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No sugar reduction in Mondelēz health and wellness pledge

Mondelēz is to cut saturated fat and sodium by 10% by 2020, but suggests reducing consumer sugar intake is manageable with portion controlled products and education.

Roses are red, violets are blue, and so is chocolate, says Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut says chocolate makers can produce products in novel colors far easier with its new flower-shaped food colorant pellets compared to using high doses of powder and liquid dyes....

Nestlé wants to empower more women to work in engineering

As the United Nations held its 6th Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) in New York, last week, Nestlé shared its efforts to encourage women worldwide to work in the marketplace...

Dispatches from NCA State of the Industry Conference in Miami

For whom the till tolls: Could impulse candy buys flatline as checkouts phase out?

Impulse-reliant confectioners should be wary of emerging technology that could spell the end for in-store checkouts as we know them, says a retail expert.

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Skittles given all clear after two sickened

Skittles which were believed to have sickened two people in Indiana have been given a clean bill of health.

Tangerine Confectionery plans to cut up to 166 jobs

Tangerine Confectionery claims 166 jobs could go following the planned closure of its factory in Blackpool in a UK-wide programme to trim excess capacity.

Dispatches from the NCA State of the Industry Conference in Miami

What the future holds: The 2020 retail landscape

Confectionery companies will need to adapt to a rapidly changing retail landscape as ethnic minorities lead population growth in the developed US market.

EU eyes reformulation and marketing restrictions to cut childhood obesity

Restricting marketing to children and continuing to cut salt, fats and added sugar in processed foods are among initiatives put forward in a plan to tackle childhood obesity, agreed by...

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Oxfam's sustainability scorecard: Spurring a race to the top for the food industry

Food and drink companies can have a big influence over sustainability and ethical issues in their supply chains - and have the power to change them rapidly. One year on from...

Petra Foods full year: Net profits down after disputed Callebaut sale

Petra Foods reported group net profits down 20.6% from the previous year following the divestment of its cocoa ingredients business to Barry Callebaut, but say own brand sales are up 12.6%.

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Candyking withdraws in ‘unprofitable’ Central European markets

Scandinavian pick & mix firm Candyking has decided to close businesses in Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic to focus its efforts on Poland.

Wrigley fined $8,600 after worker’s death

Mars-owned Wrigley faces fines for safety violations that led to a worker’s death at its plant in Chattanooga.

Brazil sweet on Arabic markets

Currently the Middle East represents just over 3% of Brazilian confectionery exports, but potential far exceeds that, according to Brazil's industry trade association.

Bon Bon Buddies targets own-brand growth with new novelty range

Welsh licensed character confectionery firm Bon Bon Buddies has launched an own-brand range of kids’ novelties under the ‘Bon Bon Buddies’ name.

Natural colors our first port of call, says spirulina-experimenting Jelly Belly

Jelly Belly is experimenting with natural color spirulina after a major reformulation project.

Hostile commodity prices stunt growth for German confectioners: BDSI

Strong commodity price increases in 2013 impeded growth for the German confectionery, according to the Germany Confectionery Industry Association’s (BDSI’s) annual review.

Smells like change for Deo perfumed candy: New name, scent and packaging

Goodbye Deo, hello Aroma Candy. Perfumed candy’s new name, lavender scent and packaging seeks to sedate high consumer expectations and go after a more “universal” appeal.

Mondelez unveils North American growth plans

Mondelez announced supply chain restructuring plans and innovations for the North American market at yesterday’s CAGNY conference.

Sugar industry set to follow cocoa’s lead on sustainability, says Fairtrade

Sugar sustainability commitments will soon match those made for cocoa, according to Fairtrade International.

Illegal colors found in traditional Asian sweets in the UK

Potentially carcinogenic dyes Rhodamine-B and Auramine have been discovered in traditional Asia sweets in the UK.

‘Stealth reduction’ the best option for sugar in confectionery: Euromonitor

Confectioners should keep quiet about sugar reduction or risk irritating consumers, according to analysts at Euromonitor International.

Cloetta aims to stabilize finances for ‘complementary acquisitions’

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta has posted a modest rise in fourth quarter sales and says it hopes to spend future money it generates on extinguishing its debts and acquiring complementary companies.

Irish NGO calls for sweet-free checkouts

Irish NGO Safefood has called on supermarkets to make checkouts ‘sweet-free zones’ as part of its campaign to tackle childhood obesity.

Mondelēz sales crumble after Chinese biscuit slowdown

Mondelēz International said it is “disappointed” with its first full year results as a global snack company.

Seasonal focus: 2014’s candy love-in

Money buys love in segmented US Valentine’s market

US Valentine’s candy consumers are expected to spend more than last year, but many will seek products on offer, while the rich will buy richer with more premium offerings.

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