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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.


Experts call for sugar tax, but doubt official support

Sugar tax is a good idea, but the government may be unwilling to implement it, according to expert panellists taking part in Food Manufacture’s webinar on obesity.

Sugar prices to blame for ABF's poor sugar revenues

Associated British Foods (ABF) has blamed lower sugar prices and weak EU sales volumes for its poor sugar revenues in an interim management statement today (July 10).

Retailers help boost UK job market

There were more jobs gained than lost in the UK food and drink sector – taking into consideration manufacturing, distribution, packaging and retail – over the last six months,

Dairy farmers to milk Nestlé Kit Kat deal

Nestlé has struck a deal with First Milk, expanding the dairy cooperative’s supply of fresh milk for its Kit Kat and Nescafé brands in the UK.

Thorntons and Booker results: at a glance

High street confectioner Thorntons and cash and carry specialist Booker both posted financial results today (July 9).

Nestlé invents cheap, quick to assemble factory

Nestlé has created a factory design that can be built in half the time of a more traditional one for about 50–60% of the cost.

Work chocolate harder with new Barry Callebaut solution

High-quality chocolate and cocoa products manufacturer Barry Callebaut has introduced a new chocolate product with increased technical capabilities for bakers, ice cream manufacturers and chocolatiers.

Mariani Europe md predicts massive sales in dried fruit

US dried fruit firm Mariani will double its European business to £10M next year, before reaching up to £500M pounds in eight years, according to the company’s European md Glenn...


Carbohydrate report: reaction in quotes

Public Health England will investigate taxing sugary drinks according to the paper it issued alongside the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition’s (SACN’s) draft report published today (June 26).

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Food firms suggest Suarez should bite products not people

Food and drink manufacturers have taken to Twitter to respond to Luis Suarez’s alleged biting of Giorgio Chiellini during the Uruguay and Italy football match at the World Cup in...

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Orchard Valley Foods appoints new sales director

Worcestershire-based Orchard Valley Foods has appointed Gill Hodgson as its new sales director.

Retailers score extra £28M in sales from World Cup

World Cup fever and warm weather spurred thirsty consumers to spend an extra £28M on beer and cider in the first week of the global football tournament, compared with the...

Heart of England Fine Foods to fold

Heart of England Fine Foods (HEFF) is facing voluntary liquidation 16 years after its foundation, threatening 15 jobs.

Food and drink brands catch World Cup fever

A nationwide World Cup BBQ party beckons, with shoppers set to stock up on food and drink ahead of the England football team’s opening match with Italy on Saturday, Tesco...

Think before you shoot with World Cup branding

Food and drink manufacturers should think before they shoot before rushing to jump on the World Cup bandwagon or they might risk scoring an own-goal, warns MMR Research Worldwide (MMR).


Mondelēz throws down sustainable palm oil gauntlet

Mondelēz is challenging palm oil suppliers to step up their game so it can move towards using physical supplies of purely sustainable palm oil for all its products.

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Lambert becomes Burton’s Biscuits chairman

James Lambert has been appointed chairman of Burton’s Biscuits Company, while retaining his role as chairman of R&R Ice Cream.

Chocs and biscuits get wrapped

Chocolate, confectionery and biscuit makers in the UK are being targeted with new flowrapping equipment from Ulma Packaging.

Caramel filter reduces waste by 20%

Confectioner Mondelēz International has reduced product wastage within its Cha-Cha brand process line at its Herentals-based factory in Belgium by 20% through the installation of a self-cleaning Russell Eco Filter.

Healthy pea bar holds 10% of protein RDA

Carmit Candy Industries launched a pea-protein fortified gluten-free wafer at Vitfoods in Geneva last month.

Healthier cookies for children

CSM has responded to the successful introduction of reduced fat doughnuts into schools by launching a reduced fat cookie dough.

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Burton’s Biscuit Company creates engineering team

Burton’s Biscuit Company has created a new team to develop its engineering strategy, to be led by Derek Harris.

Tesco ditches ‘guilty’ sweet checkouts in all stores

Tesco is to ditch the sale of sweets and chocolates from checkouts – so called guilty checkouts – in all its stores by the end of this year.

Confectionery firm invests £3.25M to grow exports

Confectionery firm Morris & Son has invested £3.25M to support plans to expand in global markets.

Obesity webinar to set record straight on fat, salt and sugar

Frustrated by apparent half-truths, misrepresentations and downright falsehoods peddled in the debate about fats, sugar and salt? Then, sign up for our free, one-hour webinar, which aims to set the...