Confectionery

Peter Thornton with copies of his book 'Thorntons - My Life in the Family Business'

Thorntons: far from chocolate heaven in 2011?

By Ben Bouckley

Former Thorntons chairman Peter Thornton says the firm's current woes are due to an unduly large shop chain, poorer product quality and "extremely bad" retail marketing.

Artist's impression of the new Ruskin Square development

Nestlé UK may be tempted to stay in Croydon

By Graham Holter

Nestlé UK may keep its headquarters in Croydon, despite reissuing a warning that it is "reviewing other options" outside the London borough in a bid to escape its dilapidated site by 2014.

Sizzling weather spoils Thorntons Easter

Sizzling weather spoils Thorntons Easter

Unseasonably hot Easter weather dented Thorntons sales for the crucial third quarter sales period up to April 30 2011, while the firm has predicted a drop in full-year profits.

Sweet revolution

Sweet revolution

By Rod Addy

Sugar reduction is just the start. Confectionery can now claim to deliver benefits ranging from gut health to a good night’s sleep.

Browne's the Chocolatiere hopes to score new supply deals with the likes of Harrods and Waitrose

Browne's Chocolates saved from liquidation

By Anne Bruce and Ben Bouckley

Former Harrods supplier Browne’s Chocolates has been bought out of liquidation by entrepreneurs who previously transformed a Cornish brewer, FoodManufacture.co.uk can reveal.

Haribo plans to open Leeds factory in 2013

Haribo plans to open Leeds factory in 2013

By Anne Bruce

Sweet manufacturer Haribo has revealed to FoodManufacture.co.uk that it will open a new 500,000 sq ft factory and distribution facility in Normanton near Leeds in 2013.

Storck confirms Bendicks Winchester closure

Storck confirms Bendicks Winchester closure

By Ben Bouckley

Storck announced today that it will close its Bendicks manufacturing site in Winchester and consolidate production in Germany with the loss of 84 jobs.

The Tate developer

The Tate developer

By Rod Addy

Paul Cornillon seems amazingly laid back for a man responsible for coordinating Tate & Lyle’s global development plans, or as he phrases it, “putting the 'D' in R&D”.


Faith in Christian Easter egg pays off

Faith in Christian Easter egg pays off

By Anne Bruce

The manufacturer of a 'faith based' ethical Easter egg say the product has been an overwhelming success with supermarkets and mail order clients.

Such a sight is less common on the UK high street, with sluggish gum sales throughout 2010.

Sticky times for gum in confectionery, says Keynote

By Ben Bouckley

The UK market for chewing- and bubble gum has hit a sticky patch, says research firm Key Note, with a focus from major brands such as Wrigley on mint gum marking a return to “simpler and more effective products”.

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