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Hershey’s fresh breath chews may dissolve gum sales further

Hershey has at last launched its anticipated Ice Breakers Cool Blasts Chews across the US, which could spell “doom” for already declining gum sales, according to one analyst.

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Wrigley to boost Africa business with $63m Kenya factory

The Wrigley Company is constructing a $63m plant in Kenya, which global president Martin Radvan calls an ‘important early step’ in realising a strategic commitment to Africa.

Wrigley UK eyes new chewing occasions with refreshed Extra gum

Wrigley UK hopes to tap into new eating and drinking occasions with its reformulated and repackaged Extra brand chewing gum.

Xylitol’s efficacy in fighting tooth decay ‘unproven’

There is little evidence to prove natural sweetener xylitol prevents tooth decay in children and adults despite an EFSA-backed health claim, says a Cochrane review.

‘You’re going to see a turnaround in the gum category,’ says Hershey exec

Gum is set for resurgence as manufacturers rationalize their product mix and focus on core products, says Hershey’s vice present of industry affairs.

Kerry Gum: ‘Our dream is to get into the Chinese market’

German energy specialist Kerry Gum has long-term ambitions to break into China but realizes competitive is fierce.

Fastest flow wrap machine in the East? LoeschPack touts hot seal speed merchant for Asia

LoeschPack has introduced a horizontal flow wrap machine with hot seal capabilities that it claims will help confectioners protect product integrity in hot climates and pack at greater speeds than...

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Hershey names CFO and Mondelēz picks North America head

Hershey has appointed Patricia A. Little as its new chief financial officer, while Mondelēz has named Roberto Marques as president of its North America business.

Polish consolidation

200 layoffs: Mondelēz to streamline Irish choc plants and shut gumbase factory

Mondelēz International plans to close its Tallaght chewing gum ingredient factory and will restructure chocolate production in Ireland, resulting in around 200 job cuts.

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Better-for-you candy, energy-efficient processing and portion-control: ConfectioneryNews unveils 2015 features lineup

We’ve chosen four topics for our 2015 special editions and are inviting expert comment.

Crunch time for Cargill with perfect acoustic formula for gum

Cargill has developed an acoustic testing formula that it claims will help manufacturers maximize crunchiness in gum coatings.

Investigation ongoing after worker dies at Wrigley plant

Wrigley said it is ‘deeply saddened’ to confirm the death of a worker at one of its US facilities earlier this month.

Candy at CAGNY

‘We’ll continue to seek tack-on acquisitions’: Mondelēz to shop in emerging markets

Mondelēz International says it will continue to look for complementary acquisitions in emerging markets after acquiring Vietnam’s Kinh Do.

Cloetta to axe 30 jobs as Italian sales slump continues

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta plans to cut 30 employees in Italy after sales in the market declined for the fourth consecutive quarter.

Mondelēz to exit retailers that rejected price hikes

Mondelēz International will withdraw from certain retail customers in Europe that have refused chocolate price hikes. 

India

Analysts predict lightning growth for Indian confectionery market

India’s confectionery market is expected to grow by almost three-quarters in four years as the burgeoning middle-class consumes more gums and jellies, and chocolate still dominates.

The Buzz: Innovations from ISM & ProSweets 2015

Catch up with the social media buzz from ISM and ProSweets and discover innovations you may have missed.

‘Damaging small businesses’: Mondelēz and Mars slammed on supplier payment extensions

Mondelēz and Mars have been accused of exploiting small businesses by extending payment terms to some UK suppliers from 60 to 120 days.

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Mars Chocolate North America goes landfill-free

Mars Chocolate North America has that all of its ten factories have achieved zero-waste-to-landfill.

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.

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