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Ireland ‘the right environment’ for The Jelly Bean Factory’s booming export business, says MD

Irish confectioner The Jelly Bean Factory has opened its upgraded manufacturing site in its homeland, which it says will help export sales to double.

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Kraft launches seasonal Candy Corn Oreos in US

Kraft Foods has launched Candy Corn Oreos in the US ahead of the Halloween period.

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Mondelez sets global chocolate vision

Four power brands, three priority markets and two innovation platforms will drive growth for Mondelez’s chocolate segment, according to the firm’s category head.

Hershey sets up Indian subsidiary after ending Godrej joint venture

The Hershey Company has agreed a deal to buy Godrej Industries 49% stake in the two companies’ Indian joint venture and has announced plans to set up its own subsidiary:...

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BRIC markets to drive growth for Kraft’s Mondelez spin-off

The developing markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China will drive sales for Kraft’s global snacks business Mondelez International, according to CEO Irene Rosenfeld.

Nestlé USA launches Halloween line-up

Nestlé USA has announced the launch of its Halloween range as it gears up for what it hints could be a profitable seasonal period.

New Darrell Lea pet food bosses to target premium confectionery, says analyst

The premium end of the market will help the new owners of Australian confectioner Darrell Lea differentiate themselves from market leaders Mars and Kraft, according to a market analyst.

Deep fried Mars bar ‘not in line with our marketing code’, says Mars

Global food and drink giant Mars has issued a letter to a local fish and chip shop in Scotland asking it to add a disclaimer on battered Mars bars as...

Pet food tycoon chomps into confectionery world with Darrell Lea buy

A multi-million dollar Australian pet food firm has snapped up troubled confectioner Darrell Lea for an undisclosed sum as it plans to delve into a new market area.

Kraft launches Dairy Milk Bubbly Mini bar

Following the successful launch of Cadbury Dairy Milk Bubbly earlier this year, Kraft Foods is now set to launching a self eat version of aerated chocolate product.

Roshen Corporation expands footprint in Ukraine

Confectionery manufacturer Roshen Corporation has started production at its latest plant in the Ukraine, in which it has invested UAH 600m (€59.1m).

Mars set for UK launch of low calorie caramel bar

Confectionery giant Mars is set to launch a slimmer sister to its trademark Mars bar in the UK later this month, with a new caramel only version containing 20% less...

Sweeter start to 2012 for Lindt & Sprüngli

Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Sprüngli is off to a stronger start for 2012 with operating profits up 16% following stagnant results for last year.

Haribo plans second UK sweet factory with 300 jobs

Sweet manufacturer Haribo is recruiting maintenance fitters, electricians and packaging fitters as it prepares to open a second factory in the UK, which could create up to 300 new jobs.

Mars spends $67 million on US factory expansion to up Pretzel M&M capacity

Mars Chocolate is to invest $67m on a plant expansion in the US as it looks to introduce a new production line for Pretzel M&Ms.

Meiji takes 113% hit to confectionery operating income

Japan’s second biggest confectioner Meiji Holdings has reported a steep decline in its first quarter (Q1) confectionery profits as its chocolate sales fall and it suffers from a “shrinking” gum...

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Zetar agrees license deal with Unilever for Marmite nuts

UK confectionery and snack maker Zetar has announced a licensing agreement with Unilever to make Marmite branded nuts.

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Hershey-funded school performs U-turn on HIV pupil admission

A school funded by the Hershey Company has backtracked on its decision to refuse admission to a 13-year-old boy over his HIV-positive status.

Nestlé results fall out: analysts comment

Analysts raised warnings about aspects of Nestlé's half year results, which were announced yesterday, while broadly welcoming them.

Europe eats at Nestlé’s confectionery margins as Kit Kat drives growth elsewhere

Nestlé has reported declining profit margins for its confectionery business in its half-year results due to the turbulent European economy, but grew sales in the segment thanks to its Kit...

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New boss for Kraft UK

Maurizio Brusadelli has been appointed as replacement for Nick Bunker as president for Kraft Foods UK & Ireland (UK&I).

Kraft extends Cadbury price marked pack range to catch consumer eye

Kraft Foods plans to extend its 50p price marked pack range in the UK by adding Cadbury Picnic and Cadbury Chocos in a bid to boost sales.

Cadbury rethinks flow wrap to encourage impulse buying

Kraft-owned chocolate maker Cadbury has filed an international patent for a redesigned flow wrap package that it claims will allow chocolate bars to be displayed closer to sales counters to...

Gum the ‘main challenge’ for Kraft as chocolate category grows

Kraft Foods has reported that the biggest challenge in its otherwise growing confectionery/global snacks category is gum.

Kraft boosts profits 5% in Q2, reaffirms outlook

Kraft Foods reported a 5.4% rise in second quarter net profit, more than offsetting higher raw material costs and adverse effects of currency exchange rates, the company said on Thursday.

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