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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.

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...

ProSweets 2017

Sports-themed confectionery tins popular with consumers

Cursor, part of OEX Group in Warsaw, Poland, has seen success with its confectionery tins featuring local football stars.

Hershey's chocolate Valentine’s NPD: KitKat Red Velvet, Reese’s hearts and more

Hershey has  launched a string of Valentine’s Day products this year under its core brands across the US, including KitKat, Reese’s, and Cadbury, as IRI estimates the season generated nearly...

Van den Bosch ensures hearts are not broken on Valentine’s Day

In the US alone, 58 million pounds of chocolate and 36 million heart-shaped boxes are sold during Valentines’ Day – worth $448m.

Fake Ferrero and Mars chocolate seized in China

Chinese police recently seized 300,000 counterfeit chocolate pieces during the 2017 Lunar New Year worth around 700 RMB ($102) per box, after a wedding candy store owner received complaints from local consumers.

Q4 and full-year results

Hershey bets on multi-textural snacking and Chinese e-commerce for growth

Reese’s and Cookie Layer Crunch will be major investment focuses when Hershey’s next CEO Michele Buck takes office in March, 2017, according to the company’s Q4 earnings conference call....

Cloetta eyes ‘munchy’ brand acquistions after Q4 sales growth

Swedish confectioner Cloetta has reported 3.8% net sales growth in Q4 and +3.1% for the full year as it looks to acquire impulse brands consumed between meals.

Co-op recalls chocolate Easter bunny due to tampering

Co-op is recalling all date codes of a chocolate Easter product due to alleged tampering.

Feature

Bon Bon Buddies sizes up Asia after hitting record sales

UK confectioner Bon Bon Buddies plans to expand its footprint in Asia after reporting a “record-breaking” financial year.

Divine Chocolate joins Tony’s Chocolonely as B Corps certified company

Part cocoa farmer-owned company Divine Chocolate has joined B Corps in hope of making its business more transparent. 

British appetite for confectionery 'alive' and 'growing' in December despite Brexit vote

Confectionery sales in the UK climbed higher from November to December in 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, data from bank card machine provider Paymentsense shows.

Mondelēz hatches Cadbury Oreo Egg ‘n’ Spoon in the UK

Mondelēz-owned Cadbury has launched a new Oreo-inspired egg in the UK market, the Cadbury Dairy Milka Egg ‘n’ Spoon Oreo.

Exclusive interview

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.

‘All I want for Xmas’ is… a Haribo Snowman

Kingsmoor Packaging has partnered with Haribo to launch a festive snowman-shaped tub with Starmix treats.

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.

Mondelēz debuts Oreo holiday gift tins via e-commerce pilot

Oreo is launching a new direct-to-consumer e-commerce pilot for the holiday season via gifts.oreo.com, a limited-time online platform offering Oreo holiday gift tins filled with white fudge-covered Oreo cookies....

Chocolate Xmas tins help to save the planet with reduced carbon footprint, says Empac

Empac (European Metal Packaging association) has seen 20%-39% savings in the carbon footprint of metal packaging thanks to an increase of renewable energies in production and a rise in recycling...

AIPIA Congress 2016

HP applauds Oreo for using digital print to ‘make its packaging intelligent’

Digital printing allows consumers to do more and crazy things they could not imagine before, says Hewlett-Packard (HP).

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Hancock’s confectionery business expects to reach rural UK with e-commerce

Two brothers have launched a new British wholesale confectionery business, called HS Wholesale Sweets, continuing with a family tradition in confectionery. 

Former PepsiCo manager joins Just Born executive team

Peeps maker Just Born Quality Confections has hired Rachel Hayden as its new vice president and chief information officer.

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