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Nestlé focuses on healthy reduction in commitments review

Reduction of salt, sugars, trans fat and total fat is a key focus area for Nestlé in efforts to meet its nutrition commitments, according to its latest annual report, "Nestlé...

Mars commits to palm oil deforestation policy

Mars has committed to ending deforestation associated with its palm oil supply by the end of 2015, becoming the latest multinational to do so, alongside Unilever and Nestlé, among others.

Lindt joint venture to spark retail presence in Brazil

Lindt & Sprüngli will open three retail stores in São Paulo this year thanks to a joint venture with Brazilian premium chocolate specialist the CRM Group.

Nestlé wants to empower more women to work in engineering

As the United Nations held its 6th Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) in New York, last week, Nestlé shared its efforts to encourage women worldwide to work in the marketplace...

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Mondelez puts Facebook at core of media investment

Mondelez International has partnered with another social media titan in Facebook, months after announcing a deal with Twitter.

Nestlé keeps top secret under wraps during live Twitter chat

How does Nestlé get the bubbles into an Aero chocolate bar, why is food engineering dominated by men and what high tech kit produces instant coffee?

Tangerine Confectionery plans to cut up to 166 jobs

Tangerine Confectionery claims 166 jobs could go following the planned closure of its factory in Blackpool in a UK-wide programme to trim excess capacity.

Unrest at United Biscuits may be wider issue

Union unrest at United Biscuits’ (UB’s) McVitie’s Cake Company factory at Halifax is a reaction to issues that have also been raised at other plants, according to sources.

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Royal Duyvis Wiener makes Brazilian acquisition

German-Dutch firm, Royal Duyvis Wiener, says its acquisition of the Brazilian company JAF Inox will further solidify its global market position in cocoa and chocolate processing equipment.

F&B industry will need 170,300 recruits by 2020 to meet consumer demand

Nestlé to debut live Twitter debate

Nestlè UK and Taste Success, an industry-led campaign by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) will host a live Twitter Q&A with engineering graduates from its apprenticeship scheme from midday-2pm...

Thorntons to make biggest capital investment in 25 years

Thorntons aims to pump £10M each year for the next three years into expanding capacity in its biggest capital investment in 25 years, it confirmed in a conference call.

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M&M's cookies: Mars and Kellogg team up

Mars and Kellogg have announced a new cookie line-up that will see the firms’ brands M&M’s and Keebler coming together.

Petra Foods full year: Net profits down after disputed Callebaut sale

Petra Foods reported group net profits down 20.6% from the previous year following the divestment of its cocoa ingredients business to Barry Callebaut, but say own brand sales are up 12.6%.

What the fudge?

Fudgucation: Fudge Kitchen aims to translate alien fudge concept

British confectioner Fudge Kitchen says that non-English speaking countries do not know what fudge is, but the firm hopes to change that by growing its business in export markets.

Cémoi eyes export growth with French savoir-faire

Cémoi is aiming to grow its own brand business in the US and Asia with a string of product launches marketed with a French touch.

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Candyking withdraws in ‘unprofitable’ Central European markets

Scandinavian pick & mix firm Candyking has decided to close businesses in Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic to focus its efforts on Poland.

Oxfam sustainability scorecard reveals ‘leaders and laggards’

Leading food and drink makers including Nestlé, Unilever and Coca-Cola have made good progress in the year since Oxfam released its first Behind the Brands sustainability scorecard – and only...

Who will buy Russell Stover?

Private equity and Hershey frontrunners for ‘stuck in time’ Russell Stover: Analyst

Private equity firms and Hershey are prospective suitors for up for sale Russell Stover, but America’s leading boxed chocolate firm could struggle to stay relevant, according to an analyst from Mintel....

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Russell Stover considers $1.3bn sale

America’s third largest chocolate manufacturer Russell Stover is considering selling the business.

Bon Bon Buddies targets own-brand growth with new novelty range

Welsh licensed character confectionery firm Bon Bon Buddies has launched an own-brand range of kids’ novelties under the ‘Bon Bon Buddies’ name.

Exclusive interview with Bob Simpson, COO of Jelly Belly

Jelly Belly exec: Stand out in nontraditional retail formats

For a company the size and scope of Jelly Belly—the confectionery giant sells more than 100 flavors in 80 countries (and growing) and across multiple market segments—finding untapped channels in...

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Carambar’s Schumacher joke too close to the bone

French candy firm, Carambar, has removed a joke about Michael Schumacher from its packaging after the racing driver’s recent accident put the one liner in a new light.

Smells like change for Deo perfumed candy: New name, scent and packaging

Goodbye Deo, hello Aroma Candy. Perfumed candy’s new name, lavender scent and packaging seeks to sedate high consumer expectations and go after a more “universal” appeal.

Lotte eyes Choco Pie growth in India with third plant

Korean confectioner Lotte plans to accelerate its Choco Pie brand in India with a third factory.

Mondelez unveils North American growth plans

Mondelez announced supply chain restructuring plans and innovations for the North American market at yesterday’s CAGNY conference.

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