South Africa to sweeten, add health halo to snacks with rising production of raisins

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s raisin production is projected to rebound to normal levels and increase by 19 percent to 85,000 Metric Tons (MT) in the 2021/22 Marketing Year (MY), up from 71,493 MT in the 2020/21 MY. This, according to a GAIN report by USDA, is based on normal weather conditions, an increase in area planted and new orchards coming into full production. Also, yields are forecasted to improve due to new varieties and production practices, wine grapes being diverted for raisin production, and the adequate availability of irrigation…

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Mondelez opens first Oreo Cafe to attract in person customers as Mars Wrigley debuts new M&M’s Crunchy Cookie

USA – American multinational confectionery and snack food company Mondelez International, Inc. has debuted its first Oreo Cafe in an effort to attract in-person customers.   The new café located in the American Dream retail and entertainment complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey has been described by Mondelez as “a new, immersive and personalized way for all fans and cookie lovers to experience Oreo in person.”  The new store offers retail items including Oreo cookie products and official merchandise but also features a treats bar where guests can enjoy shakes, sundaes, cheesecake, and more…

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Confectionery giant Kenafric sweetens its gum portfolio with launch of activated charcoal chewing gum

KENYA – Eastern Africa’s leading confectionery manufacturer, Kenafric Industries, has straightened its innovation antennas and launched Africa’s first activated charcoal chewing gum. The product dubbed ‘Fresh Active’ is a teeth cleaning powerhouse, offering great oral healthcare while leaving a lasting cooling effect that enhances fresh breath. Its launch comes after two years of research and product formulation, which has led to the introduction of a gum aimed to gives one extra boldness every time he/she indulges in it. Activated charcoal is trusted globally due to its benefits of restoring correct…

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Cargill invests US$45m into production of soluble fibres to meet Europe’s demand for low-calorie products

EUROPE – American multinational food corporation Cargill is investing US$45 million into production of soluble fibers in an effort to meet demand for low calories products in Europe.  According to a statement from the company, the investment will be pumped into Cargill’s existing facility in Wroclaw, Poland where construction of a soluble fiber products line is already underway. The company is expecting its initial offerings to be fully commercialized in the second half of 2022.  The move marks the company’s first entry into the European soluble fibre market and comes amid a growing demand for reduced-sugar products. Demand for low-sugar products grows…

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Haribo to invest US$31m in boosting UK manufacturing capabilities

UK – German confectionery company Haribo is investing £22 million (US$31.05 million) to enhance technologies and production capabilities at its manufacturing facility in Castleford, West Yorkshire. Haribo says the investment will be used to enhance technologies at the purpose-built UK site and deliver additional capacity, greater efficiencies and reduced costs. In addition, Haribo plans to use part of the finances to strengthen its product reformulation efforts, with sugar reduction as a key focus. The company has already launched a number of reduced-sugar products such as its Fruitilicious gum sweets and…

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South Africa’s Premier FMCG expands confectionery portfolio with acquisition of Mister Sweet

SOUTH AFRICA – Premier FMCG, the manufacturer, distributer and marketer of branded and private label fast-moving consumer goods in Southern Africa, has acquired Mister Sweet, the sugar-based confectionery business of Lodestone Brands. The business purchase is in line with Premier’s growth strategy into the candy business, as the acquisition of the well-known brands i.e., Mister Sweet, Candy Tops, Champion, Rascals, and Frutus, will expand its current Manhattan Sweets and Super C Sweets candy portfolio. The consumer goods company, commenced operations at its newly built confectionery manufacturing factory in the first…

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Ferrero Group to expand snack portfolio with acquisition of Burton’s Biscuit Company

UK – Ferrero Group, an Italian manufacturer of branded chocolate and confectionery products, is looking to grow its biscuit portfolio with the acquisition of Burton’s Biscuit Company. Burton’s Biscuit Company is a UK leading biscuit manufacturer which supplies both quality branded and retailer brand biscuits. It owns and bakes important brands such as Maryland, Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels and also bakes biscuits for major retailers and global brands. The British company is believed to have been sold for about £360m by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, an investment…

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Argentine candy maker Arcor partners with Webcor to establish US$45m confectionery factory in Angola

ANGOLA – The Argentine multinational company Grupo Arcor, one of the world leaders in the confectionery, agri-food and packaging sector, is nearing completion of its US$45 million confectionery factory in Angola. The project which is undertaken in partnership with Angolan distribution partner Webcor, will specialize in production of cookies, biscuits and chocolates. It is expected to produce six thousand tons of products of different brands annually, serving both the local market and neighbouring countries of Congo, Namibia, Zambia and Botswana. The ambassador of Argentina accredited to Angola, Alejandro Guillermo Vierdier,…

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Chewing gum that cleans breath, not mask it introduced in the US market

US — Chewing gum and mints are the go-to solutions to mask bad breathe whenever we are not in a position to brush our teeth. These solutions are often short-lived, forcing people to be on either gum and mints at times for the entire day, just to mask their bad breath. Apart from being a temporary solution, most gums and mints are sugary and contribute to damaging teeth and lifestyle diseases such as diabetes. Looking at the problems not addressed by the current gum and mint industry, Camille Varlet, founder…

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Nestlé to halt production at New Zealand facility, develops new sustainable packaging for confectionery in UK

NEW ZEALAND –  Swiss food manufacturing giant Nestlé has announced a proposal to relocate confectionery production from its  Wiri, New Zealand factory to a larger Allen’s factory in regional Victoria, Australia. The company said the relocation of operations at the Wiri site which produces Allen’s chews lollies for sale in Australia would result in up to 45 redundancies. Chris O’Donnell, confectionery general manager at Nestlé, said that the company regretted that the proposal will entail job losses at Wiri and that Nestlé would provide staff with a generous redundancy package…

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