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‘Very happy Halloween’ for US confectioners, says NCA

US Halloween confectionery sales outshone expectations in 2013 driven by strong promotions from retailers and a noteworthy boost in the final week, according to the National Confectioners Association (NCA).

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Magic Choc personalized candy toy outpaces big brands in Xmas run-up

Choc-O-Bloc’s personalized candy toy Magic Choc is outselling major brands online in the UK ahead of the key Christmas period.


What’s the occasion for Barry Callebaut’s E-free red?

Barry Callebaut has expanded its E-number free printable colorant range to include red, a move the company hopes will help tap into seasonal opportunities as well as the clean label...

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Mixed bag for Halloween confectionery in Europe

Halloween confectionery sales are expected to grow in line with the overall market in Europe, but there are notably differences among EU countries, according to industry association Caobisco.

The Trick to Treat Sales Series: Halloween 2013 lineups

What are the leading confectioners serving up this Halloween? ConfectioneryNews explores the latest additions to Halloween lineups from big players such as Mars, Hershey and Nestlé.

The trick to treat sales series

Scary thought: Halloween candy is bigger than Halloween, says Hershey

Consumers desire flavors and packaging that evoke the wider Fall season and not just Halloween, says Hershey as the choc giant introduces a string of products to make the most...

The trick to treat sales series

Thursday’s Halloween has far to go: NCA predicts flat US Halloween sales

US Halloween sales are expected to rise just 1% this year as the season falls on a weekday meaning people are less likely to plan parties, says the National Confectioners...

Snack makers should bag an invite to Halloween

A retail survey has predicted that $2.08bn will be spent on candy in America this Halloween, but what can snack manufacturers do to get a bite of the spook season...

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C-stores missing out on seasonal chocolate boom, says Mars

Mars Chocolate North America says that convenience stores are failing to achieve sales spikes enjoyed by other trade channels during seasonal periods because they have yet to optimize seasonal merchandising.

CAOBISCO concerned over dairy shortages

Forecast butter and milk powder shortages could limit the EU’s ability to keep up with domestic and global demand, according to chocolate and confectionery trade group CAOBISCO.

Gifting chocolate weathers economic storm, says Thorntons

UK premium confectioner Thorntons has claimed consumer sentiment for gift chocolates is strong in spite of a troubled UK economy as it posts positive full year results.

Summer-themed candy grows in popularity in Britain, says Hancocks

UK wholesale confectioner Hancocks claims domestic demand is growing for summer-themed products.  

Live from Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago

Candy trends take spotlight at industry event

At the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago, new confection and snack products on display reflect what flavors, ingredients and categories candy consumers are hungering for.

No bunny scraps in our santas: German chocolate industry

The German confectionery Association (BDSI) has denied media rumors that allege unused chocolate bunnies are melted down and remade as chocolate Santas.

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Thorntons reports ‘satisfactory’ Easter

UK chocolatier Thorntons has reported that its Easter trading has been “satisfactory” and will help its profit climb above expectations.

Where are the emerging Easter markets?

Brazil has one of the largest markets for Easter confectionery and has had more Easter launches than anywhere else, but the Chinese have yet to look beyond the religious nature...

Easter with analysts

Easter packaging trends 2013

Confectioners are changing the structure of Easter chocolate egg packaging to cut the amount of materials needed while improving consumer appeal, according to a packaging expert.

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Discounted candy to attract US Easter shoppers

Nine in 10 Americans will stock up on candy this Easter and will mainly look to discount retailers to spend their bucks.

Ferrero UK says it’s in the ‘top spot’ of food media spend this Christmas

Ferrero UK has lined up a flurry of seasonal promotion totting up to £6m ($9.6m) that it says puts it in second spot for food media spend this year, just...

Candy firms need to consider a fifth season for ‘concerning’ 2013, warns NCA

Candy firms must consider a fifth season and hit Halloween hard for 2013 as the year is set to harbor challenging volumes due to shorter holidays, the National Confectioners Association...

Cut reliance on seasonal confectionery in Brazil with premium goods – Leatherhead

Confectioners are struggling to reduce their dependence on seasonal products in Brazil, but could benefit from the growth of premium chocolate, according to an analyst from Leatherhead Food Research.

Real Good Food Company on track for ‘critical’ Christmas period despite profit drops

Operating profits dropped in two of the Real Good Food Company’s (RGFC) bakery businesses – Haydens and R&W Scott – but analysts say the group is on track entering the...

Kit Kat rules Halloween social media buzz

Nestlé’s Kit Kat, manufactured on license in the US by Hershey, has grown its social media standing more than any other candy brand over the Halloween period, according to a...

Brazil Christmas shipment change hurts Nestlé in Q3

Nestlé’s confectionery segment was shaken in the third quarter by a shift in Brazil’s Christmas confectionery shipment.

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Seasonal focus for commercial revamp, says Thorntons CEO

UK chocolatier Thorntons will look to restore profitability by concentrating on Easter and Christmas products in commercial channels as it shifts its strategy away from own-store sales, according to the...

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