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ABG Aged Black Garlic is a new flavour in the Gummies Space. Pic: Pharmactive Biotech Products

Special edition: Flavour trends 2022

Aged black garlic flavour invades gummies space

By Anthony Myers

Madrid-based Pharmactive Biotech Products has moved into the gummies flavour space with the introduction of Aged Black Garlic+ (ABG+), which they described as a sweet, ‘social’ flavour that is odour-free and thus suitable for functional gummies.

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Special edition: Flavour trends 2022

What’s hot in confectionery flavour trends?

By Anthony Myers

‘To stand out from the crowd in the functional confectionery category, it’s all about creating exciting products that are healthy, nutritious, delicious and natural’, says Madeline Bills, Cocoa Ingredient Development & Innovation Manager, ofi.

Japan's borders have been shut for almost two years, disrupting daily life for its citizens and businesses. Pic: GettyImages

ISM2023

ISM Japan shifts its inaugural edition to 2023

By Anthony Myers

Koelnmesse, organisers of the ProSweets/ISM sweets and snacks trade fair in Cologne, said its plans for a new ISM event in Japan later in the year have been postponed until 2023.

Healthy products are one of the main features in the ISM New Products Showcase in 2022. Pic: Koelnmesse

ProSweets/ISM Cologne

ISM 2022 in full swing with emphasis on plant-based and healthy products

By Anthony Myers

ProSweets/ISM Cologne opened its doors on Sunday after a two-year break due to the pandemic and organisers Koelnmesse said the event this year is running at 80% of exhibition space booked with 24% of companies from Germany and 76% from abroad.

Uncle Joe’s sweet brand has a wide range of vegan-friendly sweets. Pic: Uncle Joe's Mint Balls

Veganuary

Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls sees ‘Veganuary’ sales boost

By Anthony Myers

Traditional British sweets maker Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls has reported a 15% increase in sales since the launch of the annual Veganuary initiative, which encourages people to try a plant-based diet.

Rob Whitehead, MD Serious Sweets.Pic: Serious Sweets

Acquisitions

Serious Sweets snaps up Mighty Fine Confectionery

By Anthony Myers

Serious Sweets, the UK own label confectionery brand, has acquired Mighty Fine Confectionery, adding homemade honeycomb to its growing portfolio of sweet treats.

Chocolate lovers in the US are pushing up cocoa prices. Pic: GettyImages

Commodities

US demand for chocolate drives up cocoa prices

By Anthony Myers

Record surge for chocolate by American consumers has pushed sales to $29bn, with retail chocolate sales climbing more than 5% a quarter, according to data from Chicago-based researcher IRI.

ISM/ProSweets Cologne 2022 looks sets to open its ddoors again at the end of this month. Pic: Koelnmesse

ISM/ProSweets Cologne 2022

ProSweets Cologne and ISM set for take off in 2022

By Anthony Myers

Koelnmesse, organisers of ProSweets Cologne/ISM trade fair for sweets and snacks, said it is under starter's orders and will open its doors on 30 January 2022 for this year’s event.

NACS is back in Chicago after last year's postponement. Pic: NACS

NACS 2021

Hershey goes to NACS Expo armed with key retail insights

By Anthony Myers

Hershey has pitched up at the 2021 National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show Expo in Chicago to reveal its key consumer insights to help retail partners meet evolving consumer needs.

Plans for this year's Halloween have already started early, according to recent studies. Pic: GettyImages

Halloween 2021

‘Americans plan to spend more than ever this Halloween’

By Anthony Myers

Consumer spending in the Unites States on Halloween-related items is expected to reach an all-time high of $10.14bn, up from $8.05bn in 2020, according to the National Retail Federation’s (NFR) annual survey.

The STARBURST All Pink #DoYou Challenge calendars equip fans with the tools needed to embody what it means to feel the love every day. Pic: Mars Wrigley

Community

STARBURST All Pink shares the love for Self-Care Awareness Month

By Anthony Myers

Mars Wrigley's STARBURST brand is celebrating Self-Care Awareness Month by releasing interactive ‘30-Day Challenge’ calendars to guide fans ‘on a mindful journey of self-love’ that embrace activities to engage the mind, body, and soul.

Lily’s Sweets Gummies are non-GMO, keto-friendly, gluten free, plant-based and have less than 1 gram of sugar per serving. Pic: Lily's Sweets

NPD

Lily’s Sweets launches new BFY gummies in style

By Anthony Myers

Lily’s Sweets has announced a new partnership with fashion influencer and tastemaker Color Me Courtney (CMC) to design limited edition lunchboxes for its new range of BFY (better-for-you) Candy.

79% of Americans say they plan to fill a Halloween candy bowl this season, according to a new survey. Pic: GettyImages

Halloween 2021

NCA reveals Americans’ favourite Halloween treats

By Anthony Myers

The Halloween season is an important one for the confectionery industry, accounting for approximately $4.6bn in sales each year during the eight weeks leading up to 31 October, according to the National Confectioners Association (NCA).