Global retail value sales of gum totalled $26.4 billion (€19.5bn) in 2012, up two per cent on 2011 (constant 2012 prices/fixed 2012 exchange rates).
Aerated chocolate has always been popular, with brands such as Aero, manufactured by Nestlé standing the test of time.
Confectioners of all sizes are increasingly focused on new Point of Sale (POS) technologies to positively impact the customer experience, and more importantly, to run a smart and profitable business.
European gum users have a range of motivations for chewing; among the reasons they give are tooth whitening, a distraction from smoking, and a way of eating less.
According to Euromonitor International, chocolate confectionery is set to grow by 13 per cent in current value terms in 2012.
Confectionery consumers worldwide are moving away from the traditional, sugary lollipop to other sweets, driven by health concerns and greater spending power.
Health and indulgence are the two contrasting threads affecting consumer choice in biscuits.
The European arm of the World Health Organisation has just announced that marketing food to children is one of its top regulatory priorities.
Britain is credited with producing and selling the world’s first chocolate bar at the Joseph Fry & Sons factory founded in 1728, and the Fry, Rowntree and Cadbury families all played a pivotal role in the development of British chocolate manufacturing.
I think the word ‘artisanal’ has been over used and often abused.