Manufacturers

The new products are being rolled out first in Malaysia.  Pic: Nestlé

Nestlé launches dairy free Milo in Asia

By Jim Cornall

Nestlé said as consumers in Asia are including more dairy alternatives in their diet, it is launching plant-based versions of some of its brands in the region.

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Social engagement

Cadbury and Age UK join forces to tackle loneliness

By Anthony Myers

Cadbury has joined up with Age UK, and will be removing the branding on 10 million of its iconic Cadbury Dairy Milk bars and replacing it with quotes of unexpected stories from older people about the lives they’ve led.

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In brief

Twizzlers’ fans asked to solve flavour mystery

By Anthony Myers

Hershey is setting Twizzlers’ fans with a mystery to solve this year by asking them to guess the flavour of a new version when it becomes available nationwide beginning this spring.

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Easter

Ferrero counts down to Easter with limited-edition treats

By Anthony Myers

Ferrero has unveiled limited-edition Easter products from its classic portfolio along with a Kinder Kalendar, as an online destination featuring daily activities to help families countdown to spring and Easter.

Hames Chocolates' new hot chocolate bombes. Pic: Hames Chocolates

NPD

Hames Chocolates unleashes Hot Chocolate Bombes

By Anthony Myers

UK chocolatier, Hames Chocolates, has announced it is launching a new range of flavoured hot chocolate ‘bombes’ that tap into the increasing popularity of hot chocolate.

Cadbury Easter eggs are plastic window free this year. Pic: Mondelēz

Environment

Mondelēz cuts plastic windows from its UK Easter eggs

By Anthony Myers

Mondelēz International is removing more than 6.4 million plastic windows from its chocolate eggs this Easter, taking 5.4 tonnes of plastic out of the environment and making the packaging easier for consumers to recycle.

Mondelēz International said it is aiming for at least a 25% reduction in virgin plastic use. Pic: Mondelēz International

Environment

Mondelēz commits to virgin plastic reduction

By Anthony Myers

Mondelēz International has pledged to increase its commitment to reduce use of virgin plastics in its packaging, as part of the confectionery giant’s ongoing environmental efforts across its portfolio.

Lindt is planning on a better Easter in 2021. Pic: Lindt & Sprüngli

Financial results

Lindt banking on ‘pent-up’ demand as net profits fall

By Anthony Myers

Swiss premium chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli said it is aiming for 6-8% organic sales growth this year after the pandemic hits key areas of its business with net profit falling 37.5% to 320.1 million Swiss francs ($349.53 million) in 2020.

'Climate change is one of the most urgent threats to our planet that we face today,' said Michele Buck, Hershey CEO and President. Pic: Hershey

Environment

Hershey announces new measures to tackle climate change

By Anthony Myers

The global confectionery giant said it will invest in renewable energy and land-use initiatives, target 100% of its plastic packaging to be recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2030 and announced a no-deforestation policy.

Pharrell Williams with Tony's head of Marketing, Thecla Shaeffer after the partnership announcement last year. Pic: Tony's Chocolonely

Retail

Tony’s Chocolonely pushes deeper into North America

By Anthony Myers

Dutch ethical brand Tony's Chocolonely has announced it has expanded its distribution in the US and is now available on Target.com nationwide and in select retailers across the country.

Mars launches Skittles Gummies in Walmart

In brief

Mars launches Skittles Gummies in Walmart

By Anthony Myers

Mars Wrigley has launched its new Skittles Gummies in Walmart stores in the US with a wider roll-out across other channels planned for May.

Firetree Chocolate has seen demand increasing during the pandemic. Pic: Firetree Chocolate

Investment

Firetree Chocolate secures £250k loan as demand for bean-to-bar increases

By Anthony Myers

British luxury brand, Firetree Chocolate, has secured a £250,000 MEIF loan to help meet increasing demand for its products from the UK and overseas, alongside boosting its marketing campaigns to drive sales in 2021, the Stamford-based company has announced.

The Movie Night Sweet & Salty Snack Bundle is just one of the curated packs available on BBU's new D2C platform.

Bimbo Bakeries launches D2C shopping site

By Gill Hyslop

Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) – a subsidiary of the Mexican bakery giant Grupo Bimbo SAB de CV – has launched a direct-to-consumer platform that delivers BBU brands to the doorsteps of consumers.