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Ferrero is an international confectionery company. Founded by Pietro Ferrero Jr. in 1946, Ferrero is a private company. The head office for Ferrero is located in Alba, Piedmont, Italy.

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Hannah Abdulla | 23 Jun 2015

Italian confectioner Ferrero has made a surprise move for UK chocolate maker and retailer Thorntons. One cannot ignore the fact Thorntons has had some challenges, not least in recent quarters with sales to UK multiples under pressure. What could be behind Ferrero's decision? Hannah Abdulla explores.


Katy Askew | 27 Mar 2015

Mars Inc plans to step up investment in the Indian chocolate sector by investing in local production. The Indian chocolate market is dominated by Mondelez International-owned Cadbury, with Nestle becoming a somewhat distant second. With strong growth in demand and a growing tendency for consumers to trade up to higher-margin products, could Mars' push in India challenge the established players in the market?


Katy Askew | 3 Dec 2014

Ferrero Group is purportedly re-thinking its investment plan in India due to difficulties with regulators in the country. The Indian market - with its massive population and still growing middle class - is a huge opportunity for FMCG manufacturers. But, as the Ferrero case shows, Indian regulations continue to discourage investment in local production - to the detriment of the country's economic outlook.


Dean Best | 23 May 2014

Working with Kantar Worldpanel, just-food provides a data set showing the ten most-chosen food brands in the BRICs in 2013. Ferrero's Kinder and Mondelez International's Alpen Gold were new entrants into the list.

Latest Interviews

Michelle Russell | 17 Jan 2013

UK confectioner Thorntons is undergoing something of a transformation. The chocolate and toffee producer, which has been hit hard by the consumer downturn, is midway through a strategic shift to close the bulk of its store network and focus on commercial sales. Since taking the helm in May 2011, Jonathan Hart has had a mountain to climb: rebalancing the portfolio while tackling weak consumer demand. Nonetheless, the chief executive tells Michelle Russell that the firm is now on the right road for its strategy re-think to deliver improved results.


Dean Best | 31 Jan 2011

Ferrero, the Italy-based confectionery giant, first entered the UK back in 1966 and has steadily built a business generating GBP200m sales a year. However, under local managing director Christian Walter, the group is planning an offensive on this side of the English Channel. For this month's just-food interview, Dean Best met Walter to discuss Ferrero's plans.

Latest News

Andy Coyne | 16 Nov 2017

Top cocoa-producing nations Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and major confectionery companies have agreed to take action to help eliminate deforestation.


Andy Coyne | 8 Nov 2017

Italian confectionery giant Ferrero has admitted it has made a "minor adjustment" to the recipe for its popular hazelnut-chocolate spread Nutella.


Andy Coyne | 19 Oct 2017

Italian confectionery business Ferrero has announced it is to acquire US firm Ferrara Candy Co. via an affiliated company.


Simon Harvey | 18 Oct 2017

Italian chocolate maker Ferrero is teaming up with consumer goods giant Unilever in a new range of ice cream through the Kinder brand to be launched in select European countries in 2018.


Andy Coyne | 12 Oct 2017

Italian chocolate maker Ferrero has revealed plans to again expand a plant in Canada.


Dean Best | 29 Sep 2017

Ferrero is trialling European biscuit brand Nutella B-ready in the US.


Andy Coyne | 5 Sep 2017

UK bakery business Finsbury Food Group has renewed its long-standing partnership with chocolate maker Thorntons.


Andy Coyne | 29 Aug 2017

California confectionery company Leaf Brands is the latest firm to be linked with a bid for Nestle's US candy business.


Andy Coyne | 15 Aug 2017

Ferrero has held talks with the government of Azerbaijan that could lead the Italian food giant supporting the cultivation of hazelnuts in the country.


Andy Coyne | 14 Aug 2017

Ferrero is formally launching Nutella B-ready in the UK following a trial, marking the spread brand's debut in the country's biscuits category.


Dean Best | 24 Jul 2017

Ferrero, the Italy-based food group behind Kinder chocolate, is reportedly weighing up a move for Nestle's confectionery business in the US, which the world's largest food maker may be ready to sell.


Dean Best | 13 Jul 2017

Kinder Bueno and Nutella owner Ferrero has opened a logistics and co-packing centre in France as part of the Italian group's strategy to market its products in different types of packaging as consumers shop in different channels.


Dean Best | 14 Jun 2017

Kinder and Nutella owner Ferrero has opened an innovation centre in Singapore.


Dean Best | 14 Jun 2017

Confectionery giant Ferrero, preparing to take its Tic Tac gum to the US by the end of 2017, has also lined up more markets for the product this year.


Katy Askew | 8 Jun 2017

Italian confectionery giant Ferrero has won a court case against Dutch retailer Ahold Delhaize over the group's marketing claims its Delhaize own-label chocolate spread is a healthier and more environmentally friendly option because it does not contain palm oil.


John Shepherd | 22 May 2017

Ferrero has confirmed plans to launch a version of its Kinder Egg in the US – Kinder Joy – early next year.


Dean Best | 12 May 2017

Confectioners operating in the US, including Nestle, Mars and Ferrero have announced a series of pledges in areas including pack sizes, calories and labelling.


Katy Askew | 30 Mar 2017

Italian chocolate giant Ferrero has said current chief executive and member of the founding Ferrero family, Giovanni Ferrero, will move to the strategy-focused role of chairman and Lapo Civiletti will replace him as CEO. 


Dean Best | 30 Mar 2017

Ferrero, the Italy-based confectioner, has reported an 8% increase in sales in a year it characterised as "outstanding".


Dean Best | 17 Mar 2017

Twelve chocolate and cocoa companies, including Nestle, Mondelez International, Hershey today (16 March) announced plans to work together to "end deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa supply chain", focusing initially on Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.


Katy Askew | 16 Mar 2017

Ferrero has bought US chocolate maker Fannie May Confections Brands in a deal the Italian chocolate group said would increase its product line-up in the market. 


Stuart Todd | 30 Jan 2017

Ferrero has unveiled plans to extend and modernise a Nutella production plant in France.

Latest blogs

Dean Best | 18 Feb 2015

Since Ferrero announced the death of company founder Michele Ferrero at the weekend, there has been fresh speculation over the future of the Kinder and Nutella maker. Today (18 February), the Italy-based giant looked to quash the rumours.


Michelle Russell | 3 Sep 2013

Unilever and Ferrero have become the latest firms to come under fire for launching controversial advertising campaigns.

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