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Mondelēz may make second Hershey bid as five Trust members to leave

Mondelēz may make another bid to acquire Hershey as five board members are set to step down under an agreement with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General (AG), says the author...

How can share bags fit confectioners’ portion control strategy?

Nestlé, Ferrero and Mondelēz International say share bags can be part of the confectionery industry’s push for portion-controlled products.

Ferrero aims to ease North America struggles by acquiring Delacre: Analyst

Ferrero has reportedly made a bid to acquire Belgian biscuits and pastries manufacturer Delacre in a move one analyst says could support a push for North America and reduce its...

Feature

Light up candy floss, thirst globes & 3D chocolate diamonds – 2020 confectionery trends

The future of sweets disconnects with the past of sugar dependency, artificial colors, and flavors, according to food futurologist Dr Morgaine Gaye.

Mondelēz appoints ex-Wrigley boss as India MD

Mondelēz International has named the managing director for its India business months after inaugurating a chocolate plant in Andhra Pradesh that will be its largest Asia Pacific plant.

Allergic reaction to milk in Japan started internal investigation

IKEA expands chocolate recall due to allergen concerns

IKEA has expanded a chocolate recall with a further six products from more than 40 countries because of insufficient labelling of hazelnuts and almonds.

Lindt repositions Russell Stover as everyday brand

Lindt’s Russell Stover Every Day range has gained listings at major supermarkets such as Walmart since its April release in the US as the brand reduces reliance on key seasons....

NCA Sweet Insights 2016

Natural-positioned snacks driving growth in specialty channel, says Spins

Snack sales are growing more than twice as fast in the US ‘speciality gourmet’ retail channel than through mainstream stores, according to retail analysts Spins.

High protein chocolate coatings moving to trail mixes & clusters: Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut says protein chocolate is poised to expand beyond traditional granola and energy bars to clusters and trail mixes.

Factory upgrade

Ferrero Canada plans three new products at Brantford site

Ferrero Canada plans to add production lines for three new products in a CAD $36.1m (USD $27.66m) investment at its factory in Brantford.

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...

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,...

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.

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.

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