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Mondelēz sales crumble after Chinese biscuit slowdown

Mondelēz International said it is “disappointed” with its first full year results as a global snack company.

Seasonal focus: 2014’s candy love-in

Money buys love in segmented US Valentine’s market

US Valentine’s candy consumers are expected to spend more than last year, but many will seek products on offer, while the rich will buy richer with more premium offerings.

Confectionery industry prepares to battle its sugar demons

The US National Confectioners Association (NCA) and leading US firms say sugar has been ‘unjustly’ victimized in recent months and the public should be free to enjoy a sweet treat...

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Americans on the hunt for gourmet chocolate - Sweets & Snacks Expo organizers

US consumers have a growing appetite for new tastes such as ethnic flavors and single origin chocolate, creating an opportunity for gourmet confectioners, according to the Sweets and Snacks Expo...

Oz economy outpaces confectionery growth

The Australian confectionery market is growing slower than the country’s economy, according to a report from Market Line.

AAK fattened by 12% profit increase

AarhusKarlshamn (AAK), the Sweden-based oils and fat producer, has reported a 12% increase in operating profit in the fourth quarter (Q2), driven by recovery in its chocolate and confectionery fats...

PEZ returns to roots with adult proposition

Austrian confectioner PEZ International is hoping to take advantage of the vogue retro trend by re-launching peppermint candies for adults that were previously ditched in favor of child-friendly products in...

Pick packaging carefully to thwart carcinogenic mineral oils, says BDSI

The Association of Germany Confectionery Industry (BDSI) has urged the industry to choose plastic packaging that provides a protective barrier against carcinogenic mineral oils.

Jelly Belly giddy for beer flavored jelly beans after innovation frenzy

Jelly Belly is hopeful of international growth after an innovation splurge saw it introduce 50 new products at one show, including the world’s first beer flavored jelly bean.

Kit Kat tops Oz ad ratings, while Skittles loses its Midas touch

Eating chocolate is a one-way road to happiness, if you subscribe to the approach used by confectionery companies in Australia to market their products.

Hershey ‘very excited’ about mystery new product, reckons Brookside could be $500m brand

Hershey’s chief executive John Bilbrey says he is “very excited” about a mystery new product that will unveiled later this year, and believes fruit and choc snack brand Brookside could become...

ISM 2014: The buzz and innovations at Europe's premier sweet fair

A look back at Europe's largest confectionery trade show and the social media buzz.

Dispatches from ISM 2014 in Cologne

Sustainability and health needs grow at ISM, says organizer

The confectionery industry is in good shape and demand for sustainable products and those catering to health needs has never been higher, according to ISM organizer Koelnmesse.

Dispatches from ISM 2014

Who won? ISM innovation award winners announced

Europe’s premier confectionery tradeshow ISM in Cologne, Germany has unveiled this year’s top innovations as voted by journalists.

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Candyking seeks new CEO after bond listing

Swedish pick & Mix confectioner Candyking has issued a bond to secure investment for growth, but its CEO has decided to leave the firm after it failed to become a...

Ditch ‘possibly carcinogenic’ white color for clean label rice starch, says Beneo

Confectioners should replace white color titanium dioxide with rice starch to alleviate consumer health concerns, says supplier Beneo, even though toxicity has not been demonstrated by any authority in typical food uses....

Fini eyes UK expansion through distribution deal

Spanish candy maker Fini is aiming to grow its presence in the UK through a distribution deal with logistics firm Palletways.

Candy cast out: Lidl goes confectionery-free at UK checkouts

Discount retailer Lidl has rolled out its Healthy Till program across its UK stores, removing all chocolate and sweets from checkouts except for Wrigley’s gum.

Obesity counterattack: sugar reduction campaign in quotes

Prominent nutritionists have provided their exclusive feedback on Action on Sugar’s sugar reduction campaign, designed to combat the rising incidence of obesity in the UK.

Sugar free class action against Wrigley thrown out

A class action lawsuit alleging Wrigley made misleading “sugar free” claims has been dismissed by a Californian court.

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European Candy Group snaps up Kraepelien & Holm

Private label confectioner European Candy Group has acquired Dutch licorice firm Kraepelien & Holm.

No commercial reason not to cut sugar in confectionery, says chairman

Action on Sugar: Campaign forms to cut sugar in confectionery

A new campaign group headed by medical professionals says the food industry can improve profit margins while cutting ‘unnecessary’ added sugar from products, which it says is responsible for rising...

Action on Sugar: Campaign forms to cut confectionery sugar content

A new campaign group headed by medical professionals says the food industry can improve profit margins while cutting ‘unnecessary’ added sugar from products, which it says is responsible for rising...

Sour flavors and sweet & spicy mixes ‘the vogue’ for candy and gum, says Leatherhead

Leatherhead Food Research has identified the in-fashion flavors for sugar and gum confectionery.

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Nostalgic candy wrappers help dementia sufferers bring back the memories: Nestlé

Nestlé UK has put together a collection of historical packaging and posters of its Rowntree brand designed to help patients diagnosed with dementia bring back happy memories.

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