Hershey prevailed in a case against U.K. candy importer Posh Nosh on Tuesday after a California judge upheld an injunction to prevent the importer from selling a range of products that infringe on the Hershey's trademark and licensing rights. Hershey filed suit against Posh Nosh after it was found to be importing, advertising and distributing Maltesers, Yorkie, Cadbury, Kit Kat and Nestle Toffee Crisp products in the U.S.
With sugar farmers on one side and confectioners and other food and drink-makers on the other, a fierce floor fight is expected as lawmakers consider whether sugar reform should be part of this year's farm bill. "We are not trying to put the [sugar] growers out of business. We are trying to have our own businesses survive," said NCA's vice president of government affairs Liz Clark, who participated in a congressional briefing with lawmakers’ staff last week to discuss the Sugar Reform Act.
Barry Callebaut is seeking a patent for a process to make high-cocoa chocolate less bitter by adding green coffee. The coffee beans reduce the bitter taste and serve as a less-expensive filler without adding a coffee flavor, the company said.
Value supermarkets and convenience stores are leading confectionery sales growth, Todd Hale, senior VP of consumer and shopper insights at Nielsen said during the NCA State of the Industry Conference. An NCA Custom Shopper Panel Survey conducted in January supports Hale's conclusion that shoppers are seeking out lower prices, with 28% of respondents saying they have changed confections purchases because of the economy.
Jo Swinson, a member of the U.K. parliament, says the government is not doing enough to eliminate excess packaging of products such as Easter eggs. "Consumers are tired of excess packaging -- they are tired of paying for it and tired of having to dispose of it," she said, noting many companies have improved, but others are not meeting the requirement to use as little packaging as possible.