Confectionery

Choking hazards and undeclared allergens sparked recalls this week

Choking hazard fears triggers food recall

By Gwen Ridler

AKM Foods has recalled some Zaiqa International Mini Fruit Jelly products, after certain batches of the confectionery proved to be a choking hazard.

Waste reduction in focus at trade show

Anuga FoodTec preview

Waste reduction focus at Anuga

By Rick Pendrous

Waste reduction within the food and drink sector, through ‘upcycling’ strategies and innovative methods for the recovery of materials from by-products, will be the main focus of the Anuga FoodTec show, which takes place this week (20–23 March) in Cologne,...

Packs of orange Smarties are to hit store shelves this Easter

Nestlé launches tubes of orange Smarties

By Gwen Ridler

Orange Smarties are set to reappear in packs filled with the sweets this spring, following the success of Giant Tubes of the confection last autumn.

Nestlé claimed to cut 6.2bn teasponns of sugar from its products

Nestlé cuts 2.6bn teaspoons of sugar from products

By Gwen Ridler

Nestlé claimed it has cut 2.6 billion (bn) teaspoons of sugar and more than 60bn calories from its products since 2015, as it takes steps to meet its pledge to cut sugar across its confectionery portfolio by 10%.

Nestlé said its sales growth was below its expectations

Nestlé reveals sales growth below expectations

By Gwen Ridler

Nestlé’s weak sales at the end of the year meant growth was below expectations for the company in its full-year results for 2017, according to ceo Mark Schneider.

Unilever will pull advertising from Facebook and Google is they don't work to remove toxic online content

Unilever to drop advertising on toxic online platforms

By Gwen Ridler

Marmite owner Unilever has threatened to pull advertising from online platforms such as Facebook and Google if they fail to protect children or create division in society and promote anger or hate.

The surplus food distribution initiative has been tested at Nestlé’s factories

Nestlé links up with Company Shop to cut food waste

By Rick Pendrous

An innovative approach to minimising food waste has been developed by Nestlé UK and Ireland in partnership with Company Shop – the UK’s largest redistributor of surplus food – and supported by the Waste & Resources Action Programme.

There has been a ‘redefinition’ of portion sizes, says Mars director Rob Verhagen

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Halt portion-size ‘super-inflation’ to curb obesity

By Noli Dinkovski

Food and drink manufacturers need to halt the “super-inflation” of portion sizes if the global obesity epidemic is to be addressed, a senior innovation director at confectionery giant Mars has claimed.

Raisio has sold its confectionery business to Valeo Foods

Poppets owner to sell off confectionery business

By Gwen Ridler

Finnish food group Raisio, owner of the Poppets and Fox’s Glacier Mints brands, has sold its confectionery business to Ireland-based Valeo Foods in a deal worth €100M (£88.6M).

Food Manufacture’s most read stories of 2017

Food Manufacture’s most read stories of 2017

By Gwen Ridler

2 Sisters boss Ranjit Boparan’s call to give evidence before a parliamentary committee and Nestlé’s relocation of some of its manufacturing operations to Poland feature in this photogallery of the most read stories on our website this year.

Cargill has opened a solar energy plant at its Ghana coca and chocolate factory

Cargill opens renewable energy plant

By Gwen Ridler

Cargill has opened a new solar power facility at its cocoa and chocolate site in Tema, Ghana, part of its global strategy of investing in environmentally friendly, renewable ways of generating power for industrial production.

The Grown Up Chocolate Company has secured a £675k investment

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Chocolate company secures £675k investment

By Gwen Ridler

Confectionery manufacturer The Grown Up Chocolate Company has secured a £675,000 investment from specialist bank Aldermore to support business growth.

Ingredients for healthy snacks are a focus at Food Ingredients Europe

FiE 2017

Ingredients for healthy snacks under the spotlight

By Noli Dinkovski

Ingredients for healthy snacks will feature heavily at the forthcoming Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) and Natural Ingredients show, which takes place at Messe Frankfurt (November 28–30).

Mondelēz International has bounced back after a cyber-attack in June

Mondelēz grows sales despite cyber-attack

By Gwen Ridler

Global food giant Mondelēz International has posted growth in sales and income in its third-quarter results, after it bounced back from a cyber-attack in June.

Nimbus makes decorations and inclusions for the bakery, confectionery, ice-cream, dessert, cereal and snacking markets

Cake decorations firm in £1M capacity boost

By Noli Dinkovski

A north Wales manufacturer of cake and confectionery decorations and inclusions is to increase its capacity by 40% as part of a £1M investment over the next 12 months.

Catherine Young’s space-themed entry, named ‘Rocket Fuel’

Teenager engineers prize with Cadbury chocolate

By Michelle Perrett

A British teenager has won the right to see her chocolate bar invention being brought to life in Bournville, the home of Cadbury at the Mondelēz International Global Chocolate Centre of Excellence.

Sweet manufacturer sees profits drop as sugar debate continues

Tangerine’s profits dip after UK sugar row

By Gwen Ridler

Sweet maker Tangerine Confectionery suffered a 65% fall in profit last year, as the company faced increased competition from European brands and uncertainties caused by the sugar debate.

Waitrose has recalled four chocolate products, after a manufacturing error contaminated some of the bars with small pieces of plastic

Plastic contamination forces Waitrose recall

By Gwen Ridler

A manufacturing error has forced the recall of four of Waitrose’s own-label chocolate bars, after a small number were contaminated with pieces of plastic.

Unite has welcomed a new pay deal from Cadbury UK

Cadbury pay deal welcomed by Unite

By Gwen Ridler

Cadbury UK’s new pay deal, designed to counter the rising cost of inflation, has been welcomed by Unite, the union. 

Mondelēz boss Glenn Caton urged to food and drink manufacturers to step up investment

Mondelēz boss urges food industry investment

By Noli Dinkovski

Food and drink manufacturers need to invest if they want to avoid “long-term productivity issues” faced by the UK economy in the run-up to Brexit, a boss at one of the world’s biggest confectionery companies has claimed.

Macb has recalled all flavours of its bottled water, after they were found to be spoiled by mould

Drinks firm Macb recalls mouldy water

By Gwen Ridler

Beverage manufacturer Macb has recalled batches of its flavoured still spring water, after mould was found inside the bottles.

Froneri UK NPD brand technologist Catherine Ford (left) and Froneri UK head of marketing Charlotte Hambling (right)

Froneri ice cream sales rise after warm start to 2017

By Matt Atherton

Ice cream firm Froneri UK has reported a 16.3% rise in sales so far this year, benefiting from the warm start to 2017, and boosted by its Kelly’s of Cornwall brand and franchised Nestlé and Cadbury products.

UK grocery price rise and shoppers buy less, according to a new Nielsen report

UK grocery market sees 2.9% growth year-on-year

By Gwen Ridler

UK grocery sales have grown 2.9% year-on-year, according to a new report from information specialist Nielsen, as the European grocery market grew at the fastest rate in three years. 

Mondelēz and 2 Sisters lead our latest people on the move photogallery

People on the move in food and drink

By Gwen Ridler

Mondelēz International’s new ceo and the resignation of 2 Sisters’ meat boss lead our latest gallery of people moving to new food and drink jobs.

Hotel Chocolat solves shear issue

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Hotel Chocolat solves shear issue

By Rick Pendrous

Hotel Chocolat has resolved an issue concerning the handling of warm liquid chocolate containing inclusions, such as nuts and raisins, after working with Essex-based pump supplier Triark Pumps.