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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.

Coffee, pizza and noodles fuel Nestlé’s European sales

Nestlé struggled in Great Britain (GB) over the past year, although water brands were top performers and coffee, pizza and noodles boosted overall European sales, the global groceries giant claimed.

North/south divide over purchases of sweets

Londoners buy fewer sweets than consumers in the north east of England, new data from a shopping and price comparison website has claimed.

Cocoa improves cognitive health

Cocoa flavanols can play an important role in maintaining cognitive health in ageing consumers, a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has claimed.

Duc d’O owner saves 236 Ashbury Chocolates jobs

Baronie UK has saved 236 jobs at Ashbury Chocolates, the own-label and branded confectionery manufacturer based in Corby, Northamptonshire, after buying the company out of administration.

Low animal welfare firms named and shamed

Mars, Müller, Mondelēz International and 2 Sisters Food Group are four of 21 companies named and shamed as having very low or no animal welfare priorities by Compassion in World...

Nestlé invests £5.25M to create 45 jobs

Nestlé is to create 45 jobs in Halifax as it invests £5.25M off the back of winning a contract to produce Peanut Butter Cups there.

Britain’s best biscuits – in pictures

The chocolate Hob Nob is Britain’s favourite biscuit, according to a survey by packaging firm Kernpack.

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Aphrodisiac lollipop launched for Valentine’s Day

Pandora’s Pops has launched a range of all-natural aphrodisiac lollipops to help get lovers in the mood for Valentine’s Day.

Belting solution floats Italian chocolatier's boats

Italian chocolatier Caffarel is using a conveying system from Ammeraal Beltech for the manufacture of its Piedmontese gianduiotto boat-shaped chocolates which, once fashioned, are carefully transferred for individual foil wrapping.

Food job cuts outweigh creations

More jobs have been cut or put at risk by food and drink manufacturers in the UK over the past six months, this site can exclusively reveal.

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UKIP jelly babies under fire on Amazon

Sweet manufacturer Choc-Kits has come under fire for releasing a “fun” can of UKIP jelly babies on Amazon.

Labour to limit fat, salt and sugar in kids’ food marketing

Limits will be set on fat, sugar and salt levels in the food marketed to children, if Labour wins the next general election on May 7.

Mondelēz International to let 250 go at Bournville

Mondelēz International is letting 250 staff go at its chocolate factory at Bournville, which makes a range of Cadbury branded products, including Cadbury Dairy Milk.

What big firms do wrong when buying small ones

One of the biggest failings that big companies make when they acquire smaller brands is to attempt to “value optimise” and cut costs, according to Green & Black’s co-founder Josephine...

Fudge firm fined £7k after worker loses thumb

A Leeds-based chocolate and fudge manufacturer has been fined £7,000 after an employee lost a thumb while cleaning an unguarded stirring machine.

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German source for Aldi salmonella chocs

The chocolates contaminated by salmonella, which Aldi recalled at the end of last week, came from a German manufacturer, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed.

Nestlé boss wins New Year Honour for 'services to Kit Kats'

Food manufacturing boss Fiona Kendrick, who has pledged to help plug the sector skills gap, has received a top New Year Honour for ‘services to Kit Kats’, according to The...

Thorntons issues Christmas profits warning

Thorntons has issued a Christmas profits warning, telling investors profits will be lower than expected due to a slump in supermarket orders.

Chocolate truffles without a hard shell

A Scottish-based chocolatier has developed a truffle range with no hard chocolate shell, which was previously available only to Michelin star chefs.

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FMEAs 2014 video highlights

Hundreds of food and drink industry professionals gathered at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel to celebrate the very best in UK food and drink manufacturing, last month (Thursday November 20).

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The best young talent in food and drink

The very best and brightest young talent the food and drink industry has to offer were recognised for the first time at the food manufacturing Oscars earlier this month.

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Thorntons’ youngster wins young talent Oscar

Thornton’s production line manager Jodie Adcock has won the inaugural Young Talent of the Year award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Cargill’s three top chocolate trends for 2015

The top trend for the cocoa and chocolate industry for next year will be ‘From Clean to Clear Label’, according to Cargill and Innova Market Insights.

Top 10 UK chocolate brands: IRI

Cadbury Dairy Milk kept its position as top of the chocs in a chart of top 10 UK chocolate brands by value sales issued by market analyst Information Resources (IRI).

Haribo faces GMB strike ballot

Haribo faces a GMB strike ballot, less than a week after the trade union announced that a similar vote at United Biscuits’ Jacob’s factory at Aintree had supported industrial action...