German chocolate sales grew by 3.6 per cent in the first five
months of 2003 as retailers ended their price war and returned to
more normal prices. But volumes rose by less than 1 per cent, and
the exceptionally hot weather in June...
Ahold has sold its Jamin confectionery retail unit via an MBO as
part of its strategic recovery plan. And UK press reports suggest
it is also considering offloading the US Foodservice arm at the
centre of a €750m fraud investigation.
Swiss Delice, the confectionery company owned by the Migros Group ,
is planning to launch its products in the important UK market this
autumn - a major challenge for the biggest chocolate maker in
The US arm of confectioner Perfetti Van Melle has launched new
packaging for its Mentos mints product. The company believes that
its new Mentos Box will offer the consumer better value and will be
easier to use.
Christmas sales fell compared to the particularly strong
performance in the previous year, but UK chocolate manufacturer and
retailer Thorntons said it was happy with its overall performance
in the first half of 2002/03.
Thorntons, the UK chocolate maker and retailer, has continued to
post good like-for-like sales growth in the first four months of
the financial year, but Christmas will be the key test of its