Confectionery

The European Commission found that the actions of Mondelēz represented a breach of competition rules. Credit: Getty / Marilyn Nieves

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Mondelēz fined €337.5m for hindering EU trade

By William Dodds

The European Commission has fined Mondelēz International €337.5m for hindering the cross-border trade of chocolate, biscuits and coffee products between EU member states.

One in six UK consumers admit to being addicted to ultra-processed foods, according to Lifesum. Image: Getty, Petrochenko

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Brits admit to ultra-processed food addiction

By Gwen Ridler

UK consumers admit to being addicted to ultra-processed foods (UPFs), with a vast majority consuming them at least once a week, according to new research by healthy eating platform Lifesum.

UK-made seaside treat on rocky ground from 'cheap' imports posing as locally produced goods. Credit: Stanton & Novelty

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British rock candy faces extinction

By Bethan Grylls

Ten Blackpool-based confectionery manufacturers have come together to urge UK Government to grant rock origin protection status after ‘cheap, imitation imports’ place their businesses at risk.

I.T.S celebrates its expansion after acquiring its second site

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Newbury flavour house secures second site

By Bethan Grylls

Following rapid year-on-year growth, flavour expert I.T.S is set to expand its capabilities as it invests into a new site close to its existing premises in Berkshire.

The Hub allows Moo Free to trace every part of its supply chain

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Moo Free unveils new traceability tool, The Hub

By Gwen Ridler

Dairy-free chocolate maker Moo Free is strengthening its sustainability credentials with the launch of The Hub, a business tool offering the manufacturer complete traceability across its supply chain.

DuelFuel's founder warns functional food innovators of alleged inconsistences in VAT rules, which has 'crippled' his business

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What makes a cake a cake?

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture speaks with DuelFuel's founder Tim Davies after his business has been forced to shut up shop, following what he calls 'an incorrect' decision and a potentially 'dangerous precedent' from HMRC around his product's...

The panel at Small Beer's recent event, featuring (third from left and moving right) Emma Loisel, Felix James and James Cadbury

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Can one business make a difference?

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture looks at whether start-ups with strong ethical and sustainable foundations can make meaningful and positive change in the way things are done.

Two thirds of Brits believe Easter eggs contain too much packaging. Credit: Getty/Pollyana Ventura

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69% of Brits say Easter egg packaging is excessive

By Bethan Grylls

While Britain is a nation of chocolate lovers, two thirds of consumers believe chocolate eggs comprise too much packaging – yet despite concerns over sustainability and inflation, we’ll still be dipping into our pockets for the sweet stuff.

Since 2012, Mondelēz has invested more than £200m into the home of Cadbury - Bournville

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Millennials driving ‘chocstagia’ trend

By Bethan Grylls

Mondelēz International reveals the UK’s love for nostalgic chocolate treats with Cadbury trends report, as the purple wrapped brand turns 200.

Experts called for tougher regulations on HFSS marketing and advertising. Image: Getty, Shutthiphong Chandaeng

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Heavy regulation needed on HFSS marketing and advertising

By Gwen Ridler

Marketing of food and drink high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) needs to be strictly regulated by the government to prevent businesses from exploiting the system to advertise unhealthy foods, claimed a panel of health and nutrition experts.

Consumers demand for healthy snacks has increased over the past year. Image: Getty, Lucentius

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Consumer demand for healthy snacks on the rise

By Gwen Ridler

Consumers are ditching the chocolate bars and reaching for healthy snacks in their pursuit of foods that have a significant impact on wellness and health, according to UK wholesaler Epicurium.

Manufacturers have hit back at a report highlighting businesses that make most of their money from the sales of HFSS foods. Image: Getty, Chris Ryan

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Manufacturers hit back at 'unhealthy' food sales report

By Gwen Ridler

A recent report pointing a finger at food and drink firms that make most of their money from the sales of ‘unhealthy’ foods has been criticised for its lack of scope and failing to acknowledge manufacturers’ effort to control portion sizes.

Food manufacturers are providing special treats this Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day new food product launches

By Gwen Ridler

From Wagyu sharing steaks to personalised iced Bakewell tarts, we round-up some of the latest Valentine’s Day product launches from food and drink manufacturers.

Cocoa and Sugar prices were up this year, while wheat and almonds saw a derease. Image: Getty, Galeanu Mihai

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Bakery and confectionery raw material prices report

By Gwen Ridler

The prices of raw bakery and confectionery ingredients continued to fluctuate throughout the past year, with sugar and cocoa hitting yearly highs as wheat and almonds decreased year-on-year.

The big Food Manufacture trends report 2024

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The biggest food and drink trends of 2024

By Bethan Grylls

From flavours of the moment, to the importance of health and functionality, to the impact of an unstable world – Food Manufacture unpicks the major trends and drivers for food and beverage producers in 2024.

Caramel was one of the top trends identified for 2024. Credit: Getty / Danielle Wood

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Top flavour trends for 2024

By William Dodds

Specialist flavour house I.T.S has launched a new report analysing the top trends that are set to drive the food and drink industry in 2024.

A Ferrero-related comapny is in talks to acquire French cookie brand Michel et Augustin from Danone

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Danone eyes sale of cookie business

By Gwen Ridler

Dairy nutrition firm Danone is in talks with a Ferrero-related company regarding the potential sale of baked snacks brand Michel et Augustin.

Danone, Synergy Flavors and LoSalt speak to Food Manufacture about reformulation. Credit: Top - Danone/Bottom - Synergy Flavors

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Food and drink reformulation: the story so far

By Bethan Grylls

Accelerated by the health-conscious consumer and new UK rules, food and drink producers have been working hard to reformulate their recipes. But what have been the obstacles in their way, is there any benefit to these tweaks, and will it help curb obesity?

Nestlé has invested in a new recycling plant that will be able to handle hard-to-recycle flexible plastic. Image: Nestlé

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Nestlé invests £7m into hard to recycle plastics project

By Gwen Ridler

Nestlé has invested £7m in a new recycling plant set to process hard-to-recycle flexible plastics, with the potential to recycle more plastic than the manufacturer places on the UK and Ireland market.

The UK had a strong raft of products on show at this year's Anuga. Photo credit: Koelnmesse / Anuga / Eingang Süd

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How are UK food and drink producers achieving sustainable growth?

By Sandra Sullivan

More than 7,800 exhibitors set up shop at Anuga earlier this month, with sustainable growth a key theme. FDEA’s Sandra Sullivan interviewed several UK producers to understand how they are balancing sustainability with profit.

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