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Hershey to swap laydown bags for standup pouches

Hershey plans to convert all individually wrapped chocolate from laydown bags to standup pouches in the near future as the company targets center store sales.

Sustainable packaging: Hershey moves to display-ready cases

Hershey has redesigned display-ready cases for all its packaged chocolate candy brands, including Kisses Milk Chocolate.

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Nuts.com acquires Kopper’s Chocolate in multimillion-dollar deal

Nuts.com has acquired gourmet chocolate brand Kopper’s Chocolate and has relocated the brand to its New Jersey headquarters.

M&A

BBX Capital acquires specialty candy retailer It’s Sugar for $57m

Private equity firm BBX Capital has acquired It’s Sugar for approximately $57m to further expand its footprint in the wholesale confectionery market.

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Perfetti Van Melle USA brings Airheads into gum and trials Velcro packs

Perfetti Van Melle is hoping to lead US gum category growth by bringing Airheads into gum and launching Mentos Pure Fresh packs sealed with Velcro.

Not only America: Nestlé urged to consider $17bn sale of global confectionery arm

Nestlé could go further than offloading its struggling US confectionery business and could find a willing buyer for its entire global confectionery division, says an analyst.

SmashMallow approaching run rate of $25m in 6-12 months, predicts CEO: 'It’s growing exponentially faster than KRAVE'

The SmashMallow snackable marshmallow brand – launched by food & beverage brand incubator Sonoma Brands in August 2016 – is “charging towards a very visible $25m dollar run rate in...

Alexa, can I have some organic candy and snacks? Category set to benefit from Amazon-Whole Foods deal

Amazon will gain deep consumer insights in impulse snacking once it seals a $13.7bn deal for Whole Foods, says an e-commerce consultant. 

Nestlé to cut back on US confectionery category due to low market share

The group said it may even sell one of its confectionery businesses by the end of 2017 to boost its efforts in other categories where it has a stronger presence. 

Dunedin city councilor: New investors mean Cadbury factory may be saved

Dunedin’s city council says that raising a NZ $20m ($14.44m) public equity float required by Mondelēz to save the local Cadbury factory is likely to be successful.

Sweets & Snacks Expo

Bazooka Candy launches sharable Baby Bottle Pop Popping Powder

Bazooka Candy unveiled its four-pack Baby Bottle Pop Popping Powder at the recent Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago. 

China’s functional candy crush: Iron, collagen and taurine fortification could provide a sales boom

There is vast scope to increase functional confectionery innovation and sales in China by including iron, collagen and taurine in products, according to analysts.

Atkinson Candy to achieve SQF certification for expanded Texas plant

Atkinson Candy Company has invested $5m to expand current warehouse and operations facilities, totaling 60,000 square feet, in its Lufkin, Texas, headquarters. 

Mars and Wrigley drive confectionery sales from in-store to digital retail

Mars and Wrigley says redesigning the checkout line at retailers can help drive up sales of confectionery products. 

Sweets and Snacks Expo 2017

Retailers, not candy brands, influence innovation award decisions: NCA

Being a big candy brand does not necessarily help win the Most Innovative Award at the Sweets and Snacks Expo, the National Confectioners Association (NCA) says.

New confectionery products struggle to secure distribution in UK, says IRI

The number of confectionery products stocked by UK supermarkets has declined by 2.4% over the three-year period ending on February 2017, IRI’s latest study finds.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

Mars-Wrigley taps sweet heat trend for Skittles and Starburst

Mars-Wrigley has introduced spicy versions of Skittles and Starburst, while bringing its Extra gum brand into the chewy mints category.

The Buzz: Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017 tweet by tweet

ConfectioneryNews presents the latest innovations and business news in US confections from America’s largest candy & snacks show.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

Mars, Ferrero and Jelly Belly among Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017 Most Innovative Award winners

The National Confectionery Association (NCA) has announced the Most Innovative Award winners from nine major candy and snack categories, including chocolate, seasonal, gum and mints, at the Sweets & Snacks...

Dispatches from Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

Hammond’s moves into snacking marshmallows

Hammond’s Brands has introduced snacking marshmallow brand Mellow Snacks, to tap into what it calls a novel category.

Mondelēz invests $2.9m in Cadbury 'Spider' production in Austrailia

Mondelēz Australia has invested around $2.9m in its Hobart, Tasmania, factory to produce two new lines – Cadbury Dark Milk and Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvelous Creations Spider – with new equipment.

The right dose: Are confectionery players misreading the sugar obesity debate?

Confectionery companies should print teaspoon visualization of sugar doses front of pack instead of focusing on calories, says a consultant.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

Sweets & Snacks Expo set to begin as US confectioners make portion guidance pledge

The annual Sweets & Snacks Expo, hosted by the National Confectioners Association (NCA), will kick off in Chicago next week on May 23, 2017.

Interpack 2017

GEA sees rise in label-on-stick lollipops

GEA showcased its Aquarius BunchWrapper wrapping machine at Interpack which is fitted with labelers for placing labels inside a wrapping film and on a stick.

Soup-to-Nuts Podcast: Confections hold steady in face of the war on sugar

Despite significant headwinds generated by the escalating war on sugar and increasing consumer preferences for healthy products, the confectionery industry is holding its own with sales climbing 1.2% in the...

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