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Easter 2022

Yowie launches ‘Fill Baskets and Hearts with Yowie’ Easter campaign

By Anthony Myers

US confectionery company the Yowie Group is marking this Easter with a new campaign to bring loved ones together by offering a curated collection of free Easter-themed activities featuring sweet treats, homemade gifts, engaging activities and fun educational...

Venchi's new eco-friendly Easter collection. Pic: Venchi

Packaging

Venchi’s Easter 2022 collection to feature eco packaging

By Anthony Myers

Italian luxury chocolate manufacturer Venchi says its Easter 2022 collection is accompanied by a more sustainable initiative, with all its wrappers and ribbons made from recycled PET, FSC-certified paper, cotton-blend fabric.

Love Cocoa's new Easter egg range includes a 'Luxury Half & Half Egg'. Pic: Love Cocoa

Seasonal

Love Cocoa launches new eco-friendly ‘luxury’ Easter eggs

By Anthony Myers

Ethical British chocolate company Love Cocoa has extended its Easter offering with a new Luxury Giant Milk Chocolate Egg and a Luxury Half & Half Egg, both containing the brand’s signature Salted Caramel Truffles.

Chocolove's Valentine's hearts. Pic: Chocolove

Valentine's Day

From Boulder with Chocolove this Valentine’s Day

By Anthony Myers

The aptly-named Chocolove from Boulder, Colorado, will be helping sweethearts celebrate Valentine's Day with a special holiday-themed limited edition Valentine's Collection 3-Bar Pack.

Profits from this year's Love Cocoa Advent Calendar will go towards the NHS. Pic: Love Cocoa

Seasonal

Britain’s NHS to receive 100% profits from Love Cocoa advent calendar

By Anthony Myers

Premium British chocolate brand Love Cocoa created by Cadbury scion James Cadbury has launched a new Luxury Chocolate Truffle Charity Advent Calendar as part of its 2021 Christmas Collection, with all profits going to Britain’s National Health Service...

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.

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).

It's #NationalCandyMonth in the US. Pic: GettyImages

Retail

NCA declares June ‘National Candy Month’

By Anthony Myers

June is National Candy Month in the US - according to the National Confectioners Association, who are marking the next 30 days with a number of promotional activities for candy makers and retailers to 'help address the confectionery sales gap between...

Pic: Ferrero

Easter

Ferrero counts down to Easter with limited-edition treats

By Anthony Myers

Ferrero has unveiled limited-edition Easter products from its classic portfolio along with a Kinder Kalendar, as an online destination featuring daily activities to help families countdown to spring and Easter.

Pic: The Hershey Company

Easter

First-ever amphibian becomes 2021 Cadbury Bunny

By Anthony Myers

The Hershey Company, which sells Cadbury products in the US under licence from Cadbury UK Ltd, has announced the winner of its 2021 Cadbury Bunny Competition – and it’s a frog called Betty!

Even in an 'unprecedented year', Easter traditions remain strong, says the NCA. Pic: GettyImages

Seasonal

Boost to chocolate and candy sales expected this Easter

By Anthony Myers

Most people who celebrate Easter will share a gift of chocolate and candy to celebrate the season, according to the National Confectioners Association’s (NCA) latest report on seasonal confectionery sales.

Check out our Easter 2021 roundup. Pic: GettyImages

Seasonal

Easter 2021 confectionery roundup

By Anthony Myers

In the weeks leading up to Easter, shoppers move into what Mars calls ‘the late season’, where purchases are often planned and intended to fulfil an Easter ritual such as egg hunts, baking and gifting.

With fewer social gatherings to exchange...

Lindt is planning on a better Easter in 2021. Pic: Lindt & Sprüngli

Financial results

Lindt banking on ‘pent-up’ demand as net profits fall

By Anthony Myers

Swiss premium chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli said it is aiming for 6-8% organic sales growth this year after the pandemic hits key areas of its business with net profit falling 37.5% to 320.1 million Swiss francs ($349.53 million) in 2020.

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