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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.

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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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FIE 2013...as it happens

Our team of journalists is in Frankfurt this week, and we'll be among many tweeting live from the show. Scroll down for the latest on what's trending on social media...

Premium chocolate samba in Brazil

Premium chocolate is rapidly growing in popularity in the emerging Brazilian market, according to domestic trade body ABICAB.

Impulse buy: Unrealized potential at confectionery-rich checkouts, says Wrigley

A study backed by Wrigley has found that the confectionery-laden checkout zone is one of the highest areas for sales in stores, but is still underexploited by many retailers.

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Sluggish French confectionery sales expected up until 2017: Analyst

Slow growth in French confectionery runs deeper than the economic crisis since consumers are simply more health-conscious than their European cousins, according to market research.

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Mixed bag for Halloween confectionery in Europe

Halloween confectionery sales are expected to grow in line with the overall market in Europe, but there are notably differences among EU countries, according to industry association Caobisco.

The trick to treat sales series

Thursday’s Halloween has far to go: NCA predicts flat US Halloween sales

US Halloween sales are expected to rise just 1% this year as the season falls on a weekday meaning people are less likely to plan parties, says the National Confectioners...

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Treats (not health) will drive German gum market: Analyst

Gum is set to grow faster that all other confectionery categories in Germany and will be driven by premium products and claims that go beyond dental health, according to a...

Quality key to upping Chinese chocolate consumption, says analyst

Premium international brands for China’s increasingly affluent population could be instrumental in raising low domestic chocolate consumption, according to market researchers Canadean.

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