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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.

News in brief

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.

Snacking Trends Forum highlights: ‘Packaged food doesn’t have to be junk food’

From all-day grazing to the 20% YoY growth in meat-based snacks, the merits of cricket flour, when and how to raise capital, nutrient density and guerrilla marketing, the FoodNavigator-USA Snacking Trends...

Emerging Markets: India

Premium Indian chocolate race heats up with Cadbury Glow and Kit Kat Senses

Mondelēz’s Cadbury Glow and Nestlé’s Kit Kat Senses have joined India’s rapidly growing premium chocolate market.

India

Biggest biscuit consumer set for fast growth and premium charge

Indian biscuit manufacturers are now aggressively moving into the premium segment as the world’s biggest cookie consumer shifts its tastes upmarket.

Dutch supermarkets delist major brands after pricing row

Dutch supermarkets Jumbo and C1000 have boycotted Bertolli olive oil and products from Ferrero and Douwe Egberts following a pricing row – although Douwe Egberts products returned to shelves last...

Strong franc fallout: Swiss chocolate consumption and domestic sales down

Swiss chocolate consumption has fallen in 2014 and domestic chocolate sales have been hit by rising competition from importers profiting from the strong Swiss Franc, says Chocosuisse.

Editorial calendar

Better-for-you candy, energy-efficient processing and portion-control: ConfectioneryNews unveils 2015 features lineup

We’ve chosen four topics for our 2015 special editions and are inviting expert comment.

North/south divide over purchases of sweets

Londoners buy fewer sweets than consumers in the north east of England, new data from a shopping and price comparison website has claimed.

Confectioners respond to consumer health trip: ‘It’s not like in the past’, says ISM organizer

ISM show organizer Koelnmesse says confectioners are responding to growing consumer concerns on health, noting a surge in free-from and sugar free products.

India

Analysts predict lightning growth for Indian confectionery market

India’s confectionery market is expected to grow by almost three-quarters in four years as the burgeoning middle-class consumes more gums and jellies, and chocolate still dominates.

Caobisco ‘concerned’ about chocolate detox campaign

Caobisco says it is ‘concerned’ about the British Heart Foundation’s ‘chocolate detox’ campaign, which encourages people to stop eating chocolate for a month to raise money and awareness for heart...

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