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Mondelēz ramps up presence in emerging markets with $65m R&D investment

Mondelēz International is to invest $65m in developing a global network of research & development facilities.

On the move

Mondelēz names Northern Europe president amid UK innovation push

Mondelēz International has appointed its next president for Northern Europe as it hopes to cement its lead in some of the region’s markets such as the UK.

Just Born and worker's union still at odds after labor strike

Peeps maker Just Born alleges union members mischaracterized its willingness “to reach a fair and equitable agreement" following strike action.

Vonpar conslidates its candy, Neugebauer and Mu-Mu brands into one factory

Vonpar Alimentos, a beverage distributor for Coca-Cola and Heineken, has consolidated all candy production including its Neugebauer chocolate and Mu-Mu dulce de leche brands into one factory in Southern Brazil.

DKSH acquires China e-commerce distributor eSweets

Market expansion firm DKSH has acquired a majority stake in online premium confectionery distributor Shanghai Sweets International (eSweets).

Egeria acquires Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Group

Dutch private equity firm Egeria has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Group from an affiliate of Warburg Pincus.

Smash-hit marshmallows? Sonoma Brands will have to battle sugar fears, say experts

Sonoma Brands could have its work cut out entering everyday snacking with marshmallows given the sticky problem of sugar avoidance, but SMASHMALLOW is an innovative new concept that could appeal...

Bon Bon Buddies sets multi-million target for Brain Blasterz brand

UK firm Bon Bon Buddies has expanded its sour confectionery range Brain Blasterz as it hopes to rake in $13m annual sales for the brand by 2020.


‘Micro holidays’ can be a candy sales booster, says IRI

The major four holiday seasons accounted for nearly half of US  candy sales last year, but confectioners should also take advantage of “micro holidays”, says IRI.

Processing innovation

Baker Perkins launches flexible small batch confectionery depositor

Baker Perkins has launched an addition to its ServoForm range with the ServoForm Mini, flexible small batch confectionery depositor.

Exclusive interview

Next generation twin sisters to take senior roles at Docile as exports grow

Brazilian candy maker Docile reports export growth as the next generation of family members gear up to join the firm.

Mondelēz may move for Ferrero after Hershey saga: Mintel

Mondelēz International may need to aim for a “lesser but still important” confectioner, such as Ferrero, to compete in the US confectionery space after ending its pursuit of Hershey, says Mintel....

Mondelēz urges NY judge to dismiss Sour Patch Kids slack-fill suit

Mondelēz seeks to strike down a nationwide class action lawsuit that alleges the firm's Sour Patch Kids box “misleads consumers into believing that they were receiving more products that they actually...

Mars’ Ethel M invests $2m to renovate Nevada factory store

A $2m renovation of Ethel M’s chocolate factory store in Nevada is expected to complete in October this year, according to Mars North America’s general manger, Oren Young.

Parties clash over Welch's 'made with real fruit' fruit snack label claims

Reasonable consumers may well be misled by the packaging of Welch’s fruit snacks, a magistrate judge has concluded, prompting a lengthy rebuttal from the defendants in court documents filed this...

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Wolfgang Candy plans multi-million-dollar factory amid ‘substantial’ growth

Fourth generation family confectionery business Wolfgang Candy has purchased property in Loganville PA, with a view to establishing a candy manufacturing plant by November this year.


Riclan to develop sugar free chewing gum for kids

Brazilian candy manufacturer Riclan is tapping into the health trend market with plans to develop a sugar free chewing gum for kids.

Cloetta CEO to step down after a year in the role

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta is searching for a new permanent CEO, after the current head of the company, David Nuutinen, left for “private reasons.”

Bon Bon Buddies to produce Chewits Easter egg

UK confectioner Bon Bon Buddies is to produce a Chewits Easter egg for brand owner Cloetta under a two-year licensing deal.

Senior figures to give evidence in Sour Jacks trade secrets lawsuit

Top figures at Promotion in Motion and Ferrara Candy are to give oral statements in a lawsuit over an alleged breach of Sour Jacks and Welch’s Fruit Snacks trade secrets....

Financial results H1

Nestlé faces ‘tough trading conditions’ for confectionery in US and Brazil

Nestlé has described confectionery as a ‘difficult category’ in its first-half results as it was hit by weak Easter demand in Brazil and increasing competition in the US.

Inside scoop: Nestlé doubles its largest quality assurance center to fight for confectionery safety

Nestlé’s gives ConfectioneryNews a look inside its $31m expanded quality assurance center in Dublin, Ohio, where it is battling the emerging threat of foreign bodies in confections.

Confectionery faces voluntary sugar targets and calorie caps in the UK

Voluntary sugar targets and calorie caps on confectionery and eight other categories are planned by the UK government in March 2017

Confectionery industry open to pan-EU 250 calorie cap per portion

Nestlé, Mars and Mondelēz are willing to discuss setting an industry-wide 250 kcal limit on confectionery portions across Europe.

Lindt expands global chocolate business through new retail stores

Premium chocolate brand, Lindt, will open its first chocolate stores in Wales, UK and Canberra, Australia respectively later this month to further drive its brand equity.

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