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Q2 2017 results

Hershey hints at seasonal opportunity in e-commerce upon posting Q2 growth

Hershey’s Q2 2017 net sales reached $1.66bn, increasing 1.5% compared to the same period last year.

Nestlé ‘strongly committed’ to confectionery outside US as segment declines continue

Nestlé’s confectionery business has continued to decline in the first half of 2017, but it says it remains committed to the segment.

Godiva Chocolate names former Starbucks, PepsiCo exec as CEO

Godiva Chocolate has named Annie Young-Scrivner as its new CEO, taking effect on Sept. 14, 2017. 

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Fruit d'Or gets 'health maintenance' claim in Canada for cranberry seed oil

Fruit d’ Or has announced approval by Health Canada for the omega-3 and omega-6 content of its multifunctional cranberry seed oil ingredient.  The approved claim wording includes “for the maintenance of...

Schubert 3D camera ‘one step closer to long-term goal of optical 3D recognition’

Schubert has developed a 3D camera which can pick up ‘disorganized products’ from a storage bin.

Nestlé’s innovation platform HENRi@Nestlé marks one year anniversary

From initiating portion control advice on biscuits, alternative green packaging for Nestlé Waters and promoting Nespresso’s sustainability efforts - HENRi@Nestlé celebrates its one-year anniversary this month.

Nuts.com to expand in New Jersey creating 150 jobs

Nuts.com, which produces nuts, dried fruit, snacks and pantry staples, is set to expand in New Jersey, creating 150 jobs.

EyeSucceed to address food safety issues with wearable technology

NSF International, which partnered with Google to pilot its EyeSucceed Smart Glasses, has been recognized as a ‘Glass Partner’ for food industry applications.

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Man dies in industrial accident at Berry Plastics

A 46-year-old man has died at Berry Plastics plant in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, after claims he was struck by a piece of industrial machinery.

Millennials prefer grain-enhanced chocolate confectionery

Grains such as quinoa, and cereals including corn flakes and rice puffs, are attracting attention globally as an ingredient or flavor in chocolate confectionery but not so much in Germany.

Mondelēz closer to sustainability goals by reducing Oreo, Cadbury packaging

Mondelēz has eliminated 46,300 metric tons of packaging – two-thirds of its 2020 goals—to reduce its environmental impact.

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Mondi recognized by Mars for 0% claim rate on deliveries

Mondi Poznan which supplies laminates for Mars Chocolate’s MilkyWay wrappers has won recognition for its 0% claim rate on deliveries.

Guest article

Aptean: ‘Investments in CRM systems within the F&B industry have been low’

‘The Food and Drink manufacturing industry is typically an arena of tight margins.

Nestlé seals 5-year deal with Netherlands logistics firm

Nestlé has partnered with Kuehne + Nagel logistics company to store its chocolate, coffee and culinary products over the next five years.

Hershey moves forward with nutrition facts panel despite FDA’s delay

Hershey has decided to update its nutrition facts panel across its portfolio this fall, starting with some of the power brands including Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolate. 

EFSA rejects Cargill’s health claim on erythritol and dental health

Cargill cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship between eating sugar-free candy sweetened with at least 90% erythritol and a reduced risk of dental caries, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said.

ONS recognises “shrinkflation” as reason for smaller (but not cheaper) chocolates

Servings of confectionery, fruit juice and biscuits are getting smaller without getting any cheaper, the UK government confirm as findings appear to strengthen what many consumers have long suspected.

M&A

Ferrara Candy may acquire Nestlé’s US confectionery business

Gummy maker Ferrara Candy is reportedly going to participate in an auction for Nestlé’s US candy business, according to a report by Reuters.

Schubert wins packaging contract with Belgian biscuit manufacturer

Belgian biscuit manufacturer Destrooper-Olivier has partnered with Gerhard Schubert after meeting them at the 2016 ProSweets trade fair in Cologne.

Nestlé launches cake-style KitKat upon renovating chocolate store in Japan

Nestlé will launch a KitKat Chocolatory Gateau Mignon exclusively at the KitKat Chocolatory Ginza store in Tokyo, Japan, on July 25, 2017. 

Barry Callebaut expands specialties and decorations arm with Italian purchase

Barry Callebaut has added to its European Specialties & Decorations segment with the purchase of Italian firm D’Orsogna Dolciaria for an undisclosed amount. 

Raisio cuts earnings guidance amid UK confectionery challenges

Raisio has reduced its 2017 guidance after production and commercial challenges in its UK confectionery business.

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Stevia-based flavour modifier cuts need for expensive cocoa and vanilla

Stevia supplier Pure Circle has developed a stevia-based flavour modifier that enhances vanilla and cocoa flavours as well as sweetening.

Simple ingredients renovation

Next step: Mondelēz to cut sugar, salt, sat fat and artificial ingredients in power brands

Cadbury owner Mondelēz International plans to renovate its power brands with simpler ingredients and improved nutrition after meeting some of its well-being targets early.

Cocoa in the Congo: Emerging origin for organic chocolate makers

Cocoa production is thriving in the Democratic Republic of Congo, presenting an opportunity for the chocolate industry, say stakeholders working in the country.

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