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EC called on to fast-track impact assessment

MEPs vote to limit trans fats in EU

MEPs have overwhelmingly voted to adopt a resolution pushing for a European limit on industrially produced trans fats, something industry has said it supports at 2%.

Nine-month results

Nestlé confectionery division ‘remains under pressure’

Nestlé hopes innovation and marketing support can restore growth to its confectionery division, which remains challenged in Brazil, the US and the UK.

Four chocolate giants invest $5m in Ivorian education program

Mondelēz International, Mars, Nestlé and Barry Callebaut have joined forces on a community development and education program in Côte d’Ivoire in partnership with the Jacobs Foundation.

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Digital tech to change confectionery travel retail space

Technology is set to enrich the travel retail segment, where confectionery is already the most purchased category, says retail marketing agency HRG.

NACS 2016

Mars debuts caramel-filled M&M's produced by new technology

Mars has launched M&M’s Caramel at the recent NACS show in Atlanta, Georgia, which will join Peanut, Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter as the largest four variants for the brand....

Euromonitor Quarterly Statement Q3 2016

‘Post-Brexit consumers may move to lower-priced confectionery, reversing premium chocolate trend’

Brexit is unlikely to have a dramatic effect on confectionery sales, with the quarterly update showing a 2% reduction in volume sales by 2020, according to Euromonitor.

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Gummies overtake chocolate in Colorado cannabis edibles space

Gummies are now the most popular cannabis edibles in Colorado with a share of 22% share of sales in the sector, says a newly released report from BDS Analytics’ GreenEdge database....

Where is the best place to position confections to boost sales?

Long-coveted as a premium place for impulse purchases, the checkout aisle may not actually be the best place for encouraging candy consumption, according to Packaged Facts research. 

Cobden and Brown eyes expansion after 100% cocoa bar launch

Northern Irish chocolatier Cobden and Brown has plans to enter southern neighbor the Republic of Ireland after recently introducing a 100% cocoa bar, according to the company’s founder and CEO,...

Interview with Rick Scobey, WCF president

Productivity alone won’t bring farmers above the poverty line: New WCF president

Yield increases must be coupled with agricultural reforms in origin countries and stronger financing packages to bring cocoa farmers out of poverty, according to the World Cocoa Foundation’s new president....

Oil spills: How to combat mineral oils in chocolate

Chocolate makers can thwart carcinogenic mineral oil contamination in products through regular testing, managing cocoa transportation and adding barrier layers in packaging, say scientists.

Hershey CEO J.P. Bilbrey to leave post

The Hershey Company has announced John P. Bilbrey will retire from his role as CEO and president, but he will continue as non-executive chairman of the Board.

Startup Tracker

'Sweetener of the future': Adam’s Fresh Chocolate spearheads yacón use in chocolate

Peruvian daisy yacón will be the natural sweetener of the future in the chocolate industry, according to British raw chocolate startup Adam’s Fresh Chocolate.

Pumpkin gum and Butterfinger skulls: Halloween candy sales set to hit record high in 2016

Halloween candy sales in the US may reach record levels despite an expected drop in trick-or-treating as more Americans shop for candy online and celebrate over the weekend.

'War on sugar’ fosters change for global candy industry: Euromonitor

The “war on sugar” has dented demand of sweet snacks as 47% of global consumers look for foods with limited or no added sugar, according to a recent survey by Euromonitor....

Vegetable fats in chocolate threaten artisans, says MEP

EU rules allowing a maximum of 5% vegetable fats other than cocoa butter in chocolate are a threat to artisan chocolate producers, says a French member of European Parliament.

Analyst View

Mars Wrigley Confectionery to be ‘lean and mean’ in resurgent global market

Mars’ combination of its chocolate and Wrigley businesses will help it simplify its supply chain to compete in a global confectionery market poised for modest growth, say analysts

NCA Sweet Insights Summer Series

Former Mars sales director encourages retailers to put more snacks on checkout aisle

The $6bn retail checkout was described as a “big, highly profitable and dynamic” business by the founder and president of Impulse Marketing, Cam Cloeter, during the recent NCA Summer Insights...


Hershey taps multi-textural demand with Cookie Layer Crunch launch

Hershey will launch a range of bars and share bags under a new line named ‘Hershey’s Cookie Layer Crunch’ across the US from December.

Mars warns of possible job cuts after merging chocolate division and Wrigley

M&M’s maker Mars has announced it will combine its chocolate and Wrigley segments to create a new division based in Chicago, called “Mars Wrigley Confectionery”.


Independent candy firms thrive online despite mainstream e-commerce competition: It'Sugar

Independent candy retailers are surviving well in the increasingly crowded online space, even as confectionery giants, including Nestlé and Mondelēz compete for a sweeter spot on mainstream e-commerce channels, such as Amazon and...

Natra expands into bite sized confections for private label

Spanish supplier Natra has joined the bite size trend by offering five chocolate ranges in resealable sharing formats.

Candy karma: Eating chocolate ‘mindfully’ boosts mood, says NCA-backed study

Eating a small amount of chocolate when in the Buddhist concentration state of mindfulness can increase positive mood, according to research by Gettysburg College.

Theo Chocolate warns confectionery industry to avoid ‘greenwashing’

Theo Chocolate says one of the greatest challenges it faces as a company committed to a responsible and transparent supply chain is “greenwashing” in the premium chocolate category.

Australia’s ‘better’ carob given boost by demand for healthy chocolate

Global demand for healthy, natural foods is helping to drive a resurgence in carob production in Australia, which currently supplies just 1% of the world’s market.

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