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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.

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.

US Halloween candy sales exceed expectations in 2013

‘Very happy Halloween’ for US confectioners, says NCA

By Oliver Nieburg

US Halloween confectionery sales outshone expectations in 2013 driven by strong promotions from retailers and a noteworthy boost in the final week, according to the National Confectioners Association (NCA).

Barry Callebaut says its new red food color could home in on seasonal retail opportunities

DISPATCHES FROM FIE 2013

What’s the occasion for Barry Callebaut’s E-free red?

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Barry Callebaut has expanded its E-number free printable colorant range to include red, a move the company hopes will help tap into seasonal opportunities as well as the clean label trend.

Halloween confectionery big in UK and Ireland but weaker in Italy and Spain

Mixed bag for Halloween confectionery in Europe

Halloween confectionery sales are expected to grow in line with the overall market in Europe, but there are notably differences among EU countries, according to industry association Caobisco.

Health and wacky flavors hold potential for snack firms over Halloween, says Leatherhead analyst. Photo Credit: Hanna Howarth

Snack makers should bag an invite to Halloween

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

A retail survey has predicted that $2.08bn will be spent on candy in America this Halloween, but what can snack manufacturers do to get a bite of the spook season action?

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