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Wrecking ball for Mondelez's older sites as supply chain overhaul planned

Mondelez International plans to close older ‘subscale’ facilities and will open five previously unannounced sites by 2020 as part of a five-step supply chain efficiency program.

Morinaga to open first US confectionery plant

Japanese confectioner Morinaga is to open its first production facility in the US.

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Perfetti Van Melle USA CEO talks Airheads for adults and gum revival

The CEO of Perfetti Van Melle USA talks to ConfectioneryNews about innovation, turning around the ailing gum category and the firm’s US strategy.

Burton’s Biscuits profits soar ahead of proposed sale

UK’s number two biscuit firm Burton’s has recorded profit growth in its full-year 2012 results ahead of a possible sale.

Tangerine and Rose Holdings license Sunkist confectionery

UK firms Tangerine Confectionery and Rose Holdings have each been granted licenses to produce soft-drink brand Sunkist in confectionery form.

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Glisten Confectionery to axe 92 jobs at Skegness site

Confectionery manufacturer Glisten plans to cut 92 jobs at its Skegness plant and move production to its plants in Leicester and the Czech Republic.

Cadbury cocoa-growing trials in Australia as part of $59m plant upgrade

Cadbury will invest in trials to commercially cultivate cocoa in Australia for the first time as it sets out plans to upgrade its production facility in Tasmania.

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Burton’s Biscuits on sale for $543m

The UK second largest biscuit company Burton’s Biscuits has been put up for sale by its private equity owners and could command a £350m ($543m) price tag.

Mondelez announces leadership changes in EEMEA and Asia

Mondelez International has announced new heads for its EEMEA region and Asia Pacific region after  Pradeep Pant announced his retirement, aged 59.

Whetstone Chocolate Factory plots Yowie egg launch in US amid patent dispute

Whetstone Chocolate Factory is to begin manufacturing Yowie-branded toy-filled chocolate eggs in the US as its licensor initiates legal action against an alleged imitator.

Toy-filled chocolate egg creator Candy Treasure hit with US copycat claims

A firm that this year overcame a US ban on toy-filled chocolate eggs dating back to 1938 has been accused of patent infringement.

Lindt plans $217m investment on US and European factory expansions

Lindt & Sprüngli intends to invest CHF 200m ($217m) in new production lines at existing plants in the US and Europe in response to rising demand in developed markets.

Developed market pickup helps Lindt profits soar 40% in H1

Lindt & Sprüngli has recorded a 40.2% rise in net profit in the first half of the year results driven by improved consumer sentiment in developed markets such as the...

Big interview: Jay Klein, founder & CEO, Action Candy Company (PÜR Gum)

Kicking aspartame? The rise and rise of PÜR Gum

You don’t launch a new brand in the gum category by calling the buyer at Walmart and asking nicely for some shelf-space at the checkout between Juicy Fruit and Trident,...

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Ex-Wrigley boss joins Hershey board

Former North America president for Wrigley Mary Kay Haben has been appointed to Hershey’s board of directors.

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UPDATE: Mondelez restarts Egyptian operations after conflict prompted closure

Mondelez International has restarted production in Egypt after it temporarily suspended operations due to civil unrest.

Ülker reports chocolate growth in H1 2013

Turkey’s leading confectionery firm Ülker has reported improved sales due to an uplift in chocolate.

Petra Foods regroups for premium push in South East Asia

Petra Foods has reported growth in its consumer goods division in its second quarter (Q2) results and says it is planning to capitalize on the growing middle classes in Philippines,...

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Wrigley talks up sugar free gum and denies Mars contributes to tooth decay

Wrigley is urging consumers to chew sugar free gum as part of oral healthcare routines and dismisses that it is contributing to dental diseases through parent company Mars’ sugar-based products.

What do you get when you guzzle down sweets? 'An indulgent treat clearly marked for sharing', says Nestlé

Nestlé UK defends calories in Wonka Chocolates

Nestlé UK has rejected claims that its freshly launched range of Wonka Chocolates is high in calories and aimed at children.

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Mondelez enters $45m-a-year marketing deal in Brazil

Mondelez International has entered into a marketing partnership with InnerWorkings in Brazil, one of its priority markets.

It’s official: Promoted and organic tweets drive offline sales, says Twitter, and we can prove it

Is your brand getting some decent bang for the bucks you spend on paid-for (‘promoted’) tweets? The answer, according to a new trial with 35 big names in consumer packaged...

Confectionery profits dip 7% for Nestlé after soccer investments

Nestlé has recorded a drop in operating profit for its confectionery segment in the first half (H1) of 2013 mainly due to marketing spend around soccer events and intense competition.

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Nestlé teams with The Simpsons for Butterfinger campaign

Nestlé USA has launched three limited edition Butterfinger bars featuring Bart Simpson as part of its latest marketing campaign.

Nestlé cuts growth forecast as Q2 sales miss expectations

Nestlé has cut its sales growth expectations for the full year – but even the revised target will be a stretch, according to the company’s financial chief.

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