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The Oprah effect: Annie B’s Popcorn and Caramels eyes expansion after celeb endorsement

Minnesota-based Annie B’s Popcorn and Caramels  has expanded its product offering and hopes to grow its retail distribution after being named one of Oprah’s favorite things of 2014....

Confectionery sales to rise despite sugar health fears

Confectionery sales in the UK will grow by 8.6% by 2019, despite more than 60% of Brits raising fears about the high levels of sugar in sweets, according to a new report.

Citrus food flavouring is genotoxic, says EFSA

Citrus food flavouring perilla aldehyde causes DNA damage to the liver, says EFSA – a finding that calls into question the safety of nine other chemically similar flavourings.

Massachusetts’ proposed candy and soda tax ‘regressive and discriminatory’, says NCA

The National Confectioners Association has hit out at plans in Massachusetts to remove a state sales tax exemption for candy and soda.


Emulsifiers, fat, sugar may cause inflammation and alter gut bacteria, say researchers

Fatty, sugary snacks have been popular in the US and UK for decades, but new research shows that the emulsifiers, fat and sugar content of some snacks, baked goods and...

Cloetta agrees $34.4m Lonka acquisition to enter Dutch chocolate market

Cloetta has returned to profit in the second quarter and announces a deal to acquire Dutch fudge and chocolate producer Lonka for SEK 295m ($34.4m).

Souring on sweet: How sugar health concerns are spurring sour flavours

Ongoing consumer concern about sugar consumption means some consumers are turning away from sweet tastes altogether, according to market research organisation Mintel.

Confectionery escapes UK tax calls, but marketing practices probed

The British Medical Association (BMA) is pushing for a tax on sugary drinks rather than confectionery, but has urged voluntary added sugar reduction targets for confectioners and a crackdown on...

Spanish candy endures 'rough year' but exports provide hope, says trade body

Value sales in Spain’s domestic confectionery market have fallen for the first time in years, but export sales rose almost 8% as manufacturers looked for growth overseas, says Spanish confectionery...

Theegarten-Pactec splashes $33m on Dreseden HQ upgrade

Confectionery packaging machinery supplier Theegarten-Pactec had made the largest investment in its history after it inaugurated a new manufacturing and office base at its Dresden headquarters last week.

Younger shoppers value organics – but buy fewer of them

A majority of UK shoppers aged 16-34 think that organic products are important (54%), compared to under a third (30%) of over-55s, according to a market research report.

Perfetti Van Melle shores up U.S. Chupa Chups presence

Dutch-Italian firm Perfetti Van Melle has reached a deal for a U.S. ‘shop-in-shop’ concept inside  IT’SUGAR candy stores for the world’s leading lollipop brand Chupa Chups.

Torie & Howard moves into growing fruit chews category and ups big retail distribution

Organic premium candy firm Torie & Howard has expanded its product offering to include soft fruit chews and is taking its hard candies into larger grocery and club channels.

Just Born banks on tropical flavors, Minions and Jurassic World licenses to drive 2015 sales

Just Born is hoping to capitalize on the rising Hispanic population in U.S. with spicy exotic flavors and says licensing deals with the Jurassic World and Minions movies will spur...

Natural colors move costly and complex, say Just Born and Gimbal’s

Two family-owned U.S. candy firms say a switch from artificial to natural colors and flavors is financially risky and claim many technical difficulties still exist.

Snacks and candy blur: ‘Competition makes us better,’ says SFA

A raft of candy makers are moving into snacks and this influx of innovation will serve the category and consumers well, says the CEO of the Snack Food Association (SFA).

Dollar stores the fastest growing retail channel for U.S. candy - IRI

Dollar stores were the fastest growing sales outlet for candy in the U.S. last year and should be the focus for confectionery manufacturers, says IRI.

U.S. confectionery Goliaths losing market share to SMEs – IRI

The top four U.S. candy manufacturers are growing at slower rates than smaller companies, that are able to bring new products to market quicker, says an IRI analyst.

Special edition: Innovations in better-for-you confectionery

Brain boost and beauty gummies could enter mass-market, claims Hunziker

Gummies fortified with collagen peptide or magnesium could be money-spinners outside niche drugstore channels, says Swiss functional confectionery producer Hunziker.

“Don’t forget about baby boomers” when marketing foods, IRI analyst cautions

Food marketers increasingly are training their crosshairs on millennials whose purchasing power is growing quickly, but they should not overlook baby boomers, who spend the most of any generation on...

Five modern twists on brittle

Five startups showcasing at the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago hope to rekindle Americans’ love affair with the iconic sugar candy brittle by updating the old fashioned confection with...


Obesity: Are food taxes the answer?

Food taxes were raised again last week as a way to help stem obesity rates – but are they really necessary? And would they work?

Birthday cake emerges with other nostalgic throwbacks as top flavors

Yellow birthday cake with thick, sugary frosting, like those made in local grocery stores nationwide, is emerging as a top selling new flavor in candies and sweets, according to leading...

Crayola challenged to show its true colors in consumer backlash against artificially dyed candies

Crayon maker Crayola has confirmed it is aware of an ongoing public appeal that urges the company to stop marketing its Color Your Mouth candy products to children.

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