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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.

Cadbury pay deal welcomed by Unite

Cadbury UK’s new pay deal, designed to counter the rising cost of inflation, has been welcomed by Unite, the union. 

Sweetdreams’ £500k new factory to create jobs

Confectionery manufacturer Sweetdreams has invested £500,000 in a new factory, with plans to create new jobs across a variety of roles.

Mondelēz boss urges food industry investment

Food and drink manufacturers need to invest if they want to avoid “long-term productivity issues” faced by the UK economy in the run-up to Brexit, a boss at one of...

Chocolate maker to hire 300 staff before Christmas

Confectionery manufacturer Kinnerton is to hire 300 new staff in the run up to Christmas at its factory in Norfolk.

Orchard Valley Foods merger forms £36M ingredients firm

Confectionery firm Orchard Valley Foods and Swedish ingredients firm Candeco Confektyr have merged to form the £36M (€40M) Orchard Valley Foods Group.

Drinks firm Macb recalls mouldy water

Beverage manufacturer Macb has recalled batches of its flavoured still spring water, after mould was found inside the bottles.

Froneri ice cream sales rise after warm start to 2017

Ice cream firm Froneri UK has reported a 16.3% rise in sales so far this year, benefiting from the warm start to 2017, and boosted by its Kelly’s of Cornwall...

UK grocery market sees 2.9% growth year-on-year

UK grocery sales have grown 2.9% year-on-year, according to a new report from information specialist Nielsen, as the European grocery market grew at the fastest rate in three years. 

People on the move in food and drink

Mondelēz International’s new ceo and the resignation of 2 Sisters’ meat boss lead our latest gallery of people moving to new food and drink jobs.

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Hotel Chocolat solves shear issue

Hotel Chocolat has resolved an issue concerning the handling of warm liquid chocolate containing inclusions, such as nuts and raisins, after working with Essex-based pump supplier Triark Pumps.

Christmas launches lead new product gallery

Biscuit manufacturer Pladis’s Christmas launches and the newest beer from heavy metal music group Iron Maiden lead this photogallery of the latest food and drink product developments.

Me and My Factory

Confectionery firm boosts profits the traditional way

A traditional way of working has enabled marzipan maker Shepcote to command a price premium, explains md Richard Shepherdson.

Most manufacturers ‘go beyond labelling obligation’

Most food manufacturers go beyond their legal obligation to provide clear nutrition labelling, says the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), after claims manufacturers were “deliberately deceiving” shoppers by not using colour-coded labels...

Coca-Cola crowdsourcing seeks sugar alternatives

The Coca-Cola Company has launched two crowdsourcing schemes to find innovative ways to sweeten food and beverages.

Green & Black’s launch prompts ‘ethical scheme’ confusion fears

The Co-op has voiced concerns about the introduction of ‘ethical’ schemes that could be confused with Fairtrade, after chocolate maker Green & Black’s unveiled a new non-organic chocolate range that...

McCain boss appointed Mondelēz ceo

Global confectionery giant Mondelēz International has appointed Dirk Van de Put, current president and ceo of McCain Foods, to succeed Irene Rosenfeld as ceo – effective from November.

Me and My Factory

Confectionery firm reveals magic of marzipan – in pictures

Family-owned confectionery firm Shepcote has been making marzipan from the same secret recipe for almost 50 years.

Scottish nationalists protest at Tunnock’s factory

Protestors descended on biscuit manufacturer Tunnock’s last week, after reports that the biscuit maker was to remove Scottish branding from its exported products.

India woos UK food and drink processors

The Indian government is on a mission to attract overseas investment to meet rising demand for processed foods among its 1.3bn population, which includes a rapidly growing urban middle class....

News in brief

New chocolate factory development to create 20 jobs

Plans for a £750,000 chocolate factory in York, which will create up to 20 new jobs across the operation, have been approved by the local council. 

Confectionery manufacturer cuts more than 50 jobs

More than 50 jobs have been lost at confectionery manufacturer Devon Sweet Factory, less than a year after the firm was bought out of administration.

Premier Foods’s sales hit by weather and promotions

Premier Foods reported a 3.1% drop in sales in its first-quarter trading update, as desserts sales were hit by warm weather and changes to promotions.

Poundland continues Toblerone lookalike production

Discounter Poundland is continuing to produce its Toblerone lookalike, despite reports that Mondelēz International had threatened it with legal action.

Manufacturers sign up for shared data system

Mondelēz, Nestlé and PepsiCo have joined an industry-wide programme to regulate the management of shared product data.

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Lion bar lorry engulfed by flames on A2

A lorry transporting 25t of Lion chocolate bars was engulfed by flames yesterday (July 20), causing hours of delays for motorists heading to London.