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Fantasy Candies owner creates probiotic chocolate startup Blue Planet

Long-time candy maker and owner of the Ohio-based Fantasy Candies, Joel Fink, hopes to take probiotic chocolate to the national level through his new startup called Blue Planet Chocolate. 

Mondelēz ramps up premium offer in India with Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk Oreo

Mondelēz has introduced Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk Oreo to the Indian market after enjoying success with choco-bakery brands in other markets.

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Saffron-infused chocolate comes to the UK and the Netherlands

Startup firm Mahbir has launched a range of premium Indian foods containing saffron to the UK and the Netherlands, including a Belgian milk chocolate infused with the spice.

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Transparency and portion-control: Execs at top candy firms set 2017 expectations

Mars Wrigley, Ferrara, Just Born, and other top candy firms offer their business outlooks for 2017 and share details of innovation in the pipeline.

Belgian Boys taps imported European snacks growth with butter cookies

European snack startup, Belgian Boys, will roll out its butter cookies inspired by the original Belgian cookie, Speculoos, across the US in February. 

Runamok Maple creates new maple candy brand after acquisition

Vermont-based maple syrup producer, Runamok Maple, has just started producing maple candy products for the first time after acquiring Bascom Maple Farms’ maple candy operation.

Oregon edibles processors speak about marijuana testing rule change

The new marijuana testing regulations have made it much tougher for cannabis edibles producers to operate, reports the industry.

Candy and snack brands clash over hydroponics organic certification

CEOs of organic candy and snack brands, including Pure Growth Organic, iWon Organics and Torie & Howard, have voiced their opinions on whether hydroponically-grown foods should be certified as organic.

Project 7 enters licensing business with Girl Scouts cookie-inspired gums and mints

Gourmet chewy candy brand, Project 7, has entered its first licensing business by launching Girl Scouts cookie-inspired gum and mints, the company recently announced.

Mars Wrigley seizes seasonal sales with Super Bowl commercials

Mars Wrigley has announced that Skittles will return with a new Super Bowl commercial next year as an extension of its long-standing “Taste the Rainbow” campaign.

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Consumer’s confusion over sustainability labels spurs outcry among cocoa industry leaders

Cocoa industry insider, Marc Donaldson, voiced that approximately $2bn investment in cocoa sustainability over the past 10 years has achieved “so little.” He suggested consumers should take the sustainability issue...

Mondelēz launches Green & Black’s bars with Cocoa Life Program label

The Oreo maker has introduced seven new Green & Black’s bars to the US premium chocolate market.

‘Dunkable’ Mallow & Marsh secures Starbucks listings in the UK

UK’s premium marshmallow brand Mallow & Marsh has announced it will be available in over 800 Starbucks stores in the UK and will be promoted on the coffee chains mobile...

Four big trends in chocolate for 2017: Cargill identifies growth drivers

Cargill says indulgent, premium, healthy, and sustainable and clean, will be the key trends driving the chocolate and cocoa industry next year.

Hershey to close own-store in Chicago to focus on larger experiential stores

Hershey will close its Hershey’s Chocolate World in Chicago's Michigan Avenue by January 2017 as it plans to focus on larger experiential retail stores.

China chocolate brand Le Conte sold to Hollygee for $33m

Wedding candy brand from Fujian Province Hollygee (好邻居) has acquired the largest Chinese domestic chocolate confectionery company Le Conte (金帝) for 230m RMB ($33m).

Vox Pop: Can consumers tell the difference between sustainable cocoa labels?

Many consumers struggle to tell the difference between cocoa certification program labels like Fairtrade and company own labels, such as Nestlé’s Cocoa Plan, but all agree social responsibility should be...

Yummex Middle East innovation winners

Premium gum Mastika attracts suitors after Yummex innovation win

Mastic chewing gum brand Mastika is attracting interest from distributors in the Middle East after bagging an innovation award at trade fair yummex, says Lebanese brand owner Master Chewing Gum...

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Florida bean-to-bar maker Pinellas Chocolate opens first retail store

State-inspired chocolate maker Pinellas Chocolate Company has opened its first retail store in Largo, Florida, where customers can sample its products and witness how bean-to-bar chocolate is made.

Cisse Cocoa brings single-origin cocoa beans to its snacking chocolate products

Cisse Cocoa to expand fair trade chocolate snacks in key retailers

Cisse Cocoa has brought fair trade, single-origin cocoa beans to its chocolate bark products, as the company believes the 'snackfection' trend is no longer a secret to the consumer

Peppersmith repositions as dental health brand, targeting $3.8m sales

UK mint and gum maker Peppersmith is to reposition itself as a dental health brand and has secured a listing in supermarket Waitrose's dental section.

Dispatches from Pack Expo 2016

Tomric introduces Bean-to-Bar equipment for US small batch chocolatiers

Plastic candy molds maker Tomric Systems has introduced a one-stop shop bean-to-bar equipment that helps artisans create single-origin chocolate.

NACS 2016

Mars debuts caramel-filled M&M's produced by new technology

Mars has launched M&M’s Caramel at the recent NACS show in Atlanta, Georgia, which will join Peanut, Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter as the largest four variants for the brand....

Cobden and Brown eyes expansion after 100% cocoa bar launch

Northern Irish chocolatier Cobden and Brown has plans to enter southern neighbor the Republic of Ireland after recently introducing a 100% cocoa bar, according to the company’s founder and CEO,...

Spun Candy experiences the sweet life on international ground

Spun Candy founder, James Ellender cannot be accused of resting on his laurels since achieving success with his British experiential confectionery concept in the UK. Here, we speak to the...

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