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Major chocolate merger afoot? Hershey shrugs off talk of Ferrero deal as ‘speculation’

Analysts say Hershey may be eyeing a joint venture or merger with a major international player such as Ferrero, but the US chocolate giant has dismissed the claims as “speculation”.

Qalaa sells off F&B assets in $10m deal

Egypt’s Qalaa Holdings has sold a mothballed cheese company and the Sudanese division of its sweets producer in deals totalling almost US$10m, the group announced this month.

Loose-leaf tea infused chocolate launched by UK startup Easy Teasy

Easy Teasy has launched a series of tea-infused chocolate products with flavors include Christmas Spice, Cloud Catcher, Orange Blossom Oolong, Summer Sencha, Earl Grey and Chai. 

Fox’s Biscuits cashes in on Star Wars mania

Fox’s Biscuits, part of the 2 Sisters Food Group, is hoping for a stellar sales boost for its Star Wars branded products, after the release of the movie blockbuster Star Wars:...

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Royal Hawaiian sets $100m wholesale target as it expands macadamia business

Royal Hawaiian Orchards is aiming to hit $100m in wholesale sales within five years after expanding its macadamia offerings, says the company's CEO.

UB extends waste oil fuelled trucks

United Biscuits (UB), the manufacturer of biscuits, cakes and snacks, has extended an industry leading initiative that makes use of waste cooking oil to power its delivery vehicles.

Pepperidge Farm unlikely to succeed in Trader Joe’s cookie ‘copying’ lawsuit, says academic

A professor of law doubts Pepperidge Farm’s law suit against Trader Joe’s, accusing the grocery chain’s Crispy Cookies of resembling its Milano brand, will prevail.

United Biscuits factory hit by Storm Desmond

A United Biscuits factory alongside thousands of other businesses and private homes have been hit by Storm Desmond, which delivered record rainfall to north west England and Scotland.

Malvern launches accessories for chocolate and coffee analysis

Malvern Instruments has launched accessories to optimize particle size analysis of chocolate and coffee.

Undone Chocolate rebrands to highlight unique ingredients & reflect gourmet status

For Undone Chocolate, what is in a name is not as important as what is in its gourmet bars, which is why the startup is dropping individual product names in...

Mondelēz hits back at critics in UK tax row

Mondelēz International has hit back at critics who argued the global food giant avoided meeting its UK tax liabilities last year, after it was revealed the business paid no corporation tax...

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Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales support Warcraft movie with promotional candies

Just Born’s Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales brands have signed a licensing deal with Legendary and Universal Pictures’ for Warcraft branded confections.

Online snacks business Graze ramps up UK retail presence with Tesco and Asda listings

Online snacking brand Graze says it has doubled its distribution points in UK retail since expanding into the bricks-and-mortar market less than six months ago.

Mondelēz declines to comment on Terry’s sale rumors

Mondelēz International has refused to comment on speculation it has appointed an investment bank to offload its UK brand Terry’s Chocolate Orange.

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Tim Tams on sale across Australia despite Coles price row, insists Arnott's

Arnott’s has sought to reassure retail customers and consumers its popular Tim Tam biscuits are available across Australia despite its pricing spat with supermarket chain Coles.

UBM says security and comfort of attendees is ‘paramount’; registrations up 6%

32 firms pull out of FiE in wake of Paris attacks

Around 32 of 1400 exhibiting companies (3%) have pulled out of the industry event Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) next week in Paris following the city’s fatal attacks, despite efforts from...

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Metal detection capability could set us apart from pack – Huer Foods

Safety is not an option it is a required investment, according to Huer Foods.

Nestlé to introduce Gold KitKat in Japan for $16 a bar

Nestlé has launched a one-finger KitKat made with edible gold leaves at its Chocolatory boutiques in Japan.

Angry Birds chocolates coming to the US after Yowie tie-up

Australia-based Yowie Group has signed a licensing deal with Rovio Entertainment to bring Angry Birds branded chocolate to the US.

Hershey taps US premium chocolate boom with double-sized gifting brand Kisses Deluxe

Hershey has launched gifting brand Kisses Deluxe in the US ahead of the holiday season to capitalize on the rise of premium chocolate.

Russian chocolatier Goldberg plans UAE factory

Russian chocolate-maker Goldberg is planning to establish a factory in the UAE, as it targets the Middle East and North Africa as its first major export market.

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Ferrara Candy CEO: Millennials create ‘paradox’ where candy outdoes chocolate

Candy is outpacing chocolate growth in the US as Millennials, Generation Z and the Hispanic population transform consumption habits, says the CEO of Ferrara Candy.

Canada chocolate price fixing saga ends as Nestlé charges stayed

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) has dropped chocolate price fixing charges against Nestlé Canada and its former CEO Robert Leonidas.

NCA’s Sweets and Snacks Expo to grow 20% in 2016

The confectionery industry is growing, and with it the National Confectioners Association’s 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo will grow as well.

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