Confectionery

Kraft's Bob Hagan takes the helm at RSSL

Kraft's Bob Hagan takes the helm at RSSL

By Elaine Watson

Dr Bob Hagan – who heads the global analytical network at Kraft Foods – has been appointed as the new md of Reading Scientific Services (RSSL). He replaces Kay O'Donnell.

Mars: An R&D problem shared is a problem halved...

Mars: An R&D problem shared is a problem halved...

By Elaine Watson

Mars, a private company once famed for its secrecy, is cranking up efforts to engage with external collaborators via the launch of a new open innovation website, in which it will invite potential partners to help it solve its research and development...

Casual use of 'hand-made'undermines artisan producers

Casual use of 'hand-made'undermines artisan producers

By Frederick Dawson and Elaine Watson

Artisan confectionery manufacturers are being undermined by a lack of clarity regarding the use of the word ‘hand-made’ on labels, according to chocolate maker Chocolaterie Casemir.

Tax snatchers stall innovation as government tackles debt

Tax snatchers stall innovation as government tackles debt

By Rod Addy


New product development is being disrupted by HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC’s) increased efforts to claw back value added tax (VAT) on food as the government tackles UK debt, according to lawyers and manufacturers.

Nestlé to meet unions at Croydon HQ to discuss pay

Nestlé to meet unions at Croydon HQ to discuss pay

By Elaine Watson

Nestlé UK will meet representatives from the Unite, GMB and USDAW (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) trade unions at its Croydon HQ today in a bid to resolve an ongoing pay dispute, FoodManufacture.co.uk understands.

Tunnock's staff walk out as pay dispute escalates

Tunnock's staff walk out as pay dispute escalates

By Elaine Watson

More than 360 staff out of 500 employed at the Tunnock's caramel wafer and teacake factory in Uddingston, Glasgow, downed tools yesterday and will strike again next Tuesday.

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