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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.

Voakes Free From pork pie wins top award

Voakes Free From nailed the top prize at the FreeFrom Food Awards 2015 for its Traditional Raised Pork Pie.

Mars aims to score with millions of football fans

Chocolate manufacturer Mars has launched its “biggest ever” football giveaway in a bid to score big with millions of football fans and boost sales of its chocolate bar.

Recalled this week: cheese, chicken and chocolate

Three cheddar, chicken and chocolate products were recalled this week because of fears they may endanger consumers’ safety.

Retailers miss £5.2M Easter sales opportunity

Major food retailers missed a £5.2M sales opportunity this year because of poor Easter egg availability, according to market intelligence firm IRI.

Feature

Nestlé boss Fiona Kendrick sets out path for growth

Nestlé’s UK and Ireland chief executive and chairman has a tough reputation, but Nicholas Robinson finds out there’s more to her than that.

Election 2015

Labour’s manifesto: food industry implications

Labour pledged to expand the role of the supermarket watchdog to protect food producers, create better paid jobs and apprenticeships across the rural economy, while creating a “world-leading food, farm and...

Hotel Chocolat withdraws products on allergen fears

Posh chocolate manufacturer and retailer Hotel Chocolat has withdrawn its ‘Milk Free Milk’ chocolates due to fears they may contain traces of milk, which were not mentioned on the product...

Use emotions to connect with millions on Instagram

Food and drink manufacturers should use emotions to connect their brands with a growing community of consumers on social media site Instagram, according to the site’s boss.

Serious hand injury leads to packaging firm fine

Integrated Packaging Ltd has been fined an undisclosed amount after a worker suffered serious injuries to his hand at the firm’s Gateshead factory in 2013.

Nutritionist: store reply on junk food ‘disappointing’

Pleas to ditch ‘unhealthy’ snacks at tills have met with “disappointing” responses from Marks & Spencer (M&S) and WHSmith, according to the nutritionist driving the campaign.

Sugarless candy concepts

Tooth-friendly concepts for children's confectionery have been developed by the ingredients firm Beneo.

News in brief

Chocolate firm reveals $6M plan

Chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut will pump nearly $6M into its latest acquisition to strengthen its US business.

Most inspiring food and drink firms in Britain

More than 70 food and drink businesses have been honoured in the London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain list.

Nestlé opens doors to teachers in bid to fill skills gap

Nestlé has thrown open its factory doors to teachers to give them a taste of modern apprenticeships in a bid to help them communicate the career opportunities in the sector...

Thorntons restructures to reflect business strategy

Thorntons has restructured its board to boost performance and reflect business strategy.

Food firms ‘sow seeds of doubt’ in WHO

World Health Organisation (WHO) sugar guidance is “disappointing” and suggests food firms have persuaded it to take a softer line on consumption, claims pressure group Action on Sugar (AoS).

Chaucer Foods to create 25 jobs in Hull

Chaucer Foods aims to create 25 jobs in Hull as the company adds a third production line there and looks to expand into gluten-free bakery items by 2016.

Thorntons takes £7.7M hit as retailers reduce orders

Thorntons took a £7.7M hit to UK commercial sales in the first half of its financial year after two major accounts significantly reduced orders, although international sales partially offset the...

Mondelēz to cut 200 jobs in Ireland

Mondelēz International is restructuring its operations in Ireland and has confirmed plans to slash 200 jobs there as a result.

Coffee, pizza and noodles fuel Nestlé’s European sales

Nestlé struggled in Great Britain (GB) over the past year, although water brands were top performers and coffee, pizza and noodles boosted overall European sales, the global groceries giant claimed.

North/south divide over purchases of sweets

Londoners buy fewer sweets than consumers in the north east of England, new data from a shopping and price comparison website has claimed.

Cocoa improves cognitive health

Cocoa flavanols can play an important role in maintaining cognitive health in ageing consumers, a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has claimed.

Duc d’O owner saves 236 Ashbury Chocolates jobs

Baronie UK has saved 236 jobs at Ashbury Chocolates, the own-label and branded confectionery manufacturer based in Corby, Northamptonshire, after buying the company out of administration.

Low animal welfare firms named and shamed

Mars, Müller, Mondelēz International and 2 Sisters Food Group are four of 21 companies named and shamed as having very low or no animal welfare priorities by Compassion in World...

Nestlé invests £5.25M to create 45 jobs

Nestlé is to create 45 jobs in Halifax as it invests £5.25M off the back of winning a contract to produce Peanut Butter Cups there.