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Mentos wants consumers to pass on the message

Mentos is investing £1.6m in what it describes as its biggest campaign of the year. The new limited edition product aims to bring people together and inject a dose of innovation into the singles category.

Nestlé Confectionery announces partnership with NOW TV

Nestlé Confectionery has announced it is partnering with online streaming service NOW TV to launch an on-pack promotion.

Cadbury re-runs promotion with Merlin Entertainments

Cadbury and Merlin Entertainments’ partnership offering consumers free tickets for memorable days out this summer is set to roll out across Cadbury chocolate bags for a fourth year.

Mars Wrigley Confectionery brings back Sweet Sundays

Mars Wrigley Confectionery UK has announced the return of its Sweet Sundays promotion for the eighth year running.

Ferrero launches trade campaign for TicTac

Ferrero is launching a trade campaign to reinforce the sales potential of stocking its core range of flavours.

Tic Tac offers Ibiza holiday as competition prize

This summer Tic Tac will be offering consumers the chance to win a holiday to Ibiza, as part of a partnership with radio station, Kiss.

Maynards Bassetts offers chance to win wacky prizes

Maynards Bassetts is launching a new on-pack promotion offering shoppers the chance to win one of 8,001 wacky prizes.

Cadbury introduces Curly Wurly Squirlies PMP format

Cadbury has launched a new Curly Wurly Squirlies price-marked pack (PMP) format. The £1 PMP sharing bags have been developed to offer consumers a new pack size and help retailers capture shoppers’ attention in store.

Big Bear rolls out Fox’s Glacier lines in shelf ready cases

Big Bear Confectionery will roll out single facing shelf-ready cases across its core Fox’s Glacier lines to retailers nationwide this month, following a successful trial with the Co-op.

Mentos launches Chewy & Fresh mints

Mentos is launching a range of chewy mints this May – Chewy & Fresh – ahead of the summer refreshment sales spike.

Vimto adds to revitalised range of lollipops

Soft drink brand Vimto has collaborated with confectionery distributor IB Group to launch Vimto Remix Sodapops.

Peppersmith brings out plastic-free packaging

Vegan-friendly mint and chewing gum brand Peppersmith unveiling newly rebranded plastic free packaging in mid-May across all products for a fresh contemporary look.

Cadbury's Premier League tie-up prepares for end of season

Cadbury is getting ready to kick off its second end-of-season Premier League promotion.

Mars Wrigley Confectionery UK launches Galaxy Darker Milk

Mars Wrigley Confectionery UK has announced the launch of two new Galaxy Darker Milk variants – Galaxy Darker Milk and Galaxy Darker Milk with Roasted Hazelnuts.

Rowntree's boosts Randoms but drops Tooty Frooties

New variants of Rowntree’s Randoms are being introduced to coincide with its tenth birthday and a major refresh of the Rowntree’s brand, but Tooty Frooties is being ditched.

Premium promise

Trading up to more premium lines is a big consumer trend in the chocolate market.

Nestlé UK introduces on-pack promotion using QR code

Nestlé UK and Ireland is introducing ’80 Awesome things to do’, a new on-pack promotion on some of its leading confectionery brands, which gives families fun and engaging activity ideas to do together.

Nestlé UK rolls out Ruby Chocolate KitKat

Nestlé UK has announced that its KitKat made with Ruby chocolate will launch nationwide this month.

Maynards Bassetts unveils sour soft jelly product

Confectionery brand Maynards Bassetts has announced its first sour Soft Jelly product – Soft Jellies Fizzy Fish.

Orange returns to Bournville chocolate range

Cadbury's Bournville Orange is available once again and is now part of the permanent range. The bar, which combines a strong cocoa taste with real orange fruit pieces, was first launched in 1927 and was brought back for a limited time in 2009. It is now being brought back to market to tap into the trend for orange chocolate. It is available in a 100g £1 price-marked pack and non-pricemarked packs with an rrp of £1.49.

Cracked Egg Muffin in time for Easter

Aryzta Food Solutions has launched a Cracked Egg Muffin under its Otis brand.It is supplied frozen for thaw and serve and comprises a chocolate chip muffin with a vanilla cream centre, finished with a white chocolate cream cracked egg decoration. It comes in cases of 28, rrp £1.49. Pos, including posters and shelf barkers, is available for retailers to drive interest and footfall to the bakery fixture.

Premier League Cadbury Legends promo is back

The Premier League Cadbury Legends promotion is back. Running through to March 31, it gives consumers the chance to win thousands of prizes when they purchase a Cadbury Dairy Milk bar. The campaign is supported by a £1.1m campaign. The photo shows last year's winner, Natalie Hardie, who won, and met Thierry Henry.

Ferrero ramps up its spring occasions range

The Thorntons Easter range includes three new luxury eggs White Chocolate & Raspberry, Milk Chocolate Almond & Hazelnut and Dark Chocolate & Orange. All feature strong colours and a premium look designed to appeal to younger, more affluent shoppers.

Mondelez unveils Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo Sandwich PMP

Mondelēz International is launching a £1 price-marked pack (PMP) of Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo Sandwich this month.

Trebor unveils sugar-free sub-range

Mint brand Trebor has unveiled its first sugar-free hard-boiled sub-range, Trebor Cool Drops.

Maryland sugar free cookies
Burton’s Biscuits introduces Maryland Sugar Free Cookies

Burton’s Biscuit Company has followed up its sugar-reduction programme on core Maryland and the introduction of less than 100 calorie packs across its Minis range, with the launch of Maryland Sugar Free Cookies.

Minions return to the Kinder Surprise stable

The Minions licence is returning to the Kinder Surprise range with seven new toys up for grabs.

KitKat kicks off 2019 with on-pack promotion

Nestlé Confectionery’s flagship brand KitKat is to kick off 2019 with an on-pack promotion giving consumers the chance to win a special break.

Cadbury Darkmilk moves into convenience sector

Cadbury Darkmilk, launched last year in Tesco, is now available to convenience retailers in an impulse format.

Haribo unveils Hunt the Double Yolker campaign

Haribo has unveiled a seasonal campaign inviting shoppers to Hunt the Double Yolker in limited edition bags of Starmix.

Mars Wrigley Confectionery introduces new M&M's Eggs

Mars Wrigley Confectionery has launched new M&M’s Eggs ready for Easter 2019.

Montezumas reveals Easter range additions

Montezuma’s Easter 2019 range includes three new products: a milk chocolate alternative Like No Udder egg and two giant chocolate bunnies named Bertie and Betsy.

Cracking on

Easter just wouldn't be the same without chocolate eggs and the manufacturer that leads the field in these eggs is Mondelez with a 44% share of the market. Indeed 82% of the UK population ate a Mondelez Easter product last Easter with Cadbury Creme Egg being the number one brand (IRI data).

Ferrero reveals plans for early 2019

Ferrero has unveiled plans for a range of initiatives early in 2019. Levi Boorer, customer development director, explained: “Mother’s Day and Easter fall later in 2019, extending the trading period and giving a greater window for seasonal sales. Ferrero has a wide range of seasonal and limited edition products joining the core line-up to appeal to each occasion individually, and we are investing in media campaigns to support retailers at Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter.”

Cadbury's extends Darkmilk into impulse territory

Cadbury’s is extending its Darkmilk range with two new additions and price-marked packs (PMPs) aimed at the impulse sector.

product news: Cadbury unveils Secret Santa campaign

Cadbury has unveiled a new Christmas campaign to celebrate the ritual of Secret Santa gifting.

product news: Fox's Glacier extends life of limited edition

Fox’s Glacier, which this year celebrates its 100th anniversary, has decided to continue selling its Glacier Tropical, saying it is bowing to retailer demand to extend the run of the limited edition brand.

product news: Swizzels reveals latest sweet creation

Sweet manufacturer Swizzels has revealed its newest sweet creation, invented by a consumer, which is set to go into production next year.

product news: Werther's runs Caramel Shop advert

The Werther’s Original Christmas Caramel Shop box contains a variety of Werther’s caramels including Butter Candies, Creamy Filling, Éclairs and new Soft Caramel.

product news: Tangerine Confectionery launches multipacks

Tangerine Confectionery has launched a new range of multipacks designed to target the family market with portion-controlled mini bags of classic favourites.

product news: Blockhead wins listing with MFG

The energy gum brand Blockhead has announced the addition of three new partnerships with major national retailers: MFG, Booker Retail Partners, and Costcutter.

product news: Ferrero offers store makeover prize

Ferrero is giving retailers the chance to win a store makeover, worth £4,000.

Santa's sales winners

Whether it's a tub of your favourite twistwraps, an extra large Toblerone or a Chocolate Orange, Christmas just wouldn't be the same without chocolate. No wonder then that it's the most important time of the year for chocolate sales.

Extra-strong menthol mint innovation from Smint

Smint has launched an extra strong menthol power mint – Smint Xtrm with Menthol and Eucalyptus. The new sugar-free variant aims to provide invigorating freshness and an instant feeling of relief in the throat and nose, with the launch well-timed for the looming winter cold season.

Advent calendar joins Celebrations festive line-up

Celebrations has launched its first-ever advent calendar so customers can 'celebrate' every day in the lead up to Christmas.

Product news: Fox's Glacier range spiced up for Autumn

Big Bear Confectionery is adding a new limited-edition product into its Fox’s Glacier range of boiled sweets this autumn.

Sweetness and light

There's no doubt that sugar confectionery manufacturers have been working hard to keep consumers happy with new formulations with less sugar. According to Mintel, 53% of sweet buyers would buy a reduced sugar version of their favourite sweet brand if available. However, Kantar data reveals that consumers are unwilling to compromise on taste, which is the number one purchase driver for confectionery.

Getting singled out

Nine out of 10 people eat chocolate, with 57% of them doing so more than once a week.

Spring's the thing

When looking at what to stock for next Easter, it's good to reflect on what sold well last time around. The vast majority of you will have epos data which you can use to help with your ordering, however, it's also good to look at what else sold well across the marketplace in case you're missing out.

Countdown to Christmas

Would you like to guess how much was spent on Christmas confectionery last year? Well, if you said around £800m you would be right because, according to IRI data, we in the UK spent £824m on chocolate and sweets last Christmas. A lot of that spend goes on gifting and sharing items but it seems we also like to treat ourselves. Confectionery giant Mondelez (with a 27% share of the Christmas market EPOS Tracker data) says it all kicks off in October when shoppers begin looking to buy festive treats for themselves and their family to build excitement at the start of the season. The company therefore says this is the biggest opportunity in the convenience channel because of the impulsive nature of these sales. Displaying products such as the Cadbury Dairy Milk (CDM) Mousse Snowman helps to signpost the Christmas season and kick-start early sales. Four million CDM Mousse Snowman were sold in 2016, making the product worth £1.9m. However, Mars Chocolate claims the number one-selling treat with its Maltesers Merryteaser Reindeer and at number two is the Maltesers Merryteaser Mini-Reindeer sharing bag, which the company says can be an impulsive purchase or a top-up gift.