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CAOBISCO names next secretary general

European confectionery association CAOBISCO has appointed a new secretary general to succeed Sabine Nafziger from February 2017.

Ferrara Candy owner tightlipped on ex-Hershey CEO sale rumor

Ferrera Candy's private equity owner has refused to comment on speculation that ex-Hershey CEO David West is trying to buy the company through an investment firm. 

Dutch industry pledges to remove cartoon characters from unhealthy food

The Dutch food industry has pledged to restrict the use of licensed cartoon characters from the packaging of unhealthy foods aimed at children.

China chocolate brand Le Conte sold to Hollygee for $33m

Wedding candy brand from Fujian Province Hollygee (好邻居) has acquired the largest Chinese domestic chocolate confectionery company Le Conte (金帝) for 230m RMB ($33m).

Hershey expands social program globally, gaining snacking and flavor insights

Hershey's social program to provide children globally with basic nutrition will expand to China and Canada through new partnerships.

Mondelēz names next snacks MD for German business

Milka maker Mondelēz International has appointed a new managing director to run its snacks business in Germany as the incumbent plans to quit the firm.

Mondelēz debuts Oreo holiday gift tins via e-commerce pilot

Oreo is launching a new direct-to-consumer e-commerce pilot for the holiday season via gifts.oreo.com, a limited-time online platform offering Oreo holiday gift tins filled with white fudge-covered Oreo cookies....

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Chaucer sold to Japanese food firm in €122m deal

British food firm Chaucer has been sold to Japanese manufacturer Nagatanien in a £102.8m (€122.8m) deal which the freeze-dried food manufacturer says will help it expand into the US and...

Vox Pop: Can consumers tell the difference between sustainable cocoa labels?

Many consumers struggle to tell the difference between cocoa certification program labels like Fairtrade and company own labels, such as Nestlé’s Cocoa Plan, but all agree social responsibility should be...

Mondelēz to axe 454 jobs in Montreal cookie plant closure

Oreo maker Mondelēz International has announced plans to close its factory in Montreal, Canada, by the end of 2017.

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Florida bean-to-bar maker Pinellas Chocolate opens first retail store

State-inspired chocolate maker Pinellas Chocolate Company has opened its first retail store in Largo, Florida, where customers can sample its products and witness how bean-to-bar chocolate is made.

Ferrero expected to acquire Delacre biscuits by mid-December

Ferrero is nearing the acquistion of biscuits firm Delacre in an attempt to decrease its reliance on chocolate and expand in North American, says market analysts Euromonitor.

Candyking CEO to snap up the Nordic pick & mix supplier

The CEO of Nordic pick & mix supplier Candyking will take ownership of the company from investment fund Accent Equity 2008.

Ferrero drops Romanian Kinder Egg subcontractor amid child labor concerns

Ferrero has terminated all relations with subcontractors Prolegis in Romania after allegations children had been working long hours for low pay to produce toys for Kinder Eggs.

Malted milk helps startup root cookies in nostalgia & be on cutting edge of current trends

The founders of startup Malt Shop Cookies are hoping to jumpstart their new ecommerce business by launching on Cyber Monday the online sale of their line of malted milk cookies...

Nestlé KitKat trademark appeal against Petra Foods fails

The Court of Appeal in Singapore has reaffirmed Nestlé’s KitKat shape trademark is invalid and ruled Petra Foods’ Delfi Take-It bar cannot therefore infringe the mark.

Swiss companies create first donkey milk chocolate bar

Eurolactis, a Swiss company that sells donkey milk, and Swiss master chocolatier Fornerod have teamed up to make the first non-bovine Swiss milk chocolate bar.

Mars admits shrinking Maltesers and Galaxy Counters packs was ‘difficult decision’

Mars has been shrunk its Maltesers brand from 121g to 103g per bag without changing the price of the product, according to a tweet by UK-based food retailer turned insight...

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Hancock’s confectionery business expects to reach rural UK with e-commerce

Two brothers have launched a new British wholesale confectionery business, called HS Wholesale Sweets, continuing with a family tradition in confectionery. 

13 food giants pledge to ‘redouble’ climate change efforts at COP22

A coalition of food industry giants pledged to “redouble their efforts” in combating carbon emissions, carbon dioxide and deforestation, at the COP22 meeting in Morocco last week.

Americanna spearheads edibles market by launching first Cannabis puffs

The cannabis industry just welcomed a new edibles format, puffs, thanks to one of the major edibles brands in the US market, Americanna. 

‘Science, not politics, informs our approach to sustainability’: Mars responds to Trump on climate change

M&M’s maker Mars has disputed Donald Trump’s stance on climate change during the COP22 in Morocco. 

Katjes International ups stake in chocolate maker Halloren

Katjes International has raised its stake in publically-listed German chocolate producer Halloren to 7%.

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‘Next stage of evolution’: Mondelēz teams with Fairtrade to expand Cocoa Life to Cadbury brand

Mondelēz International has partnered with Fairtrade to grow the chocolate maker’s own program Cocoa Life to cover all Cadbury products in the UK & Ireland.

Former PepsiCo manager joins Just Born executive team

Peeps maker Just Born Quality Confections has hired Rachel Hayden as its new vice president and chief information officer.

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