Cloetta may sell struggling Italian business

Cloetta Italy posted $84m in 2016 sales through brands such as Sperlari and Galatine. Photo: Cloetta

Cloetta is considering divesting its Italian subsidiary, which includes four factories and candy brand Galatine, among others.

Global cocoa market set for supply surplus in 2017/18, says ICCO, as Europe's Q4 grind shows slight decline Photo: iStock

Euromar drags down European cocoa grind as global market set for surplus

Trident Max to enter new markets in Europe throughout 2017.  Photo: Mondelēz's Twitter account

Mondelēz expands Trident gum in Europe against headwind from fading chewing habit

BDS Analytics reported Americanna has captured 10% market share of the entire edibles category in Colorado by July, 2016.  Photo: Americanna

Americanna to expand distillation program after initial success with cannabis puffed gummies

The 'Don't tax healthy' campaign is calling for an inversion of the sugar tax ©iStock

Don’t tax sugar – just sweeten the deal for healthy snacks, say campaigners

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Retail & Shopper Insights

Seasonal sales peak higher than usual in December for UK confectionery, says Paymentsense ©iStock/utkamandarinka

British appetite for confectionery 'alive' and 'growing' in December despite Brexit vote

Consumers choose products based on sustainable practice, particularly in emerging markets. © iStock/Petmal

One in three consumers choose brands based on sustainability: Unilever study

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Pay more, waste less: Scottish food study

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Ingredients

El Niño has destroyed orange crops in Brazil, setting a price increase of 50% in 2017 ©iStock

Boom and bust in the orange market: Brazil's crop plummets whilst Tunisia's reaches record high

Hydroponic is a water-based model of cultivation. Pic: ©iStock/RoseNoom

Candy and snack brands clash over hydroponics organic certification

Bacon fudge bits on a donut. Pic: Pecan Deluxe Candy

‘Bring home the bacon’: Pecan Deluxe Candy launches bacon fudge pieces

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Processing & Packaging

Barry Callebaut launches 95% FSC certified boxes. Picture: Barry Callebaut.

Barry Callebaut buys 95% FSC certified boxes for EMEA region

Sack and kraft market to reach $80bn by 2021, says Smither’s Pira. ©iStock/MillefloreImages

Smither’s Pira on what's driving sack & kraft confectionery packaging

Gummy Mushrooms by Bonds of London. Pic: Bonds

Bonds of London launches 3-for-£1 range with new-look design

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Markets

Lotte's lactic acid bacteria-fortified brand appeals to health-conscious consumers in Japan, says Canadean. Photo: Canadean

Lotte’s probiotic chocolate success highlights functional potential in Japan

Former UK PM David Cameron and General Colin Powell to speak at ISM2017. Pic: ©iStock/Kritchanut

General Colin Powell & David Cameron headline ISM2017

Auchan to sell Russian made sweets and chocolate in Italy. Pic: Auchan/Sladkiy Ostrov

Auchan to sell Russian sweets in Italy

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Regulation & Safety

European auditors have slammed the commission's lack of action on food waste ©iStock

EU court of auditors attacks Commission for its failures on food waste

Hostess Brands recalled some Holiday White Peppermint Hostess Twinkies

Twinkies and Palmer Candy recall products due to possible Salmonella

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Food fraud prevention focus for FSSC 22000 version 4

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Manufacturers

Nestlé has stopped contesting fines for its part in two price fixing cases. ©iStock/jeancliclac

Nestlé drops appeals for chocolate cartel fines in Germany

Granola bars play an important role in Simply Eight's overall business. Pic: Simply Eight

‘Retrovate’ don't ‘innovate’ granola startups, says former Kellogg’s director

Lindt business model of high quality chocolate and innovation paying off, says Bank Vontobel analyst. Photo: Lindt

Lindt exceeds market expectations with 6% annual sales growth

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R&D

'We know it is not enough to improve flavour delivery and enhance the perception of sweetness with no aftertastes...' © iStock/bogdandreava

Patented sugar reduction molecule will be on shelves next year, says DouxMatok

Snacks are encroaching upon the traditional three square meals a day and growing numbers of younger consumers see no problem in swapping them for six substantial snacks a day.©iStock

Get ready for bespoke snacking experiences on a mass scale, says Mondelez chocolate innovator

Mondelēz has three R&D centers across Asia, and Singapore is the only country that bans importing and chewing gum.  Photo: Mondelēz

Mondelēz reports ‘no difficulties’ opening gum R&D center in gum-banned Singapore

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Commodities

EU sugar beet area expected to rise 7% in first marketing year after the sugar quotas, says Stratégie Grains. ©iStock/KevinAlexanderGeorge

How will the end of EU sugar quotas impact confectioners?

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From farm to fork: How much do you know about where Europe's food comes from?

Class action suit may give impetus for US chocolate firms to clean up supply chains, says International Rights Advocates. Pic: ©iStock/Moussa81

'Head in the sand' approach on cocoa supply chain may not wash if Nestlé, ADM & Cargill suit proceeds, says lawyer

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Transparency and portion-control: Execs at top candy firms set 2017 expectations

Joel Fink, owner of Fantasy Candies, sets up probitoic chocolate firm Blue Planet  Photo: Blue Planet Chocolate

Fantasy Candies owner creates probiotic chocolate startup Blue Planet

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