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Halloren acquires stake in Belgian chocolatier Bouchard

German firm Halloren has acquired a 50% stake in Belgian private label chocolate firm Bouchard to help it increase its international presence.

Mondelez overhauls gum production as two sites close

Mondelez International plans to close gum factories in Lebanon and Morocco as it moves to consolidate production into larger facilities.

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Mars launches M&Ms chocolate bar in US

Mars Chocolate North America has introduced a new format for its M&Ms brand.

Wrigley to cut 207 jobs in France after EU gum slump

Mars subsidiary Wrigley has announced plans to cut 207 jobs at its Biesheim site in France in the wake of falling impulse sales in Europe.

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Mondelez signs mobile deal with Google

Mondelez International has reached an agreement with Google to boost its presence on mobile platforms.

Mondelez creates $600m kitty to seize emerging markets

Mondelez International has set aside a $600m warchest over the next three years to cement its position in emerging markets.

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Ferrero considers development opportunities in Cameroon

Ferrero is considering building its second factory in Cameroon after a company delegation held talks with the Cameroonian government, according to press reports.

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Nutrition information to hit front of Jelly Belly packaging

Jelly Belly Candy Co. announced at the National Confectioners Association (NCA) show in Chicago this week that it will roll out voluntary front-of-package nutrition labeling on some of its most...


Nestlé Cocoa Plan to expand to US products

Nestlé USA announced at the National Confectioners Association (NCA) show that the company is expanding its Nestlé Cocoa Plan responsible sourcing program to its American product offerings.

Hershey brand launch in ‘fastest growing’ Chinese confectionery segment

Hershey has launched a new brand in China that will operate in what it has called the country’s fastest growing confectionery segment.

Cloetta acquires ‘very special’ natural candy technology with Goody Good Stuff buy

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta has acquired UK firm Goody Good Stuff and its unique gelatin free technology to help it capitalise on what it calls a growing natural candy category.

Mondelez upsizes Cadbury Dairy Milk blocks in New Zealand

Mondelez International will introduce larger rounder pieces for Cadbury Dairy Milk in New Zealand for the same price point.

Natra to double North America sales with new Canadian factory

Spanish-based firm Natra claims sales for its private label division in North America will double within three years after it agreed a deal to rent a production facility in Canada...

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Ezaki Glico enters JV in Korea

Japanese firm Ezaki Glico has entered a joint venture with Haitai Confectionery Food to sell its Pocky chocolate candy in Korea.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2013

Confectionery ‘a new way to control weight’ claims Carmit Candy

Confectionery is a novel way to control your weight, according to private label firm Carmit Candy which has just launched a weight management chocolate wafer bar.

Petra Foods buoyed by ‘vibrant’ Asian consumption in Q1

Singapore-based Petra Foods has reported first quarter profit gains in its branded consumer division driven by rising chocolate consumption in markets such as Indonesia and the Philippines and improved margins...

‘We’re not sitting idly by and accepting dismal gum sales’, says Mondelēz CEO

While Mondelēz is not expecting a significant turnaround in gum this year, the world’s #2 gum maker behind Wrigley is “actively testing a number of ideas to rejuvenate the category” that are...

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Hershey takes collaboration up a gear with first open innovation forum

More than 70 Hershey suppliers assembled in Baltimore on Wednesday (May 8) to attend an open innovation forum designed to help the firm improve and accelerate the innovation process via...

Big Interview: Gene Dunkin, CEO Thompson Brands

Thompson Brands CEO: Novelty chocolate doesn’t have to be cheap and nasty

Founded in the same year that Edison created the first functioning light bulb, Thompson Brands is one of America’s oldest chocolate companies. But it hasn’t stayed in business this long...

Petra Foods to defend Nestlé claims of Kit Kat copying

Petra Foods says it will defend itself from accusations that its Delfi Take-It bar infringes Nestlé’s trademark on Kit Kat.

Pearson Candy snaps up Nestlé‘s Bit-O-Honey brand

Minnesota-based Pearson Candy Company has sealed its fifth brand acquisition from Nestlé USA with  chewing candy brand Bit-O-Honey.

Sanchez Cano establishes Chilean subsidiary

Fini brand owner Sanchez Cano has set-up a new trade branch in Chile to help it grow in Latin America.

Thorntons commercial focus pays off over key seasonal period

UK chocolatier Thorntons has reported increased sales in the third quarter as its focus on the commercial channel drove performance over Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and Easter.

Mondelez overhauls women’s rights commitment after criticism

Mondelez International has followed its peers Nestlé and Mars in making commitments to tackle gender inequality on cocoa farms after coming under fire from Oxfam and consumers.

Haribo devotes division to travel retail

Haribo has spotted an untapped opportunity for sugar confectionery in travel retail and has set up a new division dedicated to the channel to fill the void.

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