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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.

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...

Exclusive CEO interview

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.

No plastic: Simply Gum gains Vitamin Shoppe listing for all natural gum range

Simply Gum has gained distribution for its premium chewing gum line that’s made with a biodegradable chicle gum base in Vitamin Shoppe stores across the US.

Union challenges Mondelēz cost cutting strategy

Food workers unions across the globe, including BCTGM, vow to prevent Mondelēz from moving jobs to low-income areas through its cost-cutting strategy. But the Cadbury owner says its restructuring program is...

ALDI pledges to ditch junk food at its US store checkouts by the year-end

ALDI USA will replace chocolate and candy at the checkouts at its nearly 1,500 US stores with nuts, trail mix, dried fruits and granola bars by the end of the...

China's chocolate brands face image crisis amid international onslaught, says analyst

Chinese consumers are turning their backs on domestic chocolate brands they associate with questionable food safety in favor of a growing number of international brands, says China’s market research company, Daxue...

Guest article: E-commerce tips

3 ways confectionery manufacturers can make their products shine online

Detailed nutritional information, standout product photos and an imaginative story are crucial to driving online confectionery sales, writes e-commerce specialist Syndy.

Chocolate & the War for Independence: Mars awards grant to discover use of chocolate among 18th century troops

Mars Chocolate North America has handed a $10,000 grant to Fort Ticonderoga for a new exhibition on how chocolate was used by armies and cultures that held the fort in 1777.

Sixties flavors, monk fruit & fewer calories: Arctic Zero innovates in frozen dessert category

Arctic Zero will unveil seven new products at the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show to seize on the US health trend that has permeated into the frozen dessert category. 

Intense competition prompts Le Conte brand owner to sell candy business to Topps Properties

COFCO-owned China Foods has sold its confectionery business which includes the Le Conte chocolate brand to Top Properties for RMB 611m ($93m).

The ‘underestimated’ confection

White chocolate game upped in private label to compete with rising dark side: ICAM

Retailers are improving the quality of their own label white chocolate brands to keep pace with growing sales of premium dark chocolate, says Italian brand and contract manufacturer ICAM.

'Twas the season: Gifting pushes UK confectionery sales up 8% over Christmas, finds IRI

Confectionery was the fastest growing food category in value sales for UK supermarkets over the Christmas period, according to market analysts IRI.

French Kiss aims to dominate premium Russian confectionery market by 2017

French Kiss aims to become the number one player in Russia in the premium hand-made chocolate and confectionery space by 2017, in terms of sales, production volume and number of...

Editor's Blog

The Candy Files: Confectionery industry 2015 year in review

ConfectioneryNews trawls its archives to present a month-to-month review of the biggest industry news in 2015.

Free Live Sessions

Live debates: Nestlé and Mondelēz among ISM and ProSweets panelists

ConfectioneryNews is hosting three live debates at the world’s largest confectionery trade fair next year, featuring representatives from the industry’s biggest players.

United Biscuits eyes China as a key market for McVities

United Biscuits (UB) has announced that its total UK exports have rocketed 50% over the past three years and it expects this figure to rise a further 50% by 2020,...

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