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Who won? ConfectioneryNews announces Personality of the Year 2014

Votes have been cast and counted for ConfectioneryNews’ Inaugural Personality of the Year competition and we can now announce the winner.

Last call for votes! Who is your 2014 confectionery personality?

Voting closes for ConfectioneryNews’ inaugural Personality of the Year tomorrow – cast your vote here.

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Going green, organic and natural: ConfectioneryNews readies for ISM and ProSweets 2015

ConfectioneryNews will be reporting from ISM and ProSweets 2015 next month in Cologne where the organizers anticipate growing interest in organic products, natural ingredients and sustainable packaging.

50 mins of fresh: Perfetti Van Melle develops chewing gum for lasting cooling

Dutch-Italian confectioner Perfetti Van Melle has filed a patent for a process to produce chewing gum that imparts a long-lasting cooling sensation.

Year in review with the top two

Learning from the leaders: Developments at Mars and Mondelez in 2014

ConfectioneryNews takes a look back at changes at the leading confectioners Mars, and Mondelez in 2014 and showcases the biggest acquisitions of the year.

Wrigley UK merges Orbit into Extra range

Wrigley UK has incorporated its Orbit brand into the Extra range to help drive sales and will also launch soft chew options to appeal to younger consumers.

‘No palm oil’ label battle won’t start trade or court war: Malaysian minister

The Malaysian government says it is assessing what action it should take to address ‘no palm oil’ labels in France and Belgium, the legal grounds for which have come under...

L.A.Fuel energy gum enters France

L.A.Fuel Supreme Energy Gum has launched in France through a distribution deal with  Publicis Drugstore.

What the…? Wrigley looks to block Perfetti Van Melle’s ‘WTF’ trademark

Global gum leader Wrigley is trying to block the third largest gum player Perfetti Van Melle’s from registering character trademarks for ‘WTF’ and ‘What the Fresh’ in the US.

Editor's Blog

Unsung candymen and women: ConfectioneryNews opens entries for Personality of the Year 2014

ConfectioneryNews is launching its inaugural Personality of the Year competition to recognize unhailed innovators and industry stalwarts for a job well done.

Cloetta may take ‘bumpy road’ of price changes on select products

Cloetta may alter prices on individual products in response to increasing cocoa, hazelnut and almond costs and falling sugar prices.

Special Edition: Cost effective confectionery processing

Seven tips for processing equipment purchasing for SMEs

Suppliers at Pack Expo 2014 offer tips for confectionery companies taking their first steps into processing.

Dispatches: Pack Expo 2014

Gum packs of the future: Flip top cartons with fewer pieces

The biggest players in the gum industry are moving to flip top carton packaging with fewer gum pieces, according to Loesch Pack.

Third Quarter Results

Hershey lowers full-year forecast after international glitch

Hershey has lowered its full year guidance after a slowdown in Brazil and Mexico and a gross profit margin decline due to higher dairy and cocoa costs.

Changing tactics: Energy chew entrants imminent as drinks run out of steam

The confectionery market is poised to welcome a host of energy drink manufacturers looking to differentiate their brands with energy gum and candy, says an analyst at Datamonitor.

Indonesia

Indonesia’s plantation war with foreign conglomerates continues

Indonesia continues its fight against the foreign domination of its plantation industry and, in particular, crude palm oil (CPO).

Taste prediction model forms bedrock of Cargill’s stevia technology

Cargill, long a leader in stevia technology, says its taste prediction model forms the foundation of its new stevia technology, called viaTech.

Food industry must slash sugar – not just tinker

Food industry ‘tinkering’ with sugar content while foods and drinks remain relatively high in sugar may detract from more basic sugar reduction strategies, warns a public health expert.

Norwegians loyal to domestic confectionery brands: Leatherhead

The Norwegian confectionery market is unusual by Western European standards since its domestic brands stand tall with the multinationals, according to a Leatherhead analyst.

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

Malaysia hopes to double palm oil production by 2020

Malaysia hopes to double its palm oil production by 2020 without having to dedicate more land to palm plants, according to a Malaysian minister.

Researchers call for ‘radical rethink’ of free sugars targets

Intakes of free dietary sugars should make up no more than 3% of total energy intake in order to battle the ‘significant’ financial and social burdens of tooth decay, warn researchers.

Follow the light: LED-lit displays boost candy sales, claims Mars

Mars Chocolate North America and Wrigley have introduced cash counter racks illuminated with LED lighting that they claim can increase front end confectionery sales by 10-12%.

Russia bans Ukraine confectionery imports

Russian authorities have imposed an import ban on confectionery produced in Ukraine.

Mondelēz picks Poland over Botswana for African gum

Mondelēz International will close its chewing gum plant in Botswana and move production to Poland as African consumers ditch pellet gum for slab gum.

Added sugar labeling could compromise trade secrets, says NCA

The National Confectioners Association is concerned that added sugar declarations on the Nutrition Facts Panel would force confectioners to give away recipe “trade secrets”.

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