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Hands off our legendary brand – Godiva takes legal aim at pub

Belgian chocolate maker Godiva has challenged a Swiss pub over its use of a “confusingly similar” image and name to its own, but says other references to the legend of...

Can stevia chocolate ever be a mainstream retail fixture?

Stevia chocolate is beginning to gain momentum in the US but could take at least a decade to achieve widespread acceptance among mainstream retail, according to stevia chocolate firm Coco...

Australia

Tim Tams, infant drink among ‘shonkiest’ products of 2014

An iconic biscuit and a range of junior milk drinks were among the winners—or losers—of Choice’s annual Shonky Awards roll call, which sets out to uncover companies peddling "sneaky, slippery,...

Thorntons blames sales fall on supermarket order patterns

Thorntons has blamed its 11.9% fall in first quarter total group sales on the changing order patterns of supemarkets and other outlets.

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Mondelēz appoints ex-Dell man as CFO

Mondelēz International appoints Brian Gladden as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective on 1st December.

BBX Capital marks sixth premium confections buy with The Toffee Box

Investment firm BBX Capital has acquired Californian-based company The Toffee Box.

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Guess who’s back? Crispy M&M’S to return after 10-year hiatus

Mars Chocolate North America will relaunch M&M’S Crispy Chocolate Candies next year following a 10-year lull.

Mondelēz abandons Kenyan manufacturing

Mondelēz International will stop manufacturing from its Cadbury Kenya plant at the end of this month as it shifts capacity for Cadbury Drinking Chocolate to Egypt.

BBX Capital grows premium choc hoard with Anastasia Confections buy

BBX Capital has purchased Florida-based Anastasia Confections to mark its fifth premium chocolate acquisition since the start of 2014.

Nestlé and Kellogg acknowledge risks of carbon pollution from power plants

Nestlé and Kellogg have partnered with companies including General Mills and Unilever by joining Ceres' Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP).

Katjes acquires Piasten to enter growing sugar coated candy market

Katjes has acquired a 100% stake in fellow German confectioner Piasten as it looks to capitalize on the rising sugar coated confectionery market.

Mondelēz plans $90m biscuit factory in Bahrain

Mondelēz International intends to construct a plant in Bahrain to keep pace with demand for key brands such as Oreo in the Middle East in Africa.

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Mondelēz appoints president for Northern Europe

Mondelēz International has appointed Mary Barnard to oversee the company’s businesses in the UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

Hershey settles pot candy case

Hershey has agreed a settlement with Colorado-based firm TinctureBelle, which it had accused of passing off cannabis-infused candies such as Hashees Peanut Butter Cups as Hershey products.

United Biscuits to roll out waste cooking oil for lorries

United Biscuits (UB) has developed a sustainability initiative by using waste cooking oil to power 12 of its lorries and plans to roll out the project further across the business.

Divine stands ‘alongside the premium chocolate big players’ as it breaks into mainstream US retail

UK Fairtrade candy maker Divine Chocolate has secured distribution deals with US supermarket chains Kroger, Meijer, Roundy’s and Ahold and claims it is now competing with the largest US premium...

Chocolate multinationals 'enabling enslavement' on cocoa farms: Oxfam

Multinational chocolate companies are reaping billions in profits by keeping labor costs low, allowing human rights abuses to prosper on cocoa farms, according to an Oxfam campaigner.

China

Chinese biscuit maker Jiashili in $48m IPO

China’s sixth largest biscuit firm Jiashili Group has successfully listed on Hong Kong stock exchange and aims to innovate to grow its market share.

UK food and drink companies see margins ‘flatline’

The largest food and beverage companies in the UK have seen average margins flatline at 5.2% over the past two years, according to research from OC&C Strategy Consultants.

India

Newcomer Rajhans (Desai-Jain) Group eyes leadership in Indian luxury chocolate market

Rajhans (Desai-Jain) Group has made its first foray into the confectionery industry by launching its Schmitten brand in India and it is hoping to become the domestic market leader in premium...

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Nestlé partners with Cargill, DS Smith, and Google in youth employment initiative

Around 200 companies have joined forces under Nestlé’s ‘Alliance for YOUth’ to tackle youth unemployment in Europe.

United Biscuits bid: Kellogg strong contender

A trade buyer looks set to acquire United Biscuits (UB) if a sale is decided upon, with Kellogg a strong contender among three core bidders, according to an industry expert....

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United Biscuits to axe 157 jobs amid sales speculation

UK firm United Biscuits plans to cut up to 157 jobs at its Manchester plant as rumors of a potential sale to Ülker, Kellogg or Burton’s mount.

Mondelēz consolidates global choco-bakery production in Hungary

Mondelēz has opened three production lines at its plant in Hungary to consolidate global production of Milka and Cadbury choco-bakery sandwiches.

Yowie secures Walmart trial in Texas

Toy-filled chocolate egg firm Yowie has secured distribution in 50 Walmart stores in Texas.

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