Hershey seeks to reduce calorie counts with product reformulation, size adjustment

About 31% of Hershey’s standard- and king-size confectionery products are 200 calories or less.  Photo: Hershey

Hershey has included in its five-year plan a goal that 50% of its total offering of individually wrapped standard- and king-size confectionery products will be 200 calories or less. 

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Mondelēz announces CMO departure, new hires in consumer insights and packaging

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Delfi forms JV with Japan’s Yuraku Confectionery in Indonesia

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Korozo Ambalaj flexible packaging to expand internationally

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Retail & Shopper Insights

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Peeps, Jelly Belly being out of stock at Walmart during Easter is ‘significant issue,’ Quri says

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Innovative Bites plans American range at Hancocks depots after acquisition

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E-commerce expert calms retailers’ fear of Amazon driving away their Oreo and Cheerios customers

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Ingredients

RSPO issues first ever RSPO Next palm oil certification

RSPO issues first ever RSPO Next palm oil certification

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How to reduce sugar scientifically and creatively in confectionery

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PureCircle plans to bring glucosylated stevia to Europe with EFSA request

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Processing & Packaging

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Palcut POS concept ensures visibility as retail chains ‘limit in-store promotions’

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Bosch showcases dual-lane flexibility for biscuit industry at Interpack

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‘More consumers are looking for products that are of superior value or higher quality’

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Markets

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Emerging markets continue to drive growth for Nestlé and Unilever

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UK confectionery prices fall slightly despite Brexit

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Why third and fourth tier cities are crucial for MNC growth: Mondelez China boss

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Top public nutrition adviser faces criticism after receiving money from chocolate industry

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UK councils call for industry funds to tackle gum litter ‘plague’

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Nestlé departs UK for Poland taking 300 Blue Riband jobs

Sweden pick & mix sales drop, but Cloetta to finalize deal for pick & mix supplier Candyking later this month. Photo: Cloetta.

Cloetta sales dented by Swedish pick & mix declines in Q1

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Project 7 partners with Weight Watchers

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R&D

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Lactips creates edible plastic packaging from milk protein

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Advances in wearable Smart Glasses will outpace handheld technology

KitKat sugar content cut 5.6% by adding more cocoa and milk. Photo: Nestlé

KitKat cocoa content upped 13% in sugar reduction push

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Commodities

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United Cacao loses libel case against ConfectioneryNews

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‘Simplest way’ is to pay more: Chocolate industry urged to up farm gate price to avert poverty in cocoa

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Our own cocoa buying company in Ghana cuts out middlemen to benefit farmers, says Cargill

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Sugarpova says 7-Eleven chocolate listing is a 'game changer'

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