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Divine Chocolate expands UK and global listings

Divine Chocolate is expanding its export portfolio announcing new listings with existing customers Waitrose and BP Connect in the UK, and Walgreens in the US.

Ivory Coast and Ghana agree to create Sustainable Cocoa Initiative

The leaders of the Ivory Coast and Ghana have agreed to set up a joint industry body called The Ghana-Cote d'Ivoire Sustainable Cocoa Initiative to get better pay for farmers,...

Sweets and Snacks Expo 2017

Retailers, not candy brands, influence innovation award decisions: NCA

Being a big candy brand does not necessarily help win the Most Innovative Award at the Sweets and Snacks Expo, the National Confectioners Association (NCA) says.

Pecan Deluxe hires Chamber International to improve its export efficiency following Brexit

Pecan Deluxe which exports more than 75% of its bespoke cakes, biscuits, sauces and desserts to the EU, has hired overseas trade specialist, Chamber International, to offset any challenges posed...

The Buzz: Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017 tweet by tweet

ConfectioneryNews presents the latest innovations and business news in US confections from America’s largest candy & snacks show.

Olam Cocoa to source 100% sustainable beans by 2020

Olam Cocoa has announced it will increase its volume of sustainably sourced cocoa beans by 20% over the next year, and ultimately reach 100% by 2020.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

Sweets & Snacks Expo set to begin as US confectioners make portion guidance pledge

The annual Sweets & Snacks Expo, hosted by the National Confectioners Association (NCA), will kick off in Chicago next week on May 23, 2017.

Soup-to-Nuts Podcast: Confections hold steady in face of the war on sugar

Despite significant headwinds generated by the escalating war on sugar and increasing consumer preferences for healthy products, the confectionery industry is holding its own with sales climbing 1.2% in the...

Sugar tax confusion could hit sales of confectionery, biscuits and cakes

Brits are completely baffled by the country’s planned new levy on sugar-sweetened drinks, with many believing it covers food as well.

Bakery China 2017

China to familiarize Western market with ‘pinyin’ baked treats

China’s diverse bakery industry – encompassing bakers of traditional ‘pinyin’ (literally translated as ‘Chinese style cakes and snacks’) and producers of modern items like croissants and waffles – is growing...

Warning: brand boycotts live long in the memory

Tax evasion is the number one reason consumers will boycott a brand and it’s not always easy to win shoppers back, according to new research. 

Food Starter helps entrepreneurs break into the competitive food and beverage industry

Launching a food business takes more than secret family recipe – it also takes money, equipment, space and in-depth knowledge about regulations, distribution and marketing, which can be hard for...

India ‘defying the odds’ as a fast growing chocolate confectionery market, Mintel

Mintel has revealed India is “defying the odds” as one of the world’s fastest growing chocolate confectionery markets, while the global market posts slow growth in recent years.

News in brief

Emerging markets continue to drive growth for Nestlé and Unilever

Industry giants Nestlé and Unilever report steady sales growth driven by emerging markets for first quarter of 2017 and predict continued growth throughout the year.

UK confectionery prices fall slightly despite Brexit

Supermarket price wars have forced UK confectionery down in spite of the Brexit vote, says market intelligence firm IRI.

FBIF 2017

Why third and fourth tier cities are crucial for MNC growth: Mondelez China boss

Multinationals striving for growth in China need to better target third and fourth tier cities by improving distribution and building relationships with local retailers.

Australian chocolate consumption on the rise, says Roy Morgan Research

Australians are eating more chocolate bars, blocks and boxed chocolates than in 2013, according to research by Roy Morgan.

Soaring packaged food sales gives industry three healthier options: Euromonitor

In some European countries, calorie intake from packaged food is four times greater than for fresh - a golden opportunity for industry to make processed food healthier in one of...

30 biscuit brands up for sale by Metis Partners

Montana triple chocolate wafer and Trophy milk chocolate wafer by Rivington Biscuits will be sold as part of a commercial intellectual property (IP) sale by Metis Partners.

Changing Easter eating habits may benefit industry

Easter eating preferences in the UK have changed dramatically, according to research which shows consumers now plan multiple celebratory meals and are moving away from traditional lamb.

Seasonal offerings tops chocolate NPD in 2016, Mintel research shows

Seasonal launches accounted for 25% of global chocolate product launches in 2016, the biggest area of chocolate new product development, according to Mintel Global New Products Database.

Innovative Bites celebrates double-digit growth

Innovative Bites, sweets and snacks supplier has announced double-digit growth across four of the Big 5 supermarkets in the UK.  

First solid chocolate Easter Egg hits UK shelves

The Solid Chocolate Company has launched what it claims is the world’s first Solid Chocolate Egg.

Bean to bar Chocolate Tree crowdfunds to move into bigger premises

Chocolate Tree, co-founded by Alastair and Friederike Gower, has launched a £30k ($37k) crowdfunding campaign to transform an East Lothian farmhouse into a chocolate factory, employing 18 staff.

Confectionery grows above FMCG average in Western Europe

Confectionery was the second biggest driver of growth in Western Europe’s fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) market in 2016, according to Nielsen.

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