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Emerging markets continue to drive growth for Nestlé and Unilever

Industry giants Nestlé and Unilever report steady sales growth driven by emerging markets for first quarter of 2017 and predict continued growth throughout the year.

UK confectionery prices fall slightly despite Brexit

Supermarket price wars have forced UK confectionery down in spite of the Brexit vote, says market intelligence firm IRI.

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Why third and fourth tier cities are crucial for MNC growth: Mondelez China boss

Multinationals striving for growth in China need to better target third and fourth tier cities by improving distribution and building relationships with local retailers.

Australian chocolate consumption on the rise, says Roy Morgan Research

Australians are eating more chocolate bars, blocks and boxed chocolates than in 2013, according to research by Roy Morgan.

Soaring packaged food sales gives industry three healthier options: Euromonitor

In some European countries, calorie intake from packaged food is four times greater than for fresh - a golden opportunity for industry to make processed food healthier in one of...

30 biscuit brands up for sale by Metis Partners

Montana triple chocolate wafer and Trophy milk chocolate wafer by Rivington Biscuits will be sold as part of a commercial intellectual property (IP) sale by Metis Partners.

Changing Easter eating habits may benefit industry

Easter eating preferences in the UK have changed dramatically, according to research which shows consumers now plan multiple celebratory meals and are moving away from traditional lamb.

Seasonal offerings tops chocolate NPD in 2016, Mintel research shows

Seasonal launches accounted for 25% of global chocolate product launches in 2016, the biggest area of chocolate new product development, according to Mintel Global New Products Database.

Innovative Bites celebrates double-digit growth

Innovative Bites, sweets and snacks supplier has announced double-digit growth across four of the Big 5 supermarkets in the UK.  

First solid chocolate Easter Egg hits UK shelves

The Solid Chocolate Company has launched what it claims is the world’s first Solid Chocolate Egg.

Bean to bar Chocolate Tree crowdfunds to move into bigger premises

Chocolate Tree, co-founded by Alastair and Friederike Gower, has launched a £30k ($37k) crowdfunding campaign to transform an East Lothian farmhouse into a chocolate factory, employing 18 staff.

Confectionery grows above FMCG average in Western Europe

Confectionery was the second biggest driver of growth in Western Europe’s fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) market in 2016, according to Nielsen.

'The best kind of bad': Chocolate makers need premium ingredients not sugar reduction

Sugar and calorie reduction has taken its toll on the chocolate category, but focusing on quality ingredients can foster growth, suggests a Euromonitor analyst. 

Premium tablets drive up value sales in France's chocolate market

Premium tablet NPD has helped accelerate value sales in the French chocolate market in 2016 despite a drop in volume sales, according to trade body Syndicat du Chocolat.

Katjes International CFO: Sugar confectionery consumption in Europe may have reached its limits

Sugar confectionery consumption in Europe may have peaked, but a spike in Germany’s birthrate signals hope for the future, says Katjes International’s CFO.

Nut chocolate consumption increases globally, says Almond Board of California-backed study

A survey conducted by the Almond Board of California (ABC) and Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) suggests 70% of consumers across the globe prefer chocolate products with nut inclusions. 

Businesses make €14 for every €1 spent on reducing food waste: Study

The average company investing in food waste reduction will see a fourteen fold return on their investments and half will see substantially more, says a new report. 

Big data: Which brands top confectionery sales in Beijing?

Trade body China Candy has collected February confectionery data from thousands of retailers in Beijing. 

PureCircle cleared of 'forced prison labour' accusations

Stevia maker PureCircle today (Tuesday) said it would “leave all the options open” as to whether it would seek compensation after it was “cleared” following a dispute with the US...

Hershey and Mars lose China market share to Nestlé and Ferrero

Hershey and Mars have lost market share in China's declining confectionery category to Nestlé and Ferrero, according to Euromonitor Shanghai.

Mars to enter UK supplement space with cocoa flavanol pills

Confectionery giant Mars plans to launch its CocoaVia line of cocoa flavanol-based food supplements in the UK and Ireland later this month.

Health & wellness chocolate to outpace regular category: Euromonitor

Functional, organic and reduced-sugar chocolate are set for higher volume and value growth than regular chocolate up to 2021, says Euromonitor.

Van den Bosch ensures hearts are not broken on Valentine’s Day

In the US alone, 58 million pounds of chocolate and 36 million heart-shaped boxes are sold during Valentines’ Day – worth $448m.

State of the International Confectionery Industry

Over 890 confectionery industry professionals give 2017 outlook

ConfectioneryNews’ inaugural state of the industry report is available to download now for free.

Dispatches from Cologne, Germany

The buzz: Innovations from ISM & ProSweets 2017

Discover product developments and business news from the world's largest confectionery trade fair ISM Cologne and insights from sister supplier show ProSweets.

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