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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.

Mondelēz reports sales lift but drops growth forecast

Mondelēz International reported a 1.1% increase in organic revenue to £5.2bn ($6.4bn) in its third-quarter trading update this week, despite lowering its full-year growth forecast from 2% to 1.6%.

Action on Sugar highlights ‘huge’ sugar differences between products

Action on Sugar has urged food manufacturers to get behind Public Health England’s voluntary reformulation programme to tackle obesity and save the NHS from bankruptcy.

Nestlé may raise prices after growth forecast cut

Nestlé may raise its product prices after cutting its annual growth forecast from 4.3% to 3.5%, due to deflation and a “softer” market.

Scottish £250k funding aimed at improving food culture

The Scottish government is spending £250,000 to improve Scotland’s diet, after further evidence emerged that most Scots do not follow healthy eating recommendations.

Cancer charity calls for obesity action as 1.6M start school overweight

Tighter controls on ‘junk food’ advertising was one of the measures demanded by Cancer Research UK on World Obesity Day (October 11), after revealing 1.66M children have started secondary school...

The top 10 brands in the food and drink industry

Coca-Cola is the number one food and drink brand, followed by rival Pepsi in a new report released by Interbrand last week. 

Mars takes full control of Wrigley

Food and drink giant Mars is to take full control of its Wrigley chewing gum business, after acquiring the minority stake held by holding company Berkshire Hathaway for an undisclosed...

Doughnut maker Krispy Kreme UK sold to US parent

Krispy Kreme UK has been bought by its US parent group the company confirmed on Wednesday (October 5), in a deal worth an estimated £200M.

Obesity reduction will be challenging, scientists warn

Food experts and lobby groups have criticised the government’s long-awaited childhood obesity strategy for focusing too heavily on sugar at the detriment of overall calorie intake.

Christmas launches lead food NPD – photogallery

Christmas launches lead this month’s latest photogallery of new product development (NPD) in the food and drink industry, ranging from the weird and wonderful to more traditional offerings.

Sugar intake in children is double daily allowance

Children between the ages of four and 10 are consuming twice as much sugar as their recommended daily allowance, despite intake from sugar-sweetened soft drinks falling, according to Public Health...

Salmonella and metal contamination lead food recalls

Sesame seeds contaminated with salmonella sparked several food recalls recently, while metal contamination in ice cream caused another.

Morrisons and Burton’s post top management changes

Morrisons and biscuit manufacturer Burton’s Biscuits Company have both announced changes in their senior management.

Love Hearts maker Swizzles features on BBC show

Sweet manufacturer Swizzels opened its doors to BBC Two series ‘Inside the Factory’ last Tuesday (August 23), as the programme explored its Derbyshire-based factory, which produces Drumsticks, Love Hearts and Parma Violets....

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UK Twinkie supplier moves to larger site

American confectionery wholesaler Innovative Bites is to move to a new purpose-built premises in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, to bring together the US and UK sides of its business.

Childhood obesity plan ‘fatigued’ claim retailers

Retailers have stepped up their objections to the childhood obesity strategy, arguing that the report isn’t comprehensive enough and the government has failed to provide leadership.

Nestlé posts good growth despite China sales dip

Nestlé reported a significant growth slowdown in China in its half-year trading update, despite announcing good growth throughout the rest of the company.

Health is the focus in Food Standards Scotland’s five-year plan

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) outlined measures to improve the safety of food and tackle the growing obesity problem north of the border, as it focused on health and nutrition in...

Sweet maker Maxilin Crawford buys Tilley’s Sweets

Liquorice and lollipop manufacturer Maxilin Crawford could more than triple its production output, after buying confectionery competitior Tilley’s Sweets.

Top food and drink acquisitions of the year – so far

Acquisitions in the food and drink industry have been on the rise this year, despite the threat of Brexit and major policy shake ups, including the impending UK sugar tax...

Nestlé agrees pension deal with union workers

Nestlé has agreed to a new pension scheme with GMB and Unite workers after a year-long dispute was resolved.

Product innovation photogallery for August

Sandwich-inspired crisps and water from maple trees lead this month’s photogallery of new food and drink releases.

Under-reported calorie intake is ‘misleading obesity policy’

The British public is under-reporting the amount of calories consumed, which could frustrate policy makers’ bid to combat obesity, according to new research.

Quids in for chocolate money maker in mbo

The company that owns the rights to manufacture official Bank of England chocolate money has been bought out by its director for an undisclosed sum.

Sugar reformulation guide released by FDF

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has released a free reformulation guide for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), designed to help them reduce the sugar content in their products.