SUBSCRIBE

Breaking News on Confectionery & Biscuit Processing

News > Markets

Cadbury leads all categories as Australian chocolate consumption rises

Chocolate consumption in Australia is on the rise, according to market research that found that the proportion of Australians chocoholics has increased from 65% to 69% between 2013 and 2015.

Booted out: another UK retailer bans confectionery from checkouts

Boots has become the latest major UK retailer to ban confectionery from its checkout areas.

Lego and Tesco team up for 'healthy alternative' to chocolate Easter eggs

UK supermarket giant Tesco has teamed up with Lego to launch an exclusive limited-edition Easter toy - pitched as an alternative to chocolate eggs.

Dispatches from Ho Chi Minh City

The Buzz: Vietnam Asia's golden child at Cocoa Revolution 2016

Discover how Vietnam will become a fine flavor cocoa nation, the challenges facing the global cocoa sector and what the future holds for chocolate demand in Asia and beyond.

Australia

Pester power: How kids influence household buying decisions

Children rule the roost when it comes to some family food choices, with offspring largely responsible for choosing most of the snack food in the Australian weekly shop.

Nestlé Italy maps $66m global strategy for Baci Perugina brand

Nestlé plans to develop its Italian chocolate pralines, Baci Perugina, into a global brand.

Asia’s organized retail sector to propel global sugar confectionery sales, predicts Technavio

Global sugar confectionery sales are poised to rise 3.76% each year up to 2020 driven by modernized retailing in Asia Pacific, says research firm Technavio.

Industry Voices - Guest article from Euromonitor

The impact of checkout bans: What are the options for chocolate confectionery manufacturers?

Confectionery checkout bans will have limited impact on impulse buys in independent grocers and convenience stores, but chocolate companies may need to reduce reliance on countlines and diversify with tablets...

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...

News in brief

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. 

Exclusive interview

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.

Interactive Media

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...

Exclusive interview

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.

Key Industry Events