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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.

Good Week, Bad Week

Dairy Crest, Nestlé and campylobacter top week’s headlines

Dairy Crest, Nestlé and campylobacter all feature in this week’s edition of Good Week/ Bad Week.

Waste chocolate helps Nestlé reach sustainability goal

Nestlé UK & Ireland has reached its target of zero waste to landfill at its Fawdon factory after using excess Toffee Crisp and Rolo ingredients to help power the site....

Food start-ups share top tips

Food and drink start-ups should have a strong brand identity, continuously improve their product and research both the market and consumer response to their product.

News in brief

Thorntons boss to stand down

Thorntons ceo Jonathan Hart will stand down from his role at the end of the chocolate manufacturer’s financial year on June 27 2015.

Free-from dominates latest food innovations

Free-from products dominated food innovations launched in the past four weeks.

Nestlé changes Kit Kat name to YouTube Break

Food manufacturer Nestlé has changed the name of its iconic Kit Kat to YouTube Break, its biggest redesign in its 80-year history.

UB plans further multi-million pound investments

United Biscuits (UB) will boost its overall output by pumping millions of pounds into its UK manufacturing facilities, following an initial £50M investment at its Harlesden site.

Cornish fudge firm pumps £600k into new site

A Cornish confectionery company has pumped £600,000 into a new site, tripling production space and creating six new jobs.

Divine Chocolate unites US and UK businesses

Divine Chocolate’s merger of its US and UK businesses will boost the power and profits of both operations, the firm has claimed.

Election 2015

Small food firm bosses 'back Conservative policy'

Small food and drink firm bosses – including a dairy, a butchery and a confectionery manufacturer – have signed a letter of support urging the Conservatives be “given the chance to...

Latest allergy recalls in pictures

Nine potentially dangerous products were recalled or withdrawn by food businesses in April over allergy fears stemming from undeclared ingredients, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Voakes Free From pork pie wins top award

Voakes Free From nailed the top prize at the FreeFrom Food Awards 2015 for its Traditional Raised Pork Pie.

Mars aims to score with millions of football fans

Chocolate manufacturer Mars has launched its “biggest ever” football giveaway in a bid to score big with millions of football fans and boost sales of its chocolate bar.

Recalled this week: cheese, chicken and chocolate

Three cheddar, chicken and chocolate products were recalled this week because of fears they may endanger consumers’ safety.

Retailers miss £5.2M Easter sales opportunity

Major food retailers missed a £5.2M sales opportunity this year because of poor Easter egg availability, according to market intelligence firm IRI.

Feature

Nestlé boss Fiona Kendrick sets out path for growth

Nestlé’s UK and Ireland chief executive and chairman has a tough reputation, but Nicholas Robinson finds out there’s more to her than that.

Election 2015

Labour’s manifesto: food industry implications

Labour pledged to expand the role of the supermarket watchdog to protect food producers, create better paid jobs and apprenticeships across the rural economy, while creating a “world-leading food, farm and...

Hotel Chocolat withdraws products on allergen fears

Posh chocolate manufacturer and retailer Hotel Chocolat has withdrawn its ‘Milk Free Milk’ chocolates due to fears they may contain traces of milk, which were not mentioned on the product...

Use emotions to connect with millions on Instagram

Food and drink manufacturers should use emotions to connect their brands with a growing community of consumers on social media site Instagram, according to the site’s boss.

Serious hand injury leads to packaging firm fine

Integrated Packaging Ltd has been fined an undisclosed amount after a worker suffered serious injuries to his hand at the firm’s Gateshead factory in 2013.

Nutritionist: store reply on junk food ‘disappointing’

Pleas to ditch ‘unhealthy’ snacks at tills have met with “disappointing” responses from Marks & Spencer (M&S) and WHSmith, according to the nutritionist driving the campaign.

Sugarless candy concepts

Tooth-friendly concepts for children's confectionery have been developed by the ingredients firm Beneo.

News in brief

Chocolate firm reveals $6M plan

Chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut will pump nearly $6M into its latest acquisition to strengthen its US business.

Most inspiring food and drink firms in Britain

More than 70 food and drink businesses have been honoured in the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain list.

Nestlé opens doors to teachers in bid to fill skills gap

Nestlé has thrown open its factory doors to teachers to give them a taste of modern apprenticeships in a bid to help them communicate the career opportunities in the sector...