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Asian orders drive growth for Bühler

Food technology group Bühler has announced 12.5% growth in sales for 2011 due to increased orders from new customers in Asia.

Kraft to cut 1,600 jobs in preparation for company split

Kraft Foods has said it will cut about 1,600 jobs from its US and Canadian workforce over the next 12 months, as it prepares to split into two separate companies.

Lindt sales behind expectations with Nestle takeover possible – analyst

Swiss chocolatier Lindt has recorded sales below market expectations and could be subject to a takeover from Nestle, according to an analyst from Kepler Capital Markets.

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Ferrero Group appoints new md

Confectionery firm Ferrero Group has appointed Pieraldo Oldano as the new md of Ferrero UK & Ireland.

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Thorntons sales fall below expectations over festive period

UK chocolate firm Thorntons has announced that its second quarter sales had fallen below expectations in a trading update issued today.

Mars France expands M&M production capacity with €40m investment

Mars Chocolat France has announced plans for a multimillion investment in its Haguenau plant that will boost the site’s production capacity by 20%.

Tangerine Confectionery acquires Smith Kendon brands

UK-based Tangerine Confectionery has added two Smith Kendon brands to its portfolio as it continues to expand through brand acquisitions.

Nestle UK moves HQ from Croydon to Gatwick

Nestle UK has announced today that it is to move its head offices from Croydon to a site near Gatwick by the end of 2012.

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Cadbury’s Somerdale plant to become housing development – reports

A Cadbury production site in the UK that was controversially closed following Kraft’s 2010 takeover has been sold to a developer, according to reports.

Cadbury invests £6m on shelf ready and resealable packaging

Cadbury UK has announced that it will introduce shelf ready packaging to make its chocolate bars stand upright in stores to better attract customers’ attention in a £6m (€7.2m) scheme.

Gelatine giant Rousselot grows with North American acquisition

The world’s foremost supplier of gelatine to the confectionery industry Rousselot has acquired North American gelatine manufacturer Eastman Gel.

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Thorntons issues profit warning

UK-based chocolatier Thorntons has announced that profits have been hit by weakened consumer demand and strong marketing competition ahead of its final year results due next year.

Cadbury finalises $1.3m settlement in chocolate price fixing conspiracy

A US Federal judge has accepted Cadbury’s $1.3m (€995,863) offer to settle in class action lawsuit over its alleged part in a suspected chocolate price fixing scandal also involving Nestle,...

New Cloetta becomes biggest player in Scandinavia and overtakes Kraft in Sweden – analyst

Swedish confectioners Cloetta and Leaf have sealed a €753m merger making it the largest confectionery company in Scandinavia, according to an analyst from Euromonitor.

Scottish firm Nisha acquires Millar Confectionery and plans new factory

Scottish-based Nisha Enterprises has acquired Millar Confectionery for an undisclosed fee and plans to open a new sweet factory in Livingston, Scotland.

Swedish confectioners Cloetta and Leaf merge in €753m deal

Cloetta and Leaf have sealed a €753m merger as the companies eye market leadership in the Nordic region.

Kraft’s carbon emissions from plants ‘negligible’

The vast majority of Kraft Foods’ carbon emissions come from outside its manufacturing facilities, according to a survey mapping its environmental footprint, but the full picture may look quite different...

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Robert Malcolm joins Hershey Board

Former Diageo executive Robert Malcolm has been elected to join Hershey’s board of directors.

Hershey to acquire Canadian confectionery firm Brookside Foods

The Hershey Company has said it will acquire Canadian confectionery firm Brookside Foods for an undisclosed sum.

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Nestle gets green light for Hsu Fu Chi takeover

Food giant Nestle has received regulatory approval to gain a majority share in Chinese confectioner Hsu Fu Chi.

Kraft to axe 200 Cadbury jobs and invest £50M

Cadbury-owner Kraft Foods is to cut 200 jobs while investing £50M in chocolate and biscuit manufacturing.

Kraft’s snacks spin-off targets Asia and Latin America as Rosenfeld appointed head

Developing markets are to make up almost half of revenues for Kraft’s global snacks business as the spin-off business announces Irene Rosenfeld as its head.

Insolvency affects fewer food firms

The food manufacturing sector has seen a fall in the number of companies becoming insolvent, according to a new study.

Second buys third in Romanian chocolate race

The second largest player on the Romanian chocolate market Kandia Dulce has acquired former competitor Supreme Chocolat, the third largest player, which could put pressure on market leader Kraft, according...

Unite slams ‘massive arrogance’ of Kraft boss

Unite the Union has slammed Kraft ceo Irene Rosenfeld for failing to appear before a parliamentary select committee and accused her of “massive arrogance” and “a total disregard” for her...

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