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2020 - a year like no other

ICYMI: Here’s our top 10 most popular confectionery stories of 2020

By Anthony Myers

From the WCF and Tony’s Chocolonely hosting fantastic events online, Barry Callebaut launching ground-breaking 3D-printing and the NCA’s John Downs steadying the ship in Florida as the coronavirus begins to swirl around the confectionery industry, we...

Consumers are increasingly looking for smaller packs of snacks. Pic: GettyImages/FotoDuets

Guest article

Capitalising on the small pack trend

By Gill Hyslop

Lifestyle changes are redefining the packaging sector. Along with the increased lean towards the snackification of mealtimes – ‘grazing’ on snacks throughout the day – consumers are also demanding more convenient, timely and portable solutions. Mike Pipe,...

Mondelēz predicts 2020 earnings growth, and beats third quarter results. Pic: Mondelēz

Financial results

Mondelēz predicts 2020 growth as consumers stock up on candies and cookies

By Anthony Myers

Mondelēz International Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dirk Van de Put said he was “very encouraged” by its financial performance, after the company reported better-than-expected quarterly results as consumers stocked candies and cookies at home...

The NCA has announced a new location and dates for the 2021 Sweets & Snacks Expo. Pic: NCA

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2021

Sweets & Snacks Expo confirmed for June 2021, moves from Chicago

By Anthony Myers

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced the 2021 Sweets & Snacks Expo will be held from June 22 to 25, 2021, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, moving from Chicago for the first time in the show’s history.

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Coronavirus

Coronavirus crisis affects European cocoa grinds

By Anthony Myers

Cocoa grinding figures across Europe, the indicator of the demand for cocoa for chocolate and confectionery production, declined in the 3rd quarter of 2020 by 4.7% on the same period the previous year, the European Cocoa Organization (ECA) reports.

Bazooka Candy Brands Lollipop Variety Pack is ideal for Halloween trick or treating. Pic: Bazooka Candy Brands

Halloween 2020

Bazooka Candy offers up tricks and treats for a safe Halloween

By Anthony Myers

Bazooka Candy Brands, a division of the Topps Company, Inc, says this Halloween will be all about quality over quantity and has released its portfolio of iconic brands including Ring Pop, Push Pop, Baby Bottle Pop, Bazooka Bubble Gum, to satisfy all the...

A cocoa farmer in Cote d'Ivoire  Pic: Mars

Coronavirus

Mars updates its ongoing COVID-19 Response Plan

By Anthony Myers

In April, Mars committed US$20m in cash and in-kind donations to support the people, pets, and communities most affected by COVID-19, including communities in cocoa-growing.

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.

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Commodities

ICCO halves its cocoa surplus estimate for 209/20 season

By Anthony Myers

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has led the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) to halve its forecast for the expected global cocoa surplus in the 2019/20 season as demand for beans from chocolate manufactures slows.

‘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.

Cargill's annual report highlights the company's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pic: Cargill

Reporting

Cargill annual report: ‘A year like no other’

By Anthony Myers

Global agri-food company’s annual report highlights team members’ agility and perseverance while helping customers and communities navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.