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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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Power of the dark side: Technavio reveals forecasts and growth drivers for global dark chocolate market

Global dark chocolate sales are expected to rise 9% each year up to 2019 due to increased demand in developing nations and associated health benefits, according to Technavio.

Confectionery sales to rise despite sugar health fears

Confectionery sales in the UK will grow by 8.6% by 2019, despite more than 60% of Brits raising fears about the high levels of sugar in sweets, according to a new report.

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The ones to watch: Euromonitor pinpoints three chocolate markets in the Middle East & Africa

Euromonitor International unveils the world’s fastest growing chocolate markets and earmarks three beyond India and China that should be high on every confectioner's agenda.

Future food: Big data, better stories, and the importance of how eight-year-olds think

“If you can understand how an eight-year-old thinks, you are a long way toward understanding a transformative change in consumer behaviour,” says futurist Mike Walsh, who gave the keynote address at...

Trendwatching at IFT 2015: From on-trend botanicals, tiger nuts, and matcha to non-GMO claims

Market researchers Innova Market Insights and Mintel shared new data on what’s hot and what’s not in food & beverages at the IFT show this year, exploring everything from dairy-free...

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Oreo Thins: Mondeléz taps 'light bites' trend with new SKU but is it chic enough?

Mondelēz International’s skinny cookie Oreo Thins cater to demand for lighter bites in the U.S. but analysts question the product’s billing as a sophisticated adult cookie.

Demand for natural colours is going global, finds 5000-strong survey

Asian consumers are fuelling demand for clean labels and natural colourings - and will bolster a trend that has been dominated by western Europeans until now, a 5000-strong global survey has...

Spanish candy endures 'rough year' but exports provide hope, says trade body

Value sales in Spain’s domestic confectionery market have fallen for the first time in years, but export sales rose almost 8% as manufacturers looked for growth overseas, says Spanish confectionery...

News in brief

US ‘specialty gourmet’ channel has 1,000 stores and revenues topping $18bn, says SPINS

The US ‘specialty gourmet’ retail channel – led by retailers such as The Fresh Market and Mariano’s - has 1,000 stores and revenues topping $18bn, according to market researcher SPINS.

Mars stands by Russia in face of Western sanctions

Mars says it will continue active development in the Russian market despite an ongoing economic crisis and Western sanctions.

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...

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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...

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