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Discover consumer trends and market data on confectionery markets around the globe. Also find information here about niche sectors such as the functional confectionery, sugar free and medicated confectionery industries.

Which food and drink companies use social media well – and which don't?

Nearly one third of UK tweets are about food and drink companies - an impressive figure.  But as we reported yesterday , most companies aren't making...

How good are food companies at social listening?

Nearly a third of UK brand mentions on social media are about food and drink – but how good are industry's ‘social listening’ skills?

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Could it be you? BakeryandSnacks seeks new editor

BakeryandSnacks, the leading global trade publication for manufacturers in the bakery, snacks and cereal is seeking a new editor to take it to the next level.

Australia

Partial to 32kg of chocolate a year, Aussies told they must eat better

Around two-thirds of Australians are obese and consume on average a quantity of chocolate each year equivalent to a passenger’s first-class baggage allowance on long-haul flights, Csiro, the country’s government...

Social media warning: Engaging with customers leads to more complaints

Companies that engage with customers on Twitter beware: responding to complaints on social media has the side effect of triggering new complaints, according to new research.

Crunch-down: America’s top 10 best-selling snack bars

BakeryandSnacks has chewed over IRI data to compile a satisfying list of the top 10 best-selling US snack bars.

Global food prices drop to 6-year low

Dairy and vegetable oil price drops have led the FAO Food Price Index to its lowest level in six years.

UK tea sales in hot water: Does a 22% drop signal a crisis for the British cuppa?

Falling biscuit sales may have repercussions for tea consumption, with trouble brewing for a long-upheld British tradition: a cup of tea and a biscuit. 

Night snacking woes: Is food timing is key to weight loss?

There is a lack of top level evidence to support the notion that eating ‘little and often’ is beneficial for metabolism and weight loss, say researchers who warn that more...

‘Emerging middle class’ drive B-brand growth

The emergence of a new middle class in emerging markets can serve as a catalyst to B-brand growth, rather than benefiting established global brands, say researchers.

Market Research

Power of the dark side: Technavio reveals forecasts and growth drivers for global dark chocolate market

Global dark chocolate sales are expected to rise 9% each year up to 2019 due to increased demand in developing nations and associated health benefits, according to Technavio.

Confectionery sales to rise despite sugar health fears

Confectionery sales in the UK will grow by 8.6% by 2019, despite more than 60% of Brits raising fears about the high levels of sugar in sweets, according to a new report.

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The ones to watch: Euromonitor pinpoints three chocolate markets in the Middle East & Africa

Euromonitor International unveils the world’s fastest growing chocolate markets and earmarks three beyond India and China that should be high on every confectioner's agenda.

Future food: Big data, better stories, and the importance of how eight-year-olds think

“If you can understand how an eight-year-old thinks, you are a long way toward understanding a transformative change in consumer behaviour,” says futurist Mike Walsh, who gave the keynote address at...

Trendwatching at IFT 2015: From on-trend botanicals, tiger nuts, and matcha to non-GMO claims

Market researchers Innova Market Insights and Mintel shared new data on what’s hot and what’s not in food & beverages at the IFT show this year, exploring everything from dairy-free...

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Oreo Thins: Mondeléz taps 'light bites' trend with new SKU but is it chic enough?

Mondelēz International’s skinny cookie Oreo Thins cater to demand for lighter bites in the U.S. but analysts question the product’s billing as a sophisticated adult cookie.

Demand for natural colours is going global, finds 5000-strong survey

Asian consumers are fuelling demand for clean labels and natural colourings - and will bolster a trend that has been dominated by western Europeans until now, a 5000-strong global survey has...

Spanish candy endures 'rough year' but exports provide hope, says trade body

Value sales in Spain’s domestic confectionery market have fallen for the first time in years, but export sales rose almost 8% as manufacturers looked for growth overseas, says Spanish confectionery...

News in brief

US ‘specialty gourmet’ channel has 1,000 stores and revenues topping $18bn, says SPINS

The US ‘specialty gourmet’ retail channel – led by retailers such as The Fresh Market and Mariano’s - has 1,000 stores and revenues topping $18bn, according to market researcher SPINS.

Mars stands by Russia in face of Western sanctions

Mars says it will continue active development in the Russian market despite an ongoing economic crisis and Western sanctions.

Hershey bets big on China’s e-commerce boom

Hershey has earmarked China’s thriving e-commerce channel as a future growth driver despite setbacks in the country’s overall confectionery market.

Single origin Brazilian chocolate to compete alongside Lindt and Godiva in the U.S.

Two Brazilian chocolate companies Harald and Nugali are hoping to go head-to-head with the largest premium manufacturers in the U.S. market with single origin cocoa from their home nation.

Younger shoppers value organics – but buy fewer of them

A majority of UK shoppers aged 16-34 think that organic products are important (54%), compared to under a third (30%) of over-55s, according to a market research report.

Snacks and candy blur: ‘Competition makes us better,’ says SFA

A raft of candy makers are moving into snacks and this influx of innovation will serve the category and consumers well, says the CEO of the Snack Food Association (SFA).

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