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Mars admits shrinking Maltesers and Galaxy Counters packs was ‘difficult decision’

Mars has been shrunk its Maltesers brand from 121g to 103g per bag without changing the price of the product, according to a tweet by UK-based food retailer turned insight...

Chinese confections and snacks compete for sweeter spot on e-commerce during Double 11

Alibaba, China's largest e-commerce platform, reached record sales of $15bn during Double 11 this year, prompting domestic confectionery and snack brands to step up their web strategies. 

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Hancock’s confectionery business expects to reach rural UK with e-commerce

Two brothers have launched a new British wholesale confectionery business, called HS Wholesale Sweets, continuing with a family tradition in confectionery. 

Interpack preview 2017

Confectionery and bakery ‘snackertainment’ on the rise

With the latest trend for confectionery and bakery including videos and commercials to promote products, Germany’s top industry associations discuss ‘snackertainment’, energy-efficiency, packaging costs, vegan diets, halal, and industry 4.0,...

Katjes International ups stake in chocolate maker Halloren

Katjes International has raised its stake in publically-listed German chocolate producer Halloren to 7%.

AIPIA Congress 2016

Digimarc: ‘Think about packaging as your own built-in media network’

Active, intelligent packaging is similar to the 1950s phenomenon of TV, according to Digimarc, which creates digital barcode scanners for products including ice cream tubs, biscuits and chips.

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‘Next stage of evolution’: Mondelēz teams with Fairtrade to expand Cocoa Life to Cadbury brand

Mondelēz International has partnered with Fairtrade to grow the chocolate maker’s own program Cocoa Life to cover all Cadbury products in the UK & Ireland.

Poll results

Confectionery industry predicts business outlook under Trump presidency

The global confectionery delivers its verdict on prospects for trade, exports and commodity costs under US president-elect Donald Trump.

Confectionery conversion rates at 49% in travel retail, finds TFWA-backed study

Almost half of visitors to airport confectionery zones go on to make a purchase, according to a study by the Tax Free World Association (TFWA).

Former PepsiCo manager joins Just Born executive team

Peeps maker Just Born Quality Confections has hired Rachel Hayden as its new vice president and chief information officer.

Eight-minute podcast: Fairtrade’s new cocoa director

Fairtrade to review cocoa premium against farmer income study

Fairtrade International plans next year to review its minimum price and premium for certified cocoa against a study measuring the drivers of income for farmers.

NACS 2016

Hershey: C-store has ‘large’ growth potential for seasonal confections

Seasonal confectionery c-store distribution is underdeveloped compared to other channels, despite the fact that the household purchase of seasonal confectionery is increasing, 

Gulfood Manufacturing 2016

Theegarten says hermetically sealed chocolate wrappers protect against MENA's humidity

Theegarten Pactec showcased a multi-style packaging machine for chocolate and confectionery articles at Gulfood Manufacturing this year.

Dispatches from Pack Expo 2016

Tomric introduces Bean-to-Bar equipment for US small batch chocolatiers

Plastic candy molds maker Tomric Systems has introduced a one-stop shop bean-to-bar equipment that helps artisans create single-origin chocolate.

Pack Expo 2016

Packaging industry cautious on Trump’s US manufacturing promise

Automation and increased profitability may make US President-elect Donald Trump's promise to bring manufacturing jobs back to the US empty, say some food packaging and processing industry leaders at Pack Expo in...

Toblerone downsizing 'not about Brexit', says Mondelēz

Mondelēz International says higher cocoa costs rather than the currency impact of Brexit have led it to reduce the weight of two Toblerone products in the UK.

Online forum - Next billion dollar brand

Confectionery Innovation 2016: Project7, Mintel and Unreal Candy founder lined up

ConfectioneryNews will host a free online forum on new product development this month for companies adjusting to modern market trends.

M&M’s taps Japan’s samurai roots for limited edition launch

Mars has introduced limited edition M&M’s milk chocolate kimono and samurai novelties in Japan.

Sonoco expands US flexible packaging business targeting candy and bakery

Sonoco has acquired Plastic Packaging Inc. (PPI), which makes flexible packaging for confectionery, baked goods and frozen products, among others.

Taxation could have big impact on future chocolate sales

Many countries are considering or have implemented taxes on high calorie, fat or sugar products in recent years, which could have a significant impact on chocolate sales, according to Euromonitor.

Barry Callebaut invests $20m in US West Coast factory

Barry Callebaut plans to up capacity at its American Canyon facility in California as it anticpates growing demand for chocolate and compound products on the US West Coast.

Disptaches from WCF meeting in Abidjan

‘Our customers do care’ about sustainable cocoa, says M&S

UK premium retailer Marks & Spencer says its consumers expect cocoa from sustainable sources.

R&D

Study finds milk chocolate has a dark side by adding peanut skin extract

Scientists has developed a way to emulate the antioxidant content of dark chocolate in milk chocolate by using encapsulated peanut skin extract, all without altering its consumer-preferred flavor or texture.

Annual results 2015/16

Barry Callebaut outstrips chocolate volume growth as chairman steps down

Barry Callebaut has outpaced the overall global chocolate market in its full-year results as long-serving chairman Andreas Jacobs announces plans to step down.

NACS 2016

Just Born outlines strategy to outgrow candy category by 3%

Just Born Quality Confections says its resurrected chocolate business and new Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales items set to US c-stores early next year will help it outpace category...

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