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Confectionery

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.

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Thorntons’ youngster wins young talent Oscar

Thornton’s production line manager Jodie Adcock has won the inaugural Young Talent of the Year award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Cargill’s three top chocolate trends for 2015

The top trend for the cocoa and chocolate industry for next year will be 'From Clean to Clear Label', according to Cargill and Innova Market Insights.

Top 10 UK chocolate brands: IRI

Cadbury Dairy Milk kept its position as top of the chocs in a chart of top 10 UK chocolate brands by value sales issued by market analyst Information Resources (IRI).

Haribo faces GMB strike ballot

Haribo faces a GMB strike ballot, less than a week after the trade union announced that a similar vote at United Biscuits’ Jacob’s factory at Aintree had supported industrial action...

Southall firm pays the price for hazardous sweets

LB Enterprises faced legal costs of £604 after Ealing District Council’s food safety team seized 16.2kg of hazardous sweets at the premises of its supermarket Quality Foods.

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Unilever to launch Marmite and Pot Noodle Easter eggs

Unilever UK will launch two new Easter eggs in February to build on the success of its first ever releases last year.

Nestlé backs maths/science plan to lure engineers

Nestlé is backing a new three-year plan, called Your Life, designed to encourage school children to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM subjects) in preparation for a career in...

Study science and maths for ‘fast track’ career

Young people who study science and maths at A’ Level can expect a fast-track career in business, said the chair of a new campaign to promote the subjects among school...

Sweet justice demanded for confectionery thieves

Thieves have stolen £50,000 worth of sugary treats from Yorkshire confectionery makers Confection By Design and The Serious Sweet Company and an appeal has been launched for information.

Spray guns apply chocolate and glaze coatings

New, purpose-designed spray guns and other equipment have been developed by Swiss company Krebs in conjunction with chocolate maker Barry Callebaut to make life easier for food processors that use...

‘Traditional’ British flavour with less fat

A fat-reduced cocoa powder that encapsulates a ‘traditionally British’ chocolate flavour has been developed by Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM).

Top food and drink firms for graduates

Discount retailer Aldi has been recognised as the top food and drink business for graduates by the The Times newspaper.

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Mondelēz ditches gold coins for more ‘popular’ products

Mondelēz International has discontinued its Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Gold Coins range to focus on “more popular” Christmas products.

Bon Bon Buddies aims at £60M sales in three years

Bon Bon Buddies aims to boost sales by 50%, taking them from £40M to £60M, in the next three years and is putting plans in place to grow exports.

Heat is on for 1,000 Cadbury Bournville plant staff

Mondelēz International has stepped up the pressure on the 1,000 factory workers at its Cadbury Bournville site, issuing a booklet outlining what future working practices will look like there.

UK sales weak for Nestlé amid slow growth in Europe

Nestlé’s UK sales proved weak in the first nine months of 2014, although the global food giant still achieved low growth in Europe overall.

Halloween boosts food and drink sales: Mintel

Halloween is proving devilishly good for UK food and drink sales, according to new research from Mintel.

Thorntons blames sales fall on supermarket order patterns

Thorntons has blamed its 11.9% fall in first quarter total group sales on the changing order patterns of supemarkets and other outlets.

Free-from chocolate firm Moo Free boosts jobs

Free-from food manufacturer Moo Free Chocolates is pumping cash into new machinery and adding up to eight staff after securing £530,000 in funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial.

Most powerful women in food and drink

The food and drink industry has seven representatives on Fortune’s list of the 50 most powerful women in business 2014.

Premier Foods launches three new business units

Premier Foods has launched three new ‘Strategic Business Units’ (SBU’s) in a bid to strengthen its focus on major growth opportunities and develop more agile ways of working.

Sugar not the sole cause of obesity: AB Sugar

British Sugar owner AB Sugar is fighting back against anti-sugar campaigners with the launch of a campaign informing people about sugar’s role in a healthy balanced diet.

Thorntons boosts jobs and production

Thorntons has massively boosted profits, driven partly by increased output and efficiency in production, supported by 59 new manufacturing jobs.

Acrylamide cancer risk highlighted by EFSA infographic

Worries about acrylamide posing a bigger cancer risk than previously thought have led the food watchdog the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to issue cooking advice to consumers.

Recession hits Ferrero’s plans for a UK factory

Ferrero’s plans to build a new production facility in the UK and double its sales here to £400M by 2015 were abandoned because of capital expenditure constraints, it has been...

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