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.
15-Nov-2010 - Blackburn based Stockley’s Sweets has invested £100,000 in a new production line that has boosted its capacity by 25%.
10-Nov-2010 - French supplier Roquette is hailing the potential of polyols to boost dental health, following recent article 14 positive opinions for sugar-free gum from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
27-Oct-2010 - Dr Bob Hagan – who heads the global analytical network at Kraft Foods – has been appointed as the new md of Reading Scientific Services (RSSL). He replaces Kay O'Donnell.
25-Oct-2010 - After hammering out a definition of the term ‘nanomaterial’ in a draft resolution, the European Commission is now inviting comments from interested parties over the next four weeks.
22-Oct-2010 - Mars, a private company once famed for its secrecy, is cranking up efforts to engage with external collaborators via the launch of a new open innovation website, in which it will invite potential partners to help it solve its research and development challenges.
11-Oct-2010 - Further strike action now seems unlikely at teacake and caramel wafer-maker Tunnock's after company bosses tabled an improved pay offer to staff.
06-Oct-2010 - Hotel Chocolat has vigorously denied claims by the GMB union that it has not properly canvassed staff over union recognition at its Huntingdon chocolate factory.
06-Oct-2010 - Sales of Thorntons chocolates have continued to outperform in other retailers’ stores, but the chocolatier is still struggling to make headway in its own retail estate, according to its latest set of trading figures.
06-Oct-2010 - Artisan confectionery manufacturers are being undermined by a lack of clarity regarding the use of the word ‘hand-made’ on labels, according to chocolate maker Chocolaterie Casemir.
05-Oct-2010 - Disgruntled staff at the Tunnock's factory in Uddingston have announced a fresh wave of strikes later this month, but agreed to talk to company bosses in the meantime via arbitration service ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service).
04-Oct-2010 - New product development is being disrupted by HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC’s) increased efforts to claw back value added tax (VAT) on food as the government tackles UK debt, according to lawyers and manufacturers.
29-Sep-2010 - Wigan-based handmade sweet producer Uncle Joe’s is keen to double its turnover "as quickly as possible" as it approaches full capacity at its current site.
28-Sep-2010 - A serious fire at a factory supplying packaging materials to United Biscuits’ McVitie's factory in Carlisle has not significantly disrupted production, the biscuit and snacks firm insists.
28-Sep-2010 - In a move that has caught market analysts by surprise, UK based snack and biscuit maker, United Biscuits, is reportedly close to a deal with leading Chinese food group Bright Food in terms of a buy out.
24-Sep-2010 - More than 360 staff out of 500 employed at the Tunnock's caramel wafer and teacake factory in Uddingston, Glasgow, downed tools yesterday and will strike again next Tuesday.
24-Sep-2010 - Nestlé UK will meet representatives from the Unite, GMB and USDAW (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) trade unions at its Croydon HQ today in a bid to resolve an ongoing pay dispute, FoodManufacture.co.uk understands.
22-Sep-2010 - Production of more than a million teacakes could be in jeopardy if a strike at leading Scottish biscuit and confectionery maker, Tunnock’s, goes ahead.
10-Sep-2010 - Higher commercial sales coupled with new product development could help Thorntons offset its high street sales slump, according to Investec analyst David Jeary.
01-Sep-2010 - Beet sugar giant British Sugar could produce another 120,000t of sugar a year from refineries in Wissington, Newark and Bury St Edmunds by introducing raw cane sugar inputs to its refining process, the firm has revealed.
31-Aug-2010 - UK imports of Californian raisins increased by 26% during the 2009/10 season, according to the trade organisation representing the largest Californian growers.
26-Aug-2010 - New reformulated Mars chocolate bars are going on sale in Europe with 15 to 20 per cent less saturated fat than their predecessors.
30-Jul-2010 - The final UK-made Crunchie bars will roll off production lines at Cadbury’s Somerdale site this autumn as part of the factory’s wholesale shutdown.
29-Jul-2010 - Sales at Hayden’s Bakeries were up 20% in the six months to June 30.
28-Jul-2010 - Ben & Jerry, Green & Black, and, er, Mike & Dan? If Peppersmith gum co-founders Mike Stevens and Dan Shrimpton are not quite household names just yet, give it a few years and they might just turn out to be one of grocery’s more interesting double acts, predicts Elaine Watson.
21-Jul-2010 - Nestlé UK remains hopeful that it can prevent a long-running pay dispute with UK staff from spilling over into widespread industrial action by continuing to negotiate on a site-by-site basis.