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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.

Ecolabel market to grow by 66%, and will become more powerful than regulation, say Danish researchers

The number of eco-labels could grow by 66% in the next 15 years as their power and influence becomes much great than regulation, according to new research carried out in Denmark.

Siemens: F&B manufacturers are slow to embrace IoT and Industry 4.0 demands

Food and beverage (F&B) manufacturers are slow to meet the rising demand in digitalization and adapt their machines to customized packaging, according to Siemens.

Social media meltdown as Nestlé withdraws Toffee Deluxe from Quality Street

Nestlé has received a deluge of protests on social media after withdrawing Toffee Deluxe from its UK Quality Street collection, but denies the candy has gone for good.

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Top 10 US gum brands: Ice Breakers, Mentos and Project7 outshine declining market

The US sugared and sugarfree gum market continues to decline, but Hershey, Perfetti Van Melle and Project7 have made gains and are putting pressure on the leading players.

APAC not a ‘universal market’: Asia’s multifaceted taste and texture preferences for chocolate

Market research firm Kadence explores the varying chocolate likability factors in nations across Asia.

Vonpar conslidates its candy, Neugebauer and Mu-Mu brands into one factory

Vonpar Alimentos, a beverage distributor for Coca-Cola and Heineken, has consolidated all candy production including its Neugebauer chocolate and Mu-Mu dulce de leche brands into one factory in Southern Brazil.

DKSH acquires China e-commerce distributor eSweets

Market expansion firm DKSH has acquired a majority stake in online premium confectionery distributor Shanghai Sweets International (eSweets).

World food prices hit 15-month high: FAO

Food prices for all global commodities rose in the past month apart from cereals, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Smash-hit marshmallows? Sonoma Brands will have to battle sugar fears, say experts

Sonoma Brands could have its work cut out entering everyday snacking with marshmallows given the sticky problem of sugar avoidance, but SMASHMALLOW is an innovative new concept that could appeal...

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Part II: Bean to bar Nugali unveils chocolate coated bananas & cupuaçu plans

Nugali co-founder Ivan Blumenschein discusses how packaging reflects product quality and he outlines the challenges of exporting from Brazil for the premium chocolatier. 

INSIGHTS

‘Micro holidays’ can be a candy sales booster, says IRI

The major four holiday seasons accounted for nearly half of US  candy sales last year, but confectioners should also take advantage of “micro holidays”, says IRI.

PART I

Bean to bar Nugali to open visitor center and Greenhouse-filled mini rainforest

Hot off the heels of winning silver at the International Chocolate Awards, Nugali is growing bigger and better with plans to open a visitor center next year, the launch of...

INFOGRAPHIC

Top 10 chocolate brands: US candy market dollar sales rise

Mars M&M’s, Hershey’s Reese’s and Nestlé’s Butterfinger are among the top US chocolate brands for the year to date, but which are gaining and which are losing share?...

Industry Voices - top tips for startups from a master chocolatier

Bean to bar chocolate makers often stuck with cocoa ‘leftovers’

The bean to bar chocolate market is abound with below-par products as small companies are often left with cocoa unwanted by the major suppliers, says master chocolatier Frederic Loraschi.

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Next generation twin sisters to take senior roles at Docile as exports grow

Brazilian candy maker Docile reports export growth as the next generation of family members gear up to join the firm.

British exports to non-EU countries 'beyond expectations': FDF

British food and drink exports were up 6.2% in the first half of 2016 thanks to a weak pound while exports to non-EU countries grew “beyond expectations” in the pre-Brexit period, says the Food and Drink...

News in brief

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.

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