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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...

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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...

Jelly Belly adds protein recovery to progressively mainstream Sports Beans brand

Jelly Belly has added protein recovery malt balls to its Sports Beans range as the functional confectionery brand gains distribution in mainstream retail.

‘Skepticism’ towards industry-funded sugar and calories research, says NCA

The US National Confectioners Association (NCA) has earmarked consumer education on calories and sugar as an industry priority for 2014 but admits there is skepticism about industry-funded research.

Tisn’t the season: How to stay relevant outside key seasons – Jelly Belly offers advice

Confectioners can reduce reliance on the big seasons with packaging and formats that outlast one day events, licensing deals and distribution at holiday hot spots, according to Jelly Belly.

Retailers wear the trousers in candy packaging decisions – NCA editors

Retailers’ clout in confectionery packaging decisions is mounting after consolidation in the retail sector, according to the editors of a National Confectioners’ Association publication.

Consumers to candy makers: ‘You have 3 seconds to get my attention!’

Confectionery brands have just three seconds on the shelf to be noticed by consumers, according to Saatchi & Saatchi X. How can companies maximize these precious moments?

US retailers pressed to remove candy from checkout zones

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has hit out at US retailers for stocking confectionery at checkout counters.

Chocolate war: Soviet brand dispute behind Roshen factory raids

Russia has seized the Russian factories of Ukraine’s leading chocolate company Roshen.

Base strategy on ‘candy champions’ for big sales gains: NCA and DunnhumbyUSA

Confectioners should focus on the hard-core candy consumers that make up the bulk of sales, according to the National Confectioners’ Association (NCA) and DunnhumbyUSA.

No country for hard candy: Production stays in Mexico until US adopts ‘level playing field’ sugar regime, says Spangler Candy

US headquartered firm Spangler Candy says it will not move large volumes of its production back to the US from Mexico until the US government creates a domestic sugar regime...

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Mondelēz: ‘We may revisit sugar reduction target’, if WHO formalizes guidance

Mondelēz International said it may include a pledge to reduce sugar in its new health & wellness program, but only if the World Health Organization (WHO) makes its latest sugar...

Special Edition: Consumer friendly confectionery packaging unwrapped

I can’t get inside! Easy-to-open confectionery wrappers

Hard to open wrappers have been cited as the largest consumer packaging frustration. How can confectioners make life a little easier without overpaying for elaborate opening features?

Almost 1m Aussies eat mints they never bought

It’s the great unspoken black hole in the Australian economy. Almost a million Australians a month flippantly committing the pettiest of larcenies: eating mints they don’t buy.

Special Edition: Consumer friendly confectionery packaging unwrapped

Getting portion controlled packaging under control

Consumer demand is rising for portion controlled packs, but do existing packaging machines have everything under control?

Special Edition: Consumer friendly confectionery packaging unwrapped

Interactive packaging: What the world is waiting for?

Big brands may be dipping their toes in the interactive packaging pool, but two analysts question whether consumers really want this technology and ask if if manufacturers can keep the technology...

No sugar reduction in Mondelēz health and wellness pledge

Mondelēz is to cut saturated fat and sodium by 10% by 2020, but suggests reducing consumer sugar intake is manageable with portion controlled products and education.

Roses are red, violets are blue, and so is chocolate, says Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut says chocolate makers can produce products in novel colors far easier with its new flower-shaped food colorant pellets compared to using high doses of powder and liquid dyes....

Nestlé wants to empower more women to work in engineering

As the United Nations held its 6th Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) in New York, last week, Nestlé shared its efforts to encourage women worldwide to work in the marketplace...

Dispatches from NCA State of the Industry Conference in Miami

For whom the till tolls: Could impulse candy buys flatline as checkouts phase out?

Impulse-reliant confectioners should be wary of emerging technology that could spell the end for in-store checkouts as we know them, says a retail expert.

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Skittles given all clear after two sickened

Skittles which were believed to have sickened two people in Indiana have been given a clean bill of health.

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