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Hershey moves forward with nutrition facts panel despite FDA’s delay

Hershey has decided to update its nutrition facts panel across its portfolio this fall, starting with some of the power brands including Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolate. 

ONS recognises “shrinkflation” as reason for smaller (but not cheaper) chocolates

Servings of confectionery, fruit juice and biscuits are getting smaller without getting any cheaper, the UK government confirm as findings appear to strengthen what many consumers have long suspected.

M&A

Ferrara Candy may acquire Nestlé’s US confectionery business

Gummy maker Ferrara Candy is reportedly going to participate in an auction for Nestlé’s US candy business, according to a report by Reuters.

Nestlé launches cake-style KitKat upon renovating chocolate store in Japan

Nestlé will launch a KitKat Chocolatory Gateau Mignon exclusively at the KitKat Chocolatory Ginza store in Tokyo, Japan, on July 25, 2017. 

Barry Callebaut expands specialties and decorations arm with Italian purchase

Barry Callebaut has added to its European Specialties & Decorations segment with the purchase of Italian firm D’Orsogna Dolciaria for an undisclosed amount. 

Raisio cuts earnings guidance amid UK confectionery challenges

Raisio has reduced its 2017 guidance after production and commercial challenges in its UK confectionery business.

News in brief

Stevia-based flavour modifier cuts need for expensive cocoa and vanilla

Stevia supplier Pure Circle has developed a stevia-based flavour modifier that enhances vanilla and cocoa flavours as well as sweetening.

Simple ingredients renovation

Next step: Mondelēz to cut sugar, salt, sat fat and artificial ingredients in power brands

Cadbury owner Mondelēz International plans to renovate its power brands with simpler ingredients and improved nutrition after meeting some of its well-being targets early.

Cocoa in the Congo: Emerging origin for organic chocolate makers

Cocoa production is thriving in the Democratic Republic of Congo, presenting an opportunity for the chocolate industry, say stakeholders working in the country.

Russell Stover Chocolates names Andrew Deister as new CEO

Andrew Deister has succeeded Andreas Pfluger as Russell Stover Chocolates CEO. 

Local chocolate players remain competitive in West Africa as regional sales set to grow

Retail value sales of chocolate confectionery in West African countries, like Nigeria and Cameroon, have experienced steady growth over the past five years, according to Euromonitor International.

Africa steadily finding its place on the world chocolate map

Chocolate confectionery sales are expected to rise in Africa, but only slightly higher than the global average, according to FoodTrending.

Mondelez’s Toblerone may have grounds for candy shape-based lawsuit against Poundland

A British business advisory lawyer says Mondelēz could take action against Poundland for launching Twin Peaks chocolate that looks like its Toblerone brand because of its “unique and distinctive” shape....

M&A

McClain’s Old Florida Gourmet set to double sales upon Nassau Candy acquisition

Specialty confectioner, Nassau Candy Distributors, has announced it will combine McClain’s Old Florida Gourmet with its own distribution division, Nassau Candy South.

IFT 2017

Protein yet to plateau in chocolate confectionery, says Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut has expanded its protein product portfolio by launching its FortiPro brand, a chocolate coating that contains 15% to 20% protein per serving. 

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

1-800-Flowers set to compete with Amazon with new snacking brand

1-800-Flowers says it is considering acquiring a new brand from the snack category, such as nuts, to boost its e-commerce business. 

Cadbury adds Dairy Milk Oreo and Tiffin production to Bournville factory

Mondelēz has expanded production at its Cadbury factory in Bournville, UK, following a £75m ($96.5m) investment.

Barry Callebaut revenues grow with Mondelēz and GarudaFood deals

Barry Callebaut has grown revenues by +2.9% for the nine-months of fiscal 2016/17 driven by supply deals with Mondelēz and Indonesian biscuit maker GarudaFood.

IFT 2017

Cargill to launch new stevia sweetener for chocolate and candy

Cargill will launch EverSweet, a new stevia product that combines Reb M and Reb D, for US confectionery makers in 2018.

Chocolate tourism: Nestlé to open second KitKat factory in Japan

Nestlé plans to open a second KitKat factory in Japan to satisfy demand for local flavors such as green tea and wasabi among tourists.

US Senator Charles Schumer calls on FDA to regulate snortable chocolate

US Senator Charles Schumer urges the FDA to investigate a snortable raw cocoa product, Coco Loko, because he alleges it has no clear health value.

Grinding in profits: European cocoa processing rises 2% in Q2

The European cocoa grind has risen in the second quarter (Q2) as it became more profitable to process cocoa.

Ferrero opens logistics center in France to tailor packs for each retail channel

Ferrero France has opened a new logistics and co-packaging center in Saint-Quentin Fallavier near Lyon, which will be operated by SPI Logistic.

Mars’ case against CocoVaa for trademark infringement likely to continue, says lawyer

CocoVaa Chocolatier’s owner says she will continue defending her position if Mars proceeds with litigation against its brand for trademark infringement. 

East is eden: Middle East ripe for chocolate growth amid volume declines in the West

Euromonitor International suggests the Middle East offers opportunities for chocolate manufacturers seeking to drive value growth.

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