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Follow the latest consumer trends across the globe and track developments in mechanizing, in-store and on major social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also bookmark this page for insights from major retailers such as Walmart and Tesco, private label, travel retail and own-store networks from companies such as Lindt and Godiva.

Yummex 2017: Middle East confectionery innovation award winners

A sugar-free, high protein product has won the yummex Middle East Innovation Award for best chocolate.

Euromonitor: 20 most influential megatrends to shape the world by 2030

Euromonitor International has identified 20 of the most influential megatrends to shape the world by 2030 with analysis on eight megatrends with the furthest-reaching impact on industries and consumers in...

How do you get honest feedback from target consumers without breaking the bank?

As any entrepreneur that has conducted instore demos will tell you, says TrySome founder Rune Knudsen, asking someone face to face what they think of your product may not be...

Target pledges zero artificial ingredients for own-brands aimed at kids

US retailer chain Target has pledged to remove artificial ingredients from its own branded range of kids’ foods by the end of 2018.

E-commerce

Mondelēz creates virtual chocolate store 'Cadbury Joy Deliveries' on Amazon India

Mondelēz has teamed with Amazon in India to create a virtual chocolate & sweets store on the e-tailer’s online marketplace.

Sugarfina gets $35m private equity boost for e-commerce and international expansion

US luxury candy retailer Sugarfina has secured a $35m investment from private equity firm Great Hill Partners.

ONS recognises “shrinkflation” as reason for smaller (but not cheaper) chocolates

Servings of confectionery, fruit juice and biscuits are getting smaller without getting any cheaper, the UK government confirm as findings appear to strengthen what many consumers have long suspected.

Shopper Insights

Sugar confectionery in top 10 grocery categories consumed out of home

Sugar confectionery is one of the main grocery categories consumed out of home, indicating an untapped opportunity for packs designed for picnics and other occasions, finds research by Shopper Intelligence.

Exclusive interview

Biscuits are capitalizing on the health trend, especially among seniors, says pladis

The biscuit category changed in Britain in 2016 amid consumer demand for healthier indulgences, Steve Gladwell, CMI director of pladis tells BakeryandSnacks.

Hershey to swap laydown bags for standup pouches

Hershey plans to convert all individually wrapped chocolate from laydown bags to standup pouches in the near future as the company targets center store sales.

Mars brand perception takes hit but expected to recover after recall

Mars’ recall of chocolate for potential Salmonella is unlikely to bring long term damage in the eyes of consumers, according to YouGov.

Alexa, can I have some organic candy and snacks? Category set to benefit from Amazon-Whole Foods deal

Amazon will gain deep consumer insights in impulse snacking once it seals a $13.7bn deal for Whole Foods, says an e-commerce consultant. 

Mars and Wrigley drive confectionery sales from in-store to digital retail

Mars and Wrigley says redesigning the checkout line at retailers can help drive up sales of confectionery products. 

New confectionery products struggle to secure distribution in UK, says IRI

The number of confectionery products stocked by UK supermarkets has declined by 2.4% over the three-year period ending on February 2017, IRI’s latest study finds.

Protein chocolate brand cocoa+ gains Ocado listing

UK startup cocoa+ has secured distribution at online retailer Ocado for its protein chocolate bars.

Direct selling

‘The Cocoa Exchange’: Mars sets up e-commerce party program for chocolate

Mars Chocolate North America is recruiting ‘curators’ to host parties promoting a specially created range from Mars, which can be sold on an online store.

Sugar reduction, not Brexit, might cause UK bakery price increase: IRI analyst

Brexit has not had a “serious effect” on grocery prices in the UK, including the bakery and snack categories, according to strategic insight director at IRI UK, Tim Eales.

Peeps, Jelly Belly being out of stock at Walmart during Easter is ‘significant issue,’ Quri says

US shoppers may have found it more difficult to locate Peeps and Jelly Belly this past Easter at Walmart’s candy aisle compared to Cadbury, Dove, Hershey and M&M’s, says Quri....

Innovative Bites plans American range at Hancocks depots after acquisition

Innovative Bites' founder says the company plans to stock an American range at all Hancocks Holdings depots after acquiring the UK wholesaler.

E-commerce expert calms retailers’ fear of Amazon driving away their Oreo and Cheerios customers

Traditional brick-and-mortar stores still have an opportunity to compete with Amazon in an era when online shopping is becoming increasingly popular among consumers, according to e-commerce consultant Mark Walker. 

Clintons introduces own-label chocolate range

UK high street retailer Clintons has introduced a premium own-label chocolate range that includes single origin bars.

One in five shoppers want more apps to help them reduce food waste: Survey

Over 20% of consumers would like technology to help them tackle food waste, a new survey has found.

NCA State of the Industry Conference 2017

E-commerce the ticket to Millennial candy and snack sales: Analysts

Confectionery and snack companies should up the focus on e-commerce sales in 2017, even though the online channel represents 1% of overall CPG sales volumes, say analysts at IRI and Barkley.

ISM Cologne

E-tail-volution: Why confectionery e-commerce strategies shouldn’t be put on hold

Confectioners need to act fast in developing e-commerce strategies because even though online retail remains a small channel, it is rapidly evolving.

Dispatches from ISM 2017 in Cologne

ISM 2017 innovations: New Product Showcase award winners revealed

The International Sweets and Biscuit Fair (ISM) has announced the top three innovations at this year’s show in Cologne, Germany.

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