Retail & Shopper Insights

The pathway to health through food will take on a different narrative in 2023. Pic: SVZ

Hottest snack trends for 2023

The new snacking landscape: 3 alternative routes to guilt-free indulgence in 2023

By Gill Hyslop

For producers of traditionally indulgent snacks, New Year’s Resolutions raise the perennial challenge – how to keep health-conscious consumers engaged when they are at their most vigilant and discerning. Fortunately, the narratives around ‘guilt’, ‘indulgence’...

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M&As

William Reed acquires Retail Week and World Retail Congress

By Anthony Myers

William Reed, the publisher of ConfectioneryNews and BakeryandSnacks, has announced it has bought Retail Week and World Retail Congress, to complement its fast-growing business in digital content, insight, events and exhibitions.

Decorating the Christmas tree is popular in Utah (82%), New York (79%) and Vermont (79%), according to a Hershey survey. Pic: GettyImages

Seasonal

Hershey covers all candy bases with Christmas heat map for consumers

By Anthony Myers

American candy lovers can now discover what Christmas tradition is most popular in their state with Hershey’s holiday tradition heat map and then use the candy pairing guide to make sure they’re stocking up on the right iconic sweets to help make holiday...

Germany's popular chocolate Santa Clauses are proving more popular this year. Pic: CN

Seasonal

Germany’s chocolate Santa Clauses enjoy export boom

By Anthony Myers

Despite soaring energy costs and supply chain issues, the German confectionery industry said it has produced approximately 5.6% more chocolate Santa Clauses for the Christmas season this year.

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Seasonal

Chocolate advent calendar guide

By Anthony Myers

Not bought a chocolate advent calendar yet? Here is a selection to help you choose and get in the festive mood, from vegan options to luxury best buy ...

Research by Délifrance reveals that healthier options could encourage 21% of consumers to eat more bread. Pic: Délifrance

Healthy snacking

The meteoric rise of the conscious consumer

By Gill Hyslop

These consumers still want to purchase indulgent pastries or breads out-of-home or on-the-go, but these days are placing more emphasis on treats that are guilt-free.

Brands will have 365 healthy opportunities to appeal to consumers in 2023. Pic: GettyImages/anyaivanova

Healthy snacking

What will drive the healthy snack space in 2023?

By Gill Hyslop

While snacking has long been associated with indulgence and fulfilling a guilty craving, a raft of new offers are popping up on the market that more closely align with consumers’ holistic wellness goals.