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Follow the latest business news from the confectionery industry’s leading players such as Mondelēz International, Mars-Wrigley, Ferrero, Hershey, Haribo, Perfetti Van Melle and Nestlé and track developments at firms such as Lotte, Ülker, Arcor, Cloetta, Jelly Belly and Lindt.

Nestlé proposes ‘modest’ pay rise at York

Nestlé UK has offered staff at its York factory a 1% pay rise in order to avert the threat of industrial action.

Job cuts threatened at Mars UK production site

In a review of manufacturing operations as part of ongoing initiatives to remain competitive, Mars UK said that there could be potential job losses at its facility in Slough.

Kraft mandates banks to sell Cadbury plants

US food group, Kraft, has recruited the services of financial powerhouses HSBC and BNP Paribas to help divest it of the Polish and Romanian businesses of Cadbury, according to media...

Barry Callebaut posts gains in contracting chocolate market

Chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has reported increased profits and sales volumes for the six months to the end of February 2010, despite a declining global chocolate market.

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Nestle starts production at new Dubai plant

Nestle’s Middle East affiliate has started producing powdered milk, confectionery and wafer products, at its new plant in Dubai, which has a capacity of 100,000 tons a year.

Glisten reports hike in confectionery sales

The confectionery division of impulse snack and confectionery foods group Glisten, reported an increase in sales by three per cent to £16.2m, with operating profits also up seven per cent...

Kraft pledges no Cadbury job cuts for two years

US food giant Kraft issued a public apology regarding the U-turn on its pledge to keep operational the Cadbury plant near Bristol, and it also promised to ensure no job...

Kraft CEO to miss UK political inquiry on Cadbury, report

Directors of both US food group Kraft and Cadbury are being called to account at a committee of UK politicians regarding the acquisition of the Dairy Milk maker tomorrow.

Salmonella source at Nestle plant unknown

Nestle said the source of the salmonella found recently in a batch of chocolate morsels at one of its US plants was unknown.

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Date confirmed for Kraft probe by MPs

A committee of politicians in the UK will meet next month to investigate the controversial takeover of chocolate firm Cadbury by US food giant Kraft, reports the Press Association.

Kraft silent on pension freeze impact for Cadbury

Kraft has announced that it will begin to end pension increases for current and non-union hourly employees from year end 2019 but the US food group did not provide any...

Kraft's Milka set to go head to head with Dairy Milk in UK

The Kraft owned chocolate brand Milka is to be launched across the entire UK market from April, just weeks after the US food giant purchased Dairy Milk maker Cadbury.

FSA issues allergy warning on Cadbury product

The UK Foods Standards Agency (FSA) has issued an allergy alert regarding Cadbury Chunks Bournville, due to the fact that it contains milk, which is not an intended ingredient.

Fury over Kraft u-turn on Cadbury plant closure

Kraft Foods’s reneging on a decision to keep a Cadbury factory near Bristol in the UK open will result in the loss of 400 jobs and has drawn criticism from...

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Top management at Cadbury resign

The top management at Cadbury have announced their resignation following the takeover of the UK confectionery giant by Kraft.

Kraft bid wins over 74% of Cadbury shareholders

Kraft’s takeover of UK chocolate firm Cadbury is now unconditional, as 74 per cent of Cadbury shareholders yesterday accepted the offer of 840p per share plus a 10p dividend.

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Nestle to move on Hershey, report

Swiss food giant Nestlé is understood to be looking at acquiring US confectioner Hershey, following on the heels of rival Kraft Foods takeover of Cadbury, reports Reuters.

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Cheesed off – jingoism takes the spoils in the Cadbury battle

Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated, quipped Mark Twain. Predictions of the demise of Cadbury following the approval of Kraft’s offer are premature and are flawed by knee-jerk...

Hershey will not bid for Cadbury

Kraft will not face competition from Hershey to buy UK confectionery company Cadbury, it is confirmed today. But a major Kraft shareholder has come out in opposition to this week’s...

Kraft deemed winner of choc wars

Kraft is the overall winner in the battle for UK confectioner Cadbury, and it looks like the US food group has netted a bargain in the final price, claim US...

Timeline: Cadbury and Kraft do battle

Kraft has struck an £11.7bn deal to acquire Cadbury in a move that could bring to an end months of fierce corporate battles, and Confectionerynews.com has constructed a timeline of...

Cadbury recommends acceptance of new Kraft takeover bid

Kraft has struck an £11.7bn deal to acquire Cadbury in a move that could bring to an end months of fierce corporate battles.

Kraft set to raise Cadbury offer, report

Kraft Foods will raise its bid for Cadbury to at least 820 pence per share, according to a report in the UK’s Sunday Times.

Cadbury shares up on reports of Hershey bid

Cadbury shares rose today on the back of media report that indicated that US chocolate maker, Hershey’s could be set to make a counter-bid for the UK confectioner, already the...

Cadbury worth more than Kraft bid - analysts

US based market analyst firm Bernstein Research claims that there is more value for Cadbury shareholders in the UK confectionery giant remaining a standalone company should a higher bid from...

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