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Lindt gets a piece of bite-sized candy market with Ghirardelli Minis

Lindt will introduce bite-sized chocolates in stand-up pouches for its Ghirardelli brand in the US.

Chocolate war: Soviet brand dispute behind Roshen factory raids

Russia has seized the Russian factories of Ukraine’s leading chocolate company Roshen.

Court refuses to dismiss Hershey child labor case

A US court has refused to dismiss a civil case against Hershey alleging complicity in illegal child labor and human trafficking on cocoa farms in West Africa.

No country for hard candy: Production stays in Mexico until US adopts ‘level playing field’ sugar regime, says Spangler Candy

US headquartered firm Spangler Candy says it will not move large volumes of its production back to the US from Mexico until the US government creates a domestic sugar regime...

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Mondelēz: ‘We may revisit sugar reduction target’, if WHO formalizes guidance

Mondelēz International said it may include a pledge to reduce sugar in its new health & wellness program, but only if the World Health Organization (WHO) makes its latest sugar...

Industry is "on the back foot" with sustainability trends

Food and drink firms must be more proactive at assessing the sustainability of their products and ingredients, rather than reacting to market interest, according to Leatherhead Food Research expert Emma...

Lindt shores up ‘most important’ US market with factory expansion

Lindt & Sprüngli has announced plans to double the size of its US headquarters to meet growing consumer demand in the US premium chocolate market, which it says is its...

No sugar reduction in Mondelēz health and wellness pledge

Mondelēz is to cut saturated fat and sodium by 10% by 2020, but suggests reducing consumer sugar intake is manageable with portion controlled products and education.

Mondelēz not sweet-talking kids into poor nutrition choices with Barny ad, rules watchdog

The UK Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has dismissed complaints that a TV advert for Mondelēz International's Barny cake bar was an implied health claim and that it encouraged poor nutritional...

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Perfetti Van Melle signs Chupa Chups licensing deal in Greater China

Dutch-Italian confectioner Perfetti Van Melle has signed a licensing deal with brand extension agency Beanstalk to growth the strength of its Chupa Chups lollipop brand in Greater China.

Nestlé focuses on healthy reduction in commitments review

Reduction of salt, sugars, trans fat and total fat is a key focus area for Nestlé in efforts to meet its nutrition commitments, according to its latest annual report, "Nestlé...

Mars commits to palm oil deforestation policy

Mars has committed to ending deforestation associated with its palm oil supply by the end of 2015, becoming the latest multinational to do so, alongside Unilever and Nestlé, among others.

Lindt joint venture to spark retail presence in Brazil

Lindt & Sprüngli will open three retail stores in São Paulo this year thanks to a joint venture with Brazilian premium chocolate specialist the CRM Group.

Nestlé wants to empower more women to work in engineering

As the United Nations held its 6th Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) in New York, last week, Nestlé shared its efforts to encourage women worldwide to work in the marketplace...

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Mondelez puts Facebook at core of media investment

Mondelez International has partnered with another social media titan in Facebook, months after announcing a deal with Twitter.

Nestlé keeps top secret under wraps during live Twitter chat

How does Nestlé get the bubbles into an Aero chocolate bar, why is food engineering dominated by men and what high tech kit produces instant coffee?

Tangerine Confectionery plans to cut up to 166 jobs

Tangerine Confectionery claims 166 jobs could go following the planned closure of its factory in Blackpool in a UK-wide programme to trim excess capacity.

Unrest at United Biscuits may be wider issue

Union unrest at United Biscuits’ (UB’s) McVitie’s Cake Company factory at Halifax is a reaction to issues that have also been raised at other plants, according to sources.

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Royal Duyvis Wiener makes Brazilian acquisition

German-Dutch firm, Royal Duyvis Wiener, says its acquisition of the Brazilian company JAF Inox will further solidify its global market position in cocoa and chocolate processing equipment.

F&B industry will need 170,300 recruits by 2020 to meet consumer demand

Nestlé to debut live Twitter debate

Nestlè UK and Taste Success, an industry-led campaign by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) will host a live Twitter Q&A with engineering graduates from its apprenticeship scheme from midday-2pm...

Thorntons to make biggest capital investment in 25 years

Thorntons aims to pump £10M each year for the next three years into expanding capacity in its biggest capital investment in 25 years, it confirmed in a conference call.

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M&M's cookies: Mars and Kellogg team up

Mars and Kellogg have announced a new cookie line-up that will see the firms’ brands M&M’s and Keebler coming together.

Petra Foods full year: Net profits down after disputed Callebaut sale

Petra Foods reported group net profits down 20.6% from the previous year following the divestment of its cocoa ingredients business to Barry Callebaut, but say own brand sales are up 12.6%.

What the fudge?

Fudgucation: Fudge Kitchen aims to translate alien fudge concept

British confectioner Fudge Kitchen says that non-English speaking countries do not know what fudge is, but the firm hopes to change that by growing its business in export markets.

Cémoi eyes export growth with French savoir-faire

Cémoi is aiming to grow its own brand business in the US and Asia with a string of product launches marketed with a French touch.

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