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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.

Dried fruit and nut maker Whitworths put up for sale

Dried fruit, nut and seed supplier Whitworths has been put up for sale.

Easter food and gift spending to reach nearly £4bn

Easter shoppers are set to spend £3.9bn on food and gifts over the next few days, according to analyst GlobalData, as Mintel reveals the holiday is a key driver for...

Rivington Biscuits’ brands put up for sale

Biscuit manufacturer Rivington Biscuits’ brands have been put up for sale, after the company entered into administration in December.

Walkers Shortbread worker hospitalised after injury

A Walkers Shortbread worker was admitted to hospital last week (April 6), after he trapped his hand in a dough feeder while carrying out routine cleaning.

Mondelēz opens four new Cadbury production lines

Mondelēz International has officially opened four new production lines at its Bournville site, the home of Cadbury chocolate, following its £75M investment in 2014.

Low-glycaemic hard-boiled candies on show at ISM

Sugar-free hard-boiled candies made with the sweetener isomalt were on display at this year’s ISM, the world’s largest trade fair for sweets and snacks.

Cadbury branded ‘ridiculous’ by Theresa May over Easter egg hunt

Cadbury has been branded as “absolutely ridiculous” by Prime Minister Theresa May, over its decision to drop the word ‘Easter’ from a Cadbury and National Trust egg hunt.

Thorntons recalls chocolate Easter eggs for undeclared allergens

Thorntons has recalled its Dark Chocolate Easter Egg with a Personalised Iced Message, because the icing contained milk that was not mentioned on the label and this could present a...

‘The Great British Biscuit Shortage’: 2016 sales fall

Biscuits were bought by 99% of UK households last year, despite a fall in sales driven by ‘The Great British Biscuit Shortage’, says biscuit and confectionery manufacturer Pladis.

Orchard Valley Foods bought by Orkla Food Ingredients

Confectionery firm Orchard Valley Foods has been bought by Norwegian bakery ingredients manufacturer Orkla Food Ingredients, for an undisclosed fee.

Nutella maker Ferrero appoints first non-family boss

Confectionery manufacturer Ferrero Group, known for producing Nutella hazelnut spread and Kinder chocolate, has appointed its first non-family ceo as part of a management restructure.

Sweet factory on the market for £470k

Traditional confectionery manufacturer The Cheddar Sweet Kitchen has placed its Somerset factory on the market for £470,000.

Manufacturers set target to cut sugar 20% by 2020

Public Health England (PHE) has targeted a 20% reduction in sugar in some everyday foods to reduce childhood obesity and the food and drink industry is “willing to take on the...

Childhood obesity: ‘cut unhealthy food promotions’

Childhood obesity could be remedied by halting some food promotions – including cut-price, multi-buy offers on unhealthy foods – claims Parliament’s Health Committee.

Food and drink product launches – in pictures

A sorbet and halal sweets lead our latest photogallery of recent product launches from food and drink manufacturers. 

Nestlé cuts 1,000t of sugar from Kit Kat range

Food giant Nestlé is set to release its new lower sugar Kit Kat chocolate bar which it claims will cut 1,000t of sugar from the UK’s diet, following its pledge...

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.