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Chocolate’s ‘plight does not look set to improve’ in the US, says Euromonitor

The US chocolate confectionery market is set for a 1% volume decline between 2016 and 2021 as Americans’ GDP per capita is set to fall while the category is caught...

Price fixing

Nestlé drops appeals for chocolate cartel fines in Germany

Nestlé Deutschland has withdrawn appeals in two cases for which it was fined for colluding to fix prices in Germany.

Euromar drags down European cocoa grind as global market set for surplus

European cocoa processing volumes declined in the fourth quarter after processor Euromar became insolvent; the global cocoa market is also expected to enter a supply surplus.

Americanna to expand distillation program after initial success with cannabis puffed gummies

'Garden-to-gummy' edibles confectioner Americanna has announced a new company-wide distillation program, called Pure Distillate, to make purer cannabis concentrate. 

Barry Callebaut buys 95% FSC certified boxes for EMEA region

Barry Callebaut has confirmed it will buy 95% of its corrugated carton boxes as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Region.

2016 Sales Report

Lindt exceeds market expectations with 6% annual sales growth

Lindt & Sprüngli has reported a rise in 2016 revenues driven by strong performance in Europe, which exceeded analysts’ forecasts.

Divine Chocolate joins Tony’s Chocolonely as B Corps certified company

Part cocoa farmer-owned company Divine Chocolate has joined B Corps in hope of making its business more transparent. 

Three Squirrels expects to be incorporated after reporting net profit of over $29m

Rumor has been mounting over the last month that e-commerce snack brand in China, Three Squirrels, is planning to be incorporated in the near future, BakeryandSnacks learned from various sources.

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.

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