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The NAD has reccomended HersheyUS: Hershey gets slapped wrist over Brookside Candies ad

20 March 2014

Hershey has been singled out by the National Advertising Division over its Brookside candies product packaging which it claims may lead customers to believe the product is made of pieces of fruit rather than fruit flavours.

Confectionery: Chocolate and the scrutiny on sugar

10 March 2014

Sugar is under the spotlight, with academics and NGOs emphasising what they see as its central role in growing obesity. Such views are gaining more mainstream media attention, which has profound implications for the food industry and, in particular, for the chocolate sector. However, what are the prospects for low-sugar chocolate? Jonathan Thomas investigates.

Confectionery: Why cocoa can only be sustainable without child labour

10 March 2014

Child labour is intrinsically linked to cocoa's broader sustainability challenges. If the cocoa sector is successful at boosting production during the coming years, it will not be deemed a sustainable expansion if the issue in the two major producing countries has not been satisfactorily addressed, writes Ben Cooper.

US: Flowers, Hershey partner for Mrs Freshley's NPD

4 March 2014

Flowers Foods has partnered with Hershey to offer two snack cake products under the US bakery group's Mrs Freshley's brand.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

3 March 2014

Tesco this week outlined plans for a fresh offensive to try to revitalise UK sales. Meanwhile, The Co-operative Group, which has faced its own issues in recent months, announced it was considering the sale of its farm business as CEO Euan Sutherland looks to reshape the mutual. In the US, PepsiCo once again reiterated it is not keen on splitting the company in two, while Hershey, Mars and Nestle breathed a sigh of relief after the price-fixing case it was tied up in was kicked out of court. Here is the week in quotes.

US: Judge quashes price-fix claim against chocolate giants

28 February 2014

A court in Pennsylvania has thrown out a US$727m chocolate price-fixing lawsuit against Hershey, Mars and Nestle.

US: Hershey launches "breakthrough" Ice Breakers line

23 February 2014

Hershey has developed a line for its Ice Breakers gum and mint candy range it claims will bring "a whole new experience to refreshment".

CHINA: Hershey to trial Jolly Rancher brand

23 February 2014

Hershey has revealed it will trial another of its international brands, Jolly Rancher candy, in China this year.

Comment: Super Bowl ad to pit Nestle against Hershey and Mars

31 January 2014

The news Nestle will - for the first time - be buying airtime during the Super Bowl is much more significant that the usual "advertising investment" stories that cross our news desk. It suggests that the company has re-focused its attention on the US market and intends to pit its confectionery brands against the likes of Hershey and Mars.

US: Hershey sales growth quickens in Q4

30 January 2014

Hershey president and CEO J.P. Bilbrey said today (30 January) the US confectionery giant had "ended 2013 strongly" after fourth-quarter sales and underlying earnings beat internal expectations.

US: Hershey takes on Nutella, Jif with move into spreads

16 January 2014

US chocolate giant Hershey has moved into the spreads category in its domestic market.

just-food's review of 2013: the trends that shaped 2013 M&A

6 January 2014

M&A levels remained relatively subdued in 2013. Growing private-equity interest and something of a shift in capital flows to mature markets have been significant trends shaping the M&A landscape. While gaining routes-to-market in emerging economies has remained key for strategic buyers. Katy Askew examines some of the stand-out deals of the past 12 months.

just-food's review of 2013: supply chains and sustainbility

6 January 2014

Perhaps the biggest story of the year, with the widest impact on the sector, was the horsemeat contamination saga. However, it was ironic the scandal should occur when food companies are placing increased scrutiny on the sustainability of their supply chains. And this year has seen some notable developments as food companies have sought collectively or individually to address sustainability issues in their supply chains.

Comment: Hershey makes serious move in China

2 January 2014

The final full week before Christmas saw another notable international move from Hershey, with the US confectionery giant underlining the seriousness of its ambitions in China.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

23 December 2013

Tesco and Hershey grabbed the headlines in the last full week before Christmas with potential moves to bolster their businesses in India and China respectively. Beijing, meanwhile, has announced plans to investigate the price of agricultural commodities to try to encourage stability in prices. Horsemeat hit the news again with arrests in France over claims horses tested on in labs have entered the food chain.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

23 December 2013

Despite its recent struggles at home and abroad, Tesco this week indicated it had ambitions for growth with its application to run multi-brand outlets in India. Over in China, Hershey sought to further build its business with a deal to buy 80% of local confectioner Shanghai Golden Monkey. And horsemeat returned to the headlines with arrests in France after horses tested on in labs allegedly entered the country's food chain.

CHINA: Hershey eyes full ownership of Shanghai Golden Monkey

20 December 2013

Hershey has revealed it plans to acquire full control of Shanghai Golden Monkey Food Joint Stock Co., as further details of its investment in the Chinese confectioner were announced.

NETHERLANDS: Greenpeace: Hershey must move beyond RSPO palm oil

20 December 2013

Greenpeace has insisted Hershey must advance its palm oil sourcing strategy and move away from supplies of the commodity certified by the Roundtable on Responsible Palm Oil.

CHINA: Hershey to buy 80% of Shanghai Golden Monkey

19 December 2013

Hershey has struck a deal to buy 80% of Chinese confectioner Shanghai Golden Monkey Food Joint Stock Co.

US: Hershey issues fresh cocoa sustainability pledge

19 December 2013

Hershey has announced a target of only using "traceable and sustainably-sourced" palm oil by the end of next year.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

9 December 2013

Unilever CEO Paul Polman last week met analysts to explain how the consumer goods giant is changing its business amid slowing sales, moves that are set to include 2,000 jobs being cut.

BRICs and beyond: Hershey takes tentative solo step in India

6 December 2013

A year since Hershey took full control of its venture in India - a business that after four years was generating just US$80m in sales and was still losing money - the company has launched its US candy brand Jolly Rancher in the country.

INDIA: Hershey launches Jolly Rancher candy

5 December 2013

Hershey has made its first major move as an independent player in India with the launch of US candy brand Jolly Rancher into the country.

China briefing: Multinationals vie for place at table

29 November 2013

With an increasingly affluent population of more than 1.36bn mouths to feed the potential offered by China's food sector is immense. But the size of the opportunity does not, in itself, guarantee success. Competition is fierce as multinational food groups and local players alike look to grow their share of this vast pie. Katy Askew examines the competitive dynamics of the Chinese food sector.

US: Hershey ups margin forecast after "solid" Q3

24 October 2013

Hershey said today (24 October) its growth in sales, as well as lower costs should help it increase underlying gross margins by more than it expected.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

7 October 2013

Two of the industry's heavyweights - Nestle and Unilever - were in the headlines last week. Nestle admitted it will offload some under-performing brands, while Unilever issued a sales warning amid a slowdown in emerging markets.

US: Hershey to build confectionery plant in Malaysia

4 October 2013

Hershey plans to make another move to expand its international business with the construction of a new plant in Malaysia.

IRELAND: Mars sounds cocoa sustainability warning

30 September 2013

Confectionery and food giant Mars Inc has said the chocolate industry will be "under pressure" by 2020 if the issue of depleting cocoa supplies is not addressed.

US: Ferrero signs US industry ad pledge

20 September 2013

Ferrero has become the latest food company operating in the US to sign up to the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative, an industry self-regulatory programme on marketing to kids.

CANADA: Chocolate giants settle price-fixing lawsuit

17 September 2013

Chocolate giants including Nestle and Mars have moved to settle a class action lawsuit accusing them of price fixing and price maintenance in Canada.

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