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.
10-May-2013 - Mondelēz International opened its first UK production line for the manufacture of Oreo biscuits in Sheffield today (May 10).
03-May-2013 - Cargill claims to be revolutionising the chocolate market with a caramel offering that is the “fourth type of chocolate” alongside milk, white and dark.
09-Apr-2013 - Cargill and Arasco are creating a new starches and sweeteners joint venture in Saudi Arabia to meet growing demand in the confectionery, bakery and juice sectors in the region.
03-Apr-2013 - High street confectioner Thorntons expects profit before tax for the 52 weeks to June 29 2013 to be ahead of the current market expectation of £3.1M.
02-Apr-2013 - A joined up approach to research means cocoa flavanols are poised to become the next big heart health ingredient, writes Lynda Searby
02-Apr-2013 - ADM Cocoa has restructured its organisation into five key regions and business units as it looks to enhance the level of service and support offered to customers by its global cocoa and chocolate team.
02-Apr-2013 - A south Wales food packaging firm is planning an £18M investment that will create 70 jobs and safeguard a further 170 roles.
25-Mar-2013 - Nestlé has apologised to its customers and recalled some of its Chunky Kit Kat after seven people found pieces of plastic in the bars.
04-Mar-2013 - As demand for natural food colours grows, suppliers and their customers are paying more attention to traceability and supply chain control. Paul Gander reports.
04-Mar-2013 - Beneo's Isomalt can successfully replace the commonly used polyol mannitol in chewing gum, offering confectionery producers an attractive commercial alternative which maintains the gum's shape, chewability and texture.
27-Feb-2013 - Associated British Foods (ABF) is locked in row with Oxfam about what the charity claims is the “veil of secrecy” the food manufacturing giant allegedly uses to hide the “human cost” of its supply chain.
25-Feb-2013 - Confectionery manufacturer Thorntons plans to close a further 40 stores in this financial year, as it continues to focus on “significant growth” in multiple-channel sales via supermarkets and Thorntons Direct online.
22-Feb-2013 - A sweet manufacturer has been ordered to pay £6,375 after a worker’s hand was crushed when he tried to clear a jammed machine.
11-Feb-2013 - UK branded chocolate sales will show growth over the next three years, according to a new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and Mintel.
07-Feb-2013 - Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) will be showcasing the latest additions to its deZaan range of chocolate and cocoa products at this month's Gulfood 2013 in Dubai.
01-Feb-2013 - Food giant Nestlé has chosen the UK for the global launch of its new digital scanning system, designed to provide customers with smartphone access to information about the nutritional profile and environmental and social impacts of its products.
23-Jan-2013 - Health minister Anna Soubry has put the food and drink industry on notice that the government would be prepared to regulate on food’s salt, fat and sugar content if further progress is not made to stem the growing obesity epidemic afflicting the UK, which is estimated to cost the National Health Service £5bn a year.
16-Jan-2013 - Thorntons missed out on the Christmas online shopping boom due to the late deployment of its new website and operational issues that “had a significant impact on sales in the period”, new figures reveal.
14-Jan-2013 - Bristol couple Ian and Ruth Yard sold their food retail outlet and invested the £250,000 in setting up their first factory manufacturing Ooh! Chocolata chocolate bars.
08-Jan-2013 - A family owned confectionery manufacturer is creating 26 new jobs in Cornwall to meet increased demand for its own-label chocolate and fudge products.
06-Jan-2013 - The government has rejected calls from Labour to consider introducing legal limits on fat, sugar and salt in food aimed at children, insisting that its plans to tackle obesity are working effectively.
03-Jan-2013 - Nestlé has won the latest legal spat in its chocolate war with Cadbury after it stopped its rival from copying the shape of its KitKat fingers.
02-Jan-2013 - Beneo has recently developed two new sugar-free confectionery concepts: 'Dessert Candy' and 'Candy in Candy'.
02-Jan-2013 - Lynda Searby goes back to the future to explore the retro confectionery revival
12-Dec-2012 - Chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut is to become the globe’s largest cocoa processor with the acquisition of the Cocoa Ingredients Division of Petra Foods, based in Singapore for $950M.