Manufacturers

Hotel Chocolat Group posts strong update, despite its retail outlets being closed for 12 weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. Pic: Hotel Chocolat

Financial results

Hotel Chocolat Group announces 3% revenue increase for FY20

By Anthony Myers

Premium British chocolatier Hotel Chocolat Group plc has announced revenue of £136m ($174m), an increase of 3% compared with the same period last year, despite its physical high-street outlets being shuttered for 12 weeks because of the coronavirus lockdown.

The Kinders donation mean Cedar Creek’s team can continue to care for local animals, including wombats. Pic: Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue

Community

Kinder makes donation to help with wombat rescue in Australia

By Anthony Myers

Family confectionery brand, Kinder has made a vital contribution to Australia’s Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue that will support the rehabilitation of native animals in bushfire-affected areas of the Hunter Valley region.

The temporary closure of around 500 of Lindt's own shops during the Easter season hit its half-year sales. Pic: Lindt & Sprüngli

Financial results

Lindt sales and profit hit by Easter lockdown due to COVID-19

By Anthony Myers

Lindt & Sprüngli reported a strong start to 2020, but the Swiss chocolate maker said it expected organic sales to fall around 5-7% this year after COVID-19 related store closures hit sales and profit following the global shutdown.