Manufacturers

Halloween offers creative bakers a wealth of hair-raising opportunities to bring in sales. Pic: GettyImages/mediaphotos

Halloween is big business for forward-thinking bakers

By Gill Hyslop

A survey by the UK’s Craft Bakers Association (CBA) revealed the scale of the spookiest season of the year, with almost half of the artisanal sector noting a significant increase in sales at this time.

Läderach's new vegan range is in stores. Pic: Läderach

Free-from

Läderach launches luxury vegan range chocolate

By Anthony Myers

Premium Swiss chocolatier Läderach has launched a new vegan range that is now available in its three London outlets including a flagship store on Regent Street, Westfield Centre in Shepherd’s Bush and also Harrods’ Chocolate Hall.

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Production

Hershey to invest in north Mexico plant

By Anthony Myers

US confectionery giant Hershey has announced plans to invest $90m on two new production lines in a Mexican facility in the northern border state of Nuevo Leo.

Starburst fans can go on TikTok to ask the universe. Pic: TikTok

Marketing

How do they make Starbursts so juicy?

By Anthony Myers

In search of answers, the brand is enlisting the help of fans on TikTok to pose the question at the heart of its new ‘Ask the Universe’ campaign.

Nestlé's KitKat V will soon be in the hands of European consumers. Pic: Nestlé'

Free-from

Nestlé’s Vegan KitKat gets Europe-wide launch

By Anthony Myers

After a successful launch in the UK, Nestlé's has confirmed that KitKat V, the vegan version of the iconic wafer snack, will soon roll out in 15 European countries.

TopGum gains organic certification for its clean, sugar-free functional gummies. Pic: Top Gum

Gummies

TopGum Gummies earns new Organic Seal

By Anthony Myers

Following a strict audit of its facility and production systems by an authorized international Organic Certifier, the new seal confirms the company’s commitment to sourcing, processing, and manufacturing certified organic, non-GMO products that conform...

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HR

Hershey named one of the best companies to work for in US

By Anthony Myers

Confectionery giant’s reputation for justice, pride and leadership have been hailed by its employees as particular strengths for the company, leading it to be ‘Certified by Great Place to Work’ in its US business operations.

Olam believes it is 'well-positioned' for 2022. Pic: Olam Group

Financial results

Olam remains confident of ofi IPO after a rise in Group profits

By Anthony Myers

The Olam Group said it remains cautiously optimistic about its prospects for the rest of the year, despite global supply chain issues, and confirmed it still intends to go ahead with the ofi IPO – favourable market conditions permitting.

Mars is mobilising partners in a coral reef restoration project / Pic: GettyImages-Tobiasjo

Mars talks ‘mission critical’ coral reef restoration

By Katy Askew

Coral reefs are degrading at an alarming rate – threatening the health of our oceans and the ecosystems that support sea life. Confectionery-to-pet food manufacturer Mars is working to turn the tide. FoodNavigator catches up with the company’s chief marine...

Clif Bars have become popular with cyclists and other hi-energy sports enthusiasts. Pic: GettyImages/kali9

Mondelēz finalises Clif Bar bolt-on

By Gill Hyslop

Mondelēz International has completed the acquisition of Clif Bar & Company, augmenting its position as a $1 billion global snack bar player.

Customers are willing to pay more for its premium chocolate, Lindt said in a statement. Pic: Lindt & Spruengli

Financial results

Lindt & Spruengli raises guidance after jump in profits

By Anthony Myers

Swiss chocolate maker has made a first-half net profit jump of 36% to 138.4 million francs and said it now expects 2022 organic sales growth of 8-10% with an operating margin of approximately 15%.

Snacking behavior holds strong in face of inflation, says Mondelēz

Snacking behavior holds strong in face of inflation, says Mondelēz

By Mary Ellen Shoup

In the face of inflation and consumer price sensitivity, Mondelēz International saw positive volume growth and price resiliency across its snacking portfolio especially in its core areas of snacking and chocolate, reported chairman and CEO Dirk Van de...

UK confectionery company Sweet Dreams celebrates £90k cash boost. Pic: Sweet Dreams

Investment

UK confectionery company celebrates £90k cash boost

By Anthony Myers

Sweet Dreams, a British confectionery company, is celebrating a cash boost of £92,000 that will go towards growing its operations, hiring more staff, and breaking into new markets.

John Winnard and Ant Winnard celebrate new export success. Pic: Uncle Joes Mint Balls

Manufacturing

Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls secures order from New Zealand

By Anthony Myers

British confectionery heritage brand, Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls, has continued its post-Brexit expansion into international markets by securing its first order from New Zealand in more than 10 years.

Pablo Perversi. Pic: Barry Callebaut

Corporate

Perversi to leave Barry Callebaut Group in September

By Anthony Myers

Pablo Perversi, Barry Callebaut’s Chief Innovation, Sustainability & Quality Officer, Global Head of Gourmet and member of its Executive Committee, has announced he is to leave the Group on 1 September to ‘pursue new career opportunities.

Tony's Chocolonely's new 'Independent Bars'. Pic: Tony’s Chocolonely

World Chocolate Day

Tony’s Chocolonely marks World Chocolate Day with new Independent Bars

By Anthony Myers

Ahead of World Chocolate Day on Thursday 7 July, Dutch ethical brand Tony’s Chocolonely has added two new ‘Independent Bars’ with new flavours to its range, in support of independent and non-grocery stores, as well as reminding consumers of the true price...