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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.

Labour to limit fat, salt and sugar in kids’ food marketing

Limits will be set on fat, sugar and salt levels in the food marketed to children, if Labour wins the next general election on May 7.

Mondelēz International to let 250 go at Bournville

Mondelēz International is letting 250 staff go at its chocolate factory at Bournville, which makes a range of Cadbury branded products, including Cadbury Dairy Milk.

What big firms do wrong when buying small ones

One of the biggest failings that big companies make when they acquire smaller brands is to attempt to “value optimise” and cut costs, according to Green & Black’s co-founder Josephine...

Fudge firm fined £7k after worker loses thumb

A Leeds-based chocolate and fudge manufacturer has been fined £7,000 after an employee lost a thumb while cleaning an unguarded stirring machine.

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German source for Aldi salmonella chocs

The chocolates contaminated by salmonella, which Aldi recalled at the end of last week, came from a German manufacturer, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed.

Nestlé boss wins New Year Honour for 'services to Kit Kats'

Food manufacturing boss Fiona Kendrick, who has pledged to help plug the sector skills gap, has received a top New Year Honour for ‘services to Kit Kats’, according to The...

Thorntons issues Christmas profits warning

Thorntons has issued a Christmas profits warning, telling investors profits will be lower than expected due to a slump in supermarket orders.

Chocolate truffles without a hard shell

A Scottish-based chocolatier has developed a truffle range with no hard chocolate shell, which was previously available only to Michelin star chefs.

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FMEAs 2014 video highlights

Hundreds of food and drink industry professionals gathered at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel to celebrate the very best in UK food and drink manufacturing, last month (Thursday November 20).

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The best young talent in food and drink

The very best and brightest young talent the food and drink industry has to offer were recognised for the first time at the food manufacturing Oscars earlier this month.

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Thorntons’ youngster wins young talent Oscar

Thornton’s production line manager Jodie Adcock has won the inaugural Young Talent of the Year award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Cargill’s three top chocolate trends for 2015

The top trend for the cocoa and chocolate industry for next year will be ‘From Clean to Clear Label’, according to Cargill and Innova Market Insights.

Top 10 UK chocolate brands: IRI

Cadbury Dairy Milk kept its position as top of the chocs in a chart of top 10 UK chocolate brands by value sales issued by market analyst Information Resources (IRI).

Haribo faces GMB strike ballot

Haribo faces a GMB strike ballot, less than a week after the trade union announced that a similar vote at United Biscuits’ Jacob’s factory at Aintree had supported industrial action...

Southall firm pays the price for hazardous sweets

LB Enterprises faced legal costs of £604 after Ealing District Council’s food safety team seized 16.2kg of hazardous sweets at the premises of its supermarket Quality Foods.

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Unilever to launch Marmite and Pot Noodle Easter eggs

Unilever UK will launch two new Easter eggs in February to build on the success of its first ever releases last year.

Nestlé backs maths/science plan to lure engineers

Nestlé is backing a new three-year plan, called Your Life, designed to encourage school children to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM subjects) in preparation for a career in...

Study science and maths for ‘fast track’ career

Young people who study science and maths at A’ Level can expect a fast-track career in business, said the chair of a new campaign to promote the subjects among school...

Sweet justice demanded for confectionery thieves

Thieves have stolen £50,000 worth of sugary treats from Yorkshire confectionery makers Confection By Design and The Serious Sweet Company and an appeal has been launched for information.

Spray guns apply chocolate and glaze coatings

New, purpose-designed spray guns and other equipment have been developed by Swiss company Krebs in conjunction with chocolate maker Barry Callebaut to make life easier for food processors that use...

‘Traditional’ British flavour with less fat

A fat-reduced cocoa powder that encapsulates a ‘traditionally British’ chocolate flavour has been developed by Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM).

Top food and drink firms for graduates

Discount retailer Aldi has been recognised as the top food and drink business for graduates by the The Times newspaper.

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Mondelēz ditches gold coins for more ‘popular’ products

Mondelēz International has discontinued its Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Gold Coins range to focus on “more popular” Christmas products.

Bon Bon Buddies aims at £60M sales in three years

Bon Bon Buddies aims to boost sales by 50%, taking them from £40M to £60M, in the next three years and is putting plans in place to grow exports.

Heat is on for 1,000 Cadbury Bournville plant staff

Mondelēz International has stepped up the pressure on the 1,000 factory workers at its Cadbury Bournville site, issuing a booklet outlining what future working practices will look like there.

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