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Fox’s Biscuits factory faces engineers’ strikes

Imminent engineers’ strikes at Fox’s Biscuits’ Batley factory, owned by 2 Sisters Food Group, in West Yorkshire, could disrupt production, trades union Unite has claimed.

Crisis, what crisis? Brazil’s biscuit and industrialized cakes industry reports double-digit growth in 2014

Brazil’s biscuit, pasta and industrial cake and bread industry has seen annual sales increase 11.5% to BRL 32.20bn ($10.56bn), up from BRL 28.88bn in 2013, announced the leading trade association...

Machu Picchu Foods scoops Peruvian rival to enter the wafer cone market

Machu Picchu Foods (MPF), a Peruvian cocoa processor/exporter and chocolate manufacturer, recently expanded its product portfolio with ice cream wafer cones following the purchase of wafer company Montecorvino from Callao. ...

COOL fallout

American-made chocolate could disappear from Canadian shelves with ‘retaliatory duties’, says NCA

The U.S. National Confectioners Association (NCA) is worried retaliatory taxes in Mexico and Canada from country-of origin labeling could see American-made chocolate disappear from its main export markets.

Mondelēz fined $130,000 for BelVita tennis ad in Bulgaria

Mondelēz International has been hit with a fine from Bulgaria ad watchdog after it posted photographs of tennis pros on its Facebook page without permission.


Nestlé in numbers: The world’s number #3 global confectionery player in 2014

Where are Nestlé's strongest confectionery markets? And how does it fare in global markets? ConfectioneryNews digs into data from the company's 2014 Annual Report to dish up some bite-sized facts....


Biggest biscuit consumer set for fast growth and premium charge

Indian biscuit manufacturers are now aggressively moving into the premium segment as the world’s biggest cookie consumer shifts its tastes upmarket.

Burton’s Biscuit’s US deal targets sales of £70M

Burton’s Biscuit Company is targeting almost £70M in sales through a new US distribution partnership with International Food Associates (IFA).

News in brief

United Biscuits boss to step down

United Biscuits CEO Martin Glenn will leave the company to join the English Football Association and will be replaced by the boss of UB’s international business Jeff van der Eems....

Confectionery marketing to kids taboo under WHO’s European Region Nutrient Profile model

The World Health Organization (WHO) has proposed a nutrient profiling tool to help European member states that wish to restrict marketing of certain foods to children. Applying the nutrient profile...

Candy at CAGNY

‘We’ll continue to seek tack-on acquisitions’: Mondelēz to shop in emerging markets

Mondelēz International says it will continue to look for complementary acquisitions in emerging markets after acquiring Vietnam’s Kinh Do.

Industry creating 'health halos' by adding vitamins, says BEUC

Adding in vitamins and minerals is one way the industry is getting around current health and nutrition regulation and creating a 'health halo' around otherwise unhealthy products, according to the European...

Mondelēz to exit retailers that rejected price hikes

Mondelēz International will withdraw from certain retail customers in Europe that have refused chocolate price hikes. 

Equipment innovation

24-hour candy counting: Cremer claims reduced downtime for major players

Dutch equipment supplier Cremer has introduced a servo-driven counting machine that it claims will limit downtime for top players in confectionery.

Candy tax proposed in Connecticut

A levy on high-calorie confectionery and soft drinks is being considered in Connecticut as a means to tackle childhood obesity.

‘Damaging small businesses’: Mondelēz and Mars slammed on supplier payment extensions

Mondelēz and Mars have been accused of exploiting small businesses by extending payment terms to some UK suppliers from 60 to 120 days.

Candy dynamism not matched by packaging, says Smithers Pira

Confectionery brands must ensure the packaging for new products is as innovative as the flavors, particularly to stave off competition from private label imitators, says packaging specialists Smithers Pira.

Who won? ConfectioneryNews announces Personality of the Year 2014

Votes have been cast and counted for ConfectioneryNews’ Inaugural Personality of the Year competition and we can now announce the winner.

Burton’s Biscuits invests £5M in new production line

Burton’s Biscuit Company has invested £5M at its Blackpool factory to build a new production line, boosting capacity.

Last call for votes! Who is your 2014 confectionery personality?

Voting closes for ConfectioneryNews’ inaugural Personality of the Year tomorrow – cast your vote here.

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Going green, organic and natural: ConfectioneryNews readies for ISM and ProSweets 2015

ConfectioneryNews will be reporting from ISM and ProSweets 2015 next month in Cologne where the organizers anticipate growing interest in organic products, natural ingredients and sustainable packaging.

Kellogg’s BiscoMisr buy a vehicle to Middle East & Africa: Analyst

Kellogg has secured a gateway to introduce its own brands in the promising MEA region by acquiring a controlling stake in Egyptian biscuit maker BiscoMisr, says an analyst.

Year in review with the top two

Learning from the leaders: Developments at Mars and Mondelez in 2014

ConfectioneryNews takes a look back at changes at the leading confectioners Mars, and Mondelez in 2014 and showcases the biggest acquisitions of the year.


Crunch, acidity and shimmer in vogue, says Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut is receiving a growing number of requests for confections with sparkling colors that combine crunch and bitterness at its decorations lab in the Netherlands.

Strikes on hold at United Biscuits’ Aintree factory

Strikes have been suspended at United Biscuits’ (UB’s) Jacob’s Cream Cracker factory at Aintree while members of trades union GMB and management seek to repair relations with each other....

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