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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.

Hershey bets big on China’s e-commerce boom

Hershey has earmarked China’s thriving e-commerce channel as a future growth driver despite setbacks in the country’s overall confectionery market.

Single origin Brazilian chocolate to compete alongside Lindt and Godiva in the U.S.

Two Brazilian chocolate companies Harald and Nugali are hoping to go head-to-head with the largest premium manufacturers in the U.S. market with single origin cocoa from their home nation.

Younger shoppers value organics – but buy fewer of them

A majority of UK shoppers aged 16-34 think that organic products are important (54%), compared to under a third (30%) of over-55s, according to a market research report.

Snacks and candy blur: ‘Competition makes us better,’ says SFA

A raft of candy makers are moving into snacks and this influx of innovation will serve the category and consumers well, says the CEO of the Snack Food Association (SFA).

Dollar stores the fastest growing retail channel for U.S. candy - IRI

Dollar stores were the fastest growing sales outlet for candy in the U.S. last year and should be the focus for confectionery manufacturers, says IRI.

U.S. confectionery Goliaths losing market share to SMEs – IRI

The top four U.S. candy manufacturers are growing at slower rates than smaller companies, that are able to bring new products to market quicker, says an IRI analyst.

Driving consumer demands for chocolate includes nuts, dried fruit

Chocolate marketers likely will gain more traction if they appeal to consumers emotionally and emphasize the health benefits of inclusions, such as nuts and dried fruit, suggest the results of...

Mars appeals to health-conscious consumer with goodnessknows national launch

The inclusion of dried fruit in Mars Chocolate North America’s goodnessknows snack squares helps deliver the sweetness consumers seek from confections, while also helping the candy-giant deliver on its commitment...

Ambitious public-private alliance aims to double Fino de Aroma cocoa production in Colombia

Colombian authorities have launched a Great Cocoa and Chocolate Alliance (GCCA) platform in Bogotá this month, to boost exports from the country’s cocoa and confectionery industries and increase their share...

“Don’t forget about baby boomers” when marketing foods, IRI analyst cautions

Food marketers increasingly are training their crosshairs on millennials whose purchasing power is growing quickly, but they should not overlook baby boomers, who spend the most of any generation on...

Five modern twists on brittle

Five startups showcasing at the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago hope to rekindle Americans’ love affair with the iconic sugar candy brittle by updating the old fashioned confection with...

Confidence in Brazilian biscuit market could crumble

Brazilian biscuit makers are set for a tough year in light of planned energy price hikes and a sharp currency depreciation, warns Brazil's Association of Biscuit, Pasta, Industrial Bread and...

Comment

Obesity: Are food taxes the answer?

Food taxes were raised again last week as a way to help stem obesity rates – but are they really necessary? And would they work?

Birthday cake emerges with other nostalgic throwbacks as top flavors

Yellow birthday cake with thick, sugary frosting, like those made in local grocery stores nationwide, is emerging as a top selling new flavor in candies and sweets, according to leading...

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2015: The buzz and innovations from America’s biggest candy show

Catch up with the social media buzz from the Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago and discover the latest innovations from leading industry players.

Visitors from 101 countries

Vitafoods Europe breaks records (again)

Show traffic was up 12.5% at Vitafoods Europe this year meaning record numbers visited the 800+ suppliers and brands at the 3-day Geneva expo and conference.

Forget checkout counters: Search is king in online confectionery sales

Online grocery shopping is expanding at a strong pace in the US and the UK, offering a great platform for sales for confectionery makers, according to Clavis Insight.

Shea-ring the benefits: Confectionery industry rallies behind affordable, sustainable and quality ingredient

Shea continues to be an important, high quality ingredient that offers the confectionery industry numerous technical advantages and competitive price points, as well as important benefits to African communities. 

Sweets & Snacks Expo Preview

Premium confections to be a cut above the rest at America’s largest candy expo

ConfectioneryNews will be reporting from the US National Confectioners Association’s (NCA’s) Sweets & Snacks Expo next week where premium products are expected to pull in retail visitors.

News in brief

How can Fairtrade make a difference in the next 5 years?

Fairtrade International has called for feedback to help strengthen its impact and make trade fairer over the next five years.

Gala Awards night at Vitafoods Europe, Geneva, Switzerland

NutraIngredients Awards shine spotlight on nutrition stars

200 people from the European and international food and nutrition sectors helped 20 finalists and seven winners celebrate at the inaugural NutraIngredients Awards last night at Vitafoods Europe.

Brazilian confectioners turn to exports amid economic downturn

Brazilian confectionery makers are turning their sights to increasingly attractive foreign markets, as the country’s economic growth has rapidly decelerated in recent years.

People who snack multiple times a day tend to be younger and to reach for sweets, finds poll

A whopping 80% of U.S. consumers snack at least once per day, with the vast majority favoring unhealthy but convenient foods, according to a new poll conducted by CivicScience. 

Ethical foods make consumers feel morally superior - and food taste better

The feeling of moral satisfaction that consumers get from eating ethical food change their taste experience for the better - and means they are willing to pay more, according to...

Which new food and beverage products had the highest purchase intent scores in March?

M+Ms Easter peanut butter eggs, Pillsbury Funfetti spring cake mix and Jif’s new creamy almond butter all garnered high marks in the latest shelf score ranking from Instantly, which measures...

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