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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.

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.

Ferrero completes deal for United Biscuits’ Delacre

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

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.

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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.

Food industry ‘needs to recruit more women’

The food and drink manufacturing sector needs to recruit more women, says the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), after a government-backed review recommended the appointment of more women bosses in...

Tangerine repeats disappointment at today’s strike

Tangerine Confectionery has repeated its “disappointment” at the strike staged today (November 14) at its York manufacturing site by members of the GMB union.

Workers begin strike at sweet factory after pay row

Workers at sweet manufacturer Tangerine’s York factory began their four-day strike yesterday (November 8), after final pay negotiations between employer and employees broke down on Monday afternoon (November 7).

Biscuit business makes £1.25M from crowdfunding

Online biscuit firm Biscuiteers raised £1.25M from more than 780 investors, as part of its crowdfunding campaign launched last month.

Toblerone change sparks social media backlash

Mondelēz International is suffering a social media backlash after changing the iconic shape of its Toblerone bar to offset rising costs.

‘World’s first’ 3D food printer launches in UK

The “world’s first” 3D gummy printer is set to wow UK consumers, with Katjes’ Magic Candy Factory set to launch its custom-made sweet service in shopping centres across the country....

Over 70 jobs saved at sweet factory

More than 70 jobs have been saved at a Devonshire sweet factory, after the firm was bought out of administration.

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Fire crews rush to Tangerine factory fire

Teams from North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue were called to a fire at Tangerine Confectionery’s factory in York this week.

Sweet factory workers to strike over pay and work conditions

Workers at confectionery maker Tangerine have planned a four-day strike, beginning on November 8, over a pay rise dispute and what are claimed to be poor working conditions, according to...

Royal visit marks 100 new jobs for confectionery firm

Wrights Food Group’s new £6M confectionery factory in Crewe – which created around 100 new jobs – was opened by Princess Anne last week.

Mondelēz reports sales lift but drops growth forecast

Mondelēz International reported a 1.1% increase in organic revenue to £5.2bn ($6.4bn) in its third-quarter trading update this week, despite lowering its full-year growth forecast from 2% to 1.6%.

Action on Sugar highlights ‘huge’ sugar differences between products

Action on Sugar has urged food manufacturers to get behind Public Health England’s voluntary reformulation programme to tackle obesity and save the NHS from bankruptcy.

Nestlé may raise prices after growth forecast cut

Nestlé may raise its product prices after cutting its annual growth forecast from 4.3% to 3.5%, due to deflation and a “softer” market.

Scottish £250k funding aimed at improving food culture

The Scottish government is spending £250,000 to improve Scotland’s diet, after further evidence emerged that most Scots do not follow healthy eating recommendations.

Cancer charity calls for obesity action as 1.6M start school overweight

Tighter controls on ‘junk food’ advertising was one of the measures demanded by Cancer Research UK on World Obesity Day (October 11), after revealing 1.66M children have started secondary school...

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