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Sugarcane conditions kill: The deadly epidemic confectioners and soft drink makers ‘can’t walk away from’

Perilous working conditions for sugarcane growers in Central America have claimed around 20,000 lives in the past decade and supply chain advisor Solidaridad says the food and drink industry can...

Fresh-baked cookie pioneer Otis Spunkmeyer will launch retail line in early 2016

Well-known fresh cookie-maker Otis Spunkmeyer is expanding its empire beyond food service and into the retail segment for the first time with the launch of a line of sweet baked...

£10M investment in Jacob’s Cream Crackers factory

Biscuit manufacturer United Biscuits (UB) has revealed £10M investment plans for its Jacob’s Cream Crackers factory. 

Candy science observatory: ‘Pro health biscuits’

Bee pollen may up biscuits’ protein, fiber and polyphenol game: Researchers

Fortifying biscuit with bee pollen may help manufacturers increase protein, fiber and polyphenol content without impacting taste, according to Polish researchers.

Money talks! Norway withdraws from 4 Asian palm oil firms

The Norwegian national investment fund has cut ties with four major Asian companies, citing the risk of ‘severe environmental damage’ as a result of palm oil plantations.

Lotus Bakeries takes majority slice of Nakd and Trek bar maker

Belgium-based Lotus Bakeries has seen its share price jump to a near 52-week high after it acquired two-thirds of UK-based snack firm Natural Balance Foods on Monday for about £60m...

Mondelēz escapes Indian competition watchdog wrath in distributor spat

Mondelēz did not breach competition rules following a complaint from a distributor it was placing unfair terms on rural stockists, rule Indian authorities.

Petra Foods profits slump as Indonesian consumers cutback on chocolate

SilverQueen and Delfi brand owner Petra Foods has reported a 40% net profit dip in Q2 2015 as sales fall in its main market Indonesia.

Nestlé H1 confectionery sales dip; cornerstone brands need investment, says analyst

Nestlé confectionery sales dipped $300m in H1, so if it wants to stay at the top it must continue to invest in brands like KitKat rather than focus too heavily...

Ackman investment in Mondelēz: ‘Maybe this is the shake up it needs,’ says innovation expert

Activist-investor William Ackman’s 7.5% stake in Mondelēz International should inject life into a sweet and snack major that has been struggling for the past two years, says the innovation head...

Making Tasty a household name in kids’ snacks

Tasty Brand co-founders Liane Weintraub and Shannan Swanson originally had their sights set on an organic frozen baby food line, but the 2008 economic crash saw the market for premium...

Keeping sugar same in TPP ‘unsustainable and unacceptable’: NCA

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) is pushing for Australia to be allowed to export more sugar to the US under the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) as it decries plans to...

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Fibers from food waste offer clean label option

Multifunctional fibers made from fruit and vegetable peals and pulps that would otherwise be thrown away can help manufacturers meet consumers’ growing demand for clean ingredient labels while also reducing...

UK tea sales in hot water: Does a 22% drop signal a crisis for the British cuppa?

Falling biscuit sales may have repercussions for tea consumption, with trouble brewing for a long-upheld British tradition: a cup of tea and a biscuit. 

Q2 results

Mondelēz continues to suffer from chocolate price hike fallout in Europe

Oreo maker Mondelēz International saw net revenues decrease by 9.2% to $7.7 billion in the second quarter 2015, with Europe taking a 16.7% hit.

Debating the sugar tax: BMJ ‘head to head’ argues the case

Experts from both sides of the sugar tax debate have set out their arguments in a ‘head to head’ article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Where do you stand on the sugar...

'We do not support a Daily Value for added sugars', says candy trade body

Candy labeling: NCA says added sugar values may cause 'confusion'; backs voluntary GMO labels

The U.S. National Confectioners Association (NCA) fears plans to place percentage daily values for added sugars on food labels is unnecessary and may confuse consumers but supports a federal law proposal...

Bosch to develop five axis robots for more shelf ready retail packaging

Bosch Packaging Technology has redesigned its Delta robotic (D3) packaging portfolio to give food producers a more simplified platform design, faster changeovers and ease of use.

Souring on sweet: How sugar health concerns are spurring sour flavours

Ongoing consumer concern about sugar consumption means some consumers are turning away from sweet tastes altogether, according to market research organisation Mintel.

Birmingham backs Mondelez over BelVita energy health claims

Mondelez has been backed by the Birmingham City Council (BCC) over slow energy claims made for its BelVita breakfast biscuits after they were challenged in the UK.

Confectionery escapes UK tax calls, but marketing practices probed

The British Medical Association (BMA) is pushing for a tax on sugary drinks rather than confectionery, but has urged voluntary added sugar reduction targets for confectioners and a crackdown on...

Got milk? pours onto confectionery scene with licensed snacks range

The California Milk Processor Board has licensed its got milk? trademark to Melville Candy and Diversified Flavor for confectionery goods and sees opportunities for the products in mass market retailers...

Me and my factory

Why United Biscuits had to invest £50M

United Biscuits has pumped millions into its flagship Harlesden site. Kevin McGurk tells Nicholas Robinson why the investment had to be made

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Oreo Thins: Mondeléz taps 'light bites' trend with new SKU but is it chic enough?

Mondelēz International’s skinny cookie Oreo Thins cater to demand for lighter bites in the U.S. but analysts question the product’s billing as a sophisticated adult cookie.

Spanish candy endures 'rough year' but exports provide hope, says trade body

Value sales in Spain’s domestic confectionery market have fallen for the first time in years, but export sales rose almost 8% as manufacturers looked for growth overseas, says Spanish confectionery...

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