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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.

Chocolate factory welcomes 40,000 visitors

Pembrokeshire-based chocolate manufacturer Wickedly Welsh Chocolate welcomed more than 40,000 people into its factory over the summer holidays, the firm has revealed.

Organic sales boost from new categories: Nielsen

Steady growth in organic sales could be boosted by expansion into new food and drink categories, advises market data specialist Nielsen.

Nestlé unwraps search for confectionery degree students

Nestlé is seeking to secure the next generation of chocolate makers with the launch of a new confectionery degree.

Reignite senses with exciting new products

Food manufacturers must work harder to excite “bored” consumers and find ways to engage their senses, master chocolatier Paul A Young said following his involvement in Tate Britain’s Sensorium exhibition...

Dragons’ Den reject manages to double supply chain

A Dragons’ Den reject who sells food that has gone past its ‘best before date’ has reported unprecedented supplier growth over the past six months. 

Salmonella fears spark more food safety recalls

Fears about salmonella have sparked three more food safety recalls of wafer products, after Tesco recalled its free-­from Belgium chocolate wafers last week.

Business boss opens Cadbury line with a promise

Business secretary Sajid Javid has opened Mondelēz International’s new Cadbury production line with a pledge that government wants to make the Midlands “an engine for growth” for the UK economy....

Fudge maker to invest £1.6M in global expansion

A Scottish fudge and sweet maker is set to invest in machinery and create up to 16 jobs, after securing a £1.6M finance package.

Food firms recall products over plastic and allergy fears

A soup contaminated with plastic and undeclared allergens forced a number of food businesses to recall products last week, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Confectionery sales to rise despite sugar health fears

Confectionery sales in the UK will grow by 8.6% by 2019, despite more than 60% of Brits raising fears about the high levels of sugar in sweets, according to a new report.

SACN report

Industry: SACN report says ‘nothing new’

There’s “nothing new about sugar” in the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition's (SACN’s) report on carbohydrates, but more needs to be done to increase fibre intake, food and drink manufacturing...

Nestlé denies ‘pension betrayal’ in unions row

Nestlé has denied union claims of “pension betrayal”, after revealing plans to close its defined benefit pension scheme and replace it with a defined contribution scheme.

Nestlé denies ‘pension betrayal’ in unions row

Nestlé has denied union claims of “pension betrayal”, after revealing plans to close its defined benefit pension scheme and replace it with a defined contribution scheme.

Cocoa firm acquires US almond business

Barry Callebaut, the Swiss-based chocolate and cocoa product manufacturer, has acquired American Almond for an undisclosed sum, it has announced.

Ferrero and Thorntons strike £112M purchase deal

Ferrero has struck a £112M deal to buy 30% of the UK chocolatier Thorntons, after several shareholders sold their stakes in the business.

121 jobs saved as Cumbrian chocolatier bought

Creative Confectionery has bought fellow chocolatier Wilsons out of administration, securing 121 jobs at the Cumbria-based firm.

People on the move in the food industry

Former Dairy Crest md Martyn Wilks’s appointment at Hovis leads our latest selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

AoS ‘wrong about fruit-based snacks’ – nutritionists

Action on Sugar’s (AoS’s) latest research into fruit-based snacks masks useful nutritional information, confusing parents and potentially stopping children from having healthier treats, nutritionists have warned.

News in brief

Nestlé’s Kit Kat name change angers food industry

Nestlé’s decision to change the name of its Kit Kat brand to YouTube Break has been described as “nonsense” and “stupid” by readers of this website.

Good Week, Bad Week

Dairy Crest, Nestlé and campylobacter top week’s headlines

Dairy Crest, Nestlé and campylobacter all feature in this week’s edition of Good Week/ Bad Week.

Waste chocolate helps Nestlé reach sustainability goal

Nestlé UK & Ireland has reached its target of zero waste to landfill at its Fawdon factory after using excess Toffee Crisp and Rolo ingredients to help power the site....

Food start-ups share top tips

Food and drink start-ups should have a strong brand identity, continuously improve their product and research both the market and consumer response to their product.

News in brief

Thorntons boss to stand down

Thorntons ceo Jonathan Hart will stand down from his role at the end of the chocolate manufacturer’s financial year on June 27 2015.

Free-from dominates latest food innovations

Free-from products dominated food innovations launched in the past four weeks.

Nestlé changes Kit Kat name to YouTube Break

Food manufacturer Nestlé has changed the name of its iconic Kit Kat to YouTube Break, its biggest redesign in its 80-year history.