Manufacturers

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.

Guittard's shining example of solar panels at its Fairfield facility. Pic: Guittard Chocolate Company

Environment

Guittard installs solar panels in its Fairfield facility

By Anthony Myers

Premium chocolate supplier Guittard Chocolate Company has announced it has added solar panels to its production facility in Fairfield, California, reaffirming its commitment to consistently work to reduce its environmental impact through renewable energy,...

Schluckwerder was founded in 1956 and produces the 175-year-old Lübecker marzipan brands. Pic: Schluckwerder

Acquisition

Valeo Foods buys Lübecker marzipan owner

By Anthony Myers

Dublin-based Valeo Foods Group has agreed a deal to buy German confectioner Schluckwerder Holding, in a bid to further consolidate its position as a major international food business across the UK, Continental Europe and Ireland.

Ferrero is set to acquire Eat Natural. Pic: Ferrero Group

Acquisitions

Ferrero Group to acquire healthy snack company Eat Natural

By Anthony Myers

Global confectionery brand, the Ferrero Group has announced it is buying UK healthy snack company Eat Natural the maker of high-quality cereal bars, toasted muesli and granola, for an undisclosed sum.

Barry Callebaut's new Chocolate Academy in Shenzen. Pic: Barry Callebaut Group

Asia

Barry Callebaut opens new Chocolate Academy in southern China

By Anthony Myers

The Barry Callebaut Group is pushing further into the Asian market with the opening of a fourth office in the Chinese southern city of Shenzhen, coupled with the announcement of a third Chocolate Academy in the country.

Mondelēz predicts 2020 earnings growth, and beats third quarter results. Pic: Mondelēz

Financial results

Mondelēz predicts 2020 growth as consumers stock up on candies and cookies

By Anthony Myers

Mondelēz International Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dirk Van de Put said he was “very encouraged” by its financial performance, after the company reported better-than-expected quarterly results as consumers stocked candies and cookies at home...

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