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Discover consumer trends and market data on confectionery markets around the globe. Also find information here about niche sectors such as the functional confectionery, sugar free and medicated confectionery industries.

AAK fattened by 12% profit increase

AarhusKarlshamn (AAK), the Sweden-based oils and fat producer, has reported a 12% increase in operating profit in the fourth quarter (Q2), driven by recovery in its chocolate and confectionery fats...

Kit Kat tops Oz ad ratings, while Skittles loses its Midas touch

Eating chocolate is a one-way road to happiness, if you subscribe to the approach used by confectionery companies in Australia to market their products.

ISM 2014: The buzz and innovations at Europe's premier sweet fair

A look back at Europe's largest confectionery trade show and the social media buzz.

Rabobank: How to succeed in the hybrid chocolate market

Western European chocolate consumers are shunning mid-market products in favor of value or premium chocolate. Rabobank suggests how companies should adapt.

Dispatches from ISM 2014 in Cologne

Sustainability and health needs grow at ISM, says organizer

The confectionery industry is in good shape and demand for sustainable products and those catering to health needs has never been higher, according to ISM organizer Koelnmesse.

Innova and Cargill’s top chocolate trends

Special edition: Polyphenols

Polyphenol use rises 69% in 5 years (but do people get it?)

Polyphenol use in functional food and drink marketing has shot up 69% since 2009 even as consumer understanding remains low and approved global health claims extremely limited. But can it continue?

Dispatches from ISM 2014

Who won? ISM innovation award winners announced

Europe’s premier confectionery tradeshow ISM in Cologne, Germany has unveiled this year’s top innovations as voted by journalists.

Special Edition: Polyphenols

Callebaut: More specific cocoa flavanol content claims will increase

Despite the growing body of research extolling the health benefits of flavanols found in cocoa, chocolate product manufacturers have yet to fully embrace front-of-pack claims calling out these compounds—with many...

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Natra sets sights on UK with new office

Spanish firm Natra has opened a sales office in London in a bid to strengthen its UK presence.

Western Europe’s biscuit market braced for M&A storm, says Rabobank

The Western European biscuit sector is set to consolidate through a series of mergers and acquisitions, according to an analyst at Rabobank.

North American cocoa grind up 4% but health concerns may soon bite

A rise in the North American cocoa grind is a positive sign for the mature US chocolate market, but analysts predict health-concerns will challenge future growth.

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ConfectioneryNews gears up for Europe’s premier industry tradeshow ISM

ConfectioneryNews will be reporting from the show floor of the International Confectionery Fair (ISM).

Candy cast out: Lidl goes confectionery-free at UK checkouts

Discount retailer Lidl has rolled out its Healthy Till program across its UK stores, removing all chocolate and sweets from checkouts except for Wrigley’s gum.

Health-conscious US consumers weigh in on low-calorie chocolate: Lucintel

Low-calorie products such as sugar-free chocolates will be the driving force behind modest growth in the US chocolate market in the next five years, according to market analysts Lucintel.

Editor's Blog

The chocolate prophecies: Industry fortune-telling for 2014

Not quite the choc-pocalypse, but retail prices for chocolate are expected to rise in the face of cocoa price hikes, which could see the taste, shape and size of chocolate...

On the Road 2013: ConfectioneryNews travel log

The team looks back at our adventures on the road in 2013 to bring you highlights of the industry's biggest events.

Festive video insights: Mintel experts offer up highlights and predictions

With 2013 fast drawing to a close and 2014 just around the corner, we took the chance to catch up with analysts and experts at Mintel to ask them what...

It’s Quizmas: Guess the candy brand owner

Put your knowledge to the test in ConfectioneryNews’ guess the brand owner quiz.

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Editor’s picks: Our favorite articles of 2013

Discover the articles we enjoyed writing the most and why in our picks of the year.

Social climbers: Aussies plump for premium chocolate

Lindt, Ferrero and artisanal chocolatiers could be set to profit from thriving demand for premium chocolate in Australia, market analysts Leatherhead Food Research say.

‘Very happy Halloween’ for US confectioners, says NCA

US Halloween confectionery sales outshone expectations in 2013 driven by strong promotions from retailers and a noteworthy boost in the final week, according to the National Confectioners Association (NCA).

The European food industry: Health claims, recession and global competition

We gave the European food industry a check-up at this year’s Food Ingredients Europe (FiE), talking with some of the industry's top ingredients players about EU health claims, economic recovery and how to...

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ConfectioneryNews on the move: Download your free iPhone and Android app

ConfectioneryNews has launched iPhone and Android apps to help you keep up to date with the latest industry news wherever you are.

Most popular US confectionery brands 2013 – consumer poll

US consumers have voted for their favorite confectionery brands in five categories: chocolate, premium chocolate, gum, candy and cookies. Find out the results here.

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