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Europe represents 66.6% of Brazil’s confectionery exports. Pic: ©GettyImages/Waldemarus

Europe sees Brazilian confections bonanza in 2017

By Douglas Yu

Vegan, sugar free and exotic flavors are among the contributors that made Brazilian confections popular in Europe last year, as Brazilian exports of sweets, snacks and ingredients to the EU grew by over 73% in value, according to trade body ABICAB.

Ohlson makes packaging for gummies. Picture: Ohlson youtube.

Duravant acquires Ohlson Packaging

By Jenny Eagle

Duravant has acquired Ohlson Packaging, a weighing, counting and filling machine manufacturer, whose clients include Frito-Lay, Hershey’s, Kraft Foods, Tyson Foods and Maple Leaf Foods.

Hershey Ice Breakers Ice Cubes a standout player in declining market. ©GettyImages/ludypro1

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Spit out: Gum declines continue in the US

By Oliver Nieburg

Chewing gum sales in the US have continued to fall in the first half of 2017, according to data from IRI, but Hershey is bucking the trend.