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Confectionery Innovation Forum 2016

Outside the candy box: Five sources of confectionery NPD inspiration

Project7 CEO Tyler Merrick and Mintel’s director of insights Marcia Mogelonsky pinpoint the websites and places to watch for new product development inspiration.

Mondelēz names next snacks MD for German business

Milka maker Mondelēz International has appointed a new managing director to run its snacks business in Germany as the incumbent plans to quit the firm.

Mondelēz debuts Oreo holiday gift tins via e-commerce pilot

Oreo is launching a new direct-to-consumer e-commerce pilot for the holiday season via gifts.oreo.com, a limited-time online platform offering Oreo holiday gift tins filled with white fudge-covered Oreo cookies....

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Barry Callebaut CEO: US legal risks no reason not to act on cocoa sustainability

The legal risk of acknowledging there is child labor and extreme poverty in the chocolate industry’s supply chain is no reason not to act, says Barry Callebaut’s CEO.

Vox Pop: Can consumers tell the difference between sustainable cocoa labels?

Many consumers struggle to tell the difference between cocoa certification program labels like Fairtrade and company own labels, such as Nestlé’s Cocoa Plan, but all agree social responsibility should be...

Yummex Middle East innovation winners

Premium gum Mastika attracts suitors after Yummex innovation win

Mastic chewing gum brand Mastika is attracting interest from distributors in the Middle East after bagging an innovation award at trade fair yummex, says Lebanese brand owner Master Chewing Gum...

Wrigley and Mars to release new transaction zone insights in 2017

Mars Wrigley is working with retail partners, including Jewel-Osco, to understand shopper behavior in checkout queues and how to best merchandize impulse categories.

Market research

Confectionery promotions on the decline as discounts risk becoming ‘self-destroying’, says IRI

Volumes of confectionery sold on promotion have fallen in the past year in Western markets, according to market analysts IRI.

R&D

Nestlé develops natural method to cut sugar in chocolate by 40%

Nestlé plans to introduce a faster-dissolving sugar across some of its confectionery range from 2018.

Startup Tracker

Florida bean-to-bar maker Pinellas Chocolate opens first retail store

State-inspired chocolate maker Pinellas Chocolate Company has opened its first retail store in Largo, Florida, where customers can sample its products and witness how bean-to-bar chocolate is made.

Ferrero expected to acquire Delacre biscuits by mid-December

Ferrero is nearing the acquistion of biscuits firm Delacre in an attempt to decrease its reliance on chocolate and expand in North American, says market analysts Euromonitor.

Start up Watch: 3D-printed molds

From licking your own face to chocolate greeting cards: Candy Mechanics celebrates launch

E-commerce start-up Candy Mechanics has launched a line of personalized chocolate Candy Cards and will next month introduce limited edition chocolate lollipops from 3D printed molds of people's faces.

Cisse Cocoa brings single-origin cocoa beans to its snacking chocolate products

Cisse Cocoa to expand fair trade chocolate snacks in key retailers

Cisse Cocoa has brought fair trade, single-origin cocoa beans to its chocolate bark products, as the company believes the 'snackfection' trend is no longer a secret to the consumer

Ferrero drops Romanian Kinder Egg subcontractor amid child labor concerns

Ferrero has terminated all relations with subcontractors Prolegis in Romania after allegations children had been working long hours for low pay to produce toys for Kinder Eggs.

Nestlé KitKat trademark appeal against Petra Foods fails

The Court of Appeal in Singapore has reaffirmed Nestlé’s KitKat shape trademark is invalid and ruled Petra Foods’ Delfi Take-It bar cannot therefore infringe the mark.

UK chocolate exports up 11% with falling pound

Chocolate volumes exported from the UK have grown substantially in the third quarter versus the same period last year, driven by the weak pound.

Findings point to risk from saturated fats outside some reduction guidelines

Harvard-Unilever study confirms link between sat fats, heart disease & importance of reformulation

There is an association between intakes of individual saturated fats and the risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new analysis of data that underlines the importance of switching...

ISA: Mechanism ‘not plausible’ to explain aspartame’s role in weight loss

A mechanism found to explain why aspartame prevents weight loss in humans is "not plausible" according to the International Sweeteners Association (ISA).

Swiss companies create first donkey milk chocolate bar

Eurolactis, a Swiss company that sells donkey milk, and Swiss master chocolatier Fornerod have teamed up to make the first non-bovine Swiss milk chocolate bar.

Chocolate Xmas tins help to save the planet with reduced carbon footprint, says Empac

Empac (European Metal Packaging association) has seen 20%-39% savings in the carbon footprint of metal packaging thanks to an increase of renewable energies in production and a rise in recycling...

Child labor eradication pledge

Barry Callebaut sets 2025 target for sustainable cocoa

Barry Callebaut has pledged to bring 500,000 cocoa farmers out of extreme poverty and eradicate child labor in its supply chain under an initiative to source fully sustainable cocoa by 2025.

Thew Arnott launches zein-based food glaze for confectionery products

The UK-based specialty ingredients developer, Thew Arnott, is now offering a vegan alternative to shellac in its range of AraTAs coatings for confectionery products. Shellac is a resin secreted by...

Mars admits shrinking Maltesers and Galaxy Counters packs was ‘difficult decision’

Mars has been shrunk its Maltesers brand from 121g to 103g per bag without changing the price of the product, according to a tweet by UK-based food retailer turned insight...

Chinese confections and snacks compete for sweeter spot on e-commerce during Double 11

Alibaba, China's largest e-commerce platform, reached record sales of $15bn during Double 11 this year, prompting domestic confectionery and snack brands to step up their web strategies. 

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Hancock’s confectionery business expects to reach rural UK with e-commerce

Two brothers have launched a new British wholesale confectionery business, called HS Wholesale Sweets, continuing with a family tradition in confectionery. 

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