Manufacturers

Valeo's confectionery portfolio includes iconic British brand, Barratt. Pic: Valeo Food Group

Acquisition

Valeo Foods and Confectionery acquired by Bain Capital

By Anthony Myers

Bain Capital Private Equity, a leading global private investment firm, announced it has signed a definitive agreement with CapVest to acquire European ambient foods company Valeo Foods.

Hershey reports strong results for the first quarter. Pic: Hershey Company

Financial results

Hershey exceeds estimates for Q1 in latest financial results

By Anthony Myers

Hershey has posted stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter and is expected to boost its chocolate sales in North America as the country’s roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine gathers pace.

Mondelēz said it has seen continued improvement across emerging markets. Pic: Mondelēz International

Financial results

Cadbury and Oreo brands boost Mondelēz’s revenue in first quarter

By Anthony Myers

Mondelēz International has posted 7.9% revenue growth in the first quarter with improving performance in its emerging markets – after achieving double-digit growth in Cadbury Dairy Milk along with high-single growth in Oreo.

The new Yorkie Orange hits UK shops in May. Pic: Nestlé

NPD

Nestlé set to launch Yorkie Orange bar in UK and Ireland

By Anthony Myers

The Yorkie Orange is an orange-flavoured milk chocolate made with cocoa sustainably sourced under the Nestlé Cocoa Plan that will be available in a wide range of supermarkets, wholesale and convenience stores from 10 May.

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.

Pic: Cadbury

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.

Pic: hershey

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.

Pic: Ferrero

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.

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