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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.

Pumpkin gum and Butterfinger skulls: Halloween candy sales set to hit record high in 2016

Halloween candy sales in the US may reach record levels despite an expected drop in trick-or-treating as more Americans shop for candy online and celebrate over the weekend.

Fannie May taps meal kit boom with Apron & Spoon launch

Chicago chocolate brand Fannie May has launched Apron & Spoon collection exclusively at its retail stores and its own website. 

De Neuville’s Egg Box wins Pro Carton 2016 Confectionery award

De Neuville’s Egg Box produced by Karbest and Stora Enso has scooped top place in the Pro Carton 2016 Confectionery category held in partnership with ECMA (European Carton Manufacturers Association).


‘Micro holidays’ can be a candy sales booster, says IRI

The major four holiday seasons accounted for nearly half of US  candy sales last year, but confectioners should also take advantage of “micro holidays”, says IRI.

Bon Bon Buddies to produce Chewits Easter egg

UK confectioner Bon Bon Buddies is to produce a Chewits Easter egg for brand owner Cloetta under a two-year licensing deal.

Mars adds Boo-tterscotch M&M's to Halloween lineup

Mars is to launch an M&M's butterscotch flavor exclusively at Target stores across the US this Halloween.

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.”

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.

A multimillion lost opportunity: Confectioners and snack makers must keep items stocked, says Quri

US confectionery firms lost out on $4.1m in Summer sales and salty snack makers $24.2m due to low shelf availability, says retail analytics firm Quri.

Bazooka Candy partners with new Ice Age movie to drive licensing business

Bazooka brands, owned by the Topps Company, have partnered with 20th Century Fox, Blue Sky Studios and the upcoming movie Ice Age: Collision Course.

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Revealing the secrets behind The Invisible Chef’s new baking mixes

Baking mix brand The Invisible Chef has launched a range of new products under a licensing partnership with Jelly Belly.

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Mars opens new Skittles production line at Yorkville Wrigley factory

Mars has expanded its Wrigley factory in Yorkville, Illinois, with a new Skittles line. 

Bon Bon Buddies secures license of ‘The Secret Life of Pets' as it hits record sales

UK confectioner Bon Bon Buddies to secure the contract to produce a range of themed confectionery for summer motion picture 'The Secret Life of Pets' under its ongoing partnership with Universal...

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Mood Foods expands raw chocolate production as it targets 40% business growth

UK business Mood Foods has invested £1m ($1.4m) in moving to a larger facility to increase production of its raw cacao Ombar Chocolate.

Hershey's barkTHINS buy an 'excellent move' as Q1 sales decline: Analyst

Hershey has posted a 5.6% net sales decline in its first quarter (Q1), but one analyst believes its acquisition of chocolate business barkTHINS offers hope in a troubled US confectionery market....

Bazooka Candy Brands adds emoji-inspired gummies

Bazooka Candy Brands has launched emoji-shaped wearable gummies, Ring Pop Gummies Chains, just before summer as the company sees it as an ideal season for consumers to try new confectionery...

Project 7 secures US-wide Walgreens listing for two gourmet gums

California-based confectionery company Project 7 has announced its sugar-free gourmet gum in birthday cake and coconut lime flavors became available in candy aisles in Walgreens across the US from April 1.

NCA predicts US Easter candy sales will hit $2.4bn this year

Easter this year is short, but it won't stop retail sales of Easter candy from growing, vice president of public affairs and communications at National Confectioners Association (NCA), Christopher Gindlesperger,...

Easter baskets 2016: What's new from the top confectioners?

Confectioners, including Mars, Hershey and Peeps have introduced new products for the upcoming Easter, which the National Confectioners Association predicts will help US Easter candy sales grow 1.4% from 2015. 

Ferrara extends Easter line-up as it looks to double revenue by 2020

Ferrara Candy Company has expanded its Easter portfolio with four new products.

Lego and Tesco team up for 'healthy alternative' to chocolate Easter eggs

UK supermarket giant Tesco has teamed up with Lego to launch an exclusive limited-edition Easter toy - pitched as an alternative to chocolate eggs.

Hershey seeks innovation partner to ship chocolate in hot weather

Hershey has launched a contest calling for companies to help it develop a lightweight, affordable shipping system that will keep chocolate cool even in the warmest months.

'Twas the season: Gifting pushes UK confectionery sales up 8% over Christmas, finds IRI

Confectionery was the fastest growing food category in value sales for UK supermarkets over the Christmas period, according to market analysts IRI.

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Mars in Dove Chocolate allergy alert

Mars is recalling 6,700 cases of Dove Chocolate Assortment Snowflakes, 24 oz. bag from more than 30 states due to allergen concerns.

Bonds Confectionery launches limited own-brand confectionery for Christmas

Bonds Confectionery has released a limited range of own-brand Christmas confectionery gifting range on the back of its overwhelming private label success during the festive period last year.

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