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British appetite for confectionery 'alive' and 'growing' in December despite Brexit vote

Confectionery sales in the UK climbed higher from November to December in 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, data from bank card machine provider Paymentsense shows.

Lotte’s probiotic chocolate success highlights functional potential in Japan

Functional chocolate is poised to contribute to market growth in Japan based on the success of Lotte’s Sweet Days chocolate, says market analyst Canadean.

‘Last resort’: Mondelēz ups prices on select UK products

Cadbury maker Mondelēz International has increased wholesale prices on some UK products, reporting increased cocoa costs and a weaker British pound.

Get ready for bespoke snacking experiences on a mass scale, says Mondelez chocolate innovator

Snacking is about to get personal with food manufacturers using technologies such as visual and 3D printing to scale up bespoke eating experiences, according to Gil Horsky, global innovation leader at...

Cloetta launches ‘test-and-learn’ confectionery store on China’s Alibaba

Swedish confectionery company Cloetta has opened its first online store in China through Alibaba’s Tmall Global platform to take advantage of the country’s growing online market for food.

Mondelēz hatches Cadbury Oreo Egg ‘n’ Spoon in the UK

Mondelēz-owned Cadbury has launched a new Oreo-inspired egg in the UK market, the Cadbury Dairy Milka Egg ‘n’ Spoon Oreo.

Startup Tracker

Fantasy Candies owner creates probiotic chocolate startup Blue Planet

Long-time candy maker and owner of the Ohio-based Fantasy Candies, Joel Fink, hopes to take probiotic chocolate to the national level through his new startup called Blue Planet Chocolate. 

Ferrero defends palm oil in Nutella with advert against 'unfair smear campaign'

Ferrero has launched a TV advertising campaign defending its use of palm oil in its flagship product Nutella, saying palm oil is currently suffering "an unfair smear campaign" in Italy....

Mondelēz ramps up premium offer in India with Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk Oreo

Mondelēz has introduced Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk Oreo to the Indian market after enjoying success with choco-bakery brands in other markets.

Consumer growth fuels sack & kraft paper to $80bn by 2021

Smither’s Pira on what's driving sack & kraft confectionery packaging

Smaller pack sizes, technological advancements and demand for higher quality graphics will drive the sack and kraft market to $80bn by 2021, says Smither’s Pira.

Mondelēz settles Indian factory probe in the US for $13m

Cadbury owner Mondelēz International has agreed to pay $13m to settle action brought by US authorities accusing it of breaching foreign trade rules when upgrading a factory in India.

Startup Tracker

Saffron-infused chocolate comes to the UK and the Netherlands

Startup firm Mahbir has launched a range of premium Indian foods containing saffron to the UK and the Netherlands, including a Belgian milk chocolate infused with the spice.

Exclusive interview

Transparency and portion-control: Execs at top candy firms set 2017 expectations

Mars Wrigley, Ferrara, Just Born, and other top candy firms offer their business outlooks for 2017 and share details of innovation in the pipeline.

Sterling fluctuation caused by Brexit is partly to blame

US unit of Hershey, Mars and Nestlé’s cocoa supplier, Transmar, files for bankruptcy

The US unit of cocoa trading and supplying company Transmar Group has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York after the...

Auchan to sell Russian sweets in Italy

Groupe Auchan has announced plans to sell confectionery products produced in Russia across its stores in Italy.

Anellotech claims only large scale of using sustainable packaging can combat climate change

Anellotech to increase confectioners’ sustainable packaging with Bio-TCat

Bio-sourced chemicals producer Anellotech hopes to use its bio-polyethylene made from inedible sources to help confectioners reduce their carbon footprint to fight global warming.

Oregon edibles processors speak about marijuana testing rule change

The new marijuana testing regulations have made it much tougher for cannabis edibles producers to operate, reports the industry.

Mars Wrigley seizes seasonal sales with Super Bowl commercials

Mars Wrigley has announced that Skittles will return with a new Super Bowl commercial next year as an extension of its long-standing “Taste the Rainbow” campaign.

Exclusive interview

Consumer’s confusion over sustainability labels spurs outcry among cocoa industry leaders

Cocoa industry insider, Marc Donaldson, voiced that approximately $2bn investment in cocoa sustainability over the past 10 years has achieved “so little.” He suggested consumers should take the sustainability issue...

Mondelēz launches Green & Black’s bars with Cocoa Life Program label

The Oreo maker has introduced seven new Green & Black’s bars to the US premium chocolate market.

Chong’s Choice launches first cannabis chocolate bars in collaboration with Défoncé

One of the largest cannabis brands in the US, Chong’s Choice, has launched five different chocolate bars through a partnership with infused chocolate maker, Défoncé Chocolatier. The decision was made...

Cloetta appoints ex-Arla executive as CEO and president

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta has named its next CEO and president, who says the company will explore acquisitions to boost organic growth.

Four big trends in chocolate for 2017: Cargill identifies growth drivers

Cargill says indulgent, premium, healthy, and sustainable and clean, will be the key trends driving the chocolate and cocoa industry next year.

Exclusive interview – Hershey master chocolatier talks simple ingredients

Removing GMOs easy; ditching chemical-sounding ingredients the challenge, says Hershey R&D chief

Cutting GMOs in confectionery is relatively simple, but finding replacements for ingredients that aren’t well understood by consumers is the real challenge, says Hershey’s chief chocolatier.

‘Bring home the bacon’: Pecan Deluxe Candy launches bacon fudge pieces

Pecan Deluxe Candy (Europe) has launched bacon and smoky bacon flavor fudge pieces to stay ahead of the competition.

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