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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.

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.

Health-minded shoppers want easy-to-read label information

Quick-fire label information is needed to capture the growing majority of health-minded consumers, suggests a survey commissioned by colouring foods supplier.

A multimillion lost opportunity: Confectioners and snack makers must keep items stocked, says Quri

US confectionery firms lost out on $4.1m in Summer sales and salty snack makers $24.2m due to low shelf availability, says retail analytics firm Quri.

Feature

Light up candy floss, thirst globes & 3D chocolate diamonds – 2020 confectionery trends

The future of sweets disconnects with the past of sugar dependency, artificial colors, and flavors, according to food futurologist Dr Morgaine Gaye.

Lindt launches 'shop-in-shop' concept in Hong Kong

Passengers at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) are now able to pick and mix their favorite Lindor chocolate for the first time, thanks to the recent partnership between Lindt...

CVS to swap candy at checkouts with better-for-you snacks

US pharmacy retail chain CVS is to replace 25% of checkout space traditionally dedicated to candy with ‘better-for-you’ snacks at almost a third of its stores.

TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference

Nestlé ups game in Asian travel retail with ‘perfect store’ concept

Nestlé will introduce a “perfect store” concept to Asian travel retailers for the first time at the upcoming TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference in Singapore.  

Global retail segment key to Lindt’s international surge, says CEO

Lindt & Sprüngli has reported record net income in its fiscal 2015 and credits its global retail division for driving international expansion.

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.

Dollar stores the fastest growing retail channel for U.S. candy - IRI

Dollar stores were the fastest growing sales outlet for candy in the U.S. last year and should be the focus for confectionery manufacturers, says IRI.

‘Consumers are in control’: Online buzz changing US retail landscape, says NCA president

Online conversations are rapidly altering the retail landscape and how people shop for confections, according to the president of the National Confectioners Association.

Dispatches: Pack Expo 2014

E-commerce and candy wrappers: How will online retail change confectionery packaging?

The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) has highlighted strong growth in resealable stand-up pouches in confectionery, but says the rising online environment may change how candy is packaged.

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