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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.

Do ecolabels support sustainable shopping? / Pic: GettyImages-WeAre

Do ecolabels drive sustainable choices?

By Katy Askew

Ecolabels, many hope, could offer consumers the information they need to promote the purchase of environmentally friendly foods. Oxford University researchers decided to put this theory to the test in an experimental field study.

Fudge Kitchen's new confectionery pouches. Pic: Fudge Kitchen

Packaging

Fudge Kitchen introduces new eco pouches

By Anthony Myers

UK artisan confectioners, Fudge Kitchen, is putting sustainability at the forefront of its business with the launch of a new range of products in fully compostable pouches.

Pandemic-related disruption was short-lived and many firms were able to reduce their lead times relatively quickly, new data reveals. Pic: GettyImages

Logistics

UK confectionery brands slash lead times by more than 40%

By Anthony Myers

According to new data by Unleashed, the index reveals confectionery businesses were one of the top five industries to slash its lead times since the most challenging phase of the pandemic, dropping by 40.96% between 2020-21 and 2021-22.

UK manufacturers and importers of 10 or more tonnes of plastic packaging are expected to submit their PPT return by end of July or face penalties. Pic: GettyImages/Rafmaster

Are you Plastic Packaging Tax return ready?

By Gill Hyslop

Packaging data specialist Ecoveritas has issued a reminder to UK businesses to be prepared to submit their Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT) return before the end of July.

Visitors arrive at the ISM event, which went ahead in 2022 despite the pandemic. Pic:Koelnmesse

ISM/ProSweets 2023

ISM 2023 moved to April, organisers look at axing ProSweets

By Anthony Myers

Next year’s ISM sweets and snacks fair, the largest in Europe and which historically is held at the beginning of February each year, is set to be radically overhauled, organisers Koelnmesse said.

A’capella's beautifully crafted  packaging creates 'a harmonious symphony of delicious design elements' said The Dieline. Pic: A'cappella Chocolate

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2022

A’cappella Chocolate celebrates success at Sweets & Snacks Expo 2022

By Anthony Myers

A’cappella Chocolate came away from the Sweets & Snacks Expo 2022 with two major accolades after the Fresno-based company received praise for its colourful confections and was also named as a ‘standout brand’ by The Dieline.

Milliways Gum makes a statement for World Earth Day 2022. Pic: Milliways

Environment

UK chewing gum brand calls for new plastic policy

By Anthony Myers

Ahead of World Earth Day (22 April), UK chewing gum brand Milliways is calling for the government to introduce a new policy that would reduce single-use plastic pollution and educate consumers about the potentially harmful ingredients used in mainstream...

German confectionery production could grind to a halt as it faces unprecedented supply chain and energy issues.  Photo: Gerhard Schubert GmbH

Production

German confectionery companies face collapse if regulations not lifted

By Anthony Myers

The manufacturing side of the German confectionery industry is facing its worse crisis in 70 years and could grind to a halt as it struggles with the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic and an impending gas shortage caused by the Russian invasion of...

Venchi's new eco-friendly Easter collection. Pic: Venchi

Packaging

Venchi’s Easter 2022 collection to feature eco packaging

By Anthony Myers

Italian luxury chocolate manufacturer Venchi says its Easter 2022 collection is accompanied by a more sustainable initiative, with all its wrappers and ribbons made from recycled PET, FSC-certified paper, cotton-blend fabric.

Steve Lyons, Managing Director, BFP. Pic: BFP

Wholesale

Confectionery and bakery supplier BFP bounces back

By Anthony Myers

BFP, leading ingredients to the bakery industry in the UK, has undergone a major overhaul, unveiling a new management team, several significant investments and a rebrand - after spending several years under the radar.

Food Waste Action Week is designed to drive home the message to cut food waste by 50% by 2030. Pic: GettyImages/Mny-Jhee

Ramping up the bakery waste message

By Gill Hyslop

Food Waste Action Week (7-13 March 2022) was created by anti-food waste expert WRAP to help slice global food waste in half by 2030 through actionable change.

GNT will be demonstrating how EXBERRY can be used to maximise visual appeal in confectionery at this year's ProSweets 2022. Pic: GNT

ProSweets/ISM 2022

GNT set to add colour to ProSweets Cologne 2022

By Anthony Myers

GNT, one of the industry’s main natural ingredients and food colour providers, is set to showcase its EXBERRY Colouring Foods in a vast array of confectionery applications at ProSweets Cologne 2022, which is scheduled to run from 30 January 1 February.

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European labelling systems added to sustainability database

By Oliver Morrison

HowGood’s Latis ​database, which can rapidly verify the impact of more than 33,000 ingredients and products against 127 key environmental and social impact metrics, has added the EU’s Nutri-Score and French Eco-Score labelling systems into its metrics...

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Robots ‘ready to extend reach’ in food industry

By Oliver Morrison

There’s a strong case for the future growth of robots in food production in Europe, believes Dutch bank ING, as companies look to boost competitiveness, improve product quality and respond to rising labour costs.

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