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Hershey names CFO and Mondelēz picks North America head

Hershey has appointed Patricia A. Little as its new chief financial officer, while Mondelēz has named Roberto Marques as president of its North America business.

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Better-for-you candy, energy-efficient processing and portion-control: ConfectioneryNews unveils 2015 features lineup

We’ve chosen four topics for our 2015 special editions and are inviting expert comment.

Confectionery marketing to kids taboo under WHO’s European Region Nutrient Profile model

The World Health Organization (WHO) has proposed a nutrient profiling tool to help European member states that wish to restrict marketing of certain foods to children. Applying the nutrient profile...

Mars defends artificial dyes and says natural switch 'won't happen overnight'

Mars says it is exploring natural alternatives but sees no safety concerns with artificial colors and flavors.

Candy at CAGNY

‘We’ll continue to seek tack-on acquisitions’: Mondelēz to shop in emerging markets

Mondelēz International says it will continue to look for complementary acquisitions in emerging markets after acquiring Vietnam’s Kinh Do.

Nestlé profits jump despite slow growth

Nestlé missed its growth estimate for 2014 and has forecast around 5% growth for 2015 – at the low end of its previous target of 5-6%.

‘Southampton’ colour Allura Red safe at current levels, EFSA finds

New exposure data for Allura Red (E129) food colouring suggest that current intakes are safe, according to a revised opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Cloetta to axe 30 jobs as Italian sales slump continues

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta plans to cut 30 employees in Italy after sales in the market declined for the fourth consecutive quarter.

Confectioners respond to consumer health trip: ‘It’s not like in the past’, says ISM organizer

ISM show organizer Koelnmesse says confectioners are responding to growing consumer concerns on health, noting a surge in free-from and sugar free products.

Mondelēz to exit retailers that rejected price hikes

Mondelēz International will withdraw from certain retail customers in Europe that have refused chocolate price hikes. 

India

Analysts predict lightning growth for Indian confectionery market

India’s confectionery market is expected to grow by almost three-quarters in four years as the burgeoning middle-class consumes more gums and jellies, and chocolate still dominates.

Equipment innovation

24-hour candy counting: Cremer claims reduced downtime for major players

Dutch equipment supplier Cremer has introduced a servo-driven counting machine that it claims will limit downtime for top players in confectionery.

ISM award winner: SoundyCandy founder shares vision

SoundyCandy: We’ve cracked the ‘impossible’

A hard boiled sweet that acts like popping candy is something confectionery giants have tried and failed for years, but we’ve done it, says Turkish start-up Toller Gida.

Candy tax proposed in Connecticut

A levy on high-calorie confectionery and soft drinks is being considered in Connecticut as a means to tackle childhood obesity.

ISM chooses pop idol: ‘Most innovative’ NPD for 2015

Visitors at the International Sweets and Biscuits Fair (ISM) in Cologne have chosen ‘the most innovative’ new products to enter the global candy and snacks market.

The Buzz: Innovations from ISM & ProSweets 2015

Catch up with the social media buzz from ISM and ProSweets and discover innovations you may have missed.

The tropical fruit with a vibrant red colour and anti-oxidant credentials

Breathing fire into confectionery: Dragon fruit a ‘promising’ ingredient for functional confections

Red pitaya fruit puree could prove a ‘promising and safe functional ingredient’ for gummy confections, according to a new Malaysian study.

‘Damaging small businesses’: Mondelēz and Mars slammed on supplier payment extensions

Mondelēz and Mars have been accused of exploiting small businesses by extending payment terms to some UK suppliers from 60 to 120 days.

News in brief

Mars Chocolate North America goes landfill-free

Mars Chocolate North America has that all of its ten factories have achieved zero-waste-to-landfill.

Big Tobacco eyes caffeine growth with oral strips

The launch of oral caffeine strip Reon sees cigarette-making giant Imperial Tobacco diversifying its market attentions and targeting on-the-go urban professionals.

Perfetti Van Melle claims filled toffee lollipop first

Perfetti Van Melle has filed a patent for what it claims are the first filled toffee lollipops produced through depositing.

Candy dynamism not matched by packaging, says Smithers Pira

Confectionery brands must ensure the packaging for new products is as innovative as the flavors, particularly to stave off competition from private label imitators, says packaging specialists Smithers Pira.

Personality of the Year spills the jelly beans

‘There’s no typical day in R&D’: How the barf flavored jelly bean was created by accident

ConfectioneryNews Personality of the Year, Jelly Belly's R&D manager Ambrose Lee, talks flavor development.

News in brief

Tootsie Roll stalwart Melvin J. Gordon dies

Tootsie Roll Industries’ long-standing CEO and chairman of its Board of Directors Melvin J.Gordon has died aged 95.

Who won? ConfectioneryNews announces Personality of the Year 2014

Votes have been cast and counted for ConfectioneryNews’ Inaugural Personality of the Year competition and we can now announce the winner.

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