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2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo

Leaders of the pack at 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo

By Jenni Spinner

The 2014 Sweets and Snacks Expo showcased thousands of product launches, and old favorites, in standout packaging. Here are a number of bags, pouches, and other containers that captured attention.

Growth in candy and snacks is outpacing other packaged food categories at retail, according to the National Confectioners Association.

2014 sweets and snacks

Candy sales are dandy at $33.6bn in the US

By Jenni Spinner

Candy industry experts report confectionery sales are faring better than figures in other retail food markets, with US shoppers snapping up nearly $34bn worth of sweet treats annually.

Candy and snack product launches win top honors

2014 sweets and snacks expo

Sweet success for top candy product launches

By Jenni Spinner

Judges of the 2014 Most Innovative New Product Awards sorted through nearly 300 tasty treats to come up with the products they deem the best of the best.

Thorntons makes and sells a wide range of chocolate and confectionery products

Q3 growth at Thorntons hit by slow sales

By Rod Addy

Slow sales in February and March and planned store closures hit sales at Thorntons in its third financial quarter (Q3), the confectionery firm reported in a trading statement.

Mars will start sourcing cocoa from India within the next two years

Mars to source cocoa from India

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Mars follows in Cadbury footsteps as it looks to source cocoa from India, a crop that still only accounts for a tiny fraction of world production.

White packaging trend goes global, but it could have retail implications. Photo credit: CPS International

Special Edition: Consumer friendly confectionery packaging unwrapped

White is the new black – but does it make a bland shelf?

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

White packaging is on the rise globally, but it will be interesting to see how this plays out within the retail space, according to an industry commentator.

Interactive packaging: What the world is waiting for?

Special Edition: Consumer friendly confectionery packaging unwrapped

Interactive packaging: What the world is waiting for?

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Big brands may be dipping their toes in the interactive packaging pool, but two analysts question whether consumers really want this technology and ask if if manufacturers can keep the technology fresh and up to date.

Weiss launches

Europain 2014

Weiss powder praline aims to cut waste

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Powder praline will help confectioners cut waste and save production time previously lost with paste separation, says French chocolate maker Weiss.

Ecom denies that it has failed to make certification premium payments to farmers

Ecom-Armajaro denies failed co-op payments

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Ecom and Armajaro maintain they did not fail to pay farmers for certified cocoa beans as Ecom’s trading license is suspended and a media hotchpotch of leaked documents and official positions ensues.  

What’s at the heart of the matter for the confectionery industry this Valentine’s? Greencolander -Flickr

Seasonal focus: 2014’s candy love-in

Money buys love in segmented US Valentine’s market

By Oliver Nieburg

US Valentine’s candy consumers are expected to spend more than last year, but many will seek products on offer, while the rich will buy richer with more premium offerings.

Retro tins aimed at nostalgic adults. PEZ broadens its target group

PEZ returns to roots with adult proposition

By Oliver Nieburg

Austrian confectioner PEZ International is hoping to take advantage of the vogue retro trend by re-launching peppermint candies for adults that were previously ditched in favor of child-friendly products in the sixties.

Thorntons' second quarter results impressed city analysts

Sweet Christmas for Thorntons, according to Q2 trading

By Michael Stones

Thorntons reported sweet success over Christmas, with its second quarter results, for the 14 weeks to January 22, revealing sales in both fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and retail divisions ahead of some City analysts’ expectations.

You had me at Hello: Lindt sales driven by innovations and volume growth

Lindt says Hello to 2013 sales gains

By Oliver Nieburg

Lindt & Sprüngli has reported 8% growth in its 2013 sales driven by higher volumes and innovations such as its Hello brand.

ConfectioneryNews predicts where the tarot cards will lay for the chocolate industry in 2014. Photo Credit: Steve Snodgrass

Editor's Blog

The chocolate prophecies: Industry fortune-telling for 2014

By Oliver Nieburg

Not quite the choc-pocalypse, but retail prices for chocolate are expected to rise in the face of cocoa price hikes, which could see the taste, shape and size of chocolate change significantly in the year ahead.

Taura says fruit doesn't need an EFSA claim, it stands on its own feet

Dispatches from FiE

Is the next generation of fruit functional?

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Fruit may have its own stand alone functionality but Taura Natural Ingredients says fortification with milk and pea proteins, green coffee and grains will bring the ingredient into new areas. 

Rising demand for Theo's non-GMO and Fair Trade USA certified products prompt it to explore new markets

Theo Chocolate enters Canada

Bean-to-bar chocolate maker Theo Chocolates has taken its first steps outside of the US by entering retail stores in Canada as demand for ethical products rises in North America.

Industry body ABICAB sets up specialist board for premium chocolate as sector sales grow 20% per year

Premium chocolate samba in Brazil

By Oliver Nieburg

Premium chocolate is rapidly growing in popularity in the emerging Brazilian market, according to domestic trade body ABICAB.

Milka encourages customers to share their

Milka’s cost-effective marketing in time of turmoil

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

An analyst has called Milka’s recent selective marketing a “masterclass” in how to implement cost-efficient, brand equity building strategies against a backdrop of an industry in “turmoil”.

Flavanol health claims are dangerous ground at the moment, says new Scottish confectioner, IQ Chocolate, which is preparing its own EFSA health claim

IQ Chocolate preps sports performance cocoa health claim

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Scottish chocolate start-up, IQ Chocolate, has high hopes for its “raw” dark chocolate bars within the high quality, functional foods sector and is currently in the initial stages of preparing a dossier for a health claim. 

Bean blending sometimes necessary for private label to achieve desired flavors, says Cémoi

Bean blending all the rage for private label chocolatiers

By Oliver Nieburg

The premium private label chocolate industry is becoming increasing interested in the subtleties of cocoa and is willing to sacrifice single origins for a flavorsome blend, according to French chocolatier Cémoi.

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