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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.

Sustainable chocolate: Mid-lifers like quality and ethics

Mid-life consumers aged 45-54 purchase chocolate regularly and sustainable messaging should capture their attention, says Canadean.

Top 10 bestselling UK chocolate brands

Mondelez wins with share bags but Mars suffers after downsizing

Mondelez’s Cadbury Dairy Milk continues to solidify its lead as the UK chocolate market’s bestseller, but sales slide for Mars bar and Snickers following downsizing, according to market analysts IRI....

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Unsung candymen and women: ConfectioneryNews opens entries for Personality of the Year 2014

ConfectioneryNews is launching its inaugural Personality of the Year competition to recognize unhailed innovators and industry stalwarts for a job well done.

UK consumers sick-of-treats? Halloween confectionery sales slump 18.4%

Supermarket sales of UK Halloween confectionery in 2014 have taken a big hit as consumers look to popcorn as a trick-or-treat alternative, shop in bargain stores or prefer to spend...

Front of pack symbols do not indicate healthier foods, suggests research

Products that display front-of-pack ‘health’ symbols do not have better nutrient profiles than those that do not, a study has suggested.

Food Security Index update

World's most obese nation? Kuwait (and the next four are Middle Eastern)

Kuwait has the world’s highest percentage of obese people – 42.8% of its population is obese – and the next four fattest countries are also from the Middle East region,...

US Halloween candy sales to creep up 2%, says NCA

US Halloween confectionery sales are set to rise in 2014 as the season falls on a Friday meaning consumers are likely to stock up on treats for parties, according to...

Changing tactics: Energy chew entrants imminent as drinks run out of steam

The confectionery market is poised to welcome a host of energy drink manufacturers looking to differentiate their brands with energy gum and candy, says an analyst at Datamonitor.

Six turrón ‘nougat’ firms investigated for market rigging in Spain

Spanish authorities have opened disciplinary proceedings against possible anti-competitive practices of half a dozen manufacturers of the country’s traditional almond candy turrón.

Ebola outbreak threatens West African food security with severe inflation and labour shortages: FAO

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has launched an appeal for $30m (€23,72m) to support food supply resilience and recovery in the three African countries most affected by the Ebola...

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The chocolate league tables 2014: Top 20 consuming nations

Which nations ate the most chocolate in 2014?

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The new world of chocolate: How is consumption in emerging markets developing?

The emerging BRIC and MINT markets consume less chocolate that developed nations, but levels are rising. Find out which are the standout markets.

Can too many simple ideas on pack get confusing?

Putting more than one ‘clean’ label on pack treads a fine line between informing and overwhelming consumers, one analyst warns as the Commission issues controversial advice on egg labelling.

New Horizons

Untapped potential for chocolate makers in rural India, says ValueNotes

Chocolate makers are circling the rural Indian market as it is where the majority of consumers reside and infrastructure and incomes have improved drastically, says an analyst at ValueNotes.

India

Indians getting sweet on chocolate thanks to Cadbury revolution

Largely due to Cadbury’s marketing nous, India’s chocolate market has changed dramatically since the ‘Nineties, with consumers eating more and different varieties, a new report has highlighted.

Norwegians loyal to domestic confectionery brands: Leatherhead

The Norwegian confectionery market is unusual by Western European standards since its domestic brands stand tall with the multinationals, according to a Leatherhead analyst.

Brazil’s cookie industry looks overseas as domestic penetration peaks

Brazil’s cookie industry must look to exports markets as its classic formula of reaching more Brazilian customers is no longer the key to future growth.

Will the WTO end the Brazilian-Argentinian confectionery trade war?

A number of players in Brazil’s chocolate and confectionery sector have seen exports to Argentina plunge by up to 80% in the past three years due to Argentina’s restrictive import...

Brazilian premium choc market to grow 26% by 2020 as middle class buys in

Brand power and ingredient quality are the two principal factors that define a premium chocolate in the Brazilian market and the middle class wants more of it, according to the...

UAE set for torrent of new entrants as chocolate market excels

The United Arab Emirates chocolate market is one of the fastest growing chocolate markets across the globe as big players such as Mars and Nestlé up their investment and others...

Russia bans Ukraine confectionery imports

Russian authorities have imposed an import ban on confectionery produced in Ukraine.

UK chocolate sales rocked as consumers balk at price hikes

Chocolate confectionery sales are falling in the UK as consumers move to lower priced products and take advantage of promotions following price hikes, says an analyst at IRI.

Older consumers want ‘natural’ rather than ‘organic’ food, says Canadean

Consumers over 55 associate ‘natural’ products with healthy lifestyle and diet and prefer it to ‘organic’ food, according to a report from Canadean.

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