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AAK plans more ‘rationalisation’ to focus on specialty products

AAK is taking its rationalisation to a new stage in Q2 2011 as it repositions away from commodities towards higher value-lower volume specialty food ingredients.

Price hikes underpin strong growth at Kraft during Q1

Kraft Foods has reported strong sales and profit growth in the first quarter as it increased prices and advertising efforts for core brands to tackle higher commodity costs.

Callebaut expands supply deal with Hershey

Reflecting the continuing industry trend toward outsourcing, Barry Callebaut said a new supply deal it has agreed with Hershey will put its annual deliveries beyond the current 80,000 metric tonnes.

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Cadbury launches new pampering range

Cadbury is venturing into beauty products with the launch of a branded pampering range in the UK.

Thortons blames hot weather for sales dip, warns on profits

UK confectionery manufacturer and retailer, Thorntons, has issued a profit warning citing the hot weather conditions over the Easter trading period as a factor in its poor own stores sales.

Brazil: Kraft capitalises on chocolate and biscuit growth

Kraft Foods is leveraging the growing trend for chocolate and biscuits in developing markets with the opening of a new $80m production facility in Brazil.

“Artisanal customers needn’t worry”, says Puratos post-Latvian acquisition

Belgian supplier Puratos says its undisclosed acquisition this week of 17-year-old Latvian fruit fillings firm, Pure Food, is about expansion into the central and eastern European and Nordic regions –...

Expansion beyond US and new products fuel Hershey gains

Hershey clocked a profit for the first quarter of 2011, with it citing new product launches, expansion outside the US and a 30 percent increase advertising spending as key to...

Cadbury and Nestlé cite eco gains after packaging waste warning

Cadbury and Nestlé say their Easter egg packaging is meeting high sustainability standards, amid calls from a UK government authority for confectioners to further reduce this seasonal packaging and ensure...

Browne's Chocolates saved from liquidation

Former Harrods supplier Browne’s Chocolates has been bought out of liquidation by entrepreneurs who previously transformed a Cornish brewer, FoodManufacture.co.uk can reveal.

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Ferrero owner dies in cycling incident

Italian chocolate magnate Pietro Ferrero has died in South Africa after an apparent heart attack while cycling.

Dehumidifier switch saves Cadbury 60 per cent in energy use

Kraft/Cadbury in Thailand has cut its energy use by 60 per cent and operating expenses by 50 per cent after changing the dehumidifier it used at its chewing gum plant.

Zetar ceo says latest acquisition is only the start...

Zetar has bought chocolate company Derwent Lynton, with ceo Ian Blackburn telling FoodManufacture.co.uk that the confectionery and snacks group is targeting more acquisitions.

Wrigley targets calcium deficiency with gum launch down under

The Wrigley Company is launching a new calcium enriched gum in Australia and New Zealand, claiming its ‘on-the-go’ delivery system can help address the reported calcium intake deficiency among 90...

Chocolate price hikes won't put off consumers, predict analysts

Confectioners will probably get away with increasing prices on chocolate bars without significantly denting demand because they are generally low ticket items bought as treats in an area with high...

Nestlé chair child labour comments “at odds” with the company’s commitments, IUF

Comments made by the Nestlé chair that child labour is “almost impossible” to stop, contradicts the company’s commitments to ending child exploitation in Africa, said the IUF, a global trade...

Raw material price hikes hit Swedish confectioner Cloetta

Ongoing high prices for raw materials including cocoa, milk powder, sugar and wheat and a decline in contract manufacturing sees Swedish confectionery group Cloetta reporting second-quarter sales loss and falling...

Italian government gives Ferrero a chance in fight over Parmalat

The chances of Ferrero making a move on Parmalat to create an Italian food super-group have increased after the Italian government pushed through a decree to frustrate Lactalis’ bid to...

Kraft has legal obligation to share Cadbury plans, Unite

Unite has written to Kraft ceo Irene Rosenfeld asking her to fulfil a legal obligation to consult union leaders on any changes to pay and conditions for Cadbury workers.

Browne’s Chocolates in liquidation

Harrods supplier Browne’s Chocolates has been placed into liquidation, following a creditors meeting today.

US confectioner Necco takes down 'for sale' sign

Workers at the New England Confectionary Company, (Necco) reacted positively to the news that the ‘for sale’ sign has been removed, with the equity group owners revealing than they will...

Bitter blow for Bendicks staff: 87 jobs under threat

Chocolate maker Bendicks has announced the start of a consultation on the future of its Hampshire chocolate facility that could see 87 UK jobs moved abroad.

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Ambassador's reception rumours confirmed: Ferrero plots UK expansion

Family owned Italian chocolate manufacturer Ferrero has revealed to FoodManufacture.co.uk that it is considering investing in UK production sites as it bids to double current UK chocolate sales by 2015....

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Orkla merges Russia confectionery firms

Orkla Brands said a merger of its Russian chocolate and confectionery companies into one entity will allow it expand its presence in that market.

Hershey expects huge growth from international markets

US confectionery manufacturer Hershey claims its growth levels are on pace to achieve $1bn international net sales - outside of North America – by 2015.

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