Confectionery promotions on the decline as discounts risk becoming ‘self-destroying’, says IRI

Volumes of confectionery sold on promotion as high as 40-70% in some Western markets, finds IRI. ©iStock/vvvita

Volumes of confectionery sold on promotion have fallen in the past year in Western markets, according to market analysts IRI.

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Nestlé develops natural method to cut sugar in chocolate by 40%

95% of biscuits capacity at Montreal factory will move to other Mondelēz plants in Canada. ©iStock/DanielBendjy

Mondelēz to axe 454 jobs in Montreal cookie plant closure

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EU health coalition calls for 6am-11pm ban on junk food advertising

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Wilmar palm oil produced using child labour in dangerous conditions: Amnesty International

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EU Court of Justice 'complicates' multipack food labelling, says lawyer

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No grain, no gain: Dutch consumer group fights 'misleading' whole-grain products

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Confectionery conversion rates at 49% in travel retail, finds TFWA-backed study

Just like other branded Amazon Dash devices, the Airheads version connects to the member's Wi-Fi and Amazon mobile app, enabling customers to restock on the item by clicking it once.

Airheads joins one-click shopping with Amazon Dash

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EFSA currently set an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of the sugar substitute aspartame at 40 milligrams/kilogram body weight per day.©iStock/OcusFocus

ISA: Mechanism ‘not plausible’ to explain aspartame’s role in weight loss

The newly developed food glaze by Thew Arnott uses zein as its major ingredient.  Photo: Thew Arnott

Thew Arnott launches zein-based food glaze for confectionery products

'Consumers should be educated that palm oil isn’t very healthy and that only sustainable palm oil should be consumed. But ‘palm oil free’ products promote the message that palm oil should be avoided at all costs and this isn’t right.' ©GoForthFilms

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From licking your own face to chocolate greeting cards: Candy Mechanics celebrates launch

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Chocolate Xmas tins help to save the planet with reduced carbon footprint, says Empac

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HP applauds Oreo for using digital print to ‘make its packaging intelligent’

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UK chocolate exports on the rise with weak pound. Pic: ©iStock/jax10289

UK chocolate exports up 11% with falling pound

White Rabbit recently redesigned its packaging to appeal Chinese millennials.  Photo: China Candy

Chinese confections and snacks compete for sweeter spot on e-commerce during Double 11

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Brazil candy firm Riclan calls for more African presence at Dubai tradeshow

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Harvard-Unilever study confirms link between sat fats, heart disease & importance of reformulation

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'Unfortunate': Nestlé to lose Swiss cross on 80 brands

5-c creator Serge Hercberg on nutrition logos, lobbies and conflicts of interest

5-c creator Serge Hercberg on nutrition logos, lobbies and conflicts of interest

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Candyking CEO to acquire the firm from investment fund. Photo: Candyking

Candyking CEO to snap up the Nordic pick & mix supplier

Pinellas Chocolate appeals to customers by offering in-store coupons.  Photo: Pinellas Chocolate

Florida bean-to-bar maker Pinellas Chocolate opens first retail store

Delacre can give Ferrero a foothold in North America outside chocolate, says Euromonitor.  Photo: iStock/Authenticcreations

Ferrero expected to acquire Delacre biscuits by mid-December

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Researchers from the Department of food, bioprocessing, and nutrition sciences at North Carolina State University extracted phenolic compounds from waste peanut skins encapsulated with maltodextrin.©iStock

Study finds milk chocolate has a dark side by adding peanut skin extract

The problem is healthy fats present food structure problems when replacing other fats. X-ray could help. ©iStock

X-ray fat for formulation wins?

'Every pregnant woman takes some form of supplement so if you’re taking it then why not take it in a form that is also very tasty and healthy.' ©iStock/vadimguzhva

Cravings in Croatia: Probiotic firm launches prenatal choc supplements

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‘Forever Chocolate’ strategy will make sustainable chocolate the norm, says Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut sets 2025 target for sustainable cocoa

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'The ethical urge' powers fair trade in Switzerland: Study

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Origin labelling: A step towards transparency - or worrying form of ‘gastronationalism’?

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Mars said the production cost rise has caused it to shrink the size of Maltesers' packs.

Mars admits shrinking Maltesers and Galaxy Counters packs was ‘difficult decision’

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