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Mars reaches reformulation limits and calls downsizing the only option

Mars UK says it has exhausted reformulation options for Mars and Snickers bars and has been left with no choice but to cut portion sizes to meet calorie reduction pledges.

Candyking share offering goes up in smoke

Swedish sweet manufacturer Candyking has withdrawn its recent offering of shares worth $76.2m following fires at two of its suppliers.

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POP! Gourmet Popcorn secures landmark distribution deal in Middle East

Premium popcorn maker POP! Gourmet Popcorn has struck a deal with a leading retail and hospitality conglomerate in the Middle East that will significantly boost its presence in international markets.

Mars Chocolate 2013 Christmas line-up

Mars Chocolate North America has unveiled seasonal items ahead of the December holiday period.

Mondelez’s Sour Patch Kids gets sugar-free gum makeover and wins analyst vote

Mondelez International has launched its candy brand Sour Patch Kids as a gum product under its Stride portfolio – a deft move, according to an analyst.

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Nestlé trials novel ad concept with KitKat CAPTCHA

Nestlé UK has introduced an interactive KitKat CAPTCHA to raise brand awareness online.

Ferrero 5-year plan sets ambitious sights on UK

Ferrero has outlined ambitious plans to grow its business in the UK over the next five years.

Confectioner Cloetta ready to compete in snacks after acquisition

Dry roasted nut maker Alrifai Nutisal has been acquired by Nordic confectionery firm Cloetta.

Haribo signs JPG engineering firm for new factory

Sweet manufacturer Haribo has booked Leeds-based engineering firm JPG to build its £92M confectionery plant at Castleford, West Yorkshire.

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Magic Choc personalized candy toy outpaces big brands in Xmas run-up

Choc-O-Bloc’s personalized candy toy Magic Choc is outselling major brands online in the UK ahead of the key Christmas period.

Hershey launches Jolly Rancher in India

Hershey has chosen India as the first country outside of North America to launch the Jolly Rancher brand.

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United Biscuits confirms loss of 76 jobs

United Biscuits has confirmed the loss of 76 jobs, as part of a restructuring that would create “a more streamlined, competitive and focused company”, it said.

Candyking lists shares worth $76.2m on stock exchange

Nordic pick & mix firm Candyking intends to trade 49% of the company’s shares on the Nordic stock exchange to raise brand awareness, pursue acquisitions and to reduce debts.

Nestlé gets no break in South African Kit Kat trademark row

A High court in Pretoria has ruled that Iffco’s Tiffany Break does not infringe Nestlé South Africa’s trademark on the Kit Kat shape.

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Private equity firms divest Cloetta stake for $137m

Nordic Capital Fund and CVC Capital Partners have divested their 16.1% share of Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta following the merger with Leaf.

Russia lifts ban on Roshen chocolate

Ukrainian confectioner Roshen will soon be allowed to sell products in Russia again following a ban.

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Lotte finalizes deal for Kazakh confectionery firm

Korean confectioner Lotte has overcome regulatory hurdles to acquire a 76% stake in Kazakhstan-based firm Rakhat.

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Ex United Biscuits boss to bring ‘creative flair’ to confectionery firm

Tangerine Confectionery has appointed Benoit Testard as a non-executive director.

United Biscuits sails overseas hoisting the British flag when appropriate

The global number four biscuits player United Biscuits (UB) is growing rapidly in international markets where it plays up its British heritage accordingly, but rarely adapts the formulation.

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Theo Chocolate enters Canada

Bean-to-bar chocolate maker Theo Chocolates has taken its first steps outside of the US by entering retail stores in Canada as demand for ethical products rises in North America.

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Mars: Chocolate fat reduction challenge in EU

The chocolate industry can only go so far to reduce fat in the EU, says Mars R&D manager, meaning portion size is the only current option.

Burton’s Biscuits needs shopping spree to stay competitive, says analyst

Burton’s Biscuits’ new owners may need to look at mergers and acquisition to grow in an increasingly competitive biscuit market, according to an analyst from Mintel.

Mondelez pumps $100m into new Czech biscuit factory

Mondelez International will invest $100m in a new Oreo and belVita biscuit factory in the Czech Republic that will supply Europe.

Burton’s Biscuit Company sold to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has reached a deal to acquire Burton’s, the maker of Jammie Dodger and Wagon Wheels.

IP69K rating is a Fortress for metal detector

Fortress Technology has received IP69K rating for its Stealth mode of metal detector, stressing the importance of robust washdowns in food safety.

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