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.
22-Apr-2014 - British chocolate is proving a sweet success abroad and at home, as Easter eggs were named as one of the nation’s top food and drink exports, while new research revealed 8M Britons eat chocolate every day.
17-Apr-2014 - Confectionery manufacturer Ferrero Group’s owner tops our list of the richest people in global food and drink manufacturing.
04-Apr-2014 - Nestlé has won final victory in a 10-year battle to prevent Mondelēz International from trademarking the Dairy Milk purple colour it uses for Cadbury milk chocolate bar and drinking chocolate packaging.
02-Apr-2014 - UK-based food and drink firms are investing in jobs as much as internationally-owned outfits, according to Owen Paterson, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) secretary of state.
31-Mar-2014 - Unilever has teamed up with fashion designer Henry Holland to create a Magnum inspired dress, made entirely out of chocolate.
26-Mar-2014 - Easter egg manufacturer Kinnerton Confectionery has boosted production by simplifying production line processes in partnership with industrial solutions provider Siemens Industry.
21-Mar-2014 - Global confectionery launches with a ‘gluten-free’ positioning increased by 46% in 2013 from 2012, according to the Innova Database. While this indicates growth in gluten-free claims, gluten-free product launch activity is still relatively niche for confectionery, with only 7% of confectionery product launches tracked in 2013 taking this positioning, according to Carmit Candy.
17-Mar-2014 - The government is committed to raising awareness of job opportunities in food and drink manufacturing, according to environment secretary Owen Paterson.
17-Mar-2014 - Premier Foods and Mondelēz were among six food and drink businesses to support the industry’s attempts to recruit the next generation of food engineers at the Big Bang Fair, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, last week (Friday March 14).
14-Mar-2014 - Banks are restricting small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) by not offering the finance needed for growth – even if they have secured retail contracts, according food manufacturers.
06-Mar-2014 - Tangerine Confectionery claims 166 jobs could go following the planned closure of its factory in Blackpool in a UK-wide programme to trim excess capacity.
05-Mar-2014 - Top nutrition scientists have been drawn into a row following comments made by England’s chief medical officer that sugar could be addictive and may need to be taxed.
03-Mar-2014 - nstalling Russell Finex's Eco self-cleaning filters and compact sieves has given Godiva Chocolatier complete traceability back to any contamination source.
03-Mar-2014 - Functional ingredients maker Beneo has used its sugar-beet derived carbohydrate Palatinose to develop 'the first' polyol-free, tooth-friendly bubble gum children's confectionery.
03-Mar-2014 - Cloetta and Tangerine Confectionery are the latest food manufacturers to remove six food colours that are possibly associated with hyperactivity from their products.
03-Mar-2014 - Thorntons aims to pump £10M each year for the next three years into expanding capacity in its biggest capital investment in 25 years, it confirmed in a conference call.
19-Feb-2014 - The full extent of food price inflation over the past 40 years has been highlighted by design agency Neomammalian Studios.
19-Feb-2014 - Trading Standards officers have warned the food industry that potentially cancer-causing dyes have been discovered in confectionery sold in the West Yorkshire region.
19-Feb-2014 - Tesco and Marks & Spencer (M&S) have rejected claims from consumer watchdog Which? that consumers find some of their pricing policies as difficult to understand as “tackling an obstacle course”.
17-Feb-2014 - US firms have invested in two British brands so far this year – continuing a growing trend for overseas deals.
14-Feb-2014 - Yorkie bars and Quality Street helped to sweeten the results of food manufacturing giant Nestlé, in the UK and Ireland, according to its full-year financial results released yesterday (February 13).
13-Feb-2014 - Nestlé ceo Paul Bulcke has predicted a tough year ahead, as the manufacturing giant revealed total sales of CHF92.2bn for 2013, up by 2.7% on the previous year.
12-Feb-2014 - A senior Department of Health (DH) official has defended the large number of meetings he has held with food and drink companies, as part of the government strategy to stem what health professionals describe as the growing “crisis” of obesity in parts of the UK.
07-Feb-2014 - Tough new controls on alcohol and sugary drinks are needed to combat “a tidal wave” of cancer that is set to sweep the globe over the next 20 years, warns the World Health Organisation (WHO).
05-Feb-2014 - As I predicted in my leading article in the November 2013 issue of Food Manufacture, sugar is now the next battleground . However, little did I realise the lengths sugar's detractors would go to in their attempts to demonise this ingredient which, as well as bringing pleasure to people, is also required in small quantities for our brains to function properly.