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UK makes sustainable palm oil strides – but will it make its 100% certified target by 2015?

UK palm oil imports were 72% sustainable in 2014 – up from 55% in 2013, according to an annual progress report from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Market forecast

Will chewing gum recover from sticky patch? Technavio releases five-year forecast

Market research firm Technavio has unveiled its predictions for the global gum market up to 2019.

South African population to increase by 7 million by 2050

Eagle Product Inspection strengthens its market position in Africa

Eagle Product Inspection has partnered with J-Pak, in Africa, to distribute its x-ray inspection systems for applications including bakery, dairy, snacks, confectionery, cereals and grains.

Q3 Results

Mondelēz grows below global biscuits and chocolate market

Mondelēz International has reported organic growth for the year-to-date up to September, but has grown below the category average in its largest segments biscuits and chocolate.

Inside the ‘black box’: Crowdsourcing platform allows confectioners to gauge in-store impact

US confectioners can measure the effectiveness of in-store merchandising and promotions in real-time and quickly correct any issues by drawing on a network of 800,000 contractors, says the founder of start-up Gigwalk....

Pack Expo 2015

Consumer trends changing the world of packaging

Consumer trends are actively changing how food items are packaged, according to a report released at this year’s Pack Expo Las Vegas and Pharma Expo 2015.

TPP trade agreement ‘good news' for US confectioners: SUA president

The recent finalization of the Trans Pacific Partnership is good news for confectioners and sugar-using manufacturers across the US, according to Rick Pasco, president of Sweetener Users Association (SUA).

Industry Voices

Opinion: Reform state CPAs to protect brands like Mentos from ‘absurd’ lawsuits

US state legislators should revise Consumer Protection Acts so confectioners are not hit with ‘preposterous’ lawsuits such as one accusing Perfetti Van Melle of slack filling gum packs, writes the...

Mondelēz to lean on healthy snacks and digital media to expand margins

Mondelēz International hopes to “significantly expand margins” through healthier versions of its products, product innovation and more reliance on digital media.

US confectionery market: Social media and low-calorie innovation to spur modest growth, says Technavio

Market research firm Technavio expects lower calorie product introductions and a growing social media presence among branded players will help grow confectionery value sales in the US by almost 2%...

Exclusive interview

Wearables, beacons and smart diplays: Eight tech startups to help Mondelēz tap Millennials

Mondelēz International’s director of field shopper market shares details on eight technology startups that will help promote power brands such as Trident and Oreo.

Nestlé unwraps search for confectionery degree students

Nestlé is seeking to secure the next generation of chocolate makers with the launch of a new confectionery degree.

Wrigley pushes to up permitted level of Ace K for gum in Australia and NZ

Wrigley hopes to bring Australia and New Zealand's rules on levels of Acesulphame Potassium in gum in line with international standards.

Nestlé H1 confectionery sales dip; cornerstone brands need investment, says analyst

Nestlé confectionery sales dipped $300m in H1, so if it wants to stay at the top it must continue to invest in brands like KitKat rather than focus too heavily...

Keeping sugar same in TPP ‘unsustainable and unacceptable’: NCA

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) is pushing for Australia to be allowed to export more sugar to the US under the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) as it decries plans to...

Littering unstuck? Startup Gumipod develops portable gum disposal pack

UK startup Gumipod has created a portable pod to hold and dispose of gum and is open to licensing its technology.

'We do not support a Daily Value for added sugars', says candy trade body

Candy labeling: NCA says added sugar values may cause 'confusion'; backs voluntary GMO labels

The U.S. National Confectioners Association (NCA) fears plans to place percentage daily values for added sugars on food labels is unnecessary and may confuse consumers but supports a federal law proposal...

Confectionery sales to rise despite sugar health fears

Confectionery sales in the UK will grow by 8.6% by 2019, despite more than 60% of Brits raising fears about the high levels of sugar in sweets, according to a new report.

Legal Watch

Perfetti Van Melle USA faces $5m Mentos ‘packaging deception’ lawsuit

Perfetti Van Melle USA says it will vigorously defend a class action lawsuit in New York that accuses the firm of deceiving consumers by slack-filling Mentos chewing gum containers.

Project7 rivals gum’s big boys with philanthropy and crazy flavors

US social enterprise Project7 is carving a niche for itself in the highly consolidated chewing gum market with novel flavors such as birthday cake and sour caramel apple.

Spanish candy endures 'rough year' but exports provide hope, says trade body

Value sales in Spain’s domestic confectionery market have fallen for the first time in years, but export sales rose almost 8% as manufacturers looked for growth overseas, says Spanish confectionery...

Mars expands Georgia facilities for Orbit, Excel and goodnessknows production

Mars has announced plans to add production for Wrigley’s Orbit and Excel gum at its Flowery Branch site and says it will add production for snack square brand goodnessknows at...

Jolt Energy Gum relaunches as category experiences sales resurgence

Sales of chewing gum are climbing again after several years of stagnation, likely due to evolving tastes and eating patterns, in addition to new product launches, according to IRI Worldwide.

Dollar stores the fastest growing retail channel for U.S. candy - IRI

Dollar stores were the fastest growing sales outlet for candy in the U.S. last year and should be the focus for confectionery manufacturers, says IRI.

U.S. confectionery Goliaths losing market share to SMEs – IRI

The top four U.S. candy manufacturers are growing at slower rates than smaller companies, that are able to bring new products to market quicker, says an IRI analyst.

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