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‘Product blending is becoming increasingly popular’ says tna as it launches VMBS for snacks and gummies

tna has launched a vibratory motion blending system (VMBS) called roflo 3 to mix multiple dry or wet products.

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.

I need chocolate, Alexa... sweets, snacks, and the Amazon effect

Candy and snacks sales on Amazon are growing at 42% year-on-year,* according to new report from ecommerce data firm One Click Retail, which says category sales have already hit $215m...

Cloetta issues profit warning after factory fire

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta warns its third quarter profits will be hit by a fire at a production lines at its Turnhout, Belgium, factory in June.


Newly merged Orchard Valley Foods Group to tap rising confectionery decorations demand

The newly formed Orchard Valley Foods Group says the confectionery decorations market continues to offer “significant growth opportunities.”


Candy NPD roundup: Oreo, Snickers, Cadbury, Jelly Belly and more

ConfectioneryNews tracks new candy products that are hitting the shelves monthly. Here are some of the recent launches: 

Constantia Flexibles to meet demand for specialty laminates in coffee, confectionery & snacks

Constantia Flexibles has invested €6m ($7m) to meet a growing demand for specialty laminates in high property barriers, for confectionery, coffee and snacks.

Industry Voices

UK needs its own sweet academy to salvage country’s confectionery skills

Britain is in danger of losing the confectionery skills that have satisfied the nation’s sweet tooth for generations, writes sweets consultant and former Chewits development manager Andy Baxendale.

Peanut Chew’s 100th anniversary packaging to stay on shelf through 2018

Just Born Quality Confections says it will continue expanding Peanut Chew’s footprint in US retail upon celebrating the brand’s 100th anniversary.

Treofan to expand in the Americas and Turkey

Treofan is expanding its biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film for packaging in the Americas and Turkey.

Cargo offers Extra gum, Pringles, Cheeze-It for Uber/Lyft passengers

New York-based startup Cargo that allows rideshare drivers to sell candy and snacks to passengers has launched in Chicago.

Leaf Brands challenges Mondelēz and Hershey to buy Nestlé's US candy business

Nestlé is currently auctioning off its US candy business mostly to private equity firms, and major confectioners, including Hershey, Mars, Mondelēz and Tootsie Roll, a source familiar with the matter...


Sugar scare fails to sweeten US sugar-free candy sales

Sugar-free chocolate and candy sales in the US have declined in the first half of 2017 despite consumers aiming to limit sugar in their diets.

Baker Perkins expands flat lollipop stick placer series securing a client win in Asia

Baker Perkins has expanded its ServoForm range for lollipop production with the flat lollipop stick placer.   

Chocolate eclipse: CocoBon expects 50% growth with ‘once-in-a-lifetime event’

CocoBon Chocolatier expects its revenues during solar eclipse will be at least 40% greater than its 2016 Valentine’s Day sales.

Hindu leader condemns Wrigley candies made with beef-sourced gelatin

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed says upset Hindus in the US are seeking “official apology” from the president of Wrigley for non-disclosure of beef in some of its candy products.

IT'SUGAR seeks to ‘bring the country together’ with Trump-shaped gummy

Specialty candy producer IT'SUGAR has launched Trump-shaped gummies at its retail stores across the US and via its website.

Ferrero UK adds to flavor-changing Tic Tac range and brings Nutella into biscuits

Ferrero will introduce a new flavor variant of Tic Tac Mixers, Hello Kitty and Hot Wheels-branded Kinder Surprise eggs, and will bring biscuit brand Nutella B-Ready to the UK market.

Food litigation 101: Non-functional slack fill... are you up to speed?

Does the empty space in your food package serve a useful purpose? If not, you could be at the receiving end of a lawsuit over what is known in the...

ISM adds startup area for young firms at world’s biggest candy show

International sweets fair ISM is offering companies younger than five years to exhibit for a reduced fee at its new ‘Start-up Area’.

Mars launches M&M’s in 'priority market' India

Mars has brought M&M’s to India for the first time to expand the region’s bite-size chocolate category. 

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.

Legal Watch

Just Born and Ferrara Candy slack-fill cases to proceed

Judges have rejected motions to dismiss two separate cases accusing candy makers Just Born and Ferrara Candy of deceiving consumers by under-filling packaged products.  

Lindt bets on realignment of Russell Stover Candies for long-term growth

Lindt has reported organic sales growth of 3.6% for the first half-year 2017, reaching CHF 1.549bn ($1.603bn).

Nestlé ‘strongly committed’ to confectionery outside US as segment declines continue

Nestlé’s confectionery business has continued to decline in the first half of 2017, but it says it remains committed to the segment.

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