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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.

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Mettler Toledo to build plant in Pasco County

Mettler Toledo will build a facility in Florida for its product inspection division creating 185 positions.

Guest article

Strong growth prospects in Asia’s snack stick market, says Euromonitor

Snack sticks are enjoying a surge in Asia as new entrants enter the category with smaller pack sizes and innovative flavors, writes Euromontior analyst Emil Fazira Bte Kamari.

Mondelēz warns multinationals to reposition during China’s economic slowdown

Multinational companies should reconsider their business strategies amid China’s economic slowdown, Mondelēz China president Stephen Maher told the audience at the recent Food and Beverage Innovation Forum in Shanghai....

BeyondBrands: 'The future of the natural products industry is about conscious products. Natural is almost so yesterday it’s embarrassing...'

While the word ‘natural’ still appears on the label of 11% of new food and beverage introductions in the US according to Mintel data, brands that are part of the...

Food gifting market will approach $18 billion in 2016, says Packaged Facts

According to a new report by Packaged Facts, more Americans are choosing food items as gifts, and the occasions range from a holidays to special occasions to “just because.”

Global health & wellness investment activity ahead of 2015

The food and nutrition space is vibrant and in rude health according to latest merger, acquisition and investment figures globally.

DISPATCHES FROM IFT

Video: If Donald Trump becomes US president, would it be good for your business?

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has vowed to bring back jobs to America by ripping up and renegotiating trade deals with trading partners. FoodNavigator hit the floor at IFT to gauge the...

NCA Sweet Insights 2016

Natural-positioned snacks driving growth in specialty channel, says Spins

Snack sales are growing more than twice as fast in the US ‘speciality gourmet’ retail channel than through mainstream stores, according to retail analysts Spins.

Earnings call takeaways

E-commerce sales rise 30% for Mondelēz in H1 as biscuit competition heats up

Mondelēz has identified e-commerce as core to future growth as it faces tough competition in US biscuits and weak demand in the Middle East.

Unconventional retailers present distribution opportunities for high-end sweets and snacks

Premium confections and snacks could find new distribution opportunities in unconventional places as more fashion and design retailers start stocking select on-the-go food and beverages that will help fuel and...

GUEST ARTICLE: #SayItWithPepsi and #SmileWithACoke... Have you trademarked your hashtag yet?

You can trademark words, phrases, symbols and designs, so what about #hashtags? It's relatively new territory in the world of intellectual property law, but it's well worth doing, say Rebecca Cross...

Confectionery Trend-Watching

As consumers become increasingly health conscious, what drives confectionery sales?

US consumers are starting to put more thought into eating healthily. But for confectionery, indulgence still drives the decision to purchase.

Market Insights

Restacking BRICs: Chocolate makers to rethink future growth markets, says Euromonitor

Euromonitor International has pinpointed several promising chocolate markets that may help manufacturers offset slowdowns in traditional emerging markets such as China and Brazil.

Healthy snacks growth outpaces overall food and beverage market

“Free from” claims and private-label sales are driving growth in the healthy-ingredient snacks market, and granola and breakfast bars are rising stars in the stagnant breakfast category, says a new report...

Warning: Health is not the top factor motivating functional food purchases

An Italian consumer survey has revealed the factors motivating functional food purchases. The researchers said health function was just one reason on the list, and manufacturers would do well to...

Survey results

Brexit Poll: Confectionery industry outlook negative after Brexit vote

The majority of ConfectioneryNews readers polled expect the UK’s exit from the European Union will hit sales volumes for their businesses and lead to price hikes for cocoa and sugar....

Chinese chocolate market hit by price hikes and health concerns

Health concerns and price hikes are taking their toll on the Chinese chocolate market – with value and volumes sales in decline according to analysts.

Market Analysis

Chocolate makers to go premium as North Americans cutback consumption

Consumers in North America are expected to eat four fewer chocolate bars per person a year by 2021, prompting the industry to add value with higher cocoa percentages and quality...

Bonds of London expands its US lines in the UK

Bonds of London confectionery firm has announced it has added 80 lines to its American category, making it one of the biggest suppliers of US confectionery products in the UK.

Global trends: Where are the world's strongest and weakest candy & snacks markets?

Snacks and confectionery value sales growth has slowed to its lowest level in at least five years in many parts of the world, according to data from retail analysts Euromonitor...

‘Growing beyond our borders’: Chocolate exports drive Spanish candy growth

Soaring chocolate exports have helped value sales in the Spanish confectionery sector grow 2.8% year on year in 2015, according to industry association Produlce.

Reader survey

Brexit: Candy catastrophe or carriage to new business?

What are the threats and opportunities for your business after the UK voted to leave the European Union?

BREXIT

British food firms set to increase trade with US following Brexit vote

UK confectionery and snack businesses may look to ramp up their trade with the US in light of last week’s vote to leave the European Union.

Confectionery to be worst hit UK food sector after Brexit, says Euromonitor

Confectionery volumes are forecast to decline faster than any other packaged food category after the UK voted to leave the European Union.

Brand power continues to diminish private label confectionery: IRI

Private label confectionery value shares are flat or declining in most Western economies, according to market analysts IRI.

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