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Fire guts Fannie May candy warehouse, company races to regroup

Fire has largely destroyed a candy distribution center near Cleveland, Ohio, prompting parent company 1-800-Flowers to stop taking online orders for Fannie May and Harry London chocolates.

Abraaj and Kellogg battle over Egypt’s Bisco Misr

Cereal maker Kellogg and UAE investment fund Abraaj Group are locked in a bidding war over Egyptian snack maker Bisco Misr.

Victory for Hershey in Posh Nosh trademark war

A Californian court has upheld an injunction preventing Posh Nosh, an importer of UK candy, from selling a number of confectionery brands that Hershey contends infringe its marks.

L.A.Fuel energy gum enters France

L.A.Fuel Supreme Energy Gum has launched in France through a distribution deal with  Publicis Drugstore.

United Biscuits crafts cocoa supply pact with Cargill

United Biscuits (UB) has clinched a three-year partnership with international food conglomerate Cargill ensuring dedicated cocoa and chocolate supplies for products such as Jaffa Cakes and McVitie’s Chocolate Digestives....

YouTube Oreo ‘lick race’ ads banned

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned several YouTube adverts for Oreos following a BBC Newsround investigation, ruling that their commercial nature was not immediately clear to viewers.

Bringing chocolate home: Africa is more than the world’s cocoa basket, says Madécasse

The chocolate industry and fairtrade movement are perpetuating poverty in Africa by relying on the continent for it’s agricultural assets rather than manufacturing potential, says Madagascan chocolate maker Madécasse....

High-protein cookies definitely hold mass market appeal, says Lenny & Larry’s

High-protein cookies will continue to soar in the mass market, says the president of Lenny & Larry’s as the company plans more US roll-outs in mass stores.

food manufacturing awards

Thorntons’ youngster wins young talent Oscar

Thornton’s production line manager Jodie Adcock has won the inaugural Young Talent of the Year award in the industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

Jacob’s strike on at United Biscuits plant

United Biscuits’ (UB’s) Jacob’s factory faces a six-day strike, starting this Sunday (November 23), after last-minute talks to resolve a dispute over sick pay and outsourcing collapsed.

Lindt to expand Australian business with Sydney site

Lindt & Sprüngli is to construct a manufacturing and warehousing facility in Sydney that will become its Australian headquarters as it reports growth in the market.

What the…? Wrigley looks to block Perfetti Van Melle’s ‘WTF’ trademark

Global gum leader Wrigley is trying to block the third largest gum player Perfetti Van Melle’s from registering character trademarks for ‘WTF’ and ‘What the Fresh’ in the US.

Clearfleau ‘chocolate soup’ cuts Nestlé electricity bill by 8%

Clearfleau has built an on-site industrial anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Nestlé's Fawdon confectionery factory, near Newcastle in the UK, which makes gums, pastilles and Rolo chocolates.

Haribo faces GMB strike ballot

Haribo faces a GMB strike ballot, less than a week after the trade union announced that a similar vote at United Biscuits’ Jacob’s factory at Aintree had supported industrial action...

Cloetta may take ‘bumpy road’ of price changes on select products

Cloetta may alter prices on individual products in response to increasing cocoa, hazelnut and almond costs and falling sugar prices.

News in brief

Unilever to launch Marmite and Pot Noodle Easter eggs

Unilever UK will launch two new Easter eggs in February to build on the success of its first ever releases last year.

Mondelez to invest $24m in Turkish confectionery plant

Mondelez International has said it will invest $24m (€19.3m) to expand its Gebze plant in Turkey, as the company continues its plan to increase productivity and cut costs.

Mondelēz to acquire Vietnamese biscuit leader Kinh Do for $370m

Mondelēz International will acquire a 80% stake in Vietnam’s leading biscuit firm Kinh Do to spur growth in the rising Asia-Pacific market.

Q3 results

Ülker grows in Turkey, but Iraq conflict eats into export sales

Wholesale price hikes and product downsizing help Ülker grow net profit in Q3, but export volumes shrink due to instability in Iraq.

French trade dispute dents Mondelēz Q3 earnings

Mondelēz International third-quarter earnings fell 11% compared to last year due to disputes with French retailers over wholesale pricing changes and 'soft' developed market demand.

Yildiz still lacks 'power brands' after United Biscuits buy: Analyst

Yildiz Holding's acquisition of UK United Biscuits makes it the world's third largest biscuit player, but now it will have to work hard to find its 'power brand' answer to Mondelēz's...

Turkey’s Ulker Biskuvi Sanayi nets United Biscuits

United Biscuits (UB) has been sold to Turkish food firm Ulker Biskuvi Sanayi, private equity owners Blackstone and PAI Partners have confirmed.

Q3 sales up, profits down as Natra feels cocoa pricing pain

Year-on-year Q3 EBITDA profits dipped 9.2% to €5.73m at Spanish cocoa and chocolate and specialist Natra as ongoing cocoa price hikes hit even as quarter revenues rose 5.2% to €89.93m.

Australia

Mondelēz opens Victoria R&D lab as Coca-Cola Amatil sheds jobs nearby

Food, beverage and confectionery giant Mondelēz has opened an Asia-Pacific research and development centre that claims to be the biggest of its kind in Australia.

Protein gummies hit sweet spot of convenience, taste and consumer weariness with other sources, developer says

Protein fortification continues to be a hot topic, with high protein forms of shakes and other beverages, nutrition bars, cereals and other foods crowding the market.  Now startup company Rap...

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