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Peppa Pig helped Zetar's Confectionery division bring home the financial bacon.

Record confectionery results drive Zetar’s profits

By Mike Stones

Record confectionery performance drove UK-based confectionery and snack foods firm Zetar to achieve adjusted profit before tax of £6.7m; up six percent for the year ended 30th April 2011.

Burton’s Foods strike action averted

Burton’s Foods strike action averted

By Ben Bouckley

The Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has called off scheduled strike action at Burton’s Foods Blackpool site, after the union agreed to further talks with company management.

Nestlé pays out €1.2bn for a majority stake in Hsu Fu Chi

Nestlé pays out €1.2bn for a majority stake in Hsu Fu Chi

By Jane Byrne

Nestlé has paid out bought €1.2bn for a majority stake in leading Chinese confectionery maker Hsu Fu Chi, with the Swiss group flagging up access to extensive production capabilities and a major distribution network as its wins.

Kraft weighs-up Cadbury Somerdale site sale bids

Kraft weighs-up Cadbury Somerdale site sale bids

By Ben Bouckley

Kraft is considering bids from developers interested in buying the iconic former Cadbury factory in Keynsham, while the site's equipment is being sold via an online auction.

Blackstone Group realises Tangerine dream

Blackstone Group realises Tangerine dream

By Ben Bouckley

US private equity firm Blackstone Group has bought a majority stake in Blackpool-based Tangerine Confectionery, FoodManufacture.co.uk understands, while management has also reinvested in the firm.

Border Biscuits invests £2.5m in plant

Border Biscuits invests £2.5m in plant

By Ben Bouckley

Border Biscuits is investing a further £2.5 million to increase manufacturing capabilities and plant capacity over the next 18 months as the Scottish biscuit maker targets a 50% turnover increase over the next few years.

David West: The new man at Del Monte

David West leaves Hershey to lead Del Monte

David J. West has resigned from the top job at Hershey’s to take on the role of CEO at Del Monte – and John P. Bilbrey has been appointed as interim president and CEO at The Hershey Company.

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