Flexible Packaging Market To Hit $179B By 2025


San Francisco — With a projected compound annual growth rate of 3.9 percent, the global flexible packaging market is anticipated to be worth $179.69 billion by 2025, with significant demand from food & beverage and healthcare industries stimulating the market, according to Grand View ...
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Barry Callebaut Finalizes Supply, Facility Acquisition Agreement With Burton’s Biscuits

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Zurich, Switzerland — Barry Callebaut AG and Burton’s Biscuit Co. have closed their agreement for the long-term supply of more than 12,000 metric tons of chocolate and compound annually and the supplier’s acquisition of Burton’s Moreton, Wirral, chocolate manufacturing plant. The Moreton factory is immediately ... Read More »

Lake Champlain Invests In Production, Triples Capacity

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Williston, VT — Lake Champlain Chocolates Co. (LCC) has tripled capacity to produce its premium chocolates at its SQF Level 2 certified facility, which is dedicated to organic manufacturing, according to the company. The project has been two years in the works and includes the ... Read More »

Nominations Open For Candy Hall Of Fame Class Of 2019

Cleveland — The NCSA, the association that administers the Candy Hall of Fame, is accepting applications for the class of 2019. Induction is open to all disciplines within the confectionery industry and its allied industries, according to association President Mark Lozano, including but not limited ... Read More »

Lozano Leads Carle & Montanari-OPM North American Operations


Raleigh, NC — Mark Lozano is the new vice-president North American operations for Carle & Montanari-OPM, which provides solutions for the processing, moulding and packaging of chocolate. Earlier this year the company combined its Carle & Montanari-OPM and CM-FIMA groups into the new SACMI Packaging & Chocolate ... Read More »

Barry Callebaut Well On Way To 2025 Sustainability Goals

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Zurich, Switzerland — Close to half (44 percent) of cocoa purchased by Barry Callebaut AG comes from sustainable sources, while the supplier’s other ingredients are also sustainably sourced at the same percentage, putting the company firmly on track to “make sustainable chocolate the norm ... Read More »

The Most Popular Holiday Candy In Each State

Washington, DC — CandyStore.com surveyed 30,000 candy lovers across the U.S. to determine the candy that is most popular in each state. Reese’s takes the top spot in 10 of the 50 states, while candy canes and peppermint bark still rank in top slots across the ... Read More »

Majority Of Americans Will Share, Gift Chocolate & Candy For Winter Holidays

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Washington — During the coming winter holidays, more than 90 percent of U.S. consumers report plans to share or gift chocolate and candy, according to NCA. “From hanging candy canes on the Christmas tree to sharing a box of chocolates with family and friends, the ... Read More »

Fairtrade Minimum Price For Cocoa To Increase 20%

Washington, DC – Fairtrade International is increasing the Fairtrade Minimum Price for conventional cocoa from $2,000 to $2,400 per metric ton at the point of export (FOB), marking a 20 percent increase. For organic cocoa, the Fairtrade price will be $300 above the market ... Read More »

Click-And-Collect’s Convenience, Efficiency Big Draw For Holiday Shoppers


New York — Among shoppers that use technology to make purchases, 67 percent report interest in click-and-collect options to ease their shopping experience this holiday season, according to GPShopper, supplier of mobile commerce and engagement platforms for retailers. When it comes to the in-store experience ... Read More »

Crunch Brand Supporting DonorsChoose.org With $100K Donation

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Glendale, CA — The Crunch brand is supporting DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit that helps public school teachers obtain needed materials and classroom experiences, with a $100,000 donation that matches consumers’ contributions to the fund, according to Ferrara Candy Co., Inc, an affiliate of the Ferrero Group.  ... Read More »

Small Business Saturday Spending Hits $17.8B

New York — The ninth annual Small Business Saturday, held on November 24, resulted in record levels of spending, according to American Express. Total reported spending among U.S. consumers who said they shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on the day reached a record ... Read More »