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Follow the latest business news from the confectionery industry’s leading players such as Mondelēz International, Mars-Wrigley, Ferrero, Hershey, Haribo, Perfetti Van Melle and Nestlé and track developments at firms such as Lotte, Ülker, Arcor, Cloetta, Jelly Belly and Lindt.

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Mars UK faces late payment ‘hall of shame’ threat

Mars UK faces late payment accusations from lobbying group the Forum of Private Business (FPB), which is threatening to place it in its ‘hall of shame’ over the issue.

Roshen owner: “This is confirmation of the fact that the policy I stick to is pro-Ukrainian."

Political undertones? Roshen loses appeal against Russian asset freeze

Ukrainian confectionery firm Roshen has lost its appeal against the Russian court’s decision to seize assets of $80m. 

Post-fire transactions: Candyking equity firm sells remaining shares

European equity firm sells remaining investments in Swedish Pick & Mix firm Candyking, the movement comes after a supplier fire forced the confectioner to remove a public offering of shares from...

Cargill puts Sulawesi on sustainable map as part of $100m Indonesian investment

Swiss business developer and Indonesian government signs Cargill Cocoa Promise, just as the firm announces initial cocoa processing tests at its first Asian plant in East Java.

‘Red Bull meets Hershey’: Awake Chocolate eyes US and Europe expansion

Caffeinated chocolate firm Awake Chocolate wants to up distribution among US college students and eventually bring the brand to 'forward-thinking' Europe.

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Mondelēz invests $40m in Virginia biscuit factory

Mondelēz International is to expand its Nabisco biscuit plant in Henrico, Virginia.

Nestlé strike action at Canadian chocolate plant

Over 360 workers at Nestlé Canada’s manufacturing plant in Toronto are on strike after talks aimed at securing improvements to employees defined pension plan broke down.

Hershey only faces ‘deceptive’ antioxidant claims in labeling suit

The majority of claims against Hershey for false nutrition labeling have been dismissed by a Californian court, but the company still faces allegations of making misleading antioxidant claims.

'Snacks powerhouse' unveils plan to shrink beverage business

‘Terrific coffee growth!’ But Mondelez spits out Tassimo not Trident

Mondelez CEO Irene Rosenfeld insists the firm’s coffee interests backed by brands such as Tassimo are ‘very attractive’ but says the deal to shrink its beverage business fits a core...

Mondelēz rolls out gender equality plan for cocoa sector

Mondelēz International has announced plans to roll-out its Cocoa Life sustainability program in Cote d’Ivoire to improve the rights of female cocoa workers in the region.

Brazil’s Dori eyes North America export growth

Brazilian confectioner Doris Alimentos plans to build a US distribution center to grow its North American export business.

Q3 growth at Thorntons hit by slow sales

Slow sales in February and March and planned store closures hit sales at Thorntons in its third financial quarter (Q3), the confectionery firm reported in a trading statement.

Cadbury fails to clear Whittaker’s Berry Forest

Cadbury has lost its bid to annul rival Whittaker’s New Zealand trademark for Berry Forest chocolate.

United Confectioners loses Icebreaker trademark in Hershey dispute

Russia’s intellectual property court has cancelled United Confectioners’ IceBReAKeR trademark following a clash with Hershey.

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Cloetta considers shopping spree to drive growth

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta says it will explore potential acquisitions to drive growth after profits declined in the first quarter.

Hershey plans Reese’s rollout in emerging markets after tough quarter

Hershey is planning to roll out Reese’s peanut butter cups in Mexico, Brazil and China after posting below-par first quarter results.

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Cadbury India becomes Mondelēz India Foods Limited

Mondelēz International subsidiary Cadbury India has changed its name to Mondelez India Foods Limited.

We have to do more to reduce waste as an industry, warns Leatherhead expert

Food manufacturers should leave no stone unturned as they search for ways to decrease waste and increase the value of manufacturing waste streams, says Steve Osborn of Leatherhead Food Research.

The theatre of candy

All the world’s our stage! In-store theatrics propels Spun Candy to venture overseas

Premium British confectioner Spun Candy plans to expand internationally by attracting customers with innovative in-store displays and live production.

When it comes to NPD, is consumer 'liking' an overrated idea?

Testing the consumer liking of a new product may be an overrated idea that ‘breeds mediocrity’ and means products fail to differentiate themselves against the competition, according to David Howlett...

Abraaj Group plans Middle East & North Africa expansion for Kool Food

Private equity firm Abraaj Group has acquired a stake in Moroccan chocolate company Kool Food and plans to expand distribution in the Middle East and Africa.

Hershey ‘tricking US consumers with fake Maltesers’, claims Mars

Mars has launched US legal action against Hershey accusing it of copying its Maltesers brand in all-red packaging.

Nestlé to up confectionery prices to restore growth

Nestlé plans to increase its pricing for confectionery products to restore growth to the category.

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