COVID-19

The manufacturer of Jaffa Cakes has urged retailers to go back to basics with biscuits. Pic: pladis

Consumer insights

Biscuit sales surge in the UK

By Anthony Myers

UK manufacturer pladis announced sales of biscuits grew by £66m (2.5%) - the category is now worth £2.7bn ($3.42bn) - and said it was on its way to unlocking a £264m opportunity within the coming three years.

Flashback to the WCF's last partnership Meeting in Berlin. Pic: WCF

Coronavirus

WCF’s 2020 Partnership Meeting goes virtual

By Anthony Myers

The World Cocoa Foundation’s (WCF) 2020 Partnership Meeting, set to be held in Bogotá, Colombia, on November 18 and 19, has been switched to an online-only event due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organization has announced.

Calico Cottage is one of the world’s largest provider of fudge making ingredients. Pic: Calico Cottage

Coronavirus

Fudge maker Calico Cottage secures coronavirus loan from bank

By Anthony Myers

Cambridgeshire manufacturer and supplier Calico Cottage has secured a six-figure funding package from Lloyds Bank, via its Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, to support its operations through the covid-19 pandemic, the company has announced.

Harold Poelma. Pic: Cargill

Appointments

Cargill’s Poelma elected as new ECA chairman

By Anthony Myers

The European Cocoa Association (ECA) has announced Cargill president of Cocoa & Chocolate, Harold Poelma, as the new chairman of the Association for the next two years, effective immediately.

EU-UK trade talks are set to resume next month after disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Pic: European Union

Brexit

CAOBISCO calls on EU and UK to extend FTA talks

By Anthony Myers

CAOBISCO, the Association of the Chocolate, Biscuits & Confectionery Industries of Europe, has called on the EU and UK authorities to extend free trade agreement (FTA) talks fearing a balanced trade agreement could be jeopardised because of the COVID-19...