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.
04-Dec-2012 - Wafer biscuit and chocolate bar manufacturer OP Chocolate expects to recoup its investment in a new thermal transfer printer in just 12 months, since installing the equipment at its Merthyr Tydfil plant last summer.
04-Dec-2012 - In recent weeks, the discussions have all been about food labelling in general and traffic lights in particular. Deja vu pervades.
04-Dec-2012 - It's all about the brands for Mondelēz International, reports Gary Scattergood
21-Nov-2012 - Global food giant Nestlé is aiming to boost confectionery research and development with the inauguration of its newly extended Product Technology Centre (PTC) for confectionery in York.
19-Nov-2012 - Tangerine Confectionery has announced the closure of its factory in Poole, Dorset, with the loss of up to 75 jobs.
13-Nov-2012 - Food manufacturers across Europe have welcomed Denmark’s plans to ditch its fat tax , as exclusively revealed by FoodManufacture.co.uk in August.
31-Oct-2012 - Chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has sold its factory in Dijon, France, to new set-up Chocolaterie de Bourgogne.
31-Oct-2012 - A US-themed stand at a London Coffee Festival inspired a Welsh bakery to launch US-style chocolate cake pops for the UK's coffee shops and retail outlets.
26-Oct-2012 - Fairtrade certification for two-finger Kit Kat bars will double Nestlé UK & Ireland’s commitment to the ethical sourcing brand from January 2013.
15-Oct-2012 - Cadbury has recently been successful in extending the trademark protection for its purple colour, despite spirited resistance by Nestlé, writes Christopher Pett, consultant at Dehns Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys. But what are the implications of the decision?
02-Oct-2012 - A 9kW carbon infra-red heating system from Heraeus Noblelight is helping to ensure consistent chocolate quality while reducing production line downtime at OP Chocolate's South Wales factory.
27-Sep-2012 - Unite union members at chocolate maker Barry Callebaut’s Banbury site in Oxfordshire have cancelled plans for strikes later this week after agreeing a pay deal with the firm.
27-Sep-2012 - Nestlé UK is being threatened with legal action by the GMB union over the fate of low-paid catering workers affected by its move to new headquarters.
26-Sep-2012 - Mars Chocolate’s new £6M research and development (R&D) facility will attract “world class expertise”, says business and enterprise minister Michael Fallon.
25-Sep-2012 - Chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has rejected claims by Unite the union of making “a paltry pay offer”, after more than 100 members of the union staged two one-day strikes on September 22 and 24 at the firm’s Banbury site in Oxfordshire.
12-Sep-2012 - Sales savvy shoppers and weak footfall on the high streets contributed to a drop in sales and profits at chocolate retailer Thorntons.
10-Sep-2012 - Food and fashion firm Associated British Foods (ABF) will report adjusted operating profit for the second half of its financial year “substantially ahead of last year”, thanks to a strong performance in sugar.
05-Sep-2012 - Chocolate manufacturer Mars has disowned the iconic northern delicacy the deep-fried Mars bar.
04-Sep-2012 - Working with the Sucralliance subsidiary of confectionery group Cemoi, Ishida has devised a multihead weigher design to pack products with brittle shells at up to 50 150g packs a minute without significant collision damage.
04-Sep-2012 - A Christmas gift pack for Thorntons' premium twist wrap brand Moments will this year feature a bespoke jar and lid.
04-Sep-2012 - Chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut is working with the Rainforest Alliance to train Cameroon farmers and improve traceability of cocoa supply.
30-Aug-2012 - The Danish government has revealed plans to drop its tax on saturated fats, introduced in October 2011, and shelve plans to introduce a tax on sugar from January 2013.
31-Jul-2012 - An American confectionery firm has installed a customised Blow Thru Sieve from Russell Finex to eliminate contamination from the sugar delivered to its site.
17-Jul-2012 - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved the first health claim for cocoa flavanols, following an application from Swiss-based chocolate maker Barry Callebaut.
02-Jul-2012 - In response to the rising price and short supply of traditional protein, a Swedish firm has launched an oat-based protein product called Proatein.