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.
06-Mar-2014 - Tangerine Confectionery claims 166 jobs could go following the planned closure of its factory in Blackpool in a UK-wide programme to trim excess capacity.
05-Mar-2014 - Top nutrition scientists have been drawn into a row following comments made by England’s chief medical officer that sugar could be addictive and may need to be taxed.
03-Mar-2014 - Thorntons aims to pump £10M each year for the next three years into expanding capacity in its biggest capital investment in 25 years, it confirmed in a conference call.
19-Feb-2014 - The full extent of food price inflation over the past 40 years has been highlighted by design agency Neomammalian Studios.
19-Feb-2014 - Trading Standards officers have warned the food industry that potentially cancer-causing dyes have been discovered in confectionery sold in the West Yorkshire region.
19-Feb-2014 - Tesco and Marks & Spencer (M&S) have rejected claims from consumer watchdog Which? that consumers find some of their pricing policies as difficult to understand as “tackling an obstacle course”.
17-Feb-2014 - US firms have invested in two British brands so far this year – continuing a growing trend for overseas deals.
14-Feb-2014 - Yorkie bars and Quality Street helped to sweeten the results of food manufacturing giant Nestlé, in the UK and Ireland, according to its full-year financial results released yesterday (February 13).
13-Feb-2014 - Nestlé ceo Paul Bulcke has predicted a tough year ahead, as the manufacturing giant revealed total sales of CHF92.2bn for 2013, up by 2.7% on the previous year.
12-Feb-2014 - A senior Department of Health (DH) official has defended the large number of meetings he has held with food and drink companies, as part of the government strategy to stem what health professionals describe as the growing “crisis” of obesity in parts of the UK.
07-Feb-2014 - Tough new controls on alcohol and sugary drinks are needed to combat “a tidal wave” of cancer that is set to sweep the globe over the next 20 years, warns the World Health Organisation (WHO).
05-Feb-2014 - As I predicted in my leading article in the November 2013 issue of Food Manufacture, sugar is now the next battleground . However, little did I realise the lengths sugar's detractors would go to in their attempts to demonise this ingredient which, as well as bringing pleasure to people, is also required in small quantities for our brains to function properly.
04-Feb-2014 - European consumers are beginning to dump chocolates that target the mid-market in favour of premium and value brands, according to a new report from Rabobank.
31-Jan-2014 - The skills gap in the food and drink manufacturing sector has not shrunk, despite the latest government statistics showing that UK unemployment overall has fallen.
29-Jan-2014 - A flurry of UK food industry mergers and acquisitions (M&A) could take place in 2014 as sales already underway conclude and large firms seek to boost their equity.
24-Jan-2014 - The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) decision to extend Tim Bennett’s role as chair until December 2014 leads our selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry in January.
24-Jan-2014 - Mondelēz International won't rule out job cuts in the £75M overhaul of its Cadbury Bournville plant near Birmingham, as it seeks to modernise production and improve efficiency there.
22-Jan-2014 - Food manufacturers’ organisation the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has slammed a Channel 4 programme on sugar – screened earlier this week (January 20) as – “highly misleading”.
20-Jan-2014 - Tough new rules regulating food manufacturers’ use of fat, sugar and salt – initially in children’s food – will be introduced if Labour wins the next general election.
20-Jan-2014 - Influential lobby group the National Obesity Forum (NOF) has admitted exaggerating the severity of the UK’s national obesity crisis and relying on anecdotal evidence, rather than scientific research, in its State of the Nation’s Waistline report published last week.
20-Jan-2014 - Tangerine Confectionery has appointed Benoit Testard as its new ceo in a bid to drive the next phase of its growth.
17-Jan-2014 - Thorntons reported sweet success over Christmas, with its second quarter results, for the 14 weeks to January 22, revealing sales in both fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and retail divisions ahead of some City analysts’ expectations.
10-Jan-2014 - Food manufacturers should substitute sugar with other sweeteners more or face public shaming and risk missing significant commercial benefits, according to a prominent nutritionist.
03-Jan-2014 - Consumers will continue to feel squeezed during 2014, despite signs the UK economy is at last starting to improve, and this will lead political parties to try to outdo each other in their attempts to appear the ‘consumers’ champion’ in advance of the 2015 general election, according to leading food industry figures canvassed by this website.
02-Jan-2014 - Britain’s food industry is likely to face increasing political scrutiny and further calls for greater regulation over the coming year, according to leading food industry figures canvassed by this website.