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Luxury products have been touted as a growth area for developed markets by analysts. Finding that extra ingredient and the perfect country to aim for could help candy makers boost sales in seemingly stale markets.

Startup Watch

Vivra Chocolate spots gap in the US premium market for artistry

Startup Vivra Chocolate says it is targeting a gap the US premium chocolate market for fashionable craft chocolate after launching at the Sweets & Snacks Expo.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

Ferrero to bring Tic Tac gum and Kinder Joy eggs to US in 2018

Ferrero has announced new gum products under its Tic Tac brand and Kinder Joy eggs at the recent Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

SmashMallow launches rice crispy treats after experiencing 'explosive' growth

CEO and founder, Jon Sebastiani, has set out a growth strategy for his marshmallow brand as its business has tripled month over month since launching seven months ago.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

Mars, Ferrero and Jelly Belly among Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017 Most Innovative Award winners

The National Confectionery Association (NCA) has announced the Most Innovative Award winners from nine major candy and snack categories, including chocolate, seasonal, gum and mints, at the Sweets & Snacks...

Dispatches from Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

Hammond’s moves into snacking marshmallows

Hammond’s Brands has introduced snacking marshmallow brand Mellow Snacks, to tap into what it calls a novel category.

Weaver Nut Company to boost production by 70% with Bell-style chocolate panning machine

Molded chocolate manufacturer Weaver Nut Company has added a new chocolate panning machine and polishing pans to meet its growing customer base.

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2017

Sweets & Snacks Expo set to begin as US confectioners make portion guidance pledge

The annual Sweets & Snacks Expo, hosted by the National Confectioners Association (NCA), will kick off in Chicago next week on May 23, 2017.

Direct selling

‘The Cocoa Exchange’: Mars sets up e-commerce party program for chocolate

Mars Chocolate North America is recruiting ‘curators’ to host parties promoting a specially created range from Mars, which can be sold on an online store.

Interpack 2017

Treofan turns to phthalate-free packaging films and mineral oil barriers

Treofan has started to offer its customers phthalate-free packaging films on request using phthalate-free base polymers in the extrusion process.

Former Kraft exec launches Artisan Kettle organic chocolate chips

Artisan Kettle, an organic baking chocolate line created by former Kraft Foods’ brand manager Beth Goeddel, is rolling out across the US market.

Puratos has 'absolutely no intention to go public,' CEO Daniel Malcorps says

The bakery, chocolate and patisserie applications development company has no plans to go public, despite being run like a public firm.

Interpack 2017

Cosmo Films showcases BOPP Black Velvet Lamination film for premium F&B

Cosmo Films is exhibiting its BOPP Black Velvet Lamination film and speciality films for PSA (Pressure Sensitive Adhesive) labeling applications at Interpack.

Project 7 partners with Weight Watchers

Gourmet gum brand Project 7 is aiming to capture a new target consumer – fitness enthusiasts – upon partnering with Weight Watchers.

Sugarpova says 7-Eleven chocolate listing is a 'game changer'

Tennis star Maria Sharapova’s chocolate line has secured distribution at two major US retailers.

Australian chocolate consumption on the rise, says Roy Morgan Research

Australians are eating more chocolate bars, blocks and boxed chocolates than in 2013, according to research by Roy Morgan.

Daelmans Stroopwafels faces no ‘direct pressure’ from M&M’s at Walgreens

Daelman’s Stroopwafels is now available in about 6,000 Walgreens stores, a year after European snack importer The Brand Passport introduced it to the US market.

Barry Callebaut-owned Mona Lisa brand ups cocoa sustainability by joining Horizons

Barry Callebaut is one step closer to its goal of sourcing fully sustainable cocoa by 2025 as its chocolate cups and decorations making subsidiary, Mona Lisa, has joined the Cocoa...

Clintons introduces own-label chocolate range

UK high street retailer Clintons has introduced a premium own-label chocolate range that includes single origin bars.

Popping confection SoundyCandy goes sugarfree

Turkish startup Toller Gida has collaborated with ingredients supplier Beneo for a sugar-free version of its hard-boiled sweet SoundyCandy.

China direct

Barry Callebaut targets China’s premium market with ‘refreshed’ range

Chocolate and cocoa supplier Barry Callebaut has increased its number of product lines available in China after seeing sales of its gourmet range doubling over the last four years.

Bimbo bakery brand Entenmann's expands into chocolate

Praim Group is to produce a bakery-inspired chocolate bar range for Grupo Bimbo’s subsidiary Entenmann's.

‘I'm looking for beans that other people aren’t using’: Willie’s Cacao talks single-estate cocoa sourcing

Willie’s Cacao's owner talks about the benefits of direct trade with single cocoa estates and tips Nicaragua and Colombia as up and coming cocoa origins.

Startup Watch

UK popcorn and crisp brand Yumsh Snacks enters chocolate category

Manchester-based Yumsh Snacks has started producing Bean & Pod chocolates while waiting for its manufacturing facility to be certified free-from, CEO Tony Goodman told BakeryandSnacks.

Simply Gum: ‘We want to be an everyday gum sitting next to Wrigley’

Simply Gum aspires to sit on shelf next to Wrigley, and hopes its expansion into mints can help the company gain listings across the US. 

Free2b Foods primes for free-from chocolate snacking expansion

Sun Cups maker Free2b Foods hopes to move beyond confections and into allergen-free snacks with investor VG Growth Partners.

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