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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.

Energy Bombs aims to create coffee alternative for US gum consumer

Energy Bombs chewing gum has rolled out its products at convenience stores across the US with a suggested retail price of $2.99 per 10-piece pack.

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Kiva releases cannabis chocolate bars despite difficulty imposed by state regulation

The increasing demand for consuming cannabis through confections has pushed the California-based Kiva to launch its first CBD chocolate bar line. 

Lindt expands global chocolate business through new retail stores

Premium chocolate brand, Lindt, will open its first chocolate stores in Wales, UK and Canberra, Australia respectively later this month to further drive its brand equity.

Food gifting market will approach $18 billion in 2016, says Packaged Facts

According to a new report by Packaged Facts, more Americans are choosing food items as gifts, and the occasions range from a holidays to special occasions to “just because.”

IFT 2016

Gelita taps clean label trend through promoting collagen protein

Gelita, one of the world’s largest animal-based protein companies, has showcased how neutral-tasting collagen peptides can be used for protein enrichment.

Crowdfunding push to relaunch The San Francisco Chocolate Factory brand

A $10,000 crowdfunding push has been started in a bid to relaunch The San Francisco Chocolate Factory brand.

Sonoma Brands seeks to build a new confectionery category with SMASHMALLOW snacking marshmallows

SMASHMALLOW – the latest innovation from food & beverage brand incubator Sonoma Brands – could herald the launch of a new confectionery category: gourmet snackable marshmallows, says founder Jon Sebastiani.

Barry Callebaut gears up for India ‘premiumization’ with chocolate academy

Barry Callebaut has opened a chocolate academy in Mumbai as it anticipates growth in India’s premium and gourmet chocolate segment.

Ferrero aims to ease North America struggles by acquiring Delacre: Analyst

Ferrero has reportedly made a bid to acquire Belgian biscuits and pastries manufacturer Delacre in a move one analyst says could support a push for North America and reduce its...

Lindt repositions Russell Stover as everyday brand

Lindt’s Russell Stover Every Day range has gained listings at major supermarkets such as Walmart since its April release in the US as the brand reduces reliance on key seasons....

NCA Sweet Insights 2016

Natural-positioned snacks driving growth in specialty channel, says Spins

Snack sales are growing more than twice as fast in the US ‘speciality gourmet’ retail channel than through mainstream stores, according to retail analysts Spins.

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Cannabis in chocolate to be as normal as caffeine in drinks, says startup Défoncé Chocolatier

Défoncé Chocolatier’s founder and CEO, Eric Eslao, is waiting for the final vote on California's Adult Use Marijuana Act in November. If passed, his cannabis-infused chocolate can be sold in...

Corbion’s Purac powder receives approval for sour confectionery use in Canada

Canadian confectionery manufacturers are now able to use sodium hydrogen malate-added powder, developed by Corbion, to improve the sour flavor profile of their products, says the supplier.

Madécasse monkeys around with branding to make chocolate more memorable, accessible

A ring-tailed lemur will be the new ringleader for Madécasse chocolate and vanilla, which will undergo a brand refresh this fall with new packaging designed to make the difficult-to-pronounce company’s...

Origins

‘The new Nacional’: Chocolate majors urged to join Dominican Republic cocoa awakening

Chocolate makers are being pushed to join Dominican Republic’s plans to triple cocoa yields by 2027. The nation can become as valuable as Nacional, a prized cocoa variety from Ecuador,...

Unconventional retailers present distribution opportunities for high-end sweets and snacks

Premium confections and snacks could find new distribution opportunities in unconventional places as more fashion and design retailers start stocking select on-the-go food and beverages that will help fuel and...

Little Bird brings chocolate-covered candied jalapenos to the market

Little Bird founders Corey and Sara Meyer are aiming to pop out of the specialty category and spread across the nation like wildfire with their sweet and spicy chocolate-covered candied...

Summer Fancy Food Show 2016

Social Enterprise: Harbor Sweets' honey-themed chocolate aims to protect bee populations

Harbor Sweets’ new chocolate line, Gather, is setting out to save a pollinator that supports one-third of world’s food supply – the honeybee.

H1 Financial Results

Lindt continues to grow but warns of ‘stagnating’ chocolate markets

Lindt has posted sales and profit growth its half-year results, but has highlighted weak consumer sentiment in some major chocolate markets.

Brazil’s Chocolate Q on UK debut and getting in shape for Rio Olympics

UK chocolate fans are being offered a taste of Brazil through bean-to-bar chocolate company Aquim.

Zhaolong Foods to produce China’s first gum with organic tea ingredient

Zhaolong Foods has secured the patent from Anhui Agricultural University (AAU) to manufacture China’s first gum with organic tea polyphenols.

Summer Fancy Food Show 2016

Summer Fancy Food Show NPD: Wild Boar, Simple Mills and Super Eats

This site attended the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York to see how trends including clean labels and plant-based protein are shaping the snacks and confectionery markets.

Market Analysis

Chocolate makers to go premium as North Americans cutback consumption

Consumers in North America are expected to eat four fewer chocolate bars per person a year by 2021, prompting the industry to add value with higher cocoa percentages and quality...

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Cadbury descendant feels ‘immense pressure’ linking last name to chocolate startup

John Cadbury’s great great great grandson, James Cadbury, has received 150 orders in only five days after he launched his chocolate startup, Love Cocoa.

Sour Jacks secures QuickChek listing as relaunched brand sees strong growth

Sour Jacks has secured distribution through New Jersey-based grocery chain, QuickChek, and its products started rolling out across the US this month.

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