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Peppersmith repositions as dental health brand, targeting $3.8m sales

UK mint and gum maker Peppersmith is to reposition itself as a dental health brand and has secured a listing in supermarket Waitrose's dental section.

Sunrise Confections plans vitamin gummies at first US candy plant

Sunrise Confections’ owner Mount Franklin Foods has acquired a factory in South Carolina where it will produce vitamin gummies, fortified candies and natural fruit snacks for private label.

Veteran’s Day

Untold war stories: Mars and M&M’s military history

Mars shares war stories about some of its leading brands on the eve of Veteran’s Day, otherwise known as Armistice Day.

Toblerone downsizing 'not about Brexit', says Mondelēz

Mondelēz International says higher cocoa costs rather than the currency impact of Brexit have led it to reduce the weight of two Toblerone products in the UK.

M&M’s taps Japan’s samurai roots for limited edition launch

Mars has introduced limited edition M&M’s milk chocolate kimono and samurai novelties in Japan.

NACS 2016

Just Born outlines strategy to outgrow candy category by 3%

Just Born Quality Confections says its resurrected chocolate business and new Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales items set to US c-stores early next year will help it outpace category...

Montezuma’s doubles production after Sainsbury’s and Trader Joe’s deals

British luxury chocolate brand Montezuma’s has doubled its production capacity in a £500,000 ($609,600) investment.

Reese’s innovation gives Hershey Q3 sales uplift

Hershey has posted a 2% rise in third quarter sales, driven by innovations in North America, such as Reese’s Pieces Cups, Big Kat and birthday-themed Kisses.

Project 7 launches first functional gum line, expanding into c-stores

California-based gourmet gum and gummy brand, Project 7, unveiled its latest energizing gum line, Midnight, with added B vitamins and guarana at the recent NACS show in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Mondelēz rated positive by SIG despite revenue dip in Q3

Oreo maker, Mondelēz, reported a 6.6% decrease in net revenues during its Q3 period, driven by “currency headwinds and deconsolidation of the company’s Venezuelan operations.”

Nine-month results

Nestlé confectionery division ‘remains under pressure’

Nestlé hopes innovation and marketing support can restore growth to its confectionery division, which remains challenged in Brazil, the US and the UK.

NACS 2016

Mars debuts caramel-filled M&M's produced by new technology

Mars has launched M&M’s Caramel at the recent NACS show in Atlanta, Georgia, which will join Peanut, Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter as the largest four variants for the brand....

Exclusive interview

Gummies overtake chocolate in Colorado cannabis edibles space

Gummies are now the most popular cannabis edibles in Colorado with a share of 22% share of sales in the sector, says a newly released report from BDS Analytics’ GreenEdge database....

Cobden and Brown eyes expansion after 100% cocoa bar launch

Northern Irish chocolatier Cobden and Brown has plans to enter southern neighbor the Republic of Ireland after recently introducing a 100% cocoa bar, according to the company’s founder and CEO,...

SIAL, Paris 2016

Crunch time! Propercorn showcases Crunch Corn range in Paris

Propercorn is showcasing its Crunch Corn range for the European market, at SIAL, Paris, this week October (16-20).

Spun Candy experiences the sweet life on international ground

Spun Candy founder, James Ellender cannot be accused of resting on his laurels since achieving success with his British experiential confectionery concept in the UK. Here, we speak to the...

Project 7 gummy bears added to American Airlines menu

California-based confectionery brand Project 7 has partnered with American Airlines (AA) to add its gummy bears to the airline's food menu.

Hershey CEO J.P. Bilbrey to leave post

The Hershey Company has announced John P. Bilbrey will retire from his role as CEO and president, but he will continue as non-executive chairman of the Board.

'Americana mania': Hershey enters UK biscuits market with Reese's Rounds

Hershey has introduced its first biscuit brand in the UK, produced under license by Lightbody Ventures, as Brits covet American brands.

Startup Tracker

'Sweetener of the future': Adam’s Fresh Chocolate spearheads yacón use in chocolate

Peruvian daisy yacón will be the natural sweetener of the future in the chocolate industry, according to British raw chocolate startup Adam’s Fresh Chocolate.

Ferrero-owned Tic Tac Mints denounces Trump comments

Ferrero-owned Tic Tac Mints has become the latest candy company to distance itself from comments made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump

Expo East 2016

PUR enters bubblegum to seize on aspartame-free movement

Canadian aspartame-free gum and mint manufacturer, The PUR Company, has introduced two new gum flavors during the recent Expo East in Baltimore, MDi including a bubblegum SKU.

Analyst View

Mars Wrigley Confectionery to be ‘lean and mean’ in resurgent global market

Mars’ combination of its chocolate and Wrigley businesses will help it simplify its supply chain to compete in a global confectionery market poised for modest growth, say analysts

Packaging news roundup October: JBT Corporation; Flexicon; Ball; Sacmi

Johnson Matthey has partnered with Cranfield University to develop modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) for prolonged storage and improved management of fresh produce through the supply chain.

NPD

Hershey taps multi-textural demand with Cookie Layer Crunch launch

Hershey will launch a range of bars and share bags under a new line named ‘Hershey’s Cookie Layer Crunch’ across the US from December.

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