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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.

Duc d’O enters US to seize on thriving premium chocolate sector

Belgian truffle company Duc d’O Chocolates has continued its global expansion by entering the US market.

Fox’s Biscuits eyes premiumization to halt sales declines

UK firm Fox’s Biscuits plans to overhaul its brand image to boost domestic sales by 20% over the next three years and triple its exports, according to new managing director...

Cocoa farmers spend 36% of premiums on productivity: Fairtrade International

Fairtrade certified cocoa farmers spend 36% of their premiums on increasing productivity and cocoa quality – far above Fairtrade International’s suggested 25% minimum, a report from the organization reveals.

Fair Trade USA and UTZ Certified strike pilot cocoa certification partnership

Fair Trade USA and UTZ Certified are piloting a collaborative cocoa certification scheme that they say will reduce costs for farmers looking to get dual certification.

Hershey in the race to develop 3D chocolate

US firm 3D Systems is collaborating with chocolate manufacturing giant Hershey’s to develop 3D chocolates fit for the commercial market.

2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo

Leaders of the pack at 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo

The 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo showcased thousands of product launches, and old favorites, in standout packaging. Here are a number of bags, pouches, and other containers that captured attention.

2014 sweets and snacks

Candy sales are dandy at $33.6bn in the US

Candy industry experts report confectionery sales are faring better than figures in other retail food markets, with US shoppers snapping up nearly $34bn worth of sweet treats annually.

2014 sweets and snacks expo

Sweet success for top candy product launches

Judges of the 2014 Most Innovative New Product Awards sorted through nearly 300 tasty treats to come up with the products they deem the best of the best.

Cargill puts Sulawesi on sustainable map as part of $100m Indonesian investment

Swiss business developer and Indonesian government signs Cargill Cocoa Promise, just as the firm announces initial cocoa processing tests at its first Asian plant in East Java.

Q3 growth at Thorntons hit by slow sales

Slow sales in February and March and planned store closures hit sales at Thorntons in its third financial quarter (Q3), the confectionery firm reported in a trading statement.

The theatre of candy

All the world’s our stage! In-store theatrics propels Spun Candy to venture overseas

Premium British confectioner Spun Candy plans to expand internationally by attracting customers with innovative in-store displays and live production.

Lindt Teddy has its picnic but Haribo trademark row will rumble on

Lindt has won its appeal against Haribo for alleged infringement of Haribo’s golden bear trademark, but the case will go all the way to the Supreme Court in Germany.

Chocolat Frey expands in North America with SweetWorks buy

Swiss firm Chocolat Frey has boosted its presence in North America by acquiring New York based chocolate, candy and gum maker SweetWorks.

Mars to source cocoa from India

Mars follows in Cadbury footsteps as it looks to source cocoa from India, a crop that still only accounts for a tiny fraction of world production.

Duc d’O eyes growth in ‘dynamic’ Indian chocolate market

Belgian truffle maker Duc d’O has entered India through a distribution deal with Cosmo Fine Foods and hopes to target increasingly affluent Indian consumers.

Cadbury ‘premiumizes’ Bournville for increasingly affluent Indian consumers

Mondelēz International has upped the cocoa content and revamped the packaging of its Cadbury Bournville brand in India to appeal to the growing middle classes.

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Lindt gets a piece of bite-sized candy market with Ghirardelli Minis

Lindt will introduce bite-sized chocolates in stand-up pouches for its Ghirardelli brand in the US.

Special Edition: Consumer friendly confectionery packaging unwrapped

Interactive packaging: What the world is waiting for?

Big brands may be dipping their toes in the interactive packaging pool, but two analysts question whether consumers really want this technology and ask if if manufacturers can keep the technology...

Special Edition: Consumer friendly confectionery packaging unwrapped

White is the new black – but does it make a bland shelf?

White packaging is on the rise globally, but it will be interesting to see how this plays out within the retail space, according to an industry commentator.

Lindt shores up ‘most important’ US market with factory expansion

Lindt & Sprüngli has announced plans to double the size of its US headquarters to meet growing consumer demand in the US premium chocolate market, which it says is its...

Europain 2014

Weiss powder praline aims to cut waste

Powder praline will help confectioners cut waste and save production time previously lost with paste separation, says French chocolate maker Weiss.

Lindt joint venture to spark retail presence in Brazil

Lindt & Sprüngli will open three retail stores in São Paulo this year thanks to a joint venture with Brazilian premium chocolate specialist the CRM Group.

Ecom-Armajaro denies failed co-op payments

Ecom and Armajaro maintain they did not fail to pay farmers for certified cocoa beans as Ecom’s trading license is suspended and a media hotchpotch of leaked documents and official...

Who will buy Russell Stover?

Private equity and Hershey frontrunners for ‘stuck in time’ Russell Stover: Analyst

Private equity firms and Hershey are prospective suitors for up for sale Russell Stover, but America’s leading boxed chocolate firm could struggle to stay relevant, according to an analyst from Mintel....

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Russell Stover considers $1.3bn sale

America’s third largest chocolate manufacturer Russell Stover is considering selling the business.

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