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Ferrero defends palm oil in Nutella with advert against 'unfair smear campaign'

Ferrero has launched a TV advertising campaign defending its use of palm oil in its flagship product Nutella, saying palm oil is currently suffering "an unfair smear campaign" in Italy....

Mondelēz ramps up premium offer in India with Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk Oreo

Mondelēz has introduced Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk Oreo to the Indian market after enjoying success with choco-bakery brands in other markets.

Mondelēz settles Indian factory probe in the US for $13m

Cadbury owner Mondelēz International has agreed to pay $13m to settle action brought by US authorities accusing it of breaching foreign trade rules when upgrading a factory in India.

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Saffron-infused chocolate comes to the UK and the Netherlands

Startup firm Mahbir has launched a range of premium Indian foods containing saffron to the UK and the Netherlands, including a Belgian milk chocolate infused with the spice.

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Transparency and portion-control: Execs at top candy firms set 2017 expectations

Mars Wrigley, Ferrara, Just Born, and other top candy firms offer their business outlooks for 2017 and share details of innovation in the pipeline.

Belgian Boys taps imported European snacks growth with butter cookies

European snack startup, Belgian Boys, will roll out its butter cookies inspired by the original Belgian cookie, Speculoos, across the US in February. 

Runamok Maple creates new maple candy brand after acquisition

Vermont-based maple syrup producer, Runamok Maple, has just started producing maple candy products for the first time after acquiring Bascom Maple Farms’ maple candy operation.

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US unit of Hershey, Mars and Nestlé’s cocoa supplier, Transmar, files for bankruptcy

The US unit of cocoa trading and supplying company Transmar Group has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York after the...

Oregon edibles processors speak about marijuana testing rule change

The new marijuana testing regulations have made it much tougher for cannabis edibles producers to operate, reports the industry.

Raisio chief resigns: ‘Time for new adventures’ after 36 quarters of continuous growth

Raisio chief executive officer Matti Rihko tells us he is moving onto a new venture later this year and was proud to have overseen Raisio’s transition from a challenged regional...

Project 7 enters licensing business with Girl Scouts cookie-inspired gums and mints

Gourmet chewy candy brand, Project 7, has entered its first licensing business by launching Girl Scouts cookie-inspired gum and mints, the company recently announced.

Mars Wrigley seizes seasonal sales with Super Bowl commercials

Mars Wrigley has announced that Skittles will return with a new Super Bowl commercial next year as an extension of its long-standing “Taste the Rainbow” campaign.

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Consumer’s confusion over sustainability labels spurs outcry among cocoa industry leaders

Cocoa industry insider, Marc Donaldson, voiced that approximately $2bn investment in cocoa sustainability over the past 10 years has achieved “so little.” He suggested consumers should take the sustainability issue...

Mondelēz launches Green & Black’s bars with Cocoa Life Program label

The Oreo maker has introduced seven new Green & Black’s bars to the US premium chocolate market.

Chong’s Choice launches first cannabis chocolate bars in collaboration with Défoncé

One of the largest cannabis brands in the US, Chong’s Choice, has launched five different chocolate bars through a partnership with infused chocolate maker, Défoncé Chocolatier. The decision was made...

Nestlé’s KitKat trademark fails in EU court, but may be registered under national regimes

Nestlé has failed in proving to the General Court of the EU that its KitKat three-dimensional shape has the “distinctive character” to merit a trademark within the EU.

‘Dunkable’ Mallow & Marsh secures Starbucks listings in the UK

UK’s premium marshmallow brand Mallow & Marsh has announced it will be available in over 800 Starbucks stores in the UK and will be promoted on the coffee chains mobile...

Cloetta appoints ex-Arla executive as CEO and president

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta has named its next CEO and president, who says the company will explore acquisitions to boost organic growth.

Four big trends in chocolate for 2017: Cargill identifies growth drivers

Cargill says indulgent, premium, healthy, and sustainable and clean, will be the key trends driving the chocolate and cocoa industry next year.

Hershey to close own-store in Chicago to focus on larger experiential stores

Hershey will close its Hershey’s Chocolate World in Chicago's Michigan Avenue by January 2017 as it plans to focus on larger experiential retail stores.

CAOBISCO names next secretary general

European confectionery association CAOBISCO has appointed a new secretary general to succeed Sabine Nafziger from February 2017.

Ferrara Candy owner tightlipped on ex-Hershey CEO sale rumor

Ferrera Candy's private equity owner has refused to comment on speculation that ex-Hershey CEO David West is trying to buy the company through an investment firm. 

Dutch industry pledges to remove cartoon characters from unhealthy food

The Dutch food industry has pledged to restrict the use of licensed cartoon characters from the packaging of unhealthy foods aimed at children.

China chocolate brand Le Conte sold to Hollygee for $33m

Wedding candy brand from Fujian Province Hollygee (好邻居) has acquired the largest Chinese domestic chocolate confectionery company Le Conte (金帝) for 230m RMB ($33m).

Hershey expands social program globally, gaining snacking and flavor insights

Hershey's social program to provide children globally with basic nutrition will expand to China and Canada through new partnerships.

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