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Mondelēz may merge with Kraft Heinz after ending Hershey pursuit: Analyst

Mondelēz has ended its pursuit of Hershey nearly two months after the US chocolate giant rejected a $23bn takeover. Analysts speculate the Oreo owner may now merge with Kraft Heinz...

ChocZero offers sugar-free chocolate that meets demand for natural, clean labels

As the public health war against sugar consumption in the US continues to build, food and beverage manufacturer Snapfit hopes to keep chocolate out of the crossfire by offering a...

Who’s raising the bar? Top 10 snack bar brand performance in first half of 2016

IRI data reveals how the 10 biggest brands in key US snack bar categories have performed in dollar and unit terms in the first six months of 2016.

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Wolfgang Candy plans multi-million-dollar factory amid ‘substantial’ growth

Fourth generation family confectionery business Wolfgang Candy has purchased property in Loganville PA, with a view to establishing a candy manufacturing plant by November this year.

Yowie takes legal action against former contract manufacturer Atlantic Candy

Toy-filled candy maker Yowie has appointed a new CEO and COO and has separately brought legal action against its former US contract manufacturer the Atlantic Candy Company.

Michelsen Chocolate sources 100% Fairtrade cocoa

Danish firm Sv. Michelsen Chocolate says it has become the first chocolate company in the country to source 100% Fairtrade cocoa.

Cloetta CEO to step down after a year in the role

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta is searching for a new permanent CEO, after the current head of the company, David Nuutinen, left for “private reasons.”

Energy Bombs aims to create coffee alternative for US gum consumer

Energy Bombs chewing gum has rolled out its products at convenience stores across the US with a suggested retail price of $2.99 per 10-piece pack.

Bon Bon Buddies to produce Chewits Easter egg

UK confectioner Bon Bon Buddies is to produce a Chewits Easter egg for brand owner Cloetta under a two-year licensing deal.

Senior figures to give evidence in Sour Jacks trade secrets lawsuit

Top figures at Promotion in Motion and Ferrara Candy are to give oral statements in a lawsuit over an alleged breach of Sour Jacks and Welch’s Fruit Snacks trade secrets....

Mars adds Boo-tterscotch M&M's to Halloween lineup

Mars is to launch an M&M's butterscotch flavor exclusively at Target stores across the US this Halloween.

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Nestlé faces ‘tough trading conditions’ for confectionery in US and Brazil

Nestlé has described confectionery as a ‘difficult category’ in its first-half results as it was hit by weak Easter demand in Brazil and increasing competition in the US.

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Kiva releases cannabis chocolate bars despite difficulty imposed by state regulation

The increasing demand for consuming cannabis through confections has pushed the California-based Kiva to launch its first CBD chocolate bar line. 

Inside scoop: Nestlé doubles its largest quality assurance center to fight for confectionery safety

Nestlé’s gives ConfectioneryNews a look inside its $31m expanded quality assurance center in Dublin, Ohio, where it is battling the emerging threat of foreign bodies in confections.

Cadbury pulls ‘discriminatory' TV ad in Australia

Mondelēz has been ordered to pull a TV ad in Australia for Cadbury Picnic that featured a fast-speaking Indian man.

Lindt expands global chocolate business through new retail stores

Premium chocolate brand, Lindt, will open its first chocolate stores in Wales, UK and Canberra, Australia respectively later this month to further drive its brand equity.

Kroger hooks Mondelēz’s new Swedish Fish-flavored Oreos

Mondelēz has launched Swedish Fish-flavored Oreos, which combine Oreo chocolate wafers and Swedish Fish-flavored crème, exclusively at Kroger stores across the US.

Mondelēz acquires licence to produce Cadbury-branded biscuits

Cadbury owner Mondelēz International has bought the licence to produce Cadbury-branded biscuits from UK manufacturer Burton’s Biscuit Company.

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Gelita taps clean label trend through promoting collagen protein

Gelita, one of the world’s largest animal-based protein companies, has showcased how neutral-tasting collagen peptides can be used for protein enrichment.

Crowdfunding push to relaunch The San Francisco Chocolate Factory brand

A $10,000 crowdfunding push has been started in a bid to relaunch The San Francisco Chocolate Factory brand.

Dubai officials clear Milka bars social media spreads alcohol rumours

A simple labelling mis-translation gave rise to widespread rumours that an international chocolate brand’s formulation contained alcohol, Dubai authorities have revealed following a probe.

Food industry under fire over Olympic sponsorship deals

The Olympic Games in Rio has been branded a “carnival of junk food marketing” as campaigners published new research on advertising tactics used by Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Mars brand M&Ms. Kellogg’s were...

Sonoma Brands seeks to build a new confectionery category with SMASHMALLOW snacking marshmallows

SMASHMALLOW – the latest innovation from food & beverage brand incubator Sonoma Brands – could herald the launch of a new confectionery category: gourmet snackable marshmallows, says founder Jon Sebastiani.

Mondelēz may make second Hershey bid as five Trust members to leave

Mondelēz may make another bid to acquire Hershey as five board members are set to step down under an agreement with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General (AG), says the author...

Ferrero aims to ease North America struggles by acquiring Delacre: Analyst

Ferrero has reportedly made a bid to acquire Belgian biscuits and pastries manufacturer Delacre in a move one analyst says could support a push for North America and reduce its...

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