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Bon Bon Buddies targets own-brand growth with new novelty range

Welsh licensed character confectionery firm Bon Bon Buddies has launched an own-brand range of kids’ novelties under the ‘Bon Bon Buddies’ name.

Exclusive interview with Bob Simpson, COO of Jelly Belly

Jelly Belly exec: Stand out in nontraditional retail formats

For a company the size and scope of Jelly Belly—the confectionery giant sells more than 100 flavors in 80 countries (and growing) and across multiple market segments—finding untapped channels in...

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Carambar’s Schumacher joke too close to the bone

French candy firm, Carambar, has removed a joke about Michael Schumacher from its packaging after the racing driver’s recent accident put the one liner in a new light.

Smells like change for Deo perfumed candy: New name, scent and packaging

Goodbye Deo, hello Aroma Candy. Perfumed candy’s new name, lavender scent and packaging seeks to sedate high consumer expectations and go after a more “universal” appeal.

Lotte eyes Choco Pie growth in India with third plant

Korean confectioner Lotte plans to accelerate its Choco Pie brand in India with a third factory.

Mondelez unveils North American growth plans

Mondelez announced supply chain restructuring plans and innovations for the North American market at yesterday’s CAGNY conference.

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IFFCO seeks to annul Kit Kat trademarks in South African appeal

Break brand owner IFFCO hopes to expunge Nestlé’s trademarks for the two and four finger wafer shape in an appeal case.

Cloetta aims to stabilize finances for ‘complementary acquisitions’

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta has posted a modest rise in fourth quarter sales and says it hopes to spend future money it generates on extinguishing its debts and acquiring complementary companies.

Nestlé confectionery profit slump ‘not a setback’, says CEO

Nestlé’s confectionery profit margin nosedive in 2013 was a consequence of higher cocoa prices and increased marketing spend that reflect faith in the category, according to the firm’s CEO.

Nutrition, health and wellness drive Nestlé forward despite 'challenging' year

Shares in the world's biggest food company were down by around 2% this morning as Nestlé announced its slowest sales growth in four years and missed profit expectations for 2013. 

Mondelēz sales crumble after Chinese biscuit slowdown

Mondelēz International said it is “disappointed” with its first full year results as a global snack company.

United Biscuits invests in booming Nigerian biscuits market with A & P Foods buy

United Biscuits has acquired a stake in biscuits company A & P Foods, bolstering its position in the booming Nigerian biscuits market.

Protein chocolate muscling into mainstream, says Noi Sirius

The booming protein market is starting to move beyond hardcore bodybuilders, according to Iceland’s premier chocolate producer.

‘Bittersweet’ plant closure: Mondelez consolidates East Coast biscuit production in US

Mondelez International will close a factory in Philadelphia as it moves to consolidate US biscuit production on the East Coast.

ChocOBeer: When beer and chocolate collide

Carré Chocolates has introduced ChocOBeer; a brand of beer-filled chocolates that it claims will be a hit in Asia.

Nestlé appeals South African Kit Kat ruling

Nestlé has lodged an appeal to overturn a South African high court decision that found IFFCO’s Break brand did not infringe the Kit Kat trademark.

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Wrigley grows in morose French gum market

Wrigley has gained market share in the declining French chewing gum market.

PEZ returns to roots with adult proposition

Austrian confectioner PEZ International is hoping to take advantage of the vogue retro trend by re-launching peppermint candies for adults that were previously ditched in favor of child-friendly products in...

Project K: Kellogg to shut US cookie plant

The Kellogg Company will close a cookie plant in Charlotte, North Carolina as part of its global cost-cutting plan Project K.

Jelly Belly giddy for beer flavored jelly beans after innovation frenzy

Jelly Belly is hopeful of international growth after an innovation splurge saw it introduce 50 new products at one show, including the world’s first beer flavored jelly bean.

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Enstrom Candies eyes growth after adding ex-Zachary Confections CEO

Enstrom Candies has appointed the former Zachary Confections CEO as it new head of manufacturing as it looks to grow the business.

Super Bowl XLVIII: Battle of the brands! Watch all the teasers here

As the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos head into battle on Sunday at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, the nation’s biggest food and beverage brands will battle for...

Hershey ‘very excited’ about mystery new product, reckons Brookside could be $500m brand

Hershey’s chief executive John Bilbrey says he is “very excited” about a mystery new product that will unveiled later this year, and believes fruit and choc snack brand Brookside could become...

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Nestlé and Mars target Super Bowl Sunday fans

Nestlé is launching its Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups during an ad break at the US Super Bowl Sunday held in New Jersey, US on February 2.

Children and chocolate: The sweet industry's bitter side

NGOs say human trafficking and child labor remain deep-seated problems of the cocoa industry as a Nestlé, ADM and Cargill court case stirs up old supply chain concerns.

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