As French supermarkets embark upon the second ethical trading
promotion of the year this week, the latest survey of consumer
preferences carried out by the Casino group suggests that
increasing numbers of shoppers are prepared to...
The European Commission yesterday approved the proposed functional
confectionery joint venture between Swiss consumer goods company
Nestlé and the US-based personal care company Colgate-Palmolive,
but approval is just the first of...
British shoppers are becoming increasingly ethical when it comes to
choosing what they eat, according to a survey of shoppers released
this week - a shift in consumer attitudes which has proven
particularly beneficial for Fairtrade...
Two years after the Russian authorities imposed massive import
duties on confectionery products in a bid to keep out cheap imports
from Ukraine, that country's biggest sweet maker Roshen is about to
take Russia by storm with...
Two of Spain's biggest confectionery producers are feeling the
pressure of competition in the market and are actively seeking
partners to help them survive in the increasingly cut-throat
market. Joyco could sell out to Wrigley,...
German confectionery and bakery producers have strongly criticised
the current EU system designed to keep sugar prices artificially
high, arguing that it makes European companies uncompetitive when
it comes to exports.
Elite, Israel's leading confectionery group, has been accused of
offering discounts and bonuses to retailers prepared to stock only
its products - an abuse of power designed to block the entry of
British giant Cadbury into the...
Unwrapping a Cadbury's Flake can offer female consumers a moment of
pure pleasure in their otherwise hectic days - at least according
to the latest advertising campaign for the brand. An approach which
fits nicely with consumers'...
Kit Kat Kubes, a bite-size version of Nestlé's popular countline
bar, will compete with exisiting products from Cadbury and Mars in
the UK market. But with a target audience which differs from its
rivals, the opportunities for...
The future of one of Russia's leading confectionery companies,
Sladko Holding, is increasingly uncertain, and consultancy firm
Market Advice suggests that its imminent demise could mark the next
step in the overhaul of Russia's...
German chocolate sales grew by 3.6 per cent in the first five
months of 2003 as retailers ended their price war and returned to
more normal prices. But volumes rose by less than 1 per cent, and
the exceptionally hot weather in June...
The blame for rising levels of obesity and other diet-related
diseases is being laid squarely at the door of the food industry,
and in particular its targeting of children with snack food,
confectionery and soft drinks, according...
Chocotelegram, an innovative confectionery product allowing
consumers to send personalised messages to their friends and
families is set to hit retail shelves in Europe and the US over the
next few months after six highly successful...
Kraft Foods, the US prepared foods giant, has unveiled a package of
measures designed to curb the growing levels of obesity. But is it
just another example of the food industry cynically playing on
consumers' health fears to...
Swiss Delice, the confectionery company owned by the Migros Group ,
is planning to launch its products in the important UK market this
autumn - a major challenge for the biggest chocolate maker in
Ahold has sold its Jamin confectionery retail unit via an MBO as
part of its strategic recovery plan. And UK press reports suggest
it is also considering offloading the US Foodservice arm at the
centre of a €750m fraud investigation.
A major advertising and sponsorship package for the Penguin range
of biscuits, including a TV ad for the new Chukka sub-brand, kicked
off this week in the UK. The campaign is one of the largest ever
undertaken by brand owner McVities.
Cadbury Schweppes has hit out at critics of its Get Active
programme, rubbishing calls for anti-obesity legislation. But,
market analysts Datamonitor ask, is this agressive tactic the right
way to head off criticism of the scheme?
Perfetti Van Melle, the Dutch-Italian confectionery group, has
launched a new product in the US which offers the consistency,
flavour and look of candy floss before turning into a more
traditional bubble gum product.
Cadbury Schweppes is to introduce a scheme offering schools the
chance to acquire sports equipment in exchange for chocolate bar
wrappers. But the government-endorsed scheme has been widely
criticised, not least by the UK Food Commission,...
Nestle Rowntree is entering the bite-sized sector with the launch
of Kit Kat Kubes in the UK, the latest company to jump onto the
bandwagon of bite-sized innovations. While such products cater for
diet-conscious consuemrs, they may...
A partnership between Sweden's Arla Foods and the US space
administration, NASA, has resulted in the creation of a chocolate
bar which has considerably more chance of reaching Mars than the
confectionery product of the same name.
Only an impressive 5 per cent increase in export sales last year
prevented the Swiss sugar confectionery industry from suffering its
second successive decline in annual sales. Domestic sales were
again hit by cheaper imports, according...
A new report shows that British consumers eat more sugar
confectionery than any of their European counterparts, and that the
market in the UK is continuing to grow. Good news for the
traditional corner shop, which still accounts for...
While many drink producers have complained about poor summer
weather last year, the rains seems not to have reached Switzerland,
where a heatwave severely depressed sales of chocolate. Thankfully,
exports continued to grow during...
The latest visit to Mintel's Global New Products Database shows
that there is no risk of any slowdown in the number of innovative
and unusual food products being launched across the world, with
cheesy ice cream just one of the...
Fairtrade foods, schemes that seek to guarantee farmers in
developing nations a fair deal, are making inroads into the
mainstream, thanks to support from the major supermarkets and
changing consumer concerns, reports market research...
The vast disparity between the price consumers in the UK pay for
their chocolate and the amount West African cocoa growers are paid
for the key ingredient in the confectionery has been highlighted
again this week by the Co-op. The...
Halloween has become a Europe-wide phenomenon in recent years,
moving away from the English-speaking islands in the North to the
rest of the Continent, and adding a dash of US-style marketing for
good measure. And food producers across...