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Fairtrade America's cocoa is now part of Amazon’s Climate Pledge Friendly program. Pic: Fairtrade America

Sustainability

Fairtrade America joins Amazon’s Climate Pledge Friendly program

By Anthony Myers

Fairtrade America has announced it is participating in Amazon’s Climate Pledge Friendly program, making it easier for customers to discover and shop for more sustainable products on the online shopping channel, including many Fairtrade-certified goods.

Join the club: KitKat fans in US get chance of the inside scoop on new flavors. Pic: The Hershey company

Marketing

KitKat fans in US get chance to become tastemakers

By Anthony Myers

KitKat, which made under license in the US by the HB Reese Candy Company, a division of The Hershey Company, is giving 200 fans the opportunity to be among the first to taste the brand's newest flavor innovations through membership to an exclusive...

No longer elusive, the Golden Snitch-Inspired treat from Jelly Belly Candy will be available from this autumn. Pic: Jelly Belly Candy

Marketing

Jelly Belly adds Golden Snitch to Harry Potter-inspired collection

By Anthony Myers

Family-owned firm Jelly Belly Candy Company, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, has announced an expansion of its line of Harry Potter inspired confections, adding the sought-after Golden Snitch to the line-up.

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...

Early signs from Ferrero reveal shoppers are getting into the spirit of Halloween. Pic: Ferrero/Pinterest

Halloween Special Edition

Ferrero to launch ‘31 Days of Halloween’ campaign

By Anthony Myers

Although trick-or-treating might look different this year, Ferrero says it has a bunch of new treats to share for those celebrating virtually, socially distancing with friends or from the comfort of their own homes.

Overall sales of chocolate and candy have increased 3.8%, the NCA reveals. Pic: NCA

Coronavirus

Chocolate and candy soothe COVID-19 trauma, NCA reveals

By Anthony Myers

New data from the National Confectioners Association (NCA) has revealed sales of chocolate and candy in United States have increased during the coronavirus pandemic as people across the country look for ways to add joy and comfort in uncertain times.

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.

Interest from organic companies in next year's ISM trade fair has risen, say organizers. Pic: ISM

ProSweets/ISM 2021

ISM 2021: Organic sweets & snacks set to steal the show

By Anthony Myers

Organic has been popular for years in the confectionery industry, but the coronavirus pandemic is contributing towards a boom in the sector, reflected by an increase in exhibitors at ISM.

Guittard's celebrated chocolate chips arrive in Waitrose in the UK this week. Pic: Guittard Chocolate Company

Baking

Guittard launches baking chips into Waitrose stores in UK

By Anthony Myers

San Francisco Bay Area chocolate maker, Guittard Chocolate Company, is launching its celebrated, Fairtrade certified chocolate chips into premium grocer Waitrose stores in the UK for the first time, it has announced.

‘Wine a Little’ virtual wine and chocolate pairing experience takes place on August 29. Pic: Delysia Chocolatier

Online

Delysia Chocolatier launches new virtual tasting series

By Anthony Myers

Building on its popular virtual chocolate tastings during lockdown, Delysia Chocolatier has introduced the DELIGHT Immersive Chocolate Experience series that aims to provide deeper educational, hands-on chocolate adventures.

With travel on hold, backyard fire pits and s'mores treats have become popular. Pic: Gettyimages

Coronavirus

More s’mores please: Sales of American classic soar during COVID pandemic

By Anthony Myers

Hershey has reported a record-breaking demand for s’mores during the coronavirus crisis, with sales of its six-pack bars skyrocketing by 40% - even higher in some US states with stricter lockdown regulations. Monday 10 August is ‘National S’mores Day’...

Hotel Chocolat Group posts strong update, despite its retail outlets being closed for 12 weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. Pic: Hotel Chocolat

Financial results

Hotel Chocolat Group announces 3% revenue increase for FY20

By Anthony Myers

Premium British chocolatier Hotel Chocolat Group plc has announced revenue of £136m ($174m), an increase of 3% compared with the same period last year, despite its physical high-street outlets being shuttered for 12 weeks because of the coronavirus lockdown.

Ohso's healthy chocolate is now available online at Ocado. Pic: Ohso

Retail

Ohso probiotic chocolate brand launches on Ocado

By Anthony Myers

Award-winning probiotic chocolate brand, Ohso, has announced it has launched its range of low-calorie chocolate bars on Ocado, the UK’s high-end online grocery retailer.

Open for business in 2021? ProSweets says industry is ready to get back to normal. Pic: ProSweets

Events

ProSweets Cologne reports keen interest in 2021 event

By Anthony Myers

Supplier industry for sweets and snacks is placing its bets on a re-start after the coronavirus pandemic and is already looking at numerous bookings from firms in Europe and beyond.

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