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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.

FIE reports

Euro consumers more interested in low sugar products

European consumers’ appetite for sugary foods is waning in favour of low-sugar products, according to new Mintel research revealed at the Food Ingredients Europe show in Paris.

News in brief

Dr Oetker launches ‘world’s first’ edible Xmas jumper

Dr Oetker has teamed up with Essex baker Juliet Sear to launch the “world’s first” edible Christmas jumper.

Food Matters Live

Four reasons a sugar tax ‘won’t work’: FDF boss

The near impossibility of imposing a sugar tax was one of four reasons why a tax would not limit sugar consumption or obesity, according to Food and Drink Federation (FDF)...

Nestlé forms energy reduction partnership with Sheffield Hallam

Food and drink manufacturers could benefit from improved resource efficiency and cost savings across the supply chain as a result of a partnership between Nestlé UK and Ireland and Sheffield...

Maltesers tops UK’s 10 bestselling confectionery brands

Mars UK’s Maltesers has shot ahead of Mondelēz’s Cadbury Dairy Milk to become the nation’s number one confectionery brand on UK convenience store sales, according market research firm IRI....

Food and drink focus for child obesity strategy

Product reformulation, an advertising ban and restrictions on promotions are expected to be the main focus of the government’s childhood obesity strategy.

Food firms get into Halloween spirit

A number of food manufacturers have added a spooky touch to their products in a bid to tap into demand for Halloween gifts.

Hotel Chocolat fined after worker’s finger torn off

Luxury chocolate maker Hotel Chocolat has been fined £25,000 after a worker’s hand was dragged into a stirrer, ripping off his finger.

Listeria can infect toffee apples

Toffee apples can become contaminated with the potentially deadly food poisoning bug Listeria monocytogenes (Lm), according to the latest research.

News in brief

Mars opens new global food safety centre in China

Mars opened its Global Food Safety Center (GFSC) – a research and training hub – in China last month in an effort to improve levels of food safety across the world....

Food and drink innovations – in pictures

Meatless meat products, 3D printed gummy sweets and milk chocolate reindeer droppings were just some of the innovations launched by food and drink manufacturers recently.

Chocolate factory welcomes 40,000 visitors

Pembrokeshire-based chocolate manufacturer Wickedly Welsh Chocolate welcomed more than 40,000 people into its factory over the summer holidays, the firm has revealed.

Organic sales boost from new categories: Nielsen

Steady growth in organic sales could be boosted by expansion into new food and drink categories, advises market data specialist Nielsen.

Nestlé unwraps search for confectionery degree students

Nestlé is seeking to secure the next generation of chocolate makers with the launch of a new confectionery degree.

Reignite senses with exciting new products

Food manufacturers must work harder to excite “bored” consumers and find ways to engage their senses, master chocolatier Paul A Young said following his involvement in Tate Britain’s Sensorium exhibition...

Dragons’ Den reject manages to double supply chain

A Dragons’ Den reject who sells food that has gone past its ‘best before date’ has reported unprecedented supplier growth over the past six months. 

Salmonella fears spark more food safety recalls

Fears about salmonella have sparked three more food safety recalls of wafer products, after Tesco recalled its free-­from Belgium chocolate wafers last week.

Business boss opens Cadbury line with a promise

Business secretary Sajid Javid has opened Mondelēz International’s new Cadbury production line with a pledge that government wants to make the Midlands “an engine for growth” for the UK economy....

Fudge maker to invest £1.6M in global expansion

A Scottish fudge and sweet maker is set to invest in machinery and create up to 16 jobs, after securing a £1.6M finance package.

Food firms recall products over plastic and allergy fears

A soup contaminated with plastic and undeclared allergens forced a number of food businesses to recall products last week, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Confectionery sales to rise despite sugar health fears

Confectionery sales in the UK will grow by 8.6% by 2019, despite more than 60% of Brits raising fears about the high levels of sugar in sweets, according to a new report.

SACN report

Industry: SACN report says ‘nothing new’

There’s “nothing new about sugar” in the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition's (SACN’s) report on carbohydrates, but more needs to be done to increase fibre intake, food and drink manufacturing...

Nestlé denies ‘pension betrayal’ in unions row

Nestlé has denied union claims of “pension betrayal”, after revealing plans to close its defined benefit pension scheme and replace it with a defined contribution scheme.

Nestlé denies ‘pension betrayal’ in unions row

Nestlé has denied union claims of “pension betrayal”, after revealing plans to close its defined benefit pension scheme and replace it with a defined contribution scheme.

Cocoa firm acquires US almond business

Barry Callebaut, the Swiss-based chocolate and cocoa product manufacturer, has acquired American Almond for an undisclosed sum, it has announced.