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Confectionery

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.

Welsh food and drink gets £21M boost

Food and drink in Wales is to get a £21M boost, as the Welsh government launches a programme to fund research into food production and safeguard thousands of jobs.

Dessert maker Park Cakes sold in management buyout

Premium own-label cakes and desserts manufacturer Park Cakes has been bought by its management team from private equity owner Vision Capital.

Fresh food drives £3.7bn growth in groceries

Fresh food saw the largest category growth in the grocery market last year, as consumers spent an extra £3.7bn on fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs), according to new research by Nielsen.

Chocolate-based snacks feature at organic show

Organic food trade show BioFach played host to a variety of chocolate-based bakery, snacks, ice cream and muesli ingredients from Herza.

Undeclared allergens spark food recalls – gallery

A number of food recalls have been sparked by undeclared allergens this month, covered in this photogallery.

Tunnock’s workers ‘given 8.7% pay rise’

Confectionery firm Tunnock’s workers will receive an 8.7% pay rise over two years, the Unite union has revealed.

Halal food a ‘bigger market than China’

Halal food and drink is a bigger market than China – worth more than £900bn – and will become increasingly important to food manufacturers when the UK leaves the EU,...

Pladis reveals growth plans after successful first year

Biscuit and confectionery manufacturer Pladis has revealed plans to double its chocolate sales this year, after posting revenues of £2.2bn in its first year of trading.

Easter product launches by food and drink firms

The run up to Easter this year saw chocolate treats and British sweets lead this month’s photogallery of new product development (NPD) from food and drink manufacturers.

Mars warns of supply chain job cuts under WTO rules

Food manufacturing and other supply chain jobs will be lost and Mars products will become more expensive if Britain trades under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules post-Brexit, Mars’s global president...

Budget 2017

Spring Budget to boost manufacturers’ productivity

Food and drink manufacturers will welcome plans set out in the Spring Budget to boost productivity, research and development and close the skills gap, according to the Food and Drink...

Exploding drinks tins create traffic chaos

Exploding tins of sports drink caused traffic chaos in Staffordshire this week (Wednesday March 8), after a lorry caught fire on a busy section of the motorway.

Nestlé to cut 7,500t of sugar from confectionery

Nestlé UK and Ireland is planning a 10% cut in sugar across its range of confectionery products by 2018, including Kit Kat, Aero and Milkybar.

The Apprentice winner Alana hires brand ambassadors

Premium cake maker Ridiculously Rich by Alana, owned by The Apprentice 2017 winner Alana Spencer, is recruiting “an army of ambassadors” to sell its products at events across the country....

Food and drink firms make top 100 exporters list

The food and drink export success of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) was recognised in The Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 report, featured in this photogallery.

Fox’s Biscuits bid was ‘not made by rival firm’

The Fox’s Biscuits mystery takeover bid last month was launched by a consortium of City and Wall Street investors, and not a rival biscuit maker, a national news broadcaster has...

Lidl to create 360 jobs at new distribution centre

Lidl is to create up to 360 new jobs, after receiving planning permission to build a new multi-million pound regional distribution centre.

Schools get healthy food guidance

Local authorities (LAs) are being urged to improve the health credentials of food provided to schoolchildren and help reduce the obesity epidemic across the EU, in new guidance form the...

Hotel Chocolat reports ‘stellar growth’

Premium confectionery business Hotel Chocolat has reported “stellar growth” in first-half results for its 2016/17 financial year; boosted by strong Christmas sales and continuing store expansion, according to business analyst GlobalData....

Kraft Heinz and Unilever mega merger – in tweets

Kraft Heinz’s bid for Unilever last week sparked a backlash from Twitter users, as they took to the social media platform to decry the £115bn deal.

Manufacturing pay rises scrape ahead of inflation

Pay increases in the manufacturing sector – including food and drink firms – are slightly ahead of consumer price inflation, revealed EEF, the manufacturer’s organisation.

Nestlé’s growth falls for fifth consecutive year

Nestlé has posted its fifth consecutive year of falling organic growth – after a “challenging year” in the UK – in its latest financial results for the 12 months to December 31.

Food and drink M&As predicted to rise in 2017

A competitive environment and the increasing bargaining power of major retailers is putting food producers under growing pressure – which in turn is driving mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity –...

Manufacturers significantly reduced food waste

The UK food and drink industry made significant improvements on agreed environmental targets last year, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Business Leaders' Forum

Sugar tax is a ‘blunt instrument’ against obesity

The sugar tax is a “blunt instrument” to tackle childhood obesity that “victimises” a sector already lowering sugar and calories in its products, according to law firm DWF....