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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.

Obesity reduction will be challenging, scientists warn

Food experts and lobby groups have criticised the government’s long-awaited childhood obesity strategy for focusing too heavily on sugar at the detriment of overall calorie intake.

Christmas launches lead food NPD – photogallery

Christmas launches lead this month’s latest photogallery of new product development (NPD) in the food and drink industry, ranging from the weird and wonderful to more traditional offerings.

Sugar intake in children is double daily allowance

Children between the ages of four and 10 are consuming twice as much sugar as their recommended daily allowance, despite intake from sugar-sweetened soft drinks falling, according to Public Health...

Salmonella and metal contamination lead food recalls

Sesame seeds contaminated with salmonella sparked several food recalls recently, while metal contamination in ice cream caused another.

Morrisons and Burton’s post top management changes

Morrisons and biscuit manufacturer Burton’s Biscuits Company have both announced changes in their senior management.

Love Hearts maker Swizzles features on BBC show

Sweet manufacturer Swizzels opened its doors to BBC Two series ‘Inside the Factory’ last Tuesday (August 23), as the programme explored its Derbyshire-based factory, which produces Drumsticks, Love Hearts and Parma Violets....

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UK Twinkie supplier moves to larger site

American confectionery wholesaler Innovative Bites is to move to a new purpose-built premises in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, to bring together the US and UK sides of its business.

Childhood obesity plan ‘fatigued’ claim retailers

Retailers have stepped up their objections to the childhood obesity strategy, arguing that the report isn’t comprehensive enough and the government has failed to provide leadership.

Nestlé posts good growth despite China sales dip

Nestlé reported a significant growth slowdown in China in its half-year trading update, despite announcing good growth throughout the rest of the company.

Health is the focus in Food Standards Scotland’s five-year plan

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) outlined measures to improve the safety of food and tackle the growing obesity problem north of the border, as it focused on health and nutrition in...

Sweet maker Maxilin Crawford buys Tilley’s Sweets

Liquorice and lollipop manufacturer Maxilin Crawford could more than triple its production output, after buying confectionery competitior Tilley’s Sweets.

Top food and drink acquisitions of the year – so far

Acquisitions in the food and drink industry have been on the rise this year, despite the threat of Brexit and major policy shake ups, including the impending UK sugar tax...

Nestlé agrees pension deal with union workers

Nestlé has agreed to a new pension scheme with GMB and Unite workers after a year-long dispute was resolved.

Product innovation photogallery for August

Sandwich-inspired crisps and water from maple trees lead this month’s photogallery of new food and drink releases.

Under-reported calorie intake is ‘misleading obesity policy’

The British public is under-reporting the amount of calories consumed, which could frustrate policy makers’ bid to combat obesity, according to new research.

Quids in for chocolate money maker in mbo

The company that owns the rights to manufacture official Bank of England chocolate money has been bought out by its director for an undisclosed sum.

Sugar reformulation guide released by FDF

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has released a free reformulation guide for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), designed to help them reduce the sugar content in their products.

Fewer promotions on less-healthy foods than healthy foods

Supermarkets place more promotions on less-healthy food and drink than on healthier products and should restore the balance, according to a new report from a consumer pressure group.

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Two chocolate makers agree sustainable cocoa deal

Two chocolate makers have announced a partnership to produce chocolate from fully traceable sustainable cocoa.

Double-ball mould depositor extends the range of lollipops possible

The range of confectionery that can be made using the depositing process has increased with the introduction of new mould technology for the Baker Perkins ServoForm depositor.

Tunnock’s Teacake factory expansion creates 30 jobs

Teacake manufacturer Tunnock’s is to create up to 30 jobs at its factory, after announcing a multi-million pound plan to expand its main site in Scotland.

Mondelēz in bid to buy Cadbury biscuit licence

Confectionery giant Mondelēz has approached Burton’s Biscuit Company in a multi-million pound bid to acquire its licence to produce Cadbury biscuits, according to media reports.

Sugar tax unlikely after Brexit: pressure group

The UK sugar levy – due to be introduced in April 2018 – has little chance of implementation after the UK’s decision to leave the EU, according to an obesity pressure group.

Associated British Foods benefits from Brexit

Associated British Foods (ABF) has reported a 3% rise in revenue during its third-quarter compared with the same period last year, as the business benefited from the weakening pound after...

Hostess Brand sold again to go public

Hostess Brands – the maker of snack cake Twinkies – has been sold to the private equity firm The Gores Group, with a view to making the company public later this year.