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Financial Results

Hershey reports Q2 growth, continuing to target ‘snackfection’ trend

Hershey has posted 3.7% net sales growth in its second quarter results as it gears up to launch a 'snackfection' item later this year.

Financial Results

Mondelēz posts Q2 growth but below global snacks market

Cadbury and Oreo maker Mondelēz International has posted 1.5% organic revenue growth in the second quarter, but has grown below the combined chocolate, biscuits and gum & candy markets in...

Madécasse monkeys around with branding to make chocolate more memorable, accessible

A ring-tailed lemur will be the new ringleader for Madécasse chocolate and vanilla, which will undergo a brand refresh this fall with new packaging designed to make the difficult-to-pronounce company’s...

News in brief

Mars to rollout M&M’s Coffee Nut across US after consumer vote

M&M’s Coffee Nut has won a public vote to be the brand’s next nut variety and will roll out at retailers across the US next month.

Origins

‘The new Nacional’: Chocolate majors urged to join Dominican Republic cocoa awakening

Chocolate makers are being pushed to join Dominican Republic’s plans to triple cocoa yields by 2027. The nation can become as valuable as Nacional, a prized cocoa variety from Ecuador,...

Unconventional retailers present distribution opportunities for high-end sweets and snacks

Premium confections and snacks could find new distribution opportunities in unconventional places as more fashion and design retailers start stocking select on-the-go food and beverages that will help fuel and...

Little Bird brings chocolate-covered candied jalapenos to the market

Little Bird founders Corey and Sara Meyer are aiming to pop out of the specialty category and spread across the nation like wildfire with their sweet and spicy chocolate-covered candied...

Confectionery Trend-Watching

As consumers become increasingly health conscious, what drives confectionery sales?

US consumers are starting to put more thought into eating healthily. But for confectionery, indulgence still drives the decision to purchase.

H1 Financial Results

Lindt continues to grow but warns of ‘stagnating’ chocolate markets

Lindt has posted sales and profit growth its half-year results, but has highlighted weak consumer sentiment in some major chocolate markets.

Warning: Health is not the top factor motivating functional food purchases

An Italian consumer survey has revealed the factors motivating functional food purchases. The researchers said health function was just one reason on the list, and manufacturers would do well to...

Survey results

Brexit Poll: Confectionery industry outlook negative after Brexit vote

The majority of ConfectioneryNews readers polled expect the UK’s exit from the European Union will hit sales volumes for their businesses and lead to price hikes for cocoa and sugar....

Sustainable cocoa sector needs long-term credit access for farmers: Rainforest Alliance

The chocolate industry should explore longer four-year financing projects for cocoa farmers if it is serious about making the cocoa sector sustainable, says certification body Rainforest Alliance (RA).

Tesco to make all its own-label chocolate Rainforest Alliance certified

Tesco – the UK’s largest supermarket chain – has pledged to use only cocoa from Rainforest Alliance sources in its private-label chocolate.

News in brief

AAK acquires CalOils from Mitsubishi Corp for undisclosed sum

Swedish oils giant AAK has struck a deal to buy Richmond, CA-based California Oils Corp from Mitsubishi Corp in a bid to increase its presence in the US market.

Ferrero, Lindt and Rübezahl chocolate found to contain mineral oil

Selected Ferrero, Lindt and Rübezahl chocolate purchased in Germany have been found to contain mineral oils in the packaging, according to Foodwatch.

Raisio sells snack bar manufacturer Halo Foods to Dutch investor Nimbus

UK snack bar manufacturer Halo Foods has been sold by Raisio Group, which says it aims to focus on development of its own brands.

Summer Fancy Food Show 2016

Summer Fancy Food Show NPD: Wild Boar, Simple Mills and Super Eats

This site attended the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York to see how trends including clean labels and plant-based protein are shaping the snacks and confectionery markets.

Artificial sweeteners may cause cravings for the real thing: Study

Sugar alternatives may actually increase an individual’s appetite for real sugar by interfering with the way glucose is used in the body, a study has found.

Lareka transfers tobacco know-how to precision gluing for chocolate packaging

Lareka Confectionery & Tobacco Equipment is using its industry expertise in tobacco to glue 4,000 dots a minute onto packaging for chocolate.

Market Analysis

Chocolate makers to go premium as North Americans cutback consumption

Consumers in North America are expected to eat four fewer chocolate bars per person a year by 2021, prompting the industry to add value with higher cocoa percentages and quality...

Aluflexpack granted $22m loan to expand confectionery & dairy packaging

Aluflexpack, which produces flexible packaging for the confectionery and dairy industry among others, has been granted a €20m ($22m) loan from the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development).

Ferrero’s nutrition strategy unwrapped

Portion control among ‘most cost effective’ ways to tackle obesity: Ferrero

Ferrero says it will play its part in helping curb obesity levels in Europe by offering small portions tailored to eating occasions, primarily breakfast.

Exclusive Interview - Love Cocoa founder

Cadbury descendant feels ‘immense pressure’ linking last name to chocolate startup

John Cadbury’s great great great grandson, James Cadbury, has received 150 orders in only five days after he launched his chocolate startup, Love Cocoa.

Global trends: Where are the world's strongest and weakest candy & snacks markets?

Snacks and confectionery value sales growth has slowed to its lowest level in at least five years in many parts of the world, according to data from retail analysts Euromonitor...

Nine-month results 2015/16

Barry Callebaut sales up despite ‘sluggish’ chocolate market

Barry Callebaut has grown revenues and sales volumes despite declines in the overall global chocolate confectionery market.

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