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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.

Barry Callebaut expands specialties and decorations arm with Italian purchase

Barry Callebaut has added to its European Specialties & Decorations segment with the purchase of Italian firm D’Orsogna Dolciaria for an undisclosed amount. 

African consumers trading up in sugar confectionery

Sugar confectionery value sales in Africa are projected to grow as consumers trade up for medicated sweets and soft gummies.

Local chocolate players remain competitive in West Africa as regional sales set to grow

Retail value sales of chocolate confectionery in West African countries, like Nigeria and Cameroon, have experienced steady growth over the past five years, according to Euromonitor International.

Africa steadily finding its place on the world chocolate map

Chocolate confectionery sales are expected to rise in Africa, but only slightly higher than the global average, according to FoodTrending.

Top 10 UK snack bar brands: goodnessKNOWS how Mars’ debut will change the playing field

Mars Chocolate has launched goodnessKNOWS bars in the UK, hitting the nerve of time that could disrupt the UK’s Top 10 snack bar brands, says Euromonitor.

Research links NAFTA to Canada’s increasing obesity and diabetes rates

Research published on Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is associated with a significant rise in high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) consumption in Canada. 

In Brazil, less is more: Two thirds want to eat less sugar

A whopping 65% of a representative sample of Brazilian consumers, representing the world’s fifth most populous country, said they wanted to have less sugar in their diets.

East is eden: Middle East ripe for chocolate growth amid volume declines in the West

Euromonitor International suggests the Middle East offers opportunities for chocolate manufacturers seeking to drive value growth.

How is the food and beverage innovation process changing?

What new tools are brands using to get products to market more quickly, and build consumer insights into the process at every stage? Are traditional focus groups becoming passé?

No longer niche: France’s organic chocolate market grows 21%

The French market for bio/organic chocolate tablets grew rapidly last year, according to trade body Syndicat du Chocolat.

Chocolate confectionery contributes most to value sales of sustainable cocoa products: Euromonitor

Sales of cocoa-based products featuring a sustainable trade and farming label, such as Fairtrade, is set to be valued at $8.9bn in 2017, Euromonitor said. 

Dow/DuPont to divest plastics business amid price hike fears

The Canadian Competition Bureau has reached an agreement relating to the proposed merger between DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company regarding its plastic packaging.

European Commission clears Dow/DuPont merger, subject to conditions

The European Commission has approved the proposed merger between US-based chemical companies Dow and DuPont on condition of the divestiture of DuPont's pesticide business, including its R&D organization.

PepsiCo Argentina closes Buenos Aires plant and relocates cookies, snacks & soft drinks production

PepsiCo Argentina has closed a plant, which produces cookies, snacks and soft drinks, in Florida, Buenos Aires province, and moved production to Mar del Plata, a five-hour drive away, axing...

Nuts, seeds and trail mixes set to outperform savory biscuits in the US

Euromonitor projects value sales in the nuts, seeds and trail mixes category will outperform savory biscuits in the US for the first time in 2017. 

Ferrero opens first Asian innovation centre in Singapore

Ferrero has opened its first Asian Innovation Center in Singapore to develop and test new products ‘in a market of strategic importance’.

News in brief

Snack major pladis teams up with Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com

pladis, the international snacks arm of Turkey-based food group Yildiz Holding, has struck a sales and product development deal with China’s second largest B2C online retailer, JD.com.

Nestlé comes out top in report assessing chocolate companies for their progress tackling child labor

Nestlé Cocoa Plan has come out top in a report by Stop the Traffik and Baptist World Aid Australia assessing the progress made by chocolate companies and certification organizations in tackling...

China’s functional candy crush: Iron, collagen and taurine fortification could provide a sales boom

There is vast scope to increase functional confectionery innovation and sales in China by including iron, collagen and taurine in products, according to analysts.

Divine Chocolate expands UK and global listings

Divine Chocolate is expanding its export portfolio announcing new listings with existing customers Waitrose and BP Connect in the UK, and Walgreens in the US.

Ivory Coast and Ghana agree to create Sustainable Cocoa Initiative

The leaders of the Ivory Coast and Ghana have agreed to set up a joint industry body called The Ghana-Cote d'Ivoire Sustainable Cocoa Initiative to get better pay for farmers,...

Sweets and Snacks Expo 2017

Retailers, not candy brands, influence innovation award decisions: NCA

Being a big candy brand does not necessarily help win the Most Innovative Award at the Sweets and Snacks Expo, the National Confectioners Association (NCA) says.

Pecan Deluxe hires Chamber International to improve its export efficiency following Brexit

Pecan Deluxe which exports more than 75% of its bespoke cakes, biscuits, sauces and desserts to the EU, has hired overseas trade specialist, Chamber International, to offset any challenges posed...

The Buzz: Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017 tweet by tweet

ConfectioneryNews presents the latest innovations and business news in US confections from America’s largest candy & snacks show.

Olam Cocoa to source 100% sustainable beans by 2020

Olam Cocoa has announced it will increase its volume of sustainably sourced cocoa beans by 20% over the next year, and ultimately reach 100% by 2020.

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