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Dispatches from ISM 2014

Who won? ISM innovation award winners announced

Europe’s premier confectionery tradeshow ISM in Cologne, Germany has unveiled this year’s top innovations as voted by journalists.

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Candyking seeks new CEO after bond listing

Swedish pick & Mix confectioner Candyking has issued a bond to secure investment for growth, but its CEO has decided to leave the firm after it failed to become a...

Ditch ‘possibly carcinogenic’ white color for clean label rice starch, says Beneo

Confectioners should replace white color titanium dioxide with rice starch to alleviate consumer health concerns, says supplier Beneo, even though toxicity has not been demonstrated by any authority in typical food uses....

Fini eyes UK expansion through distribution deal

Spanish candy maker Fini is aiming to grow its presence in the UK through a distribution deal with logistics firm Palletways.

Candy cast out: Lidl goes confectionery-free at UK checkouts

Discount retailer Lidl has rolled out its Healthy Till program across its UK stores, removing all chocolate and sweets from checkouts except for Wrigley’s gum.

Obesity counterattack: sugar reduction campaign in quotes

Prominent nutritionists have provided their exclusive feedback on Action on Sugar’s sugar reduction campaign, designed to combat the rising incidence of obesity in the UK.

Sugar free class action against Wrigley thrown out

A class action lawsuit alleging Wrigley made misleading “sugar free” claims has been dismissed by a Californian court.

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European Candy Group snaps up Kraepelien & Holm

Private label confectioner European Candy Group has acquired Dutch licorice firm Kraepelien & Holm.

No commercial reason not to cut sugar in confectionery, says chairman

Action on Sugar: Campaign forms to cut sugar in confectionery

A new campaign group headed by medical professionals says the food industry can improve profit margins while cutting ‘unnecessary’ added sugar from products, which it says is responsible for rising...

Action on Sugar: Campaign forms to cut confectionery sugar content

A new campaign group headed by medical professionals says the food industry can improve profit margins while cutting ‘unnecessary’ added sugar from products, which it says is responsible for rising...

Sour flavors and sweet & spicy mixes ‘the vogue’ for candy and gum, says Leatherhead

Leatherhead Food Research has identified the in-fashion flavors for sugar and gum confectionery.

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Nostalgic candy wrappers help dementia sufferers bring back the memories: Nestlé

Nestlé UK has put together a collection of historical packaging and posters of its Rowntree brand designed to help patients diagnosed with dementia bring back happy memories.

On the Road 2013: ConfectioneryNews travel log

The team looks back at our adventures on the road in 2013 to bring you highlights of the industry's biggest events.

It’s Quizmas: Guess the candy brand owner

Put your knowledge to the test in ConfectioneryNews’ guess the brand owner quiz.

Hershey to acquire iconic Chinese confectionery firm

Hershey Netherlands B.V. has signed an agreement to acquire an 80% stake in Chinese confectionery and snack firm Shanghai Golden Monkey Food Company (SGM) - and the remaining 20% in 2015.

Candyking share offering goes up in smoke

Swedish sweet manufacturer Candyking has withdrawn its recent offering of shares worth $76.2m following fires at two of its suppliers.

Sugar prices to edge higher as deficit looms

Sugar prices are set to edge upwards of 8% next year due to a decline in global production, according to Rabobank.

Special Edition - Beyond sugar: Hitting the sweet spot

Hard and sweet: The elusive candy promise

Between laxative effects, clean labeling and GM, ConfectioneryNews takes a walk through the different sweetener options for hard, soft and jelly candies and the associated pros and cons for each.  ...

Too cool: Longest-lasting coolness yet in gum and candies, claims Renessenz

Chemical ingredients firm Renessenz has developed a cooling agent for chewing gum and candies that it claims outlasts all other menthol derivatives on the market.

Mondelez’s Sour Patch Kids gets sugar-free gum makeover and wins analyst vote

Mondelez International has launched its candy brand Sour Patch Kids as a gum product under its Stride portfolio – a deft move, according to an analyst.

Ferrero 5-year plan sets ambitious sights on UK

Ferrero has outlined ambitious plans to grow its business in the UK over the next five years.

‘Very happy Halloween’ for US confectioners, says NCA

US Halloween confectionery sales outshone expectations in 2013 driven by strong promotions from retailers and a noteworthy boost in the final week, according to the National Confectioners Association (NCA).

Confectioner Cloetta ready to compete in snacks after acquisition

Dry roasted nut maker Alrifai Nutisal has been acquired by Nordic confectionery firm Cloetta.

Haribo signs JPG engineering firm for new factory

Sweet manufacturer Haribo has booked Leeds-based engineering firm JPG to build its £92M confectionery plant at Castleford, West Yorkshire.

Tooth-friendly candy promise with novel probiotic, says BASF-backed study

A short-term pilot study claims that a lactic acid bacterium holds potential for use in sugar-free candies to reduce the risk of dental caries.

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