12 December 2013
US gum sales have been in decline since 2010. The category is failing to attract what were once its key consumer group - young people. Mondelez International's move to extend its Sour Patch Kids brand into gum, teaming it with Stride, is a clear attempt to reach out to this demographic. However, Katy Askew is dubious about whether this will result in long-term sales lift.
10 December 2013
David Cheesewright, the head of Wal-Mart's operations in EMEA and Canada, is to be promoted to lead all of the retail giant's businesses outside the US.
15 November 2013
Mars has sought to expand in what it called "the world's fastest-growing chocolate market" with the launch of its Galaxy brand in India.
18 October 2013
Mars Inc has defended its use of petroleum-based food dyes in its M&M's confectionery following a report by The Center for Science in the Public Interest calling for a ban on their use.
17 October 2013
Italian chocolate maker Ferrero Group has insisted it has not received a takeover approach from Swiss food giant Nestle.
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.
30 September 2013
Sustainability has emerged as something of a theme last week, as just-food set off for the Emerald Isle to attend a sustainability event organised by Ireland's Bord Bia.
26 September 2013
Executives from companies including Tesco, Mars and Kerry Group, as well as the Irish government, gathered in Dublin today (26 September) to discuss the development of sustainable food practices. Here is a selection of quotes from the event.
23 September 2013
Danone was this week under scrutiny in China amid claims local staff bribed hospitals to promote its baby food products in the country. The allegations are the latest blow to the reputation of Western firms in China following price fixing on formula and the Fonterra botulism saga. The stories will not harm the reputation of China's dairies and, this week, one processor, China Huishan Dairy Holdings Co., launched a successful IPO in Hong Kong.
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.
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.
17 September 2013
Mars Inc has lined up a raft of new confectionery products that it is set to launch in the US next year.
26 July 2013
Hershey has expressed its confidence in the future of its US business and the wider confectionery sector in the country after a strong first-half performance saw it gain market share across its business and lead it to up its forecasts for 2013.
22 July 2013
Mars has launched a range of Dolmio lasagne kits in the UK to make it easier for consumers to make the Italian dish.
18 July 2013
Mars Inc is to launch two permanent products to its Galaxy chocolate portfolio in addition to updating the brand's packaging.
25 June 2013
Hershey has been fined C$4m after admitting fixing the price of chocolate products in Canada.
25 June 2013
Mars Inc is set to start the production of Twix chocolate in Egypt to serve the local market and other countries in the Middle East and Africa.
20 June 2013
The debate over what form front-of-pack nutrition labels should take in the UK has taken a significant stride to being closed, with over 60% of the market agreeing to use a new label that does include traffic lights. Not every household name will use the label but Ben Cooper argues the refuseniks will now be firmly in the campaigners' firing line.
19 June 2013
Mars has refused to be drawn on reports in India it has applied for land in the western state of Gujarat to build its first chocolate plant in the country.
19 June 2013
Chocolate giant Mars and crisp manufacturer PepsiCo are among over 20 food makers and retailers to agree to adopt new "hybrid" front-of-pack nutrition labels in the UK.
13 June 2013
Mars has developed a Snickers bar containing no eggs for vegetarians in the Indian market.
10 June 2013
A tragic fire in a Chinese poultry facility highlighted continued concerns over safety standards in emerging markets last week. The just-food briefing looked at the need to innovate to prevent breakfast cereal sales going soggy, insight that was swiftly followed by the news that Kellogg is launching a number of breakfast bar and drink products in response to changing consumption patterns. Meanwhile, chocolate giants Nestle and Mars were accused of price fixing in Canada. Here are the highlights on just-food this week.
7 June 2013
Confectionery giants Nestle and Mars have been charged by Canada's Competition Bureau for alleged criminal conspiracy to fix the prices of chocolate products in the country.
3 June 2013
Mars' chewing gum unit, Wrigley, has confirmed plans to cut over 200 jobs at a production site in France in response to declining demand in Europe.
30 May 2013
Hershey, long criticised for the slow speed with which it entered faster-growing confectionery markets, has seen sales jump in China in recent years on the back of its homegrown chocolate brands. However, chocolate is not China's largest confectionery sector and competition is fierce. Hershey has wisely launched a candy brand targeted at Chinese consumers. Candy is crowded, too, but as, Dean Best writes, the move demonstrates the company knows products tailored to local needs could help it gain ground faster.
24 May 2013
Arla Foods has offloaded UK milk drinks operation Crediton Dairy to a group of executives who worked for the unit's previous owner, Milk Link.
16 May 2013
At first it appeared the villain of the piece with the launch of its Alert Energy Caffeine Gum, which prompted an FDA review of caffeine in foods. However, Wrigley was subsequently praised by the regulator for showing "leadership" when it halted production. So far, however, no other food companies have shown that level of support for the FDA's move. Ben Cooper reports.
9 May 2013
Wrigley, part of food giant Mars Inc, has halted production of the caffeine gum it launched earlier this month in the US.
2 May 2013
Mars is to launch a range of rice and grain products under its Seeds of Change brand in the UK.
1 May 2013
The roll-out of Wrigley's caffeine gum has prompted the US Food and Drug Administration to look again at the impact the ingredient has on health.