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Happy Holidays 2014 from William Reed Business Media!

The holidays are fast upon us, so let’s put ‘business’ to one side and get into the festive mood. To keep in the spirit of things, we’ve got a ‘gift’...

FEATS IN SWEETS: WHO WINS YOUR 2014 VOTE?

Unsung candy heroes: Vote for your ConfectioneryNews Personality of the Year 2014!

Read through our shortlist of nominees and then vote for your ConfectioneryNews Personality of the Year 2014.

Hot, spicy and personal: Canadean's trend predictions for 2015

From spice to unusual flavour combinations, Canadean reveals its predictions of the biggest trends in food and drink in the year ahead.

Spice up the Indian premium chocolate market, says taster

Multinational chocolate manufacturers are failing to cater to Indian tastes and should experiment with spices such as green cumin and saffron, according to India’s only professional chocolate taster.

Vending machines to stock healthier items

Vending machines are about to undergo a revolution in the UK with new hot and cold food offerings set to create a completely new sales channel for manufacturers.

10 chocolate trends for 2015: Millennials, protein and texture

Cargill and Innova Market Insights have highlighted key trends for chocolate in 2015 including the rise of real fruit inclusions, texture claims and transparent ingredient labelling.

Analysis

Cutting Killer Pythons in half shows ‘social’ downsizing of sweets

At a time when lunch portions are growing, sweet tooths of a certain age across the antipodes can be heard lamenting how just the opposite has been happening with their...

Sustainable chocolate: Mid-lifers like quality and ethics

Mid-life consumers aged 45-54 purchase chocolate regularly and sustainable messaging should capture their attention, says Canadean.

Top 10 bestselling UK chocolate brands

Mondelez wins with share bags but Mars suffers after downsizing

Mondelez’s Cadbury Dairy Milk continues to solidify its lead as the UK chocolate market’s bestseller, but sales slide for Mars bar and Snickers following downsizing, according to market analysts IRI....

Editor's Blog

Unsung candymen and women: ConfectioneryNews opens entries for Personality of the Year 2014

ConfectioneryNews is launching its inaugural Personality of the Year competition to recognize unhailed innovators and industry stalwarts for a job well done.

UK consumers sick-of-treats? Halloween confectionery sales slump 18.4%

Supermarket sales of UK Halloween confectionery in 2014 have taken a big hit as consumers look to popcorn as a trick-or-treat alternative, shop in bargain stores or prefer to spend...

Front of pack symbols do not indicate healthier foods, suggests research

Products that display front-of-pack ‘health’ symbols do not have better nutrient profiles than those that do not, a study has suggested.

Food Security Index update

World's most obese nation? Kuwait (and the next four are Middle Eastern)

Kuwait has the world’s highest percentage of obese people – 42.8% of its population is obese – and the next four fattest countries are also from the Middle East region,...

US Halloween candy sales to creep up 2%, says NCA

US Halloween confectionery sales are set to rise in 2014 as the season falls on a Friday meaning consumers are likely to stock up on treats for parties, according to...

Changing tactics: Energy chew entrants imminent as drinks run out of steam

The confectionery market is poised to welcome a host of energy drink manufacturers looking to differentiate their brands with energy gum and candy, says an analyst at Datamonitor.

Six turrón ‘nougat’ firms investigated for market rigging in Spain

Spanish authorities have opened disciplinary proceedings against possible anti-competitive practices of half a dozen manufacturers of the country’s traditional almond candy turrón.

Ebola outbreak threatens West African food security with severe inflation and labour shortages: FAO

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has launched an appeal for $30m (€23,72m) to support food supply resilience and recovery in the three African countries most affected by the Ebola...

Interactive Map

The chocolate league tables 2014: Top 20 consuming nations

Which nations ate the most chocolate in 2014?

Interactive Map

The new world of chocolate: How is consumption in emerging markets developing?

The emerging BRIC and MINT markets consume less chocolate that developed nations, but levels are rising. Find out which are the standout markets.

Can too many simple ideas on pack get confusing?

Putting more than one ‘clean’ label on pack treads a fine line between informing and overwhelming consumers, one analyst warns as the Commission issues controversial advice on egg labelling.

New Horizons

Untapped potential for chocolate makers in rural India, says ValueNotes

Chocolate makers are circling the rural Indian market as it is where the majority of consumers reside and infrastructure and incomes have improved drastically, says an analyst at ValueNotes.

India

Indians getting sweet on chocolate thanks to Cadbury revolution

Largely due to Cadbury’s marketing nous, India’s chocolate market has changed dramatically since the ‘Nineties, with consumers eating more and different varieties, a new report has highlighted.

Norwegians loyal to domestic confectionery brands: Leatherhead

The Norwegian confectionery market is unusual by Western European standards since its domestic brands stand tall with the multinationals, according to a Leatherhead analyst.

Brazil’s cookie industry looks overseas as domestic penetration peaks

Brazil’s cookie industry must look to exports markets as its classic formula of reaching more Brazilian customers is no longer the key to future growth.

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