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Dragons' Den pick Raw Chocolate Co moves into private label

UK firm The Raw Chocolate Company is to move beyond branded goods to offer bulk chocolate and serve private-label customers.

Fannie May taps meal kit boom with Apron & Spoon launch

Chicago chocolate brand Fannie May has launched Apron & Spoon collection exclusively at its retail stores and its own website. 

Nestlé close to Garoto buy in Brazil after anti-trust issues

Nestlé is close to formalizing its acquisition of Garoto in Brazil following a lengthy anti-trust dispute.

Bazooka launches new gummy range through Yo-Kai Watch partnership

Bazooka Candy has launched a Yo-Kai Watch-themed gummy range in the US after seeing the success of the anime series and game play out in Japan. 

Emerging Markets

Mastic and mojito: Innovating in the Middle East’s ‘reshuffled’ gum market

Lebanese company Master Chewing Gum & Candies has introduced a gourmet gum brand in unconventional flavors such as mojito as it looks to seize on the Middle East’s changing gum...

Lindt seeks travel retail boost with Bijoux praline launch

Lindt is to launch Swiss Masterpieces Bijoux Collection at the Tax Free World Association World Exhibition & Conference (TFWA) in Cannes, France this October, as it aims to bump up...

Katjes International seeks more acquisitions as H1 sales rise

Katjes International is still in the market for acquisitions as it registers 9.3% net revenue growth in the first half of 2016.

CEO talk

Free2b Foods pulls off ‘difficult task’ of chocolate without dairy

US allergen-free candy firm Free2b Foods has appointed a General Mills veteran as its CEO as it goes dairy-free and expands into chocolate bars.

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Theo Chocolate introduces heart health quinoa cocoa flavanol clusters

Bean-to-bar maker Theo Chocolate has launched a range of quinoa chocolate clusters containing 50 mg of flavanols per serving.

Startup Tracker

Whaddyaluv: Spruce0132’s experiential artisan chocolate brand set for US entry

Family startup Spruce0132 is to introduce a chocolate brand to boutique channels across the US made entirely from Ecuadorian Sacha Gold cocoa.

'Win the screen': Mondelēz global e-commerce director shares online retail tips

Online impulse purchasing is about knowing your shoppers and making an offer that “would speak to them at exactly the moment that they’re on that webpage," says Mondelēz’s global e-commerce director, Neil...

Expo East 2016

Expo East 2016 sneak peak: Some of the contenders for Best of East award

Forty-eight natural products are competing to be winner of the Best of East Awards at the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, Maryland this year.

Wrigley distances itself from Trump Jr. Skittles refugee analogy

Skittles maker Wrigley has dissociated itself from Republican presidential candidate’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr's tweet comparing a bowl of Skittles to refugees.

NPD

Godiva taps single origin chocolate sector with G by Godiva

Pladis-owned Godiva Chocolatier has introduced a Mexican single origin range to its boutiques and select retail partners in North America. 

NPD

Birthday Cake Kisses and Reese's wands: Hershey expands seasonal offer

Hershey has introduced birthday-themed items for brands such as Reese's and Kisses at Walmart’s celebrations aisle and at select retailers throughout the US.

Exclusive interview

Baron Chocolatier aims to rengage Millennials with US premium chocolate offer

Premium chocolate brand Baron Chocolatier has launched a line of chocolate bars exclusively at Dollar General across the US, while separately it plans to expand in Mexico and the UK....

Enjoy Life Foods builds $39m ‘free-from' bakery to expand global footprint

Mondelēz-owned snack brand Enjoy Life Foods has doubled its capacity with the opening a new 200,000-square-foot free-from bakery in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Mondelēz ramps up presence in emerging markets with $65m R&D investment

Mondelēz International is to invest $65m in developing a global network of research & development facilities.

Hershey partners with Chef’d to tap $2bn meal kit industry

Online meal kit company Chef’d has struck a deal to produce Hershey branded desserts as the US chocolate leader expands into flourishing US meal kit market.

On the move

Mondelēz names Northern Europe president amid UK innovation push

Mondelēz International has appointed its next president for Northern Europe as it hopes to cement its lead in some of the region’s markets such as the UK.

Just Born and worker's union still at odds after labor strike

Peeps maker Just Born alleges union members mischaracterized its willingness “to reach a fair and equitable agreement" following strike action.

Mondelēz plans sole US chocolate invasion with Milka Oreo and Green & Black's

Mondelēz plans to take its Milka Oreo brand to US chocolate market after its failed bid for Hershey and will expand its premium chocolate offerings with Green & Black’s....

Bon Bon Buddies sets multi-million target for Brain Blasterz brand

UK firm Bon Bon Buddies has expanded its sour confectionery range Brain Blasterz as it hopes to rake in $13m annual sales for the brand by 2020.

BoomChickaPop: Packaged popped popcorn keeps booming

Co-founder of ready-to-eat popcorn BoomChickaPop shares how it stands out in the slowly crowding category.

Mondelēz may move for Ferrero after Hershey saga: Mintel

Mondelēz International may need to aim for a “lesser but still important” confectioner, such as Ferrero, to compete in the US confectionery space after ending its pursuit of Hershey, says Mintel....

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