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Back to black: Why licorice is having a renaissance

By Natasha Spencer-Jolliffe and Jess Spiring

From ancient medicine, to modern European delicacy, licorice is finally going global. Here’s what you need to know about confectionery’s black gold

Haribo is back on the shelves at supermarket Lidl. Image credit: Haribo

Haribo and Lidl unite once more

By Natasha Spencer-Jolliffe

Are the two leaders, one in the global sweets space and one in the budget supermarket arena, back for good?

All roads lead to Indianapolis this year for the 2024 Sweets & Snacks Expo. Pic: CN

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2024

Chocolate brands cash in on America’s largest candy and snack trade show

By Anthony Myers

The 2024 Sweets & Snacks Expo became a launch pad for companies looking to crack the US confectionery market with new products from Colombia’s Vivamor, Canada’s Lovo Chocolate, along with reboots of classic brand Godiva and a new partnership deal...

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The top five sustainability trends in confectionery

By Natasha Spencer-Jolliffe

As consumers’ ethical values become ever more baked into their confectionery choices, from Hershey to Mondelez and Nestle, we explore the ways brands are pivoting to more sustainable practises

All set for Indianapolis: 1,000 exhibitors are confirmed for this year's Sweets & Snacks Expo. Pic: CN

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2024

Sweets & Snacks Expo prepares for new Indy experience

By Anthony Myers

The annual Sweets & Snacks Expo convenes thousands of confectionery and snack industry professionals and hundreds of chocolate and candy companies for the largest trade event in North America. After 25 years in Chicago, it is moving on to a new home...

UK-made seaside treat on rocky ground from 'cheap' imports posing as locally produced goods. Credit: Stanton & Novelty

News

British rock candy faces extinction

By Bethan Grylls

Ten Blackpool-based confectionery manufacturers have come together to urge UK Government to grant rock origin protection status after ‘cheap, imitation imports’ place their businesses at risk.

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Nassau Candy introduces more bulk candies, expands into dextrose market

By Deniz Ataman

Nassau Candy’s positioning in confectionery as an importer, manufacturer and distributor allows the company flexibility to focus on innovation and its customers’ needs by filling in the gaps from discontinued but in-demand products, Dana Rodio, director,...

No more logistical nightmares with AI, if used properly, confectionery leaders were informed at a recent conference. Pic: GettyImages

Artificial Intelligence - special report

How AI can improve product quality and consumer experience in confectionery

By Anthony Myers

Two of the standout sessions at the NCA’s recent State of the Industry Conference covered ‘The transformative power of AI for business and personal use,' where experts unlocked the secrets of artificial intelligence to help brands stay ahead of the...

Getting the ball rolling in Indianapolis - Nassau Candy announces new innovations. Pic: Nassau Candy

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2024

Nassau Candy set to add extra colour to Sweets & Snacks Expo 2024

By Anthony Myers

The Sweets & Snacks Expo is the premier showcase in the US for the confectionery, candy, and snacking industries and an ideal space for brands and companies to launch new products and reveal the latest innovations.

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Industry voices

NCSA names 2024 Candy Hall of fame inductees

By Anthony Myers

The National Confectionery Sales Association (NCSA), which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, has named its 2024 Candy Hall of Fame inductees. They will be honoured in a ceremony on October 26 in Orlando, Florida.

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Appointments

Ritter Sport USA appoints Ralf Hilpuesch as CEO

By Anthony Myers

Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG, owner of the popular chocolate brand Ritter Sport, is to establish a United States subsidiary headed by confectionery industry veteran Ralf Hilpuesch.

John Downs (right) mingles with attendees at this year's SOTIC in Miami. Pic: NCA

SOTIC 2024

Downs: US confectionery is robust enough to survive and thrive

By Anthony Myers

Confectionery’s resilience in the face of global inflationary pressures and the rising costs of raw materials has lifted John Downs, the National Confectioners Association’s (NCA) president and CEO, who said he is confident the category is in excellent...

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Special report: Gummies keep on growing

Nutraceuticals are at the centre of gummy appeal

By Anthony Myers

Darling Ingredients’ health brand, Rousselot, has been at the forefront of much of the innovation involving clean-label gelatin and collagen-based solutions and has discovered a way to fill them with the correct amounts of nutraceuticals.

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Special report: Gummies keep on growing

Gummy market: space for growth for new competitors

By Anthony Myers

The Global Jellies & Gummies Market size is expected to reach $19.9 billion by 2030, rising at a market growth of 4.2% CAGR during the forecast period, according to fresh research by ResearchAndMarkets.com.

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Special report: Gummies keep on trending

Go gummies! Whether hard or soft, consumers love the tastes and textures

By Anthony Myers

At last year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago, new and innovative gummy products proved irresistible to confectionery industry delegates with new lines from manufacturers, including Harribo, Hammond, Bazzoka, and Mars. Ultimately, the diversity of...

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Industry voices

NCSA to oversee this year’s Kettle Awards

By Anthony Myers

The National Confectionery Sales Association (NCSA) has announced it is organising the prestigious 77th Kettle Awards with a ceremony on Tuesday, 14 May, to coincide with the 2024 Sweets & Snacks Expo in Indianapolis.

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Appointments

Sarah Atkinson joins NCA executive team

By Anthony Myers

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced that Sarah Atkinson will join the organisation as vice president of membership & business development.

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Seasonal

Love me do: Americans want sweet treats for Valentine’s Day

By Anthony Myers

Chocolate and candy's role as a social currency has been reinforced during the Valentine’s Day season in the US, with 92% of Americans claiming they plan to share confectionery with friends, family, and loved ones.

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Super Bowl ranks high among holiday weekends, snacks take center stage

By Deniz Ataman

As Las Vegas prepares for the estimated $215bn economic growth from the additional 215,00 visitors for the Super Bowl, CPG companies and retailers have a significant opportunity to feature value-added offerings for viewers across the country, according...

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Mentorship

NCA announces its 2024 Future Leaders class

By Anthony Myers

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced the eight confectionery industry professionals selected for its 2024 Future Leadership Programme.

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