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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...

Mars and Hershey: beneficiaries of US Halloween candy glut, says analyst

US Halloween candy spending is projected to rise this year and the major players Mars and Hershey will be raking in the profits with seasonal variants of popular brands, according...

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Kraft launches seasonal Candy Corn Oreos in US

Kraft Foods has launched Candy Corn Oreos in the US ahead of the Halloween period.

Nestlé USA launches Halloween line-up

Nestlé USA has announced the launch of its Halloween range as it gears up for what it hints could be a profitable seasonal period.

Zetar shifts seasonal focus after 2012 profit slump

UK confectioner Zetar plans to shift its focus on seasonal products to branded and private label sales after suffering a 17.5% profit decline in 2012. Its chairman also plans to stand-down.

Seasonal Video Greetings From Decision News Media

Welcome to this seasonal holiday video from Decision News Media.As we prepare to celebrate our tenth anniversary next year and first year as part of William Reed Business Media, we...

Nestle steps up green packaging drive for seasonal confectionery

Nestle UK is making its Christmas selection boxes entirely recyclable as part of a campaign to improve the green credentials of seasonal confectionery.

Mixing modern and traditional Christmas flavors

GSB Flavor Creators continues to tap into the trend for more adventurous flavor combinations with the launch of three new pairs of ‘shuffled flavors’ for the Christmas holidays.

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Christmas boosts boxed chocolate sales

 Retailers rely on boxed confectionery as a key sales driver, according to a report from market researchers TNS.

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