says Mintel analyst.

UK Responsibility Deal: Sweet success or sleight of hand?

The UK Department of Health hails its Responsibility Deal a success in its annual update, but reports emerge that companies have failed to meet sugar and salt targets.

No pig DNA in Cadbury halal chocolate, according to fresh tests

Malaysian authorities say further testing has shown two varieties of halal Cadbury chocolate do not contain pig DNA, contrary to last week’s announcement. 

Cloetta strengthens in UK with Jelly Bean Factory buy

Scandinavia confectioner Cloetta has acquired Irish firm Aran Candy, owner of the Jelly Bean Factory Brand, for an initial SEK 140m ($21.1m).

Pork DNA found in two halal Cadbury Malaysia chocolate batches

Cadbury Malaysia, part of Mondelez International Inc, has recalled two batches of halal chocolate which tested positive for traces of pork DNA.

Russell Stover sale could see production move overseas: Analyst

The US sugar squeeze could see chocolate-maker Russell Stover’s production move from its home market after a takeover, says a Datamonitor Consumer analyst.

20+ retailers appeal antitrust call – while champs Nestlé, Hershey and Mars seek to recoup costs

Retailers will appeal a recently lost price-fixing case against Nestlé, Hershey and Mars, while the triumphant chocolatiers have taken initial steps to recover court costs from the plaintiffs, according to...

Confectionery firm invests £3.25M to grow exports

Confectionery firm Morris & Son has invested £3.25M to support plans to expand in global markets.

2014 sweets and snacks expo

Hershey crowds the candy aisle with product launches

Chocolate, chews, hard candy, snacks—The Hershey Company is going all out with a large array of product introductions at the 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo.

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