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Occasions such as Easter, Christmas and Halloween are peak times for confectioners. Keep up to speed with the latest holiday trends and emerging seasons to maximize sales during these key periods.

Nestlé Japan launches cough drop-flavored KitKat ahead of World Cup game

Nestlé has released a cough drop-flavored or Nodoame KitKat exclusively in Japan.

Mondelēz 2017 Christmas NPD: Cadbury Dairy Milk, Popping Candy, Toblerone and more

Mondelēz International has unveiled UK confectionery launches for Christmas 2017.

Ferrero invests $10.6m in UK Christmas launches and urges retailers not to neglect Diwali

Ferrero has announced a string of Christmas launches and is separately urging retailers to adopt point of sale displays to seize on UK Diwali sales.

Lindt bets on realignment of Russell Stover Candies for long-term growth

Lindt has reported organic sales growth of 3.6% for the first half-year 2017, reaching CHF 1.549bn ($1.603bn).

Q2 2017 results

Hershey hints at seasonal opportunity in e-commerce upon posting Q2 growth

Hershey’s Q2 2017 net sales reached $1.66bn, increasing 1.5% compared to the same period last year.

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...

Quarterly earnings

Mondelēz Q1 a ‘solid start’, driven by Oreo, Cadbury, belVita and Ritz

Mondelēz has posted organic growth of 0.6% during Q1, beating the company’s expectation, CEO Irene Rosenfeld said.

Hershey releases US summer flavors: KitKat, Kisses, Reese’s, PayDay and Twizzlers

Hershey has launched a series of traveler destinations-themed candy and snack products for this coming summer in the US. 

Quarterly Earnings

Hershey posts Q1 growth driven by Reese’s, KitKat, Kisses and other key brands

Hershey has reported total net sales of $1.88bn in Q1, 2017, growing by 2.8% compared to last year.

Peeps, Jelly Belly being out of stock at Walmart during Easter is ‘significant issue,’ Quri says

US shoppers may have found it more difficult to locate Peeps and Jelly Belly this past Easter at Walmart’s candy aisle compared to Cadbury, Dove, Hershey and M&M’s, says Quri....

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.

Seasonal offerings tops chocolate NPD in 2016, Mintel research shows

Seasonal launches accounted for 25% of global chocolate product launches in 2016, the biggest area of chocolate new product development, according to Mintel Global New Products Database.

Mondelēz invests $93m in UK Cadbury production, launching Roundie biscuit

Oreo maker Mondelēz has unveiled four chocolate production lines at its Cadbury factory in Bournville, UK.

E-commerce expert calms retailers’ fear of Amazon driving away their Oreo and Cheerios customers

Traditional brick-and-mortar stores still have an opportunity to compete with Amazon in an era when online shopping is becoming increasingly popular among consumers, according to e-commerce consultant Mark Walker. 

Japanese snack confectionery firm Pocky introduces product locator to the US prior to Easter

US consumers can now go to Pocky’s website and enter their zip codes or cities to find the nearest Pocky flavors. 

Cadbury’s descendant defends Theresa May’s criticism over Easter egg hunt

The Cadbury founder’s great-great-great grandson James Cadbury said he understands why the National Trust dropped the word Easter from the name of its annual Easter egg hunt, but he does...

First solid chocolate Easter Egg hits UK shelves

The Solid Chocolate Company has launched what it claims is the world’s first Solid Chocolate Egg.

Seasonal

Easter chocolate NPD 2017: Hershey, Cadbury, M&M’s and Godiva

ConfectioneryNews highlights new items from Hershey, Cadbury, Mars and Godiva for Easter, a major contributor to overall US candy sales. 

M&M’s White Chocolate transitions from seasonal to everyday candy

Mars Chocolate will launch M&M’s White Chocolate as an everyday product at select food, mass, convenience and drug stores across the US in May, 2017. 

Nonni’s Foods competes with Oreo with seasonal biscotti

Artisan bakery, Nonni’s Foods, has launched limited batch spring biscotti to boost market share in the growing snack category. 

Big data: Which brands top confectionery sales in Beijing?

Trade body China Candy has collected February confectionery data from thousands of retailers in Beijing. 

Growth Strategy

Hershey outlines plan to reignite confections category and expand in snacking

Hershey will explore acquisitions, focus on Amazon in e-commerce and launch snack SKUs of its core brands, says its new CEO.

Startup Watch

Confectionery firm which only uses social media as its marketing tool sees 60% growth

Start-up confectionery firm Lavolio, which only uses social media as its marketing tool, is expecting 60% growth this year.

Exclusive interview

Whole Foods executive-created OCHO Candy fills Easter's organic chocolate void

Organic confectionery brand OCHO Candy has developed its first Easter egg after spotting an unmet need for natural alternatives during the holiday season.

Startup Watch

Dave’s Sweet Tooth may break $1m revenue after e-commerce scale-up

Michigan family-run toffee brand Dave’s Sweet Tooth has reported a 300% sales growth along with a 2,500% e-commerce business increase in 2016 after launching a new website through the Shopify...

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