Confectionery

Nestlé has begun stockpiling in Europe and the UK

Nestlé reveals stockpiling plans

By Gwen Ridler

Nestlé has joined the growing number of food and drink manufacturers stockpiling products ahead of Brexit, as it warns of the “severe consequences” of a no-deal Brexit.

HiE & Fi runs from 27–29 November at Messe Frankfurt

HiE & Ni preview

Consumer trust the focus at healthy ingredients show

By Noli Dinkovski

Growing consumer demand for trust and transparency in food is set to be the leading theme at next week’s Health Ingredients Europe (HiE) and Natural Ingredients (Ni) shows in Frankfurt.

Workers arriving at Mondelēz’s Uxbridge headquarters were met by a life-size orangutan © Chris J Ratcliffe / Greenpeace

Mondelēz HQ hit by Greenpeace palm oil protest

By Noli Dinkovski

Confectionery giant Mondelēz International has been urged to sever its links with the “biggest and dirtiest palm oil trader in the world” in a protest staged outside its UK headquarters on Monday (19 November).

Ian Noble took the award for Business Leader at this year's FMEAs

FMEAs 2018

Business Leader winner Ian Noble: video interview

By Gwen Ridler

Mondelēz International’s Ian Noble, winner of the Business Leader 2018 award at this year’s Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs), shares his surprise at winning the prize.

The Competitions and Markets Authority has approved Barry Callebaut's acquisition of Burton's Moreton site

Barry Callebaut/Burton’s deal cleared by CMA

By Gwen Ridler

Barry Callebaut’s acquisition of Burton’s Biscuit Company’s north-west chocolate factory, as part of a long-term supply deal with the manufacturer, has been approved by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Liquorice Flyers are liquorice sticks hand-filled with crystallised sugar centres

Jobs saved after liquorice-maker acquisition

By Noli Dinkovski

More than 50 jobs have been saved at a Lancashire liquorice-maker after it was bought out of administration by a team of experienced confectionery sector executives.

Food businesses are expecting to be hit with increased costs due to stockpiling ahead of Brexit

Stockpiling costs mounting ahead of Brexit

By Aidan Fortune

British food and drink manufacturers considering stockpiling ahead of Brexit are being faced with increased costs while business confidence dips further.

A Mondelēz UK spokesman said it was a significant contributor to the UK economy

Mondelēz UK counters tax avoidance claims

By Michelle Perrett

Cadbury owner Mondelēz has countered tax avoidance accusations, insisting it has complied with all UK tax legislation and stressing it has invested more than £200m in UK manufacturing and research and development (R&D).

New statistic indicated the export potential for the Chinese, US and Hong Kong markets

UK export potential highlighted

By Rod Addy

The markets offering the most potential for food and drink exporters are China, the US and Hong Kong, and manufacturers are already enjoying significant benefits, statistics released in August indicate.

Nestlé demonstrated the advances in digital print with its Kit Kat Senses box

News in brief

Speedy move for complex Nestlé carton

By Paul Gander

A complex 3D pack design for Nestlé, which took roughly a third of the time typically taken from concept to consumer, has underlined digital print’s ability to deliver speedy solutions and streamline customers’ decision-making.

Tangerine is to launch two new Halloween-themed products

Tangerine’s new product launches for Halloween

By Gwen Ridler

Sweet treats manufacturer Tangerine Confectionery is set to launch two new products for Halloween under its Barratt brand, as it aims to capitalise on a growing trend of adults buying retro sweets to recapture their childhoods.

Sales and profits took a hit in Thorntons' 2017 results

Thorntons’ consolidation with owner impacts sales

By Gwen Ridler

The consolidation of chocolate manufacturer Thorntons’ relationships with its retail customers and owner Ferrero’s UK business has impacted the producer’s sales and profits, in its second full-year results since the Italian firm bought the company.

Left to right, York Cocoa House managing director Sophie Jewett and Academy Leasing's Angela Werner

Chocolatier opens factory in York city centre

By Gwen Ridler

Artisan chocolatier York Cocoa House has opened the doors to its new manufacturing facility in York city centre, as it plans to expand its capacity for chocolate production.

Nestlé has vowed to continue its fight to trademark the shape of Kit Kats

Nestlé continues fight for Kit Kat shape trademark

By Gwen Ridler

Nestlé will keep fighting to secure an EU-wide trademark for the shape of its four-finger Kit Kat chocolate bar, after the European Court of Justice dismissed its appeal against a prior ruling preventing this.

Child obesity levels have hit a record high, according to a Public Health England report

Child obesity trends hit record high

By Aidan Fortune

Public Health England (PHE) is continuing to focus on calorie and sugar reduction as levels of severe obesity in children aged 10–11 have reached the highest point since records began.

Manufacturers must now pay at least 18p extra per unit for soft drinks containing 5g or more of added sugar

MPs back sugar tax hike as obesity plan unfolds

By Rod Addy

Political appetite to increase ‘sugar tax’ on soft drinks and extend the levy to other products is growing, a Populus survey seen exclusively by Food Manufacture has revealed.

Nestlé is shifting production of Blue Riband to Poland

Nestlé confirms 73 job losses at Fawdon factory

By Michelle Perrett

Nestlé UK is shedding 73 jobs at its Fawdon chocolate factory as it aims to shift production of its Blue Riband chocolate bar to its factory in Kargowa, Poland, before 2019.

Divecha: ‘We will look to keep developing our product’

Supreme Sweets secures silver at Ecotrophelia

By Gwen Ridler

A team from London Metropolitan University secured the silver prize at this year’s UK finals of food innovation competition Ecotrophelia, run by Campden BRI and the Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Pom Puffs won the UK leg of Ecotrophelia

Pom Puffs takes gold at Ecotrophelia

By Gwen Ridler

RICH Pickings and their innovative BBQ snack product Pom Puffs took home the gold prize in this year’s UK leg of Ecotrophelia.

Students from the University of Nottingham took the gold prize at this year's Ecotrophelia UK

Spicy BBQ snack wins student innovation prize

By Gwen Ridler

A student team from the University of Nottingham has won the UK leg of this year’s Ecotrophelia student food innovation competition, revealed at Campden BRI’s annual open day (June 6).

Action on Sugar called for a tax on sweet and chocolate confectionery

Action on Sugar calls for confectionery tax

By Gwen Ridler

Pressure groups Action on Sugar (AOS) and Action on Salt have called on the Prime Minister to introduce an energy density levy on confectionery, as part of its seven-part plan to help prevent obesity and related diseases.

Moo Free has moved into a new factory opposite their existing site in Devon

Moo Free opens new factory

By Gwen Ridler

Dairy-free chocolate manufacturer Moo Free has opened a second, larger factory opposite its current site in Holsworthy, Devon.