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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.

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.

UK sales weak for Nestlé amid slow growth in Europe

Nestlé’s UK sales proved weak in the first nine months of 2014, although the global food giant still achieved low growth in Europe overall.

Halloween boosts food and drink sales: Mintel

Halloween is proving devilishly good for UK food and drink sales, according to new research from Mintel.

Thorntons blames sales fall on supermarket order patterns

Thorntons has blamed its 11.9% fall in first quarter total group sales on the changing order patterns of supemarkets and other outlets.

Free-from chocolate firm Moo Free boosts jobs

Free-from food manufacturer Moo Free Chocolates is pumping cash into new machinery and adding up to eight staff after securing £530,000 in funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial.

Most powerful women in food and drink

The food and drink industry has seven representatives on Fortune’s list of the 50 most powerful women in business 2014.

Premier Foods launches three new business units

Premier Foods has launched three new ‘Strategic Business Units’ (SBU’s) in a bid to strengthen its focus on major growth opportunities and develop more agile ways of working.

Sugar not the sole cause of obesity: AB Sugar

British Sugar owner AB Sugar is fighting back against anti-sugar campaigners with the launch of a campaign informing people about sugar’s role in a healthy balanced diet.

Thorntons boosts jobs and production

Thorntons has massively boosted profits, driven partly by increased output and efficiency in production, supported by 59 new manufacturing jobs.

Acrylamide cancer risk highlighted by EFSA infographic

Worries about acrylamide posing a bigger cancer risk than previously thought have led the food watchdog the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to issue cooking advice to consumers.

Recession hits Ferrero’s plans for a UK factory

Ferrero’s plans to build a new production facility in the UK and double its sales here to £400M by 2015 were abandoned because of capital expenditure constraints, it has been...

Cargill strikes £266M ADM chocolate deal

Ingredients giant Cargill aims to gobble a bigger chunk of the global chocolate market, having agreed to buy Archer Daniels Midland’s (ADM’s) interests in the sector for $440M (£266.4M)....

The latest product recalls – in pictures

Concerns over food safety have forced 10 food and drink businesses to recall batches of their products to prevent harm to their customers, since May 2014.

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Police investigate pill found on Nestlé Jelly Tots line

Nestlé’s Fawdon factory is involved in a police investigation after a prescription tablet was discovered on a Rowntree’s Jelly Tots production line.

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Cargill appoints new md of chocolate

Cargill has appointed Inge Demeyere as its new md of chocolate for its Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia cocoa and chocolate business.

Nestlé tightens up animal welfare practices

Nestlé has pledged to improve animal welfare standards in its supply chain, following the signature of a partnership agreement with the charity World Animal Protection.

Best food jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Comedians performing at the world famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe have earned plaudits for food and drink-based one liners from comedy writers, television stations and the press.

Cambridge University seeks real life Willy Wonka

Cambridge University is searching for a real life Willy Wonka to study the fundamentals of heat-stable chocolate, including how it to prevent it from melting in hot countries.

Fire hits Barry Callebaut chocolate facility

Fire has damaged Barry Callebaut’s chocolate processing at Banbury in Oxfordshire, but the company has reassured customers that it could maintain normal levels of service by drawing on other facilities....

Nestlé boosts efforts to stamp out child labour

Nestlé aims to step up efforts to eradicate child labour in the cocoa supply chain, after an independent report indicated progress was being made, but more needed to be done.

‘Unprecedented’ foreign exchange storm hits Nestlé

Nestlé has been hit by ‘unprecedented’ foreign exchange issues, according to chief financial officer and executive vice president Wan Ling Martello.

Food and drink firms at festivals – in pictures

Many food and drink businesses have packed their wellies and tents and taken their products to trade at UK music festivals this summer.

'Anti-competitive' behaviour hits Real Good Food Co

Anti-competitive behaviour from Associated British Foods (ABF) has stunted The Real Good Food Company’s (RGFC’s) final year sales, its chairman has claimed.

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Nestlé can secure 100% sustainable cocoa by end of 2015

Nestlé UK & Ireland is on target to become the first top 10 confectionery manufacturer to secure 100% of the cocoa it uses in its products from sustainable sources by...

Sime Darby could take over New Britain Palm Oil

A major stake in New Britain Palm Oil, which supplies UK manufacturers, is being targeted by Malaysian conglomerate Sime Darby, part of the consortium that acquired Battersea Power Station.