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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.

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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...

To the dark side: Cocoa polyphenol craze prompts dark chocolate shift in Japan, says Meiji

Japanese consumers are eating more dark chocolate at the expense of milk varieties as interest grows in cocoa polyphenols, says leading domestic chocolatier Meiji.

Major retailers misjudged last-minute Easter egg demand, says IRI

UK supermarkets ran out of Easter egg stocks just ahead of the holiday, a misjudgement that cost about £5.2m ($7.7m) in sales, says IRI.

Hershey’s fresh breath chews may dissolve gum sales further

Hershey has at last launched its anticipated Ice Breakers Cool Blasts Chews across the US, which could spell “doom” for already declining gum sales, according to one analyst.

Chocolate heavyweights back Indonesian sustainable cocoa program

Mondelēz, Mars, Nestlé and Barry Callebaut and Cargill are backing a three-year sustainable cocoa program in Indonesia, which aims to reduce poverty and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Wrigley to boost Africa business with $63m Kenya factory

The Wrigley Company is constructing a $63m plant in Kenya, which global president Martin Radvan calls an ‘important early step’ in realising a strategic commitment to Africa.

Beer flavoured chocolate on its way, says Mintel

Latest innovations in the global chocolate market include beer and yogurt flavoured products and non-traditional flavours and textures, according to a new report by Mintel.

Crisis, what crisis? Brazil’s biscuit and industrialized cakes industry reports double-digit growth in 2014

Brazil’s biscuit, pasta and industrial cake and bread industry has seen annual sales increase 11.5% to BRL 32.20bn ($10.56bn), up from BRL 28.88bn in 2013, announced the leading trade association...

How has social media changed food marketing?

The rise of social media has led to a shift in the way consumers view food brands – and the way that food brands interact with their customers, according to...

Mars Drinks strikes deal with Taylors of Harrogate

Mars Drinks has sealed an agreement with Taylors of Harrogate to include its premium coffee and tea in Mars Drinks’s UK-wide portfolio of workplace products.

The kings of confectionery: Mars and Hershey level pegging in 2015 Harris Poll

Mars and Hershey each have seven of the 20 most trusted brands in the US confectionery sector, according to a survey by Harris Interactive

Sleep easy and avoid logistical nightmares: Breaking into export markets for smaller confectioners

Small-to-medium sized confectioners making their first moves into export markets must be clued up on local regulations, consider temperate changes and pick distributors carefully to avoid mishaps, says UK firm...

Future of sugar industry ‘tricky’, says analyst

As sugar has become one of the most maligned ingredients within food, Euromonitor International research analyst Jack Skelly says the future may prove trickyfor manufacturers.

‘Consumers are in control’: Online buzz changing US retail landscape, says NCA president

Online conversations are rapidly altering the retail landscape and how people shop for confections, according to the president of the National Confectioners Association.

‘You’re going to see a turnaround in the gum category,’ says Hershey exec

Gum is set for resurgence as manufacturers rationalize their product mix and focus on core products, says Hershey’s vice present of industry affairs.

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