Confectionery

Step inside the Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2023

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Food and drink trends at the Speciality & Fine Food Fair

By Gwen Ridler

From alcoholic tea to mango chutney spiced cheese, join us on our tour around this year’s Speciality & Fine Food Fair as we discover some of the up-and-coming food and drink trends on display.

Food Manufacture hears from popcorn brand Joe & Seph's MD. Credit: Getty/mediamasmedia

Me & My Team

From home kitchen hobbyist to thriving SME

By Adam Sopher

Adam Sopher, co-founder and CEO of gourmet popcorn brand, Joe & Seph’s, tells his family’s story of success, fun flavours and non-soggy popcorn.

What's the secret to HARIBO's success? Credit: Getty/deepblue4you

Short read

Standing the test of time

By Bethan Grylls

Food Manufacture interviews Phil Murphy, HARBIO’s UK head of marketing, to find out how the sweets brand has maintained relevance since it rolled out UK production more than 50 years ago.

Nom Bites has been acquired by The Serious Sweets Company

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The Serious Sweets Company acquires Nom Bites

By Gwen Ridler

The Serious Sweets Company (SSC) has acquired the share capital and branded interests of gluten-free sweet treats maker Nom Bites and the marshmallow brand Lexi’s for an undisclosed sum.

Tracey Hughes is no stranger to challenging times, taking on the role as MD of Henley Bridge shortly before the Covid pandemic hit

Me & My Team

Surviving hard times in business

By Tracey Hughes

Tracey Hughes, managing director of the sweet treat sourcing and suppling specialist, Henley Bridge, discusses how she has been leading a team through these tough times we’ve all felt.

Funds raised by Fudge Kitchen have helped to donate 3,000 meals to FareShare

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Fudge Kitchen raises funds to donate 3,000 meals

By Gwen Ridler

Sales of Fudge Kitchen’s limited-edition Birthday Cake fudge and drinking fudge have helped raise funds to donate more than 3,000 meals to food redistribution charity FareShare.

Tony's Chocolonely's additional €20m of funding will support its work to end slavery in the cocoa supply chain

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Tony’s Chocolonely secures €20m funding from shareholders

By Gwen Ridler

Confectionery brand Tony’s Chocolonely has secured an additional €20m (£17.1m) of funding from its existing shareholders to accelerate its growth in multiple markets and expand the reach of its ethical bean sourcing company.

Searches for vegan chocolate dropped in the past year, according to Ashbury

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Demand for vegan chocolate drops this easter

By Gwen Ridler

The demand for vegan chocolate has dropped by almost a quarter (23%) year-on-year this Easter, according to research by food label consultant Ashbury.

UK food and drink exports hit record highs in 2021

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UK food exports reach record highs in 2022

By Gwen Ridler

UK food and drink exports reached record highs in 2022, with most categories exceeding pre-pandemic levels, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Oterra red striped gelatin desserts

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Food and beverage colour trends for 2023

By Bethan Grylls

From TikTok to wheat prices, Bethan Grylls explores the influences for this year’s colour trends, the most sought-after tones, and the events which are triggering changes in food and drink.

Ronald Kers appointed Valeo CEO as Aryzta appoints a new head of NPD

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Senior appointments at Valeo Foods and Aryzta

By Gwen Ridler

Valeo Foods and Aryzta have announced senior appointments this week, featured here in this round-up of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

What lessons can be learned from two seperate outbreaks of salmonella in two chocolate factories in 2022?

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Salmonella spp. in chocolate: Lessons 2022 taught us

By Bethan Grylls

The usual foe of Salmonella spp. in chocolate reared its head again in 2022, causing two notable outbreaks. So what lessons can we take from this to ensure safer food in the future?

Pictured: Love Cocoa & HiP Founder James Cadbury

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Love Cocoa secures £4.25m investment

By Gwen Ridler

London-based chocolate firm Love Cocoa has secured a £4.25m investment to support the continued growth of the business.

A taskforce met to plan for the future of Nestle Fadon, set to close next year

Taskforce to discuss future of Nestlé Fawdon

By Gwen Ridler

Newcastle City Council and Nestlé have formed a taskforce to plan the future of the manufacturer’s Fawdon confectionery factory, set to close at the end of 2023.

The latest food and drink product launches

Latest product launches in food and drink

By Gwen Ridler

From HFSS-compliant marshmallows to gastropub dining at home, Food Manufacture looks at some of the latest food and drink product launches.

The push of non-HFSS foods has changed the course of flavour innovation

Flavours feature

Saving the flavour: Achieving great taste in the wake of non-HFSS push

By Michelle Perrett

As the Government push for non-HFSS products and the consumer demand for healthier lifestyles in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic brings new challenges for food manufacturers, how can they meet these demands while offering products that still have a...

We cover some of the latest plant-based product launches from food and drink firms

Plant-based product launches: Round-up

By Gwen Ridler

From vegan cheese dips to seaweed crisps, we cover some of the latest plant-based food and drink launches from manufacturers in this round-up.

What are the latest NPD launches?

The latest food and drink product launches

By Michelle Perrett

Welsh cheese crisps, dairy-free yogurt for kids, functional tea, and a range of ice creams all feature in this recent round-up of product launches.

People on the move in the food and drink industry

People on the move in food and drink

By Gwen Ridler

Barry Callebaut’s head of innovation has stepped down from the role, as Cardiff Metropolitan University announces a new appointment at its ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre.

Automated future for Nestlé’s supply chain

Automated future for Nestlé’s supply chain

By Gwen Ridler

In this exclusive video interview, GXO digital model realisation & continuous improvement leader Alex Stinton talks about the role his company’s East Midlands site plays in Nestlé’s supply chain and how it has been designed from the ground up to incorporate...

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