Thorntons chief executive Jonathan Hart expects further growth from supermarket sales in the coming year, he told FoodManufacture.co.uk, after the company posted strong fourth quarter growth in the division including that area.
UK confectionery and bakery maker Lees Food claims an increased focus on production planning helped generate greater efficiencies and boost growth as it announces a 43 per cent jump in half-year profits.
Kraft has struck an £11.7bn deal to acquire Cadbury in a move that could bring to an end months of fierce corporate battles, and Confectionerynews.com has constructed a timeline of key events in the takeover saga.
Although hit by the uncertainty of big contract renewal, the
UK-based Tate & Lyle Group has said that it expects profit
before tax in the third quarter of the year to 31 March 2004 to be
in line with expectations.