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Premium gum Mastika attracts suitors after Yummex innovation win

Mastic chewing gum brand Mastika is attracting interest from distributors in the Middle East after bagging an innovation award at trade fair yummex, says Lebanese brand owner Master Chewing Gum...

Wrigley and Mars to release new transaction zone insights in 2017

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

Market research

Confectionery promotions on the decline as discounts risk becoming ‘self-destroying’, says IRI

Volumes of confectionery sold on promotion have fallen in the past year in Western markets, according to market analysts IRI.

Candyking CEO to snap up the Nordic pick & mix supplier

The CEO of Nordic pick & mix supplier Candyking will take ownership of the company from investment fund Accent Equity 2008.

Ferrero expected to acquire Delacre biscuits by mid-December

Ferrero is nearing the acquistion of biscuits firm Delacre in an attempt to decrease its reliance on chocolate and expand in North American, says market analysts Euromonitor.

Yummex Middle East

Brazil candy firm Riclan calls for more African presence at Dubai tradeshow

Riclan candy company wanted to see more African firms and visitors at Yummex Middle East, part of Gulfood Manufacturing this year (November 7-9).

ISA: Mechanism ‘not plausible’ to explain aspartame’s role in weight loss

A mechanism found to explain why aspartame prevents weight loss in humans is "not plausible" according to the International Sweeteners Association (ISA).

Thew Arnott launches zein-based food glaze for confectionery products

The UK-based specialty ingredients developer, Thew Arnott, is now offering a vegan alternative to shellac in its range of AraTAs coatings for confectionery products. Shellac is a resin secreted by...

Chinese confections and snacks compete for sweeter spot on e-commerce during Double 11

Alibaba, China's largest e-commerce platform, reached record sales of $15bn during Double 11 this year, prompting domestic confectionery and snack brands to step up their web strategies. 

Exclusive interview

Hancock’s confectionery business expects to reach rural UK with e-commerce

Two brothers have launched a new British wholesale confectionery business, called HS Wholesale Sweets, continuing with a family tradition in confectionery. 

Yummex Middle East

Toffano coffee candy takes top spot in Yemen

Toffano has seen success with its coffee candy Café Gold and Brinq Bol Tutti-Frutti Flavoured Bubble Gum Candy in Yemen.

Americanna spearheads edibles market by launching first Cannabis puffs

The cannabis industry just welcomed a new edibles format, puffs, thanks to one of the major edibles brands in the US market, Americanna. 

Katjes International ups stake in chocolate maker Halloren

Katjes International has raised its stake in publically-listed German chocolate producer Halloren to 7%.

Yummex Middle East

Leaf Brands on making candy ‘fun again’

Leaf Brands says it is making candy ‘fun again’ by inventing products with names such as Farts candy, which won Most Innovative Product award at Sweets & Snacks Expo in...

Poll results

Confectionery industry predicts business outlook under Trump presidency

The global confectionery delivers its verdict on prospects for trade, exports and commodity costs under US president-elect Donald Trump.

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).

Former PepsiCo manager joins Just Born executive team

Peeps maker Just Born Quality Confections has hired Rachel Hayden as its new vice president and chief information officer.

NACS 2016

Hershey: C-store has ‘large’ growth potential for seasonal confections

Seasonal confectionery c-store distribution is underdeveloped compared to other channels, despite the fact that the household purchase of seasonal confectionery is increasing, 

Gulfood Manufacturing 2016

Theegarten says hermetically sealed chocolate wrappers protect against MENA's humidity

Theegarten Pactec showcased a multi-style packaging machine for chocolate and confectionery articles at Gulfood Manufacturing this year.

Online forum - Next billion dollar brand

Confectionery Innovation 2016: Project7, Mintel and Unreal Candy founder lined up

ConfectioneryNews will host a free online forum on new product development this month for companies adjusting to modern market trends.

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...

Sonoco expands US flexible packaging business targeting candy and bakery

Sonoco has acquired Plastic Packaging Inc. (PPI), which makes flexible packaging for confectionery, baked goods and frozen products, among others.

NACS 2016

Just Born outlines strategy to outgrow candy category by 3%

Just Born Quality Confections says its resurrected chocolate business and new Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales items set to US c-stores early next year will help it outpace category...

Reese’s innovation gives Hershey Q3 sales uplift

Hershey has posted a 2% rise in third quarter sales, driven by innovations in North America, such as Reese’s Pieces Cups, Big Kat and birthday-themed Kisses.

Mondelēz rated positive by SIG despite revenue dip in Q3

Oreo maker, Mondelēz, reported a 6.6% decrease in net revenues during its Q3 period, driven by “currency headwinds and deconsolidation of the company’s Venezuelan operations.”

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