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Bristol couple sell shop to set up chocolate factory

Bristol couple Ian and Ruth Yard sold their food retail outlet and invested the £250,000 in setting up their first factory manufacturing Ooh! Chocolata chocolate bars.

New Rules Of Engagement

Mondelez innovation head talks digital age marketing

Confectioners can move beyond classical marketing and reach consumers through mobile technology to encourage impulse buying, according to Mondelez International's innovation chief.

Industry Voices: Healthy Choc Chief

Functional ingredients and chocolate the perfect match, says Good Cacao CEO

Good Cacao CEO talks to about boosting the appeal of healthy chocolate, the functional ingredients to look out for in 2013 and challenges in formulation.

Wrigley wants to reinvigorate declining German impulse channels

Gum titan Wrigley is modernizing its strategy in impulse channels such as gas stations to rekindle falling sales in the German market.

News in brief

County Confectionery outlines growth plans

UK-based firm Country Confectionery plans to double sales and production volumes in 2013 after reaching a deal to extend its factory.

Rev7 branded degradable gum exits US as maker seeks licensees

Rev7 makers Revolymer has decided to stop selling branded gum in the US to avoid conflicting with its efforts to license the degradable gum base used in the product to...

Exclusive interview

New global chocolate firm sets 2013 ambitions

Chocolaterie de Bourgogne, a new company formed from Barry Callebaut’s sale of its last consumer goods factory, speaks exclusively to about the firm’s inauguration, its priorities for 2013 and a...

Confectionery mergers and acquisitions in 2012: An interactive timeline

ConfectioneryNews,com presents an interactive timeline taking a look back at some of the most significant mergers and acquisitions in the sector in 2012.

Lindt and Haribo Gold Teddy row to rumble all the way to German Supreme Court

Lindt and Haribo’s trademark battle over golden bears in Germany will drag on until a Supreme Court decision despite yesterday’s ruling in favour of Haribo, sources told this site....

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Orkney Fudge forms JV with Highland Park Whisky

UK confectionery firm Orkney Fudge has developed a new joint venture with Highland Park Whisky for a new product.

Expensive taste? Barry Callebaut defends hefty $950m Petra Foods deal

Market analysts have branded Barry Callebaut’s $950 million takeover of Petra Foods' cocoa division ‘pricey’, but the Swiss chocolate giant has defended the move despite admitting it will hurt its...

Hershey backs industry-wide sustainability standards

The Hershey Company has joined the advisory council of a new non-profit organization – the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) - that aims to develop industry-wide standards on sustainability.

United Biscuits pumps big bucks into 2013 NPD after KP Snacks sale

United Biscuits has injected huge efforts into new product development (NPD), range extensions and flavor variants as it heads into 2013 minus its flagship snacks arm KP Snacks.

Ferrero UK says it’s in the ‘top spot’ of food media spend this Christmas

Ferrero UK has lined up a flurry of seasonal promotion totting up to £6m ($9.6m) that it says puts it in second spot for food media spend this year, just...

Intersnack snaps up KP Snacks for undisclosed sum

European Intersnack Group has snapped up United Biscuits’ KP Snacks for an undisclosed sum in a move that will enable the UK firm to 'dedicate focus' to its biscuits business, United...

Guar gum buyers aren’t buying, sellers aren’t selling: Industry expert

Guar gum prices have dropped a long way from peaks of $20 to $25 a kilo – but there is now a standoff between buyers and sellers, according to hydrocolloids...

Mondelez to lose Dinosaurus in Galletas Artiach takeover

Nutexpa has acquired Spanish biscuit manufacturer Galletas Artiach in a deal that means Mondelez International will lose its license for the Dinosaurus biscuit brand to Lotus Bakeries

UK confectionery wholesaler Hancocks sold to private equity firm

The UK’s leading confectionery wholesaler Hancocks Group has been sold to H2 Equity Partners for around £50m ($78m).

UK food park continues development

The UK's Southglade food park is expanding further thanks to a fresh injection of cash from a local council, despite the current challenging economic environment.

Hostess Brands throws in the towel: Strikes cause full business closure

Twinkies and Wonder Bread maker Hostess Brands has today filed a motion with the US Bankruptcy Court for permission to close the business and sell all assets.

Cloetta feels pinch in several EU markets

Sweden’s leading confectioner Cloetta has posted falling profits in the third quarter (Q3) as it struggled in several EU markets and was hit by higher raw material prices and restructuring...

Tangerine closes UK factory with 75 jobs cut

UK firm Tangerine Confectionery has closed its factory in Poole, Dorset, UK, in a bid to improve operating efficiency.

Meiji blames heat wave for chocolate slump

Japan’s second largest confectioner Meiji pointed the finger at hot weather conditions for chocolate sales declines in its half year results.

Raisio expands with €20.5m Candy Plus buy

Finnish firm Raisio has acquired Czech confectionery company Candy Plus for €20.5m ($26m) to expand its global footprint.

Roshen acquires Hungarian firm Bonbonetti

Ukrainian confectioner Roshen has acquired Hungarian chocolate maker Bonbonetti after receiving regulatory approval from the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine.

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