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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.

Kraft Heinz and Unilever mega merger – in tweets

Kraft Heinz’s bid for Unilever last week sparked a backlash from Twitter users, as they took to the social media platform to decry the £115bn deal.

Manufacturing pay rises scrape ahead of inflation

Pay increases in the manufacturing sector – including food and drink firms – are slightly ahead of consumer price inflation, revealed EEF, the manufacturer’s organisation.

Nestlé’s growth falls for fifth consecutive year

Nestlé has posted its fifth consecutive year of falling organic growth – after a “challenging year” in the UK – in its latest financial results for the 12 months to December 31.

Food and drink M&As predicted to rise in 2017

A competitive environment and the increasing bargaining power of major retailers is putting food producers under growing pressure – which in turn is driving mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity –...

Manufacturers significantly reduced food waste

The UK food and drink industry made significant improvements on agreed environmental targets last year, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

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Sugar tax is a ‘blunt instrument’ against obesity

The sugar tax is a “blunt instrument” to tackle childhood obesity that “victimises” a sector already lowering sugar and calories in its products, according to law firm DWF....

The latest food and drink appointments – gallery

The food and drink industry has seen a number of people moving to new jobs over the past month, featured in this photogallery.

Tate & Lyle reports third consecutive strong quarter

Food ingredients manufacturer Tate & Lyle expects to exceed its targets for the full financial year, according to its latest financial update for the three months to December 31.  

Nestlé supports 4,557 students in STEM subjects

Nestlé has helped more than 4,000 young people gain insight into food and drink manufacturing industry careers through science, technical, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, according to Nestlé UK &...

Mondelēz blames Brexit for £2.9bn drop in revenue

Snack foods giant Mondelēz International’s revenues fell by £2.9bn ($3.7bn) last year, as the firm grappled with the impact of Brexit and weaker UK demand.

Cereal makers looking for sugar reduction plans

Cereal manufacturers are trying to cut sugar, claims the Association of Cereal Food Manufacturers (ACFM), after pressure groups claimed some breakfast cereals contained “shocking levels of sugar”.

Food and drink product launches – photogallery

The start of 2017 has seen a wave of product innovations from food and drink manufacturers, featured in this photogallery of new product development (NPD).

Focus on STEM subjects could solve gender pay-gap

The gender pay-gap in the manufacturing sector – including the food and drink industry – is due to a lack of young girls studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)...

Bakery supplier in £1.5M caramel line spend

A range of “true caramel” toppings and fillings to suit a variety of uses has been launched by an ingredients firm after it invested £1.5M in a new production line.

Police probe alleged tampering in chocolate bunnies

A criminal investigation has been launched over an alleged “tampering incident”, after a battery was found inside a Co-op hollow chocolate bunny.

Overseas investment in UK hits three-year high

Overseas investment in UK food and drink companies has reached a three-year high, claimed financial services firm Grant Thornton UK.

Poundland fined £134k for mice infestation

Discount retailer Poundland has been fined more than £130,000 for food safety offences, after mice were found at two of its Birmingham stores. 

More regulation may be needed after the sugar tax

More sugar regulation might be necessary after the introduction of the sugar levy in April 2018, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has claimed, after research showed...


Healthy reformulation: how products measure-up

Reformulation of regular products, rather than better-for-you alternatives, is helping food firms meet ever-tougher targets.

Plastic in chocolate Santa sparks recall

Plastic contamination has sparked a recall of chocolate Santas from confectionery manufacturer Thorntons.

People on the move in food and drink – in pictures

Meat producer Moy Park’s appointment of a new commercial director leads this month’s photogallery of people moving to new jobs in the food and drink industry.

Chocolate and cocoa: top 2017 trends revealed

Indulgent, premium, healthy, and sustainable and clean, are the four leading trends driving growth in cocoa and chocolate, according a new report.

The Apprentice winner’s cake firm re-brands

The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer has completed her bakery firm’s brand transition to Ridiculous Rich by Alana, as January proves to be its busiest month so far.

Valentine’s Day product launches – in pictures

Valentine’s Day, Burns Night and the Chinese New Year are the inspiration behind a number of new products, featured in our monthly gallery of new product developments.

Morrisons leads product recalls – in pictures

Morrisons recalled batches of cupcakes for undeclared allergens last week, ahead of a recall of illegally repackaged frozen fish and chicken products in Scotland.