Confectionery

The ECDC will investigate any links between raw materials and the ongoing salmonella outbreak

Salmonella outbreak: potential link to raw materials

By Gwen Ridler

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is to investigate a potential link between contaminated raw material and the multi-country outbreak of salmonella connected to Ferrero’s Belgian chocolate factory.

Moo Free has installed new equipment to help produce its latest sweet treats range

Moo Free invests in new panning equipment

By Gwen Ridler

Free-from chocolate manufacturer Moo Free has invested in new machinery at its Devon factory to support the launch of three new snacking products.

Barry Callebaut claims to be the largest manufacturer of chocolate and cocoa products

Barry Callebaut factory in Moreton faces closure

By Rod Addy

Chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut has begun consulting with employees over the proposed closure of its Moreton factory in Merseyside, which employs 45 full-time staff.

Counterfeit Wonka chocolate bars have been spotted on store shelves in the UK

FSA issues fake Wonka chocolate warning

By Gwen Ridler

UK and Ireland food safety authorities have warned members of the public to be on the lookout for counterfeit Wonka chocolate bars being sold in shops and online across the country.

Dairy Milk share bars have shrunk my 10% to help combat rises input costs

Mondelez reduces the size of Dairy Milk bars

By Gwen Ridler

Mondelez has shrunk the size of its Cadbury Dairy Milk sharing bars by 10% while keeping the cost the same for consumers, blaming a spike in costs associated with the production of chocolate.

Intakes of added and free sugar should stay as low as possible, according to EFSA

Sugar intake levels in line with current recommendations

By Gwen Ridler

Intakes of added and free sugar should be as low as possible – in line with current recommendations – for a nutritionally adequate diet, according to a new report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

GMB Union members have voted in favour of strike action at the Valeo Foods plant in York

Valeo pay dispute sparks vote for strike action

By Gwen Ridler

GMB Union members at the Valeo Foods plant in York – home to confectionery brands Fox’s Glacier Mints, Mint Humbugs and Poppets – have voted in favour of strike action after a dispute over pay.

The former Philips Avent facility (pictured) will be converted into a chocolate factory

GCB cocoa to build new UK chocolate factory

By Gwen Ridler

Malaysian-owned cocoa manufacturer Guan Chong Berhad (GCB) has contracted Clegg Food Projects to convert the former Philips Avent facility in Glemsford, Suffolk into a ‘world-class’ cocoa and chocolate production factory.

Veganuary has heralded a swathe of new product launches from food and drink firms

Veganuary 2022 new product launches

By Gwen Ridler

With Veganuary now upon us, Food Manufacture takes a look at some of the latest products launched by food firms hoping to tempt consumers away from meat this January.

Moo Free has secured £900k in funding to help expand and rebrand

Moo Free secures £900k funding package

By Gwen Ridler

Devon-based plant-based chocolate manufacturer Moo Free has secured a £900,000 funding package from Santander UK, to support its expansion plans.

Meatless Farm, Nim's Fruit Crisps and Verdino Foods were just some of the recent plant-based launches

Plant-based new product development round-up

By Gwen Ridler

From meat-free chicken burgers to air-dried ingredients, ‘World first’ confectionery launches to vegan friendly brioche buns, we cover the latest in plant-based new product development from food manufacturers.

Healthy is the main driver for consumers looking for snacks, according to Glanbia

Healthy choices dominate snacking trends

By Gwen Ridler

Health and wellness were the main drivers behind snacking choices among UK consumers, according to a new report from ingredients specialist Glanbia Nutritionals.

We round-up some of the latest plant-based launches

Plant-based product round-up

By Gwen Ridler

Wheat-based mince, vegan jelly beans and the world’s ‘healthiest’ burger all feature in this round-up of plant-based new product development.

CapVest has agreed to sell Valeo Foods to Bain Capital Private Equity

Valeo Foods sale agreed by owner CapVest

By Gwen Ridler

The sale of Valeo Foods – owner of brands including Kettle and Rowse – to Bain Capital Private Equity has been agreed by current owner CapVest for an undisclosed sum.

Nestlé has acquired health and nutrition firm The Bountiful Company

Nestlé announces nutrition deal, but confirms 573 job cuts

By Gwen Ridler

Nestlé has agreed to acquire The Bountiful Company’s core health and nutrition brands in a deal worth $5.75bn (£4.09bn), while confirming hundreds of job cuts across its KitKat and Fruit Pastilles factories.

Paper and plastic both have roles to play in this packaging round-up

Latest trends in food and drink packaging

By Gwen Ridler

Packaging-free aisles in Aldi, paper packs for Smarties and cardboard beer sleeves all feature in our latest food and drink packaging round-up.

reducing plastic has been the biggest trend in food packaging this month

Food and drink packaging round-up

By Gwen Ridler

From plastic reduction in processed meat packaging, to the world’s first Aluminium Stewardship Initiative certified beverage cans, we run down some of the latest developments in food and drink packaging from around the world.

Orchard Valley Foods Group rebrands to OV

Orchard Valley Foods Group rebrands to OV

By Jerome Smail

Confection, ingredients and food decoration supplier Orchard Valley Foods Group has unveiled a new corporate identity with a rebrand to OV.

Grant: 'Looking forward to leading the UK team to write the next chapter'

Mars Wrigley UK names UK general manager

By Rod Addy

Mars Wrigley UK, which produces brands including M&M's, Milky Way and Skittles, has announced Adam Grant’s appointment as general manager (GM).

Nestlé's entire KitKat range, including KitKat V, is made from 100% sustainable cocoa

Vegan KitKat to launch in UK

By Rod Addy

Nestlé has announced the launch of KitKat V, the much-anticipated vegan version of its original KitKat chocolate wafer snack bar, later this year.

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