Manufacturers

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...

Haribo was founded in the German city of Bonn 100 years ago. Pic: Haribo

Investment

Haribo to build massive confectionery factory in Wisconsin

By Anthony Myers

German candy maker Haribo has announced plans to construct a new North American factory in Wisconsin that is set to become one of the largest confectionery facilities in the country creating 385 jobs then up to 4,200 ‘indirect jobs’ upon completion.

Fox's Biscuit acqusition slides Ferrero into second spot on the global sweet biscuit market. Pic: GettyImages/martinrlee

2 Sisters slides Fox’s to Ferrero

By Gill Hyslop

UK-based 2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) has agreed to a partial sale of Fox’s Biscuits to Ferrero in a deal valued at £246m.

Pic: Chocolat Madagascar

Recognition

Chocolat Madagascar bags three Great Taste Awards

By Anthony Myers

Chocolat Madagascar is celebrating winning three awards from the year’s Great Taste competition, the world’s most trusted food and drink awards from the UK.

The amount of packaging in Cadbury share bags has been cut, says Mondelēz  International. Pic: Mondelēz International

Sustainability

Mondelēz slashes packaging on Cadbury large share bags

By Anthony Myers

Snacking giant announces it will reduce the packaging by 15% across its iconic large Cadbury share bags as part of the company’s strategy to eliminate 65,000 tonnes of packaging by the end of 2020.

Guittard's new 'Mindful' collection is available online and in stores. Pic: Guittard Chocolate Company

Wellbeing

Guittard Chocolate Company launches new ‘Mindful’ range

By Anthony Myers

San Francisco-based premium chocolate company Guittard has launched a new line of ‘Mindful Choices chocolate’ —designed to ‘unite the artistry of chocolate with evolving dietary awareness’.

The new Reese's Franken-Cups are now paired with a franken-green crème, especially for Halloween. Pic: Hershey

Halloween Special Edition

Hershey’s ‘fang-tastic’ Halloween treats hit the shelves early

By Anthony Myers

Hershey was one of the first out of the blocks of the big candy companies to reveal its Halloween treats this year when way back at the beginning of July it introduced Reese's Franken-Cups, KIT KAT Witch's Brew, Hershey's Kisses Vampire...

Laffy Taffy unwraps new innovative BITES. Pic: Laffy Taffy

In brief

Laffy Taffy taps into bit-size category with new variation

By Anthony Myers

Popular US candy brand Laffy Taffy has announced a new line, Laffy Taffy LAFF BITES, which are bite-sized, dual-textured, featuring classic fruity flavors in three sizes: 2 oz. single pegs; SRP $1.29, 4.2 oz. pegs; SRP $1.49, and 6 oz. pegs; SRP $1.69....

The Lindt Home of Chocolate is on course to open in September 2020. Pic: Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation

Tourism

Lindt Home of Chocolate scheduled to open in September

By Anthony Myers

Lindt & Sprüngli has announced it is going ahead with the opening of its Lindt Home of Chocolate on 13 September at the company’s historic headquarters in Kilchberg, Switzerland.

The fine coating of cocoa nibs that 'snowed' on the Swiss town from the Lindt factory.

In brief

Glitch at Lindt factory covers town in cocoa nibs

By Anthony Myers

Lindt & Sprüngli has confirmed local reports that there was a minor defect in the cooling ventilation for a line for roasted 'cocoa nibs' in its factory in Olten on Tuesday, which left the Swiss town between Zurich and Basel covered in fragments...

A still from the Extra Real Friend Request ad. Pic: Mars Wrigley

In brief

Mars’ Extra Gum ad highlights need for friendship during shutdown

By Anthony Myers

Extra gum has launched a new creative advertisement as part of its on-going ‘Give Extra, Get Extra’ campaign to inspire the value of relationships, even through a small gesture, especially during lockdown scenarios caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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