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M&M’s, Dove and Snickers maintain chocolate market lead in China

Mars’ share in China’s chocolate confectionery market has been dropping since 2013, but the company maintains its leading position with 36.7% market share in 2017, Euromonitor’s latest data shows.

Mars Australia voted top for employees

Mars is the best big company to work at in Australia, according to the 2017 Great Place to Work rankings, which also feature Campbell Arnott’s in fourth place.

Foodstuff most frequently intercepted counterfeit product

Foodstuff was the most frequently intercepted counterfeit product during a joint World Customs Organization (WCO) operation in Asia Pacific.

Nestlé Japan launches cough drop-flavored KitKat ahead of World Cup game

Nestlé has released a cough drop-flavored or Nodoame KitKat exclusively in Japan.

This week Down Under

Cadbury vows to ‘secure' jobs while announcing 50 redundancies

Though Mondelēz has billed its new plans to invest A$75m (US$60m) into upgrading its Hobart Cadbury factory as a move to “secure local jobs”, it has at the same time revealed that nearly 10% of jobs will be shed in the process.

E-commerce

Mondelēz creates virtual chocolate store 'Cadbury Joy Deliveries' on Amazon India

Mondelēz has teamed with Amazon in India to create a virtual chocolate & sweets store on the e-tailer’s online marketplace.

Mars launches M&M’s in 'priority market' India

Mars has brought M&M’s to India for the first time to expand the region’s bite-size chocolate category. 

Artificial sweeteners combined with a low carb diet increases calories consumption: Australian academics

Artificial sweeteners combined with a low carbohydrate diet significantly increases the quantity of calories consumed, according to Australian researchers.

Nestlé launches cake-style KitKat upon renovating chocolate store in Japan

Nestlé will launch a KitKat Chocolatory Gateau Mignon exclusively at the KitKat Chocolatory Ginza store in Tokyo, Japan, on July 25, 2017. 

Novacap’s first sodium bicarbonate plant in Asia opens in Singapore

Novacap has officially opened a sodium bicarbonate plant in Singapore, the first of its kind for the French firm in Asia, to boost sales to bakery and pharmaceutical sectors, among others.

Chocolate tourism: Nestlé to open second KitKat factory in Japan

Nestlé plans to open a second KitKat factory in Japan to satisfy demand for local flavors such as green tea and wasabi among tourists.

East is eden: Middle East ripe for chocolate growth amid volume declines in the West

Euromonitor International suggests the Middle East offers opportunities for chocolate manufacturers seeking to drive value growth.

Australasia's ‘one-stop’ manufacturing event foodpro set for bumper 50th year

One of APAC's biggest food manufacturing events, foodpro, returns for its 50th year next month with organisers announcing all exhibitor space has sold out. 

Ferrero opens first Asian innovation centre in Singapore

Ferrero has opened its first Asian Innovation Center in Singapore to develop and test new products ‘in a market of strategic importance’.

Dunedin city councilor: New investors mean Cadbury factory may be saved

Dunedin’s city council says that raising a NZ $20m ($14.44m) public equity float required by Mondelēz to save the local Cadbury factory is likely to be successful.

Powerful protein: Edible insects packing a punch

Michi Abe, founder of Abundance Food, launched the ProPro energy bar last year in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. 

China’s functional candy crush: Iron, collagen and taurine fortification could provide a sales boom

There is vast scope to increase functional confectionery innovation and sales in China by including iron, collagen and taurine in products, according to analysts.

Patchi to double manufacturing capacity with new Dubai plant

Patchi has begun work on a new 122,000 square-foot chocolate manufacturing facility in Dubai to serve as a “springboard” into regional and overseas markets when it opens in 18 months.

Prebiotic and antioxidant-packed white chocolate: 'A promising opportunity for industry'

Adding prebiotics and an antioxidant source to white chocolate can alter its taste and texture, but a new sensory analysis reported that consumers still ranked it highly, with researchers concluding it provides new product opportunities for industry.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Malaysia: Manufacturer-backed sugar hike rejected by government

Malaysia will not increase the market price of sugar, despite a request to do so from one of the country’s most prominent companies and pressure from consumers’ associations to introduce a de facto sugar tax.

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