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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.

Mondelēz defends Cadbury and English Premier League sponsorship deal

Mondelēz International says its sponsorship deal between Cadbury and the English Premier League is not at odds with its responsibility to address public health concerns.

Feature

Storytelling can be powerful supporting act for confectioners, but product is king

Confectionery brands can inspire loyalty by communicating heritage and social actions on-pack, but these features should never overshadow flavor, says a Mintel analyst and the CEO of Project7.

Could Hershey's fictitious retailer Medley revive 'uninspiring' confectionery category?

The Hershey Lab has envisioned a “reinvented” shopping experience with a fictitious grocery chain, called Medley, as the line between digital and physical shopping is blurring.

Industry Voices - E-commerce tricks

5 tips to maximize confectionery sales online

Market intelligence firm Profitero’s director of insights offers advice to confectionery companies looking to boost e-commerce sales.

Free to attend

E-commerce, intelligent packs & product recalls: ConfectioneryNews’ ISM and ProSweets debates

ConfectioneryNews and sister site BakeryandSnacks will host three panel discussions at the world’s largest candy show in Cologne.

Editor’s picks

Buffalo milk chocolate & more: On-trend candy and chocolate NPD at ISM Cologne

ConfectioneryNews selects seven product launches that tap into contemporary shopper demands, including chocolate containing cocoa fruit pulp and mints created by dentists.

Blueberry pie potato chips and chia wraps: Snack launches to look out for at ISM

BakeryAndSnacks looks at some of the novel snacking products that are bound to catch visitors’ attention.

Unilever brands known as sustainable are growing 30% faster than others

One in three consumers choose brands based on sustainability: Unilever study

A new report by industry giant Unilever shows that consumers' belief in the social or environmental welfare of brands hugely affects their purchasing decisions.

British appetite for confectionery 'alive' and 'growing' in December despite Brexit vote

Confectionery sales in the UK climbed higher from November to December in 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, data from bank card machine provider Paymentsense shows.

Pay more, waste less: Scottish food study

Research by the University of Aberdeen in Scotland suggests that while food price hikes have reduced the amount bought by the public, an equal reduction in food waste has kept...

Obese parents triple obese offspring risk, experts warn

EarlyNutrition, a project comprised of 36 international research institutions, has released its final report following five years of investigation. The report sends a grave warning to parents and those planning...

Consumers assume food must be expensive to be healthy: Study

The price of food heavily influences assumptions about nutritious quality and even effects the health issues consumers worry about, a series of experiments at Ohio State University has found

Consumers willing to pay 75% more for known ingredients: Survey

Branding ingredients has a mixed record of success but a survey reveals worldwide demand for recognisable ingredients.

And the award goes to... What did Dutch consumers choose as 2016's most misleading product?

Dutch watchdog FoodWatch has announced the winners of its annual ‘GoldenEgg’ award for the year’s most misleading product, as voted by members of the public.

Wrigley and Mars to release new transaction zone insights in 2017

Mars Wrigley is working with retail partners, including Jewel-Osco, to understand shopper behavior in checkout queues and how to best merchandize impulse categories.

No grain, no gain: Dutch consumer group fights 'misleading' whole-grain products

Dutch consumer association, Consumentenbond, is fighting for tougher regulations on products claiming to be whole-grain as it says manufacturers are deliberately misleading consumers in their labelling.

Confectionery conversion rates at 49% in travel retail, finds TFWA-backed study

Almost half of visitors to airport confectionery zones go on to make a purchase, according to a study by the Tax Free World Association (TFWA).

E-Commerce

Airheads joins one-click shopping with Amazon Dash

Perfetti Van Melle USA’s Airheads brand is the latest confectionery product to join Amazon’s Dash Button program, which allows consumers to reorder a product through the e-commerce giant by clicking...

Where is the best place to position confections to boost sales?

Long-coveted as a premium place for impulse purchases, the checkout aisle may not actually be the best place for encouraging candy consumption, according to Packaged Facts research. 

NCA Sweet Insights Summer Series

Former Mars sales director encourages retailers to put more snacks on checkout aisle

The $6bn retail checkout was described as a “big, highly profitable and dynamic” business by the founder and president of Impulse Marketing, Cam Cloeter, during the recent NCA Summer Insights...

Pladis reports 28% sales uplift with McVitie’s impulse trial

United Biscuits owner pladis has reported a sales boost from a field sales and merchandizing fixture initiative for its McVitie’s biscuits brand in UK convenience stores.

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