Confectionery

Fulfil’s high protein, low sugar impulse snack-bar range comes in 11 varieties

Snack brand Fulfil targets UK after Hershey investment

By Noli Dinkovski

Irish protein snack bar company Fulfil Nutrition plans to ramp up its “aggressive” expansion in the UK and Europe after securing minority investment from US confectionery giant The Hershey Co.

Nourishe3d founder Melissa Snover shares her dream for personalised nutrition using 3D printing

Development hub

A glimpse into life in 3D

By Ellie Woollven

3D printing of food is turning from pipe dream into commercial reality, as nutrition supplements firm Nourish3d is about to prove.

Hughes: 'Great news for our team, for our region and for UK manufacturing'

Export success prompts Haribo to create 50 jobs

By Rod Addy

Haribo UK is creating 50 jobs at its Castleford facility in West Yorkshire as it grows production after securing a lucrative contract to export confectionery to the US.

Food and drink product launches

Diverse snacks launched in latest NPD round

By Gwen Ridler

Fruit crisps, chocolate-covered pretzels and healthy snack launches all feature in this month’s photo gallery of new product developments by food and drink manufacturers.

The centre helped develop the Cadbury Dairy Milk 30% Less Sugar chocolate bar, which Mondelēz launched earlier this month

Mondelēz invests £4.7m in R&D, creating 50 roles

By David Challis

Mondelēz, the owner of UK brands Cadbury Dairy Milk, Green & Black’s and Oreo, has invested a further £4.7m in its Reading Science Centre, aiming to create 50 jobs there over five years.

Montezuma’s has made a number of senior appointments this month

Montezuma’s appoints senior exec team

By David Challis

Montezuma’s has appointed a senior executive leadership team after its takeover by Edinburgh-based private equity firm Inverleith in November 2018.

Lucy Wager's Pudology is one of the brands taking advantage of the free-from desserts sector

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The pull of free-from puddings

By Ellie Woollven

As vegan, vegetarian, and flexitarian trends take hold, start-up firms are capitalising on the free-from puddings sector.

Food and drink innovation at Food Tech Week

Innovation at London Food Tech Week

By Gwen Ridler

From new uses of hemp and cannabidiol in food and drink to the growing trend of fermented beverages, YFoods’ London Food Tech Week showcased some of the latest innovations from across the industry, featured in this photo gallery.

Unite has secured a three year pay deal for 1,000 Cadbury workers

Cadbury pay deal ‘quickest on record’: Unite

By Gwen Ridler

Staff across Mondelēz’s UK Cadbury sites have secured a three-year pay deal in what has been described as the “quickest round of negotiations on record” by workers’ union Unite.

Pecan Deluxe Candy has invested £3m in new facilities

Pecan Deluxe Candy invests £3m to bring production in-house

By Gwen Ridler

Toppings and inclusions supplier Pecan Deluxe Candy, winner of the award for exports at last year’s Food Manufacture Excellence Awards, has completed a £3m investment in custom-built production facilities, following a seven-year project to bring all production...

Despite seeing a sales drop of 1.2%, Sainsbury’s reclaimed second place from former merger partner Asda

Grocery market grows at rapid pace

By Helen Gilbert

Unseasonably warm weather, Mother’s Day and a late Easter helped bolster holiday spend to a record £2.5bn – the fastest rate of growth the sector has displayed this year, new data has suggested.

New product launches by Coca-Cola and Unilever feature in this month's gallery

New product launches in food and drink

By Gwen Ridler

From Coca-Cola energy drinks to Marmite peanut butter, we take a look at some of the latest developments and trends in the food and drink industry in this gallery of new product developments.

Bristows of Devon and Crawford & Tilley will be brought together as one entity

Bristows and Crawford & Tilley brought under one roof

By Gwen Ridler

Bristows of Devon and Crawford & Tilley owner the Paramount Retail Group is to bring the two companies together under one entity, the Great British Confectionery Group, for trading purposes.

The Government has outlined the tariffs that will be applied should there be a no-deal Brexit situation

Tariff timeline slammed by food industry

By Aidan Fortune

Details of the tariffs that are to be applied to food and drink products in the event of a no-deal Brexit situation have been criticised by the industry.

Perversi shared the ethos of the company and plans for the future

Reinvention and innovation at Barry Callebaut

By Gwen Ridler

Reinventing and leading in trends, driven by the launch of ruby chocolate, are the driving force of chocolate maker Barry Callebaut, according to its head of innovation.

The end user's needs are as important as the customer's, according to Barry Callebaut

Building consumer trust key for Barry Callebaut

By Gwen Ridler

A business-to-business (B2B) producer should work to understand the consumer’s needs as much as the customer’s, Belgian chocolatier Barry Callebaut has claimed.

Mondelēz is renting trucks and warehouse space to facilitate stockpiling

Mondelēz confirms stockpiling in UK

By Gwen Ridler

Confectionery and snacks giant Mondelēz has joined the number of food and drink manufacturers stockpiling goods and raw materials to buffer itself from a worst-case scenario of a no-deal Brexit.

GEA showcased new packaging technology at this year's ProSweets in Cologne

It’s a wrap for GEA on bagging

By Paul Gander

New machinery options for both confectionery wrapping and bagging were unveiled by GEA at ProSweets Cologne in January, emphasising a move in the sector towards sourcing line equipment from a single supplier.

Barry Callebaut has reported sales growth at the start of the year

Sales growth for chocolate-maker

By Gwen Ridler

Chocolate-maker Barry Callebaut has reported a steady start to the fiscal year, with sales rising in the three months to 30 November 2018.

The Office for National Statistics studied 17,000 products between September 2015 and June 2017 to determine the rate of shrinkflation

Shrinkflation hits food industry

By Aidan Fortune

The bread and cereals category has been most affected by shrinkflation since 2015, new pricing research has found.

Chocolate brand Gnaw has gained new listings in French retailers

Gnaw gains French retail listings

By Aidan Fortune

British chocolate brand Gnaw has secured a major new account worth over €5m (£4.4m) with French retailers Carrefour and FranPrix, as well as local distributors.

The continuing Brexit debacle has led to representatives from the food industry to call for more time to agree a deal

Food industry demands more time for Brexit deal

By Aidan Fortune

The food industry has called for an extension to Britain’s impending exit from the EU following Parliament’s rejection of the Government’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

Detection and inspection equipment is evolving to help with traceability as well as tracing contaminants

Equipment in-depth

Detection and inspection: a vision of the future

By Alyson Magee

The latest detection and inspection equipment can help manufacturers improve quality and traceability as well as reduce contamination and food waste, bringing cost savings too.

Shore Capital's Clive Black has criticised politicians for Brexit uncertainty

UK an ‘embarrassment’ for lack of Brexit agreement

By Gwen Ridler

The Government’s inability to reassure UK food producers on the future of the industry post-Brexit has made the country an international embarrassment, Shore Capital head of research Clive Black has claimed.

The Government has appointed Ben Elliot to the position of Food Surplus and Waste Champion.

Food Waste Champion appointed

By Aidan Fortune

Environment secretary Michael Gove has appointed Ben Elliot to the newly-created role of Food Surplus and Waste Champion.

UK food and drink exports have risen over the past year

Whisky remains top UK export

By Aidan Fortune

Whisky and chocolate continue to top the UK’s food and drink export lists, new research has found.