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Fair Trade USA label gains recognition as sustainability becomes 'non-negotiable' for confectionery shoppers

Collaborative research by Fair Trade USA and Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) suggests 59% of consumers  recognize the Fair Trade Certified label, compared to 38% in 2012.

Oreo bakers’ union files lawsuit against Mondelēz

Mondelēz International faces a court case brought by disgruntled employees at its plant in Chicago, half of whom will lose their jobs after the company shifted the factory’s Oreo production...

FOOD VISION 2016: How to get your innovative company centre stage

Is your company an innovative trailblazer in food and nutrition? Unilever Foundry is looking for the brightest company to take part in Food Vision's innovation panel and share insights alongside big...

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Mars, Nestlé and Haribo stockist Hancocks joins Today's Group

Independent buying firm Today’s Group has added British confectionery wholesaler Hancocks as a member.

Tootsie Roll posts 2015 growth as Warren Buffet and potential suitors lurk

Tootsie Roll has grown net sales and earnings in the fourth quarter and full-year 2015, which one analysts says may intensify interest from Warren Buffet or Turkish firm Yildiz Holdings.

No love for Valentine's chocolates on big retailers' online stores, says Clavis Insight

A study by Clavis Insight suggests major retailers in the US and UK are missing on an important sales opportunity to drive Valentine’s chocolate purchases online.

'Eye-catching': Morinaga revamps Hi-Chew packs to advance US business

Morinaga America (MA) has redesigned packs for its entire Hi-Chew candy line as it looks to grow US company sales 400% in the next five years.

GUEST ARTICLE: Click for Cupid…Maximizing Valentine’s Day sales online

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), a quarter of Valentine’s shoppers went online to shop and/or buy gifts in 2015, up from 16.3% the prior year. 

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Cookie dough & key lime pie: Project 7 breaks chewing gum conventions with Build A Flavor line

The California-based gum company, Project 7, launched new gum line, of which each product contains at least two flavors, the company’s CEO, Tyler Merrick, said. 

A sweet forecast: Technavio’s outlook for Europe‘s sugar and sweetener market

Stevia price wars, a desire for natural sweeteners and a ‘mega boom’ of sugar production when EU sugar quotas come to an end feature among Technavio’s predictions for Europe’s sugar...

Ferrara Candy partners Trolli with NBA’s James Harden and his beard

The Illinois-based candy company, Ferrara, names NBA star James Harden the first brand ambassador for its sour gummy line, Trolli, launching Weirdly Awesome campaign across its social media channels.

Full-year Financial Results

Mondelēz forsees further emerging market challenges in 2016

Mondelēz has reported full-year organic revenue growth in chocolate below the overall market  and expects the macroeconomic environment in emerging markets to remain challenging.

Nestlé debuts alcohol-inspired sake KitKat in Japan

Nestlé Japan has added Nihon-shu, aka Japanese sake, to its KitKat regional flavor line.

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The Buzz: ISM 2016 innovations and gossip

Catch up on the social media gossip and candy innovations at ISM 2016 in Cologne, Germany.

Sweet-toothed Aussie youngsters build platform for chocolate spreads

While nowhere near as popular as salty spreads like Vegemite and peanut butter, or as widely consumed as honey or jam, chocolate and hazelnut spreads have gained a definite cult...

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McCrea’s Candies expands distrbution to US West Coast, says founder

Boston-based McCrea’s Candies has begun selling its products on the West Coast for the first time after flagship brand Black Lava Sea Salt Caramel bagged the Good Foods Awards’ confectionery...

Financial Results

Hershey sees international glitch driven by China's weak chocolate appetite

Hershey’s international sales plummeted 26.8% to $281.5m in the fourth quarter primarily due to declines in China.

Run Gum sues US Olympic Committee for lack of sponsorship opportunities

US Olympian-owned business, Run Gum, filed a lawsuit against USA Track & Field (USATF) and US Olympic Committee (USOC) for not allowing it to sponsor individual athletes at the upcoming...

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Fannie May eyes drug and c-store expansion as it rebrands classic range with Chicago pride

Fannie May hopes to enter new distribution channels after rebranding packs for its premium chocolate range to designs that resonate with Chicago pride, says its CEO.

Dispatches from the Winter Fancy Food Show

Holy smoke Batman! Jelly Belly plans DC Comics line and talks consumer trends

Jelly Belly will launch a DC Comics line in May after signing a licensing contract with Warner Bros, the company said at the Winter Fancy Food Show.

ISM Essentials: Be in the know for Cologne

Discover the supporting program and what to look out for at the world’s largest confectionery fair.

ISM & PROSWEETS 2016 PREVIEW

It's showtime! A taste of the snacks to be exhibited at ISM 2016

ISM - the world’s largest trade fair for snacks and confectionery – is taking place next week in Germany. Here we present a small taste of the new and recently launched...

ISM live debate

New age tactics: Barry Callebaut, IRI & KPMG to discuss reaching Millennial consumers

Market analysts IRI and KPMG will join Barry Callebaut’s global marketing director in debating strategies to formulate market and merchandise confections to cater to influential millennial consumers.

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Tesco found to have 'seriously breached' Groceries Supply Code of Practice

UK supermarket giant Tesco has been found to have “seriously breached” the legally-binding Groceries Supply Code of Practice that was created to protect grocery suppliers.

Herbaland introduces functional gummies line with direct depositing

Canada-based supplement firm Herbaland is launching a new Pure gummy product line, which it says is the first to use direct depositing rather than starch molds during processing.

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