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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.

Seasonal Packaging: Is it Really Worth It?

Seasonal and holiday packaging has seen a huge growth since 2012, but it is not always worth the investment, according to Grimes Packaging Services based in Florida, US.

Birthday cake emerges with other nostalgic throwbacks as top flavors

Yellow birthday cake with thick, sugary frosting, like those made in local grocery stores nationwide, is emerging as a top selling new flavor in candies and sweets, according to leading...

Major retailers misjudged last-minute Easter egg demand, says IRI

UK supermarkets ran out of Easter egg stocks just ahead of the holiday, a misjudgement that cost about £5.2m ($7.7m) in sales, says IRI.

Easter baskets 2015: Innovations from the top confectioners

R&D teams at Mars, Nestlé, Hershey and Mondelēz have developed a series of new products to capitalize on Easter, the second largest season for US confectionery sales.

Thorntons will have to ‘follow the herd downmarket’, says analyst

UK chocolate firm Thorntons has posted sales declines in the second quarter and has no other option but to follow major supermarkets downmarket, according to an analyst.

Biggest challenge for digital is to change the mindset concerning price and volumes

Are Nutella’s personalised labels a sign that digital is taking over from conventional offset printing?

The printing industry is increasingly turning to digital as conventional offset printing requires time-consuming steps such as making colour proofs and plates. Diffractive optical element (D0e) options are available from...

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Elmer Chocolate invests $40m in Louisiana plant expansion

Elmer Chocolate is aiming to be ‘the most efficient gift chocolate manufacturer in the world’ as it announces plans to add 70,000 square-foot to its production site in Ponchatoula.

The Easter egg of 2015: ‘Like a Picasso, it will be more an art piece’

Confectionery manufacturers are expected to put twists on classic Easter eggs in 2015 as consumers start to display Easter treats at home like works of art, according to Barry Callebaut.

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Unilever to launch Marmite and Pot Noodle Easter eggs

Unilever UK will launch two new Easter eggs in February to build on the success of its first ever releases last year.

UK consumers sick-of-treats? Halloween confectionery sales slump 18.4%

Supermarket sales of UK Halloween confectionery in 2014 have taken a big hit as consumers look to popcorn as a trick-or-treat alternative, shop in bargain stores or prefer to spend...

Nestlé to source 100% sustainable cocoa for UK and Ireland by 2015

Nestlé’s will use sustainable cocoa for 100% of its UK and Ireland portfolio by the end of 2015, up from its current 60% mark.

São Paulo bans sale of Easter eggs with toys

São Paulo’s city assembly has approved a new bill prohibiting the sale of toys coupled with Easter eggs in the city.

German choc firm shifts packaging to Poland in search of cheaper labor

Hachez, owned by the Danish Toms Group, will move part of its packaging production from Germany to Poland in an attempt to claw back some of its recent losses.

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.

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US Easter confectionery sales set for 4% rise, says NCA

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) expects US Easter candy sales to reach $2.26bn this year as the later Easter gives retailers three more weeks to merchandize products.

Tisn’t the season: How to stay relevant outside key seasons – Jelly Belly offers advice

Confectioners can reduce reliance on the big seasons with packaging and formats that outlast one day events, licensing deals and distribution at holiday hot spots, according to Jelly Belly.

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.

Roses are red, violets are blue, and so is chocolate, says Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut says chocolate makers can produce products in novel colors far easier with its new flower-shaped food colorant pellets compared to using high doses of powder and liquid dyes....

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