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China Candy & Snacks Expo set to begin in Ningbo this fall

The seventh China Candy & Snacks Expo will kick off at Ningbo International Convention Center on September 2 this year amid rapid growth in Chinese candy production. 

Initial success for China KitKat launch in Walmart, says Nestlé

Nestlé is positioning KitKat as a big brand in China after launching its top confection into the market last December.

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Shock tactics used in latest Thai diabetes awareness campaign

The Diabetes Association of Thailand has taken a shocking approach in its latest awareness campaign by using images of confectionery to create a frightful picture of infections and festering wounds...

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barkTHINS builds 'chocolate snacking' category with peanut & sea salt addition

barkTHINS plans to continue pioneering the snacking chocolate category by launching its latest variant: dark chocolate peanut with sea salt.

The Future of Confectionery Packaging: ISM & ProSweets 2016

Africa will be the ‘next Asia’ of the confectionery packaging industry

Africa will see a lot of investment in the confectionery industry where it will become ‘the Asia of the next century’ according to Andreas Leitze, sales director, Bosch.

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From gum to gummies: Project 7 taps novel flavor trend for new gummies range

Project 7 plans to launch its first organic, gourmet gummies at Target in the US from April, according to the company. 

Ferrara extends Easter line-up as it looks to double revenue by 2020

Ferrara Candy Company has expanded its Easter portfolio with four new products.

Barry Callebaut expands California factory to meet growing West Coast demand

Chocolate manufacturing giant Barry Callebaut has completed its factory expansion project in American Canyon, California. 

Irish family chocolatier launches premium bars targeting UK market

Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates says it is outpacing Ireland’s confectionery category growth and will take advantage of its momentum by launching premium bars this year.

Nestlé Italy maps $66m global strategy for Baci Perugina brand

Nestlé plans to develop its Italian chocolate pralines, Baci Perugina, into a global brand.

China

Blommer buys Shanghai cocoa facility

America’s biggest chocolate supplier has acquired a manufacturing plant in Shanghai as part of an estimated US$40m investment in a fully integrated bean processing and chocolate manufacturing facility.

Barry Callebaut names Real Stevia as a future chocolate sweetener

Barry Callebaut will soon start using the Real Stevia Company’s Real Stevia as a sweetener in its chocolate portfolio.

Brazilian milk caramel brand Embaré coming to America

Brazil-based milk and confectionery firm Embaré hopes to return to growth by bringing its own milk caramel brand to the US and adding more American private label customers.

Asia’s organized retail sector to propel global sugar confectionery sales, predicts Technavio

Global sugar confectionery sales are poised to rise 3.76% each year up to 2020 driven by modernized retailing in Asia Pacific, says research firm Technavio.

Mondelēz faces US enforcement action for $57m Indian tax bill

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has filed enforcement action against Cadbury maker Mondelēz International for allegedly dodging tax in India.

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Mars and Mondelēz to speak at Cocoa Revolution in Vietnam

Mondelēz International‘s cocoa sourcing manager for Asia and Mars’ Vietnam cocoa manager are among the speakers at the 2nd annual Cocoa Revolution conference.

Coca-Cola Brazil distributor Vonpar to bring Neugebauer chocolate to Caribbean and US

Brazilian firm Vonpar Alimentos has eyes for Trinidad & Tobago and the US as it sets a target to raise export sales for chocolate brand Neugebauer.

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Chocoa 2016: Emerging origins, poverty alleviation & future techs

Commercial cocoa plantations poised to double share of global cocoa output while fine flavor cocoa nations rally behind a commodity described as the 'poverty crop'. Discover our key takeaways from...

No love for Valentine's chocolates on big retailers' online stores, says Clavis Insight

A study by Clavis Insight suggests major retailers in the US and UK are missing on an important sales opportunity to drive Valentine’s chocolate purchases online.

'Eye-catching': Morinaga revamps Hi-Chew packs to advance US business

Morinaga America (MA) has redesigned packs for its entire Hi-Chew candy line as it looks to grow US company sales 400% in the next five years.

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Cookie dough & key lime pie: Project 7 breaks chewing gum conventions with Build A Flavor line

The California-based gum company, Project 7, launched new gum line, of which each product contains at least two flavors, the company’s CEO, Tyler Merrick, said. 

Blendhub Corp to host first international event in Dubai

Blendhub Corp. will host its first international event, the ‘Professional Network’ to coincide with Gulfood 2016, in Dubai, on February 24.

Financial Results

Hershey sees international glitch driven by China's weak chocolate appetite

Hershey’s international sales plummeted 26.8% to $281.5m in the fourth quarter primarily due to declines in China.

Hershey’s launches Chocotubs in IML packaging in Brazil

Hershey’s has launched its Chocotubs crunchy cookies with chocolate dip, in in-mould labelling (IML) packaging with labels from Verstraete IML, in Brazil.

Barry Callebaut thwarts global chocolate declines to grow volume and revenue

Barry Callebaut has posted increased volumes and revenue in the first quarter of financial year 2015/16 despite declines in the global chocolate confectionery market.

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