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Mars admits shrinking Maltesers and Galaxy Counters packs was ‘difficult decision’

Mars has been shrunk its Maltesers brand from 121g to 103g per bag without changing the price of the product, according to a tweet by UK-based food retailer turned insight...

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Hancock’s confectionery business expects to reach rural UK with e-commerce

Two brothers have launched a new British wholesale confectionery business, called HS Wholesale Sweets, continuing with a family tradition in confectionery. 

13 food giants pledge to ‘redouble’ climate change efforts at COP22

A coalition of food industry giants pledged to “redouble their efforts” in combating carbon emissions, carbon dioxide and deforestation, at the COP22 meeting in Morocco last week.

Americanna spearheads edibles market by launching first Cannabis puffs

The cannabis industry just welcomed a new edibles format, puffs, thanks to one of the major edibles brands in the US market, Americanna. 

‘Science, not politics, informs our approach to sustainability’: Mars responds to Trump on climate change

M&M’s maker Mars has disputed Donald Trump’s stance on climate change during the COP22 in Morocco. 

Katjes International ups stake in chocolate maker Halloren

Katjes International has raised its stake in publically-listed German chocolate producer Halloren to 7%.

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‘Next stage of evolution’: Mondelēz teams with Fairtrade to expand Cocoa Life to Cadbury brand

Mondelēz International has partnered with Fairtrade to grow the chocolate maker’s own program Cocoa Life to cover all Cadbury products in the UK & Ireland.

Former PepsiCo manager joins Just Born executive team

Peeps maker Just Born Quality Confections has hired Rachel Hayden as its new vice president and chief information officer.

Guest article

Brexit bites, or the price of a low pound

What will the impact of rising food prices in post-Brexit Britain be on manufacturers, retailers and consumers? Food and drink solicitor at Gordons law firm Mark Jones takes a closer look. ...

NACS 2016

Hershey: C-store has ‘large’ growth potential for seasonal confections

Seasonal confectionery c-store distribution is underdeveloped compared to other channels, despite the fact that the household purchase of seasonal confectionery is increasing, 

Peppersmith repositions as dental health brand, targeting $3.8m sales

UK mint and gum maker Peppersmith is to reposition itself as a dental health brand and has secured a listing in supermarket Waitrose's dental section.

Sunrise Confections plans vitamin gummies at first US candy plant

Sunrise Confections’ owner Mount Franklin Foods has acquired a factory in South Carolina where it will produce vitamin gummies, fortified candies and natural fruit snacks for private label.

Veteran’s Day

Untold war stories: Mars and M&M’s military history

Mars shares war stories about some of its leading brands on the eve of Veteran’s Day, otherwise known as Armistice Day.

Toblerone downsizing 'not about Brexit', says Mondelēz

Mondelēz International says higher cocoa costs rather than the currency impact of Brexit have led it to reduce the weight of two Toblerone products in the UK.

M&M’s taps Japan’s samurai roots for limited edition launch

Mars has introduced limited edition M&M’s milk chocolate kimono and samurai novelties in Japan.

NACS 2016

Just Born outlines strategy to outgrow candy category by 3%

Just Born Quality Confections says its resurrected chocolate business and new Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales items set to US c-stores early next year will help it outpace category...

Montezuma’s doubles production after Sainsbury’s and Trader Joe’s deals

British luxury chocolate brand Montezuma’s has doubled its production capacity in a £500,000 ($609,600) investment.

Reese’s innovation gives Hershey Q3 sales uplift

Hershey has posted a 2% rise in third quarter sales, driven by innovations in North America, such as Reese’s Pieces Cups, Big Kat and birthday-themed Kisses.

Project 7 launches first functional gum line, expanding into c-stores

California-based gourmet gum and gummy brand, Project 7, unveiled its latest energizing gum line, Midnight, with added B vitamins and guarana at the recent NACS show in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Mondelēz rated positive by SIG despite revenue dip in Q3

Oreo maker, Mondelēz, reported a 6.6% decrease in net revenues during its Q3 period, driven by “currency headwinds and deconsolidation of the company’s Venezuelan operations.”

Nine-month results

Nestlé confectionery division ‘remains under pressure’

Nestlé hopes innovation and marketing support can restore growth to its confectionery division, which remains challenged in Brazil, the US and the UK.

NACS 2016

Mars debuts caramel-filled M&M's produced by new technology

Mars has launched M&M’s Caramel at the recent NACS show in Atlanta, Georgia, which will join Peanut, Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter as the largest four variants for the brand....

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Gummies overtake chocolate in Colorado cannabis edibles space

Gummies are now the most popular cannabis edibles in Colorado with a share of 22% share of sales in the sector, says a newly released report from BDS Analytics’ GreenEdge database....

Cobden and Brown eyes expansion after 100% cocoa bar launch

Northern Irish chocolatier Cobden and Brown has plans to enter southern neighbor the Republic of Ireland after recently introducing a 100% cocoa bar, according to the company’s founder and CEO,...

SIAL, Paris 2016

Crunch time! Propercorn showcases Crunch Corn range in Paris

Propercorn is showcasing its Crunch Corn range for the European market, at SIAL, Paris, this week October (16-20).

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