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2014 sweets and snacks expo

Hershey crowds the candy aisle with product launches

Chocolate, chews, hard candy, snacks—The Hershey Company is going all out with a large array of product introductions at the 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo.

2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo

Top five tasty trends at Sweets and Snacks

Confectionery manufacturers showing their latest products offer a glimpse of current and upcoming industry trends, including hot ingredients, growing categories, and standout packaging.

Have you considered inulin in your chocolate?

Leading Dutch supplier Sensus is pushing inulin as a sugar and sweetener replacer with minimal taste and texture tariffs.

Roshen owner: “This is confirmation of the fact that the policy I stick to is pro-Ukrainian."

Political undertones? Roshen loses appeal against Russian asset freeze

Ukrainian confectionery firm Roshen has lost its appeal against the Russian court’s decision to seize assets of $80m. 

Health conscious Indians ditch traditional sweets for chocolate - TechSci Research

Indian consumers are swapping traditional, high calorie confectionery in favor of chocolate, according to TechSci Research.

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Forget doomed sugar battle and prepare for functional future

Money spent picking holes in negative sugar research could be better spent developing profitable functional confections that deliver indulgence.

Brazil’s Dori eyes North America export growth

Brazilian confectioner Doris Alimentos plans to build a US distribution center to grow its North American export business.

Tangerine Confectionery fined after worker speared by forklift

UK firm Tangerine Confectionery has been fined £120,000 ($202,000) for safety failures that led to a worker's foot being impaled by a forklift truck.

UK confectionery market poised for sugar free transition, predicts Sulá

Sugar free candies only account for 5% of the UK sweets market but the dynamic could be changing, according to German confectioner Sulá.

Hershey plans Reese’s rollout in emerging markets after tough quarter

Hershey is planning to roll out Reese’s peanut butter cups in Mexico, Brazil and China after posting below-par first quarter results.

The theatre of candy

All the world’s our stage! In-store theatrics propels Spun Candy to venture overseas

Premium British confectioner Spun Candy plans to expand internationally by attracting customers with innovative in-store displays and live production.

Mess-free starch molding: The dirty tray menace will be history, says LHT

LHT Consultancy and Eagle Vision have developed a system that can help gummie manufacturers save upwards of $50,000 a year by detecting problems on starch molding lines.

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US Easter confectionery sales set for 4% rise, says NCA

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) expects US Easter candy sales to reach $2.26bn this year as the later Easter gives retailers three more weeks to merchandize products.

Nestlé to up confectionery prices to restore growth

Nestlé plans to increase its pricing for confectionery products to restore growth to the category.

A sweet tooth is just as genetic as asthma, says researcher

About 50% of our preference for sweet food and drinks can be attributed to genetics, about the same level of heritability as certain personality traits and asthma, according to a...

Symrise wins battle for Diana Group with €1.3bn bid

German flavours and aromas specialist Symrise has won the battle for French flavour and ingredients producer Diana, after agreeing a deal that values the firm at €1.3bn.

Chocolat Frey expands in North America with SweetWorks buy

Swiss firm Chocolat Frey has boosted its presence in North America by acquiring New York based chocolate, candy and gum maker SweetWorks.

‘Scientific substantiation’ needed before WHO reduces sugar guidance, says CAOBISCO

More research is required before the World Health Organization (WHO) cuts its guidance on daily sugar intake by half, according to the Association of Chocolate, Biscuits and Confectionery Industries of...

Tic Tac joins personalized packaging trend

Tic Tac has joined the likes of Coca-Cola and Heinz tomato soup by creating a microsite for people to create customized virtual packs online.

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AAK to acquire Belgian bakery fats specialist

AarhusKarlshamn (AAK) will acquire Belgium bakery fats specialist CSM Benelux to drive strength in its bakery supplies business, its European president says.

CIUS calls for close monitoring in ‘uncertain’ EU sugar market

European Sugar Users (CIUS) has called on the European Commission to implement temporary market measures should sugar end stocks fall below a certain threshold amid uncertainly in the EU sugar...

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EuroFood signs confectionery licensing deal with Man Utd

Thai company European Food Public Company Ltd (EuroFood) has signed a deal with soccer club Manchester United to sell branded products in five countries in Southeast Asia.

Candy counterstrike: Ukraine bans chocolate from Russia’s United Confectioners

The Ukrainian government has banned certain candy and chocolate products from part Russian state-owned firm United Confections.

‘We’re not big candy’: NCA says most confectioners are small to medium sized family companies

The US National Confectioners Association (NCA) has hit out at claims from the American Sugar Alliance that the confectionery industry is dominated by big players and is crying poor about...

dispatches from isa conference, brussels

Voices from the International Sweeteners Association Conference in Brussels

What role could sweeteners play in weight and diabetes management? Should we be 'curing' obesity or preventing it? Who tells us what to eat and why do we listen to...

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