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Whether you’re in chocolate or candy manufacture; in count lines or luxury items; health or indulgence, it’s all about new markets and product innovation; process efficiencies and consolidation. People want the sweet things in life, but at a price they are prepared to pay. Keep on top of the latest business trends and science about cocoa and sugar.

The Apprentice winner’s cake firm re-brands

The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer has completed her bakery firm’s brand transition to Ridiculous Rich by Alana, as January proves to be its busiest month so far.

Valentine’s Day product launches – in pictures

Valentine’s Day, Burns Night and the Chinese New Year are the inspiration behind a number of new products, featured in our monthly gallery of new product developments.

Morrisons leads product recalls – in pictures

Morrisons recalled batches of cupcakes for undeclared allergens last week, ahead of a recall of illegally repackaged frozen fish and chicken products in Scotland.

Mondelēz to increase Freddo price 20% to 30p

Mondelēz International has blamed increased costs for the expected 20% price rise of its Freddo chocolate bars to 30p this spring.

Bibby wins contract to distribute Tangerine’s sweets

Confectionery maker Tangerine has signed a “multi-million pound contract” with third-party logistics (3PLs) company Bibby Distribution for the transportation of the firm’s range of sweets to wholesalers and supermarkets across...

UK sweet firm bought by Turkish confectionery group

UK confectionery manufacturer Dexters has been acquired by the Turkish confectionery group Bebeto for an undisclosed sum.

Food Manufacture’s most read stories of 2016

The Brexit vote, fatal outbreaks of E.coli and the sale of turkey giant Bernard Matthews are just some of the biggest stories viewed this year on this site....

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Destiny Foods agrees £60M merger

Specialist desserts manufacturer Destiny Foods has completed a merger with global desserts maker La Compagnie des Desserts, to create a £60M-a-year turnover company.

Barrier-free EU Single Market access is vital: CBI

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has repeated calls for barrier-free access to the EU’s Single Market after Brexit, following food industry calls for continued access to its 500M customers....

Nestlé loses Kit Kat trademark case

Nestlé’s four-finger Kit Kat chocolate bars are no longer covered by EU trademark protection, after a European court ruled the bars were not distinct enough.

Food manufacturing jobs competition to rise next year

Competition to fill food and drink manufacturing vacancies is set to rise next year, after a report revealed a strong UK labour market will see continuing jobs growth increase.

Tax relief is available to aid research into sugar reduction

Companies that plan to reformulate their products in the run up to the sugar tax and voluntary reduction targets are likely to be eligible for tax relief on research and...

Amazon runs UK drone delivery test

Online retail giant Amazon has successfully completed its first commercial delivery using a drone, in the UK.

Food and drink product launches – in pictures

Famous Grouse puddings and edible glitter lead this month’s festive photogallery of new product developments from food and drink manufacturers.

Food sales to reach £20.6bn over Christmas: IGD

UK shoppers are set to spend £20.6bn on food and groceries over the Christmas period, according to grocery think-tank IGD.

Ferrero completes deal for United Biscuits’ Delacre

Biscuit brands Delacre and DeliChoc have been bought by Ferrero from United Biscuits, for an undisclosed sum.

Tangerine faces more strikes after pay row

Further strikes at confectionery manufacturer Tangerine’s York factory are planned, after a breakdown in talks over workers’ pay.

Four chocolate trends to help manufacturers

Exploiting four top chocolate trends – indulgence, premium, healthy and sustainability – will help manufacturers make the best of changing consumer trends, it was revealed in a Cargill report this week.


Marmite and Toblerone point to trouble ahead

The recent spat between Unilever and Britain’s biggest retailer Tesco over the Marmite brand owner’s attempt to raise its price, was a clear sign of things to come in life...

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Palm oil-free emulsifier gets UK launch

A range of palm oil-free emulsifiers designed for a wide range of products has been launched by Thew Arnott.

Nestlé in ‘groundbreaking’ 40% sugar cut research

Nestlé claims to have found a way to reduce the sugar content of its chocolate by 40%, without affecting taste.

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Ferrero close to sealing United Biscuits deal

Nutella and chocolate maker Ferrero is close to sealing a deal to buy two biscuit brands from United Biscuits, the manufacturer has confirmed.

Manufacturer creates a buzz with bee hive scheme

A food factory in Scotland has installed honey bee hives in the grounds around its site, in the hope of aiding the dwindling bee population. 

Marshmallow maker Boomf installs robotic ultrasonic cutter

Personalised confectioner Boomf has installed a robot-controlled ultrasonic cutter at its factory in Reading to keep up with demand for its range of marshmallows.

Safety conference

Food recalls, supplier audits and fraud feature at conference

Product recalls cost money and hit reputations. The Food Manufacture Group’s food safety conference found out how to limit the damage, as Rick Pendrous reports.