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236 jobs saved: Baronie acquires Ashbury Chocolates

Baronie has acquired UK private label chocolate firm Ashbury Chocolates, which entered administration earlier this month.

Cloetta to axe 30 jobs as Italian sales slump continues

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta plans to cut 30 employees in Italy after sales in the market declined for the fourth consecutive quarter.

Mondelēz to exit retailers that rejected price hikes

Mondelēz International will withdraw from certain retail customers in Europe that have refused chocolate price hikes. 

Canada 'chocolate cartel' update

Mars and Nestlé win evidence battle in chocolate price collusion case

Two confectionery giants have won access to Hershey and Cadbury’s leniency filings in a criminal case in Canada that accuses them of colluding to fix chocolate prices.

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Former Maxfield Candy chief to lead BBX Sweet Holdings

Private equity firm BBX Capital has chosen ex-Maxfield Candy president Rick Harris as president of its confectionery division

ISM award winner: SoundyCandy founder shares vision

SoundyCandy: We’ve cracked the ‘impossible’

A hard boiled sweet that acts like popping candy is something confectionery giants have tried and failed for years, but we’ve done it, says Turkish start-up Toller Gida.

‘Flying off shelves’: Nestlé invests $8m in UK Butterfinger Cups line

Nestlé plans to invest £5.25m ($8m) to add a Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups line at its Halifax UK factory to serve growing demand in the US.

Wrigley to close Canada plant after North America sales gum-up

Wrigley plans to close a plant in Toronto, cutting 383 jobs, following a decline in gum sales in North America.

FLOCERT to verify Mondelēz's cocoa program

Mondelēz adds further third party verification to Cocoa Life program

Mondelēz International has announced that certification body FLOCERT will join Havard University in verifying the chocolate firm’s cocoa sustainability program Cocoa Life.

Ricola CEO bags ISM Award 2015

Ricola owner and CEO Felix Richterich has won the ISM Award 2015 for exceptional services to the confectionery and snack sector.

Personality of the Year runner-up

‘Hard candy superfreak’ eyes organic growth for Torie & Howard

Torie & Howard CEO Torie Burke, a self-confessed ‘hard candy superfreak’, is hoping to grow her company’s distribution across the US and Western Europe as one of the few organic...

Jon Sebastiani: 'It was always going to be a bittersweet moment'

KRAVE Jerky founder on why he teamed up with Hershey: 'I like speed. I like things to happen big and bold and fast'

The day when any entrepreneur decides to sell his business is “always bittersweet” KRAVE jerky founder Jon Sebastiani tells FoodNavigator-USA. But joining a company with the horsepower of Hershey will...

Hershey bites into premium meat snacks market with acquisition of KRAVE jerky

Hershey has moved into the premium end of the meat snacking market with the acquisition of Sonoma, CA-based gourmet jerky maker KRAVE Pure Foods for an undisclosed sum.

‘Damaging small businesses’: Mondelēz and Mars slammed on supplier payment extensions

Mondelēz and Mars have been accused of exploiting small businesses by extending payment terms to some UK suppliers from 60 to 120 days.

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Mars Chocolate North America goes landfill-free

Mars Chocolate North America has that all of its ten factories have achieved zero-waste-to-landfill.

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UKIP jelly babies under fire on Amazon

Sweet manufacturer Choc-Kits has come under fire for releasing a “fun” can of UKIP jelly babies on Amazon.

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Tootsie Roll stalwart Melvin J. Gordon dies

Tootsie Roll Industries’ long-standing CEO and chairman of its Board of Directors Melvin J.Gordon has died aged 95.

Vanparys seeks partners for UK, Germany and US export drive

Belgian chocolate dragées firm Vanparys is aiming to build a network of wholesale partners to grow its export business.

Burton’s Biscuits invests £5M in new production line

Burton’s Biscuit Company has invested £5M at its Blackpool factory to build a new production line, boosting capacity.

Fairytale Denmark: Michelsen signs book deal to support China push

Danish premium chocolatier Michelsen hopes to break into China after teaming with a start-up company that produces hollow Hans Christian Andersen books containing chocolate.

Thorntons will have to ‘follow the herd downmarket’, says analyst

UK chocolate firm Thorntons has posted sales declines in the second quarter and has no other option but to follow major supermarkets downmarket, according to an analyst.

IFFCO appeals Kit Kat ruling in South Africa

International Foodstuffs’ (IFFCO) has appealed a trademark case against Nestlé to South Africa’s top court.

Mondelēz International to let 250 go at Bournville

Mondelēz International is letting 250 staff go at its chocolate factory at Bournville, which makes a range of Cadbury branded products, including Cadbury Dairy Milk.

Hershey to sell Mauna Loa Macadamia nuts business

Hershey plans to offload macadamia nut business Mauna Loa to Hawaiian Host for an undisclosed sum.

Lindt ‘playing in another league’ after stellar 2014, says analyst

Lindt reached record annual sales this morning, surpassing CHF 3bn for the first time - surprising growth given cocoa price hikes and a tough market, an analyst says.

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