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Packaging trends and innovations: The Interpack 2023 roundup

By Bethan Grylls

Sustainable packaging solutions ruled this year’s Interpack, with exhibitors showcasing a range of innovations that addressed key challenges such as greenhouse gas, cost and efficiency. Here’s our roundup of launches…

Confectionary target of lobby group

Lobby group presses for confectionery sugar tax

By Michelle Perrett

At least 20% tax should be slapped on all sugary confectionery, and price promotions on sharing bags in the category should be banned, according to campaign group Action on Sugar (AoS).


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.

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.

Easter shoppers are set to shell out nearly £4bn on food and gifts over the holiday

Easter food and gift spending to reach nearly £4bn

By Michael Stones

Easter shoppers are set to spend £3.9bn on food and gifts over the next few days, according to analyst GlobalData, as Mintel reveals the holiday is a key driver for chocolate innovation.

Undeclared allergens in confectionery have caused several recalls

Thorntons recalls chocolate Easter eggs for undeclared allergens

By Rick Pendrous

Thorntons has recalled its Dark Chocolate Easter Egg with a Personalised Iced Message, because the icing contained milk that was not mentioned on the label and this could present a health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to milk or milk...

The top four chocolate consumer trends have been revealed (Flickr/Letizia Piatti)

Four chocolate trends to help manufacturers

By Matt Atherton

Exploiting four top chocolate trends – indulgence, premium, healthy and sustainability – will help manufacturers make the best of changing consumer trends, it was revealed in a Cargill report this week.

Right Angle Marketing director John Hawken in mbo

Quids in for chocolate money maker in mbo

By Gwen Ridler

The company that owns the rights to manufacture official Bank of England chocolate money has been bought out by its director for an undisclosed sum.

Eagle met with employees at the official opening of the site

Burton’s £5M chocolate investment praised

By Laurence Gibbons

Burton’s Biscuit Company’s £5M investment in its Moreton on the Wirral chocolate refinery has been welcomed by shadow business secretary Angela Eagle.

Sweet success: Nestlé UK & Ireland will become the first big confectionery business to source 100% certified sustainable cocoa

Nestlé reaches 100% sustainable cocoa target

By Michael Stones

Nestlé UK & Ireland claims to be the first big confectionery business in both countries to source 100% certified sustainable cocoa for its chocolate sweets and biscuits.

Consumers are becoming bored with 'dull' everyday food, says Young

Reignite senses with exciting new products

By Nicholas Robinson

Food manufacturers must work harder to excite “bored” consumers and find ways to engage their senses, master chocolatier Paul A Young said following his involvement in Tate Britain’s Sensorium exhibition in London.

New Cadbury production line opened by business secretary

Business boss opens Cadbury line with a promise

By Michael Stones

Business secretary Sajid Javid has opened Mondelēz International’s new Cadbury production line with a pledge that government wants to make the Midlands “an engine for growth” for the UK economy.

Instagram offers a platform for food and drink firms to connect with millions of consumers

Use emotions to connect with millions on Instagram

By Laurence Gibbons

Food and drink manufacturers should use emotions to connect their brands with a growing community of consumers on social media site Instagram, according to the site’s boss.

Cocoa prices shot up at the tail end of last year

Thorntons takes £7.7M hit as retailers reduce orders

By Rod Addy

Thorntons took a £7.7M hit to UK commercial sales in the first half of its financial year after two major accounts significantly reduced orders, although international sales partially offset the damage.

Ashbury makes own-label and branded confectionery for international customers

Duc d’O owner saves 236 Ashbury Chocolates jobs

By Rod Addy

Baronie UK has saved 236 jobs at Ashbury Chocolates, the own-label and branded confectionery manufacturer based in Corby, Northamptonshire, after buying the company out of administration.

Chocolate ambassador Josephine Fairley warned major corporations often make mistakes when they acquire small brands

What big firms do wrong when buying small ones

By Rick Pendrous

One of the biggest failings that big companies make when they acquire smaller brands is to attempt to “value optimise” and cut costs, according to Green & Black’s co-founder Josephine Fairley.

Aldi said the contamination was an 'isolated incident'

German source for Aldi salmonella chocs

By Rod Addy

The chocolates contaminated by salmonella, which Aldi recalled at the end of last week, came from a German manufacturer, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed.

Breakthrough truffles

Chocolate truffles without a hard shell

A Scottish-based chocolatier has developed a truffle range with no hard chocolate shell, which was previously available only to Michelin star chefs.

Cadbury Dairy Milk is top of the chocs

Top 10 UK chocolate brands: IRI

By Rod Addy

Cadbury Dairy Milk kept its position as top of the chocs in a chart of top 10 UK chocolate brands by value sales issued by market analyst Information Resources (IRI).

Barry Callebaut supplies food manufacturers and chefs and runs more than 50 factories across the globe

Fire hits Barry Callebaut chocolate facility

By Rod Addy

Fire has damaged Barry Callebaut’s chocolate processing at Banbury in Oxfordshire, but the company has reassured customers that it could maintain normal levels of service by drawing on other facilities.

Chocolate is notching up tasty sales at home and abroad

UK chocolate sweet success abroad and at home

By Michael Stones

British chocolate is proving a sweet success abroad and at home, as Easter eggs were named as one of the nation’s top food and drink exports, while new research revealed 8M Britons eat chocolate every day.

Mondelēz’s Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate bar uses the distinctive purple colour

Sweet victory for Nestlé in Mondelēz purple dispute

By Rod Addy

Nestlé has won final victory in a 10-year battle to prevent Mondelēz International from trademarking the Dairy Milk purple colour it uses for Cadbury milk chocolate bar and drinking chocolate packaging.

Premium chocolate is in demand

‘Hybrid’ shoppers dump mid-market chocs

By Nicholas Robinson

European consumers are beginning to dump chocolates that target the mid-market in favour of premium and value brands, according to a new report from Rabobank.

Experimental work has reinvented brands

Mondelez's whacky innovations

By Rod Addy

In the mysterious UK food science labs of Mondelēz International, something is stirring – aside from the latest centrifuge. Rod Addy investigates

The ‘Choccie Dodger’ features chocolate cream in the middle

Burton's invests in 'Choccie Dodger'

By Rick Pendrous

Biscuit and snack producer Burton’s Biscuit Company has installed equipment at its Llantarnam factory in Wales to make the chocolate cream for a ‘Choccie Dodger’ version of its iconic ‘Jammie Dodger’.

A selection of some of the latest Mondelēz chocolate products

Mondelēz outlines trends to boost sales

By Rod Addy

Mondelēz International aims to capture market share and grow sales through strategies such as combining brands and targeting trends, including the increasing demand for snacking.

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