Manufacturers

Mars is mobilising partners in a coral reef restoration project / Pic: GettyImages-Tobiasjo

Mars talks ‘mission critical’ coral reef restoration

By Katy Askew

Coral reefs are degrading at an alarming rate – threatening the health of our oceans and the ecosystems that support sea life. Confectionery-to-pet food manufacturer Mars is working to turn the tide. FoodNavigator catches up with the company’s chief marine...

Clif Bars have become popular with cyclists and other hi-energy sports enthusiasts. Pic: GettyImages/kali9

Mondelēz finalises Clif Bar bolt-on

By Gill Hyslop

Mondelēz International has completed the acquisition of Clif Bar & Company, augmenting its position as a $1 billion global snack bar player.

Customers are willing to pay more for its premium chocolate, Lindt said in a statement. Pic: Lindt & Spruengli

Financial results

Lindt & Spruengli raises guidance after jump in profits

By Anthony Myers

Swiss chocolate maker has made a first-half net profit jump of 36% to 138.4 million francs and said it now expects 2022 organic sales growth of 8-10% with an operating margin of approximately 15%.

Photo Credit: GettyImages / Bartosz Luczak

Snacking behavior holds strong in face of inflation, says Mondelēz

By Mary Ellen Shoup

In the face of inflation and consumer price sensitivity, Mondelēz International saw positive volume growth and price resiliency across its snacking portfolio especially in its core areas of snacking and chocolate, reported chairman and CEO Dirk Van de...

UK confectionery company Sweet Dreams celebrates £90k cash boost. Pic: Sweet Dreams

Investment

UK confectionery company celebrates £90k cash boost

By Anthony Myers

Sweet Dreams, a British confectionery company, is celebrating a cash boost of £92,000 that will go towards growing its operations, hiring more staff, and breaking into new markets.

John Winnard and Ant Winnard celebrate new export success. Pic: Uncle Joes Mint Balls

Manufacturing

Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls secures order from New Zealand

By Anthony Myers

British confectionery heritage brand, Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls, has continued its post-Brexit expansion into international markets by securing its first order from New Zealand in more than 10 years.

Pablo Perversi. Pic: Barry Callebaut

Corporate

Perversi to leave Barry Callebaut Group in September

By Anthony Myers

Pablo Perversi, Barry Callebaut’s Chief Innovation, Sustainability & Quality Officer, Global Head of Gourmet and member of its Executive Committee, has announced he is to leave the Group on 1 September to ‘pursue new career opportunities.

Tony's Chocolonely's new 'Independent Bars'. Pic: Tony’s Chocolonely

World Chocolate Day

Tony’s Chocolonely marks World Chocolate Day with new Independent Bars

By Anthony Myers

Ahead of World Chocolate Day on Thursday 7 July, Dutch ethical brand Tony’s Chocolonely has added two new ‘Independent Bars’ with new flavours to its range, in support of independent and non-grocery stores, as well as reminding consumers of the true price...

Peter Blommer. Pic: Blommer Chocolate Company

Corporate

Peter Blommer to step down as Blommer Chocolate CEO

By Anthony Myers

Blommer Chocolate Company has announced that Peter Blommer will step down from his role as CEO and assume the new role of Vice Chairman as part of a planned transition.

Hershey's Cocoa For Good Strategy aims to improve farmer livelihoods in cocoa-growing communities. Pic: Hershey Company

Governance

Hershey ramps up its ESG priorities

By Anthony Myers

The Hershey Company’s evolution from sustainability to integrating ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) priorities into its business strategy and operations continues with the sharing of its 2021 ESG Report.

More 'liquid data' from IRI with extend Lindt's reach into new markets. Pic: Lindt & Sprüngli

Insights

Lindt taps up IRI for more big data on chocolate consumption

By Anthony Myers

Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Sprüngli, has announced it has renewed a multi-year partnership with market analytics company IRI, and will start using its ‘Liquid Data’ – the industry’s most advanced integrated big data and insights platform.

The new dark range of Maltesers. Pic: Mars Wrigley

NPD

Maltesers go to the dark side with new chocolate addition

By Anthony Myers

Mars Wrigley has launched a dark chocolate version of its best-selling Maltesers - the first innovation in almost a decade following previous plays on the iconic flavour, including orange and mint varieties.

Nassau Candy’s Clever Candy new everyday packaged line was launched at Sweets & Snacks 2022. Pic: Nassau Candy

Sweets & Snack Expo 2022

Nassau Candy’s Clever Candy Launches at Sweets & Snacks Expo

By Anthony Myers

Nassau Candy topped a successful time at the confectionery trade fair in Chicago with the expansion of its Clever Candy range that offers retailers and their customers new ways to enjoy their ‘favourite playful and whimsical confections’.

Barry Callebaut announced the sudden closure of the Moreton factory today. Pic: Barry Callebaut

Redundancies

Barry Callebaut confirms closure of Moreton factory

By Anthony Myers

The Swiss-based Belgian chocolate supplier said it remains committed to the UK and has strong foundations for growth, making it a key market for future investment – despite closing its Moreton factory in North-West England today.

The Ferrero US team collect their awards at the 2022 Sweets & Snacks Expo. Pic: Ferrero

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2022

Ferrero walks away with two awards at Sweets & Snacks Expo

By Anthony Myers

Ferrero’s massive footprint at this year’s Sweet & Snacks Expo also included recognition from its peers in the confectionery world by walking away from Chicago with two product innovation awards.

Look out for the The XXL Trio lollipop at this year's show. Pic: Perfetti Van Melle

Sweets & Snacks Expo

Chupa Chups introduces XXL Trio Lollipop

By Anthony Myers

Brand owner Perfetti Van Melle USA says the large, multilayered lollipop with great tasting bubblegum inside will be available on the US market in November 2022.

The world's largest chocolate maker discusses how it is combatting poverty in its cocoa supply chain / Pic: GettyImages-aedkis

How is Mars promoting living incomes for cocoa smallholders?

By Katy Askew

Mars Inc hopes to make a positive contribution to the livelihoods of smallholder cocoa farmers. The chocolate giant is trialling two new programmes that aim to address some of the structural issues that stand in the way of living incomes in cocoa. FoodNavigator...

Mondelēz  says its on track to use 5% recycled plastic content by 2025. Pic: Mondelēz International

Sustainability

Mondelēz confirms progress in meeting ESG goals

By Anthony Myers

The Oreo and Cadbury owner has published its 2021 Snacking Made Right Report, which highlights progress against its short- and long-term ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) goals.

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