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Plain packaging pay out to Mars would ‘certainly not be trivial’, says Institute of Economic Affairs

Mars in 2012 wrote to the UK’s Department of Health to express concern over the potential impact on branding and intellectual property rights should tobacco plain packaging policy be extended to...

Wood you? Novel pigment tipped for gummy and hard candies

Neocandenatone, a purple pigment found in the heartwood of Dalbergia congestiflora trees, could hold colorant possibilities for gummy and hard candies, according to Mexican research.

'Sin taxes' on unhealthy foods will work, says EU report

Taxes imposed on sugary, salty or fatty foods do lead to reductions in consumption, says the European Commission in a new report. But higher taxes could also encourage consumers to...

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UK think tank denies Malaysian palm oil conflict of interest accusations

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has said categorically it does not accept state money, following accusations by a Malaysian media outlet that the UK think tank is in bed...

Children see, children do: Will Mexican kids slim down by watching less candy ads?

Just a week after Mexico banned commercials for soda, snacks and confectionery products during cinema showings of children’s movies and during children’s TV programming, Mexican authorities say ads for Nestlé,...

Swapping to low-calorie sweeteners does help weight loss, finds review of RCTs

Swapping full-calorie foods and drinks for ones containing low or zero calorie sweeteners results in modest weight loss, according to a new systematic review of clinical data.

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Wrigley discovers ‘pectin surprise’ for gelatin-free chewy candies

Wrigley has filed a patent to develop chewy confectionery products without animal-derived texturizing agents such as gelatin.

Confectionery-free checkouts register with NZ consumers

The impulse checkout channel may be under further threat after a survey revealed a third of consumers in New Zealand supported candy-free checkout zones.

Cloetta still window shopping after sales gains

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta has recorded sales and profit growth in the second quarter driven by acquisitions and says it is eyeing further buys.

Hershey follows Nestlé with price hike

Hershey has upped its global wholesale prices by 8% after responding to rising commodity costs including cocoa, dairy and nuts.

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EFSA declares Sunset Yellow safe and ups ADI

Current industry uses of food additive Sunset Yellow FCF (E 110) are not a safety concern, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which has upped the acceptable daily...

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Deal to acquire Russell Stover catapults Lindt into third place in US chocolate market

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli has struck a deal to buy US candy firm Russell Stover, turning Lindt (which already owns Ghirardelli) into the third-largest chocolate maker in the US behind...

Forget football: Can Brazilians now stomach the unpalatable truth of confectionery exports?

Brazilian confectionery manufacturers are forced to commit up to 15% of exports costs towards resolving bureaucratic problems that hinder their sales abroad, according to the Brazilian confectionery industry Association (ABICAB).

Health ‘a strategic priority’ says Mars as it creates specialized health chief role

Mars has flagged health as a leading priority and has named Debra Sandler, former Mars Chocolate North America president, as chief health and wellness officer for the global company.

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Lolli and Pops and Powell’s Sweet Shoppe combine forces

Powell’s Sweet Shoppe and Lolli and Pops have agreed a merger deal to create a large retail network of 35 stores.

The death of kingsize? UK confectioners agree 250 calorie cap

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) members including Mondelēz International have signed up to a 250 calorie cap on single-serve confectionery sold in the UK.

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Personalized candy market worth $12bn, says Canadean

The personalized confectionery market reached an estimated worth of over $12bn in 2013, according to market research firm Canadean.

Kellogg, Nestlé, Mondelēz et al. promise to stop certain kids' ads by 2018

Over 20 major food firms have signed up to health and wellness pledges on advertisement to children, consistent product information, open access to formulation policies and employee wellbeing as part...

Hershey in the race to develop 3D chocolate

US firm 3D Systems is collaborating with chocolate manufacturing giant Hershey’s to develop 3D chocolates fit for the commercial market.

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Sustainable food: Cut the greenwashing and act now, says Food Tank

Food manufacturers don’t understand the urgency of sustainability and need to act faster, but also communicate actions better with consumers, says the president of global NGO Food Tank.

Thinking big, getting small: Sizing up Mars product launches

The candy giant is looking to take a bigger bite out of the confectionery market with bite-size bars, giant-size candies, and other fresh takes on existing brands.

Snyderman: People are ‘hard wired’ to love candy

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, a surgeon and resident medical expert on NBC, believes candy and sugar are not taboos, but necessary to human health.

Europe approves use of new high-intensity sweetener

The European Commission has approved the use of the high-intensity sweetener advantame in a variety of food and drink categories.

Checkout bans could kick confectionery while it's down: Euromonitor

The recent flurry of retail checkout confectionery bans, joined last month by retail giant Tesco, could hurt impulse-driven sales, but present high margin opportunities to supermarkets, according to Euromonitor analysts.

UK Responsibility Deal: Sweet success or sleight of hand?

The UK Department of Health hails its Responsibility Deal a success in its annual update, but reports emerge that companies have failed to meet sugar and salt targets.

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