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New Confectionery Products Launching for Christmas 2017

Aug 15

New Confectionery Products Launching for Christmas 2017

Ferrero, Thorntons, Kinder, Occasions, Brands, Seasonal

Ferrero will be investing £8.2m this Christmas while launching new products across its brands, including advent calendars and new boxed chocolate products.


Levi Boorer, Customer Development Director at Ferrero, comments: “Following a successful Christmas in 2016, it is important as a leading confectionery manufacturer, to offer retailers products and ranges that help them to cater for the different types of festive shopping needs. Whether it’s to gift, to share or simply to treat and enjoy with loved ones, we know shoppers love our products and that they are a staple at Christmas.”


Adult seasonal confectionery

Worth £119m[1], the Ferrero seasonal boxed offering, which includes Ferrero Rocher, Ferrero Collection, Raffaello and Thorntons, enjoyed double digit growth (+13.6%[2]) last Christmas.


Ferrero Rocher has experienced five years of consecutive growth over the festive period (+3.8%[3]) against the backdrop of a flat category. With four out of five Rocher buyers purchasing during Christmas[4], it is vital for the brand to continue driving momentum during this period.


With a £4.1m investment across Ferrero Rocher and Raffaello, Ferrero Rocher will welcome a NEW TV creative in the lead up to Christmas, ‘Make Your Moments Golden’, engaging younger audiences and reminding people of the great tastes that come from the brand. Alongside this, Ferrero Rocher will receive a full support package including, VOD, digital, social and experiential, keeping the products front of mind during the key seasonal occasion.


Following a successful year experiencing a phenomenal +75% growth[5], Raffaello’s support will continue to focus on highlighting the sweet, smooth and nutty flavours of the product via TV, as well as encouraging additional trial through digital, social and sampling.


Ferrero Golden Gallery will feature two new flavours in time for Christmas with NEW Tenderly Biancoretti (white chocolate praline with a crunchy almond filling) and Delicious (smooth dark chocolate in a crispy shell) added to both the 206g and 389g boxes.


Worth £21.7m[6] and experiencing double digit growth (+23%[7]), Ferrero Collection will also be supported during Christmas with press advertising and in-store support.


Thorntons will continue to ‘Pass the Love On’ this Christmas with a £3m support plan across TV, VOD, social, press and in-store activations. Featuring a brand new creative, the ad will showcase Thorntons’ lovingly crafted range - perfect for showing appreciation to loved ones during the festive period.


Thorntons Continental experienced exceptional sales at Christmas 2016 leading to triple digit growth (+199%[8]) and becoming the fastest growing boxed chocolate brand. Building on this success, Thorntons Continental will launch a premium Dark variant.


As shoppers continue to look for new and seasonally relevant products from brands they know and trust, Thorntons will also introduce two new incremental boxed products which include Thorntons Seasonal Selection a small Christmas themed box of popular flavours including limited edition flavours and Thorntons Christmas Selection, which includes popular favourites Winter Fudge, Vanilla Snowflake and a festive Christmas Tree, perfect for the gifting occasion.


What’s in it for the Kids?

Adding to Ferrero’s seasonal NPD line up, Kinder, the fourth biggest confectionery brand in the UK[9], is launching a Kinder Chocolate Santa Letter (100g RRP £3.50). Consisting of two 100g (8 x 12.5g) Kinder Chocolate bars, an envelope, paper and stickers, each sent letter will be replied to by the Royal Mail, linking to one of the most magical moments of Christmas for kids.


Following sales of £2.3m[10], Kinder Joy will return this Christmas with new collectable winter eggs. Available in three colours and four different designs, the range will include a range of eight toys perfect for hanging on the Christmas tree.


Advent calendars

With the premium advent segment experiencing strong growth of +41%[11], there has been increased choice in chocolate and non-chocolate advents for both adults and children. Kinder will introduce The Kinder Mix Advent Calendar (RRP £5), containing Kinder Chocolate Minis and Kinder Chocolate with Cereals Minis. The calendar will continue to premiumise the advent offering during Christmas for retailers.


Thorntons will be adding to its existing  licence for The Snowman™ with the introduction of The Snowman™ and The Snowdog Advent Calendar, containing milk chocolate with a 60g white chocolate Snowdog for Christmas Day.


In addition, Kinder is launching a social media campaign, inviting children to broaden their imagination and share their magical Christmas wishes and moments. One lucky family will win the chance to have their Christmas wishes come true, delivered to their door by Kinder.


Spreading the love this Christmas

Worth £50.8m and growing +55.8% in the past four years alone[12], more than five million households buy into Nutella every single year[13]. As families spend more time together during the festive period, purchases for the breakfast occasion grow in importance. This Christmas, Nutella will launch a dedicated £1.1m Christmas campaign featuring a new TV creative, festive snowman sleeves on its 400g, 750g and 1kg packs, and digital, social and experiential activations.


The activity follows tremendous success in other markets, such as Germany which experienced a +22% uplift in sales[14].


“2016 was one of the biggest Christmases ever. Falling on a Sunday there was a double peak in sales across the industry across Friday and Saturday and we foresee a similar trend this year with the big day on a Monday.


“By investing in heavyweight media campaigns and NPD, we believe we can provide retailers with the perfect gift this Christmas in the form of fantastic sales. We are really proud of our brands’ scale, and are committed to developing an all year round range that also caters for the explosion of special occasions during the festive season,” Boorer concludes.




Thorntons Continental Dark – 284g RRP £9

Thorntons Seasonal Selection – 196g RRP £5

Thorntons Christmas Selection – 460g RRP£10

The Snowman and Snowdog Advent Calendar – RRP £10


‘The Snowman™ and The Snowdog’

©Snowdog Enterprises Ltd 2017

THE SNOWMAN™ Snowman Enterprises Limited

‘The Snowman’ by Raymond Briggs is published by Puffin

Licensed by Copyrights Group



Kinder Chocolate Letter to Santa – 100g RRP £3

The Kinder Mix Advent Calendar – RRP £4


Ferrero Pralines

Ferrero Star – T3 RRP £2.25

Ferrero Tree– T4 RRP £2.25

Ferrero Hanging Star – 50g RRP £2.15

Ferrero Cube – T6 – RRP £3.38

Ferrero Cube -  T18 RRP £7.32

Ferrero Grand Rocher – 125g RRP £5.63

Ferrero Grand Rocher – 240g RRP £9.66

Raffaello Star – T4 RRP £2.25

Ferrero Collection Gift Bow – T24 £9.00

[1] Nielsen value £M Boxed Chocolate – MAT to 15.4.17

[2] Nielsen Boxed Chocolate 17 weeks to 24.12.17.  *Based on core range like for like.

[3] Nielsen data 17 weeks to Christmas YoY for last 5 years

[4] Kantar Worldpanel, Christmas 2016 vs YA

[5] Nielsen, Boxed Chocolate, 17 weeks to 24.12.16

[6] Nielsen, Total Coverage Sept-Dec 16/17 + MAT TY

[7] Nielsen, Total Coverage Sept-Dec 16/17 + MAT TY

[8] Nielsen, Total data to 24.12.16, value ROS Grocery Mults WE 24.12.16

[9] Nielsen, Total Chocolate, value Sales (‘000), MAT to 07.01.16


[10] Nielsen, Kids Seasonal, value Sales (‘000), 17 weeks to 24.12.16

[11] Nielsen, Novelties Total Coverage, S1 17 weeks to 24.12.16

[12] Nielsen – 52 wk rolling  20/04/13- 31/12/16 - MAT w/e 31/12/16

[13] Kantar Worldpanel, 16.07.17

[14] Ferrero Germany Sales out data 17 weeks to 31.12.16