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Green & Black’s search for taste assistant

2 December 2010 – Green & Black’s, The UK premium organic chocolate brand, has launched a search for a taste assistant to work alongside head of taste, Micah Carr-Hill. The chosen applicant will be able to demonstrate the ability to create a variety of chocolate products that complement the existing Green & Black’s range. Guillaume […]

Icy steering

The first cold spell of the year is taking hold in the UK and as always I’m very grateful for my 4×4 when manoeuvring out of the country roads in the woodlands where I live. The same careful yet determined steering is going on at Confectionery Production headquarters at the moment. As you may have […]

New brand and distributor for Panda Licorice

24 November 2010 – Duello is a new liquorice variant from Finnish company Panda Licorice that combines liquorice and chocolate. Available for the first time in the UK, the chocolate covered liquorice is available now from selected Holland & Barrett stores and independent health food outlets. The company will also start a new distribution contract […]

Two heads are better than one

I am delighted that a strong working relationship has matured this week after spending time with the UK Food and Drink Federation’s BCCC sector group. It stands for biscuits, cake, chocolate and confectionery if you were wondering. As I have mentioned before, they kindly asked me to sit on the organising committee of the yearly […]

ADM collaborations at UK technical centre

29 October 2010 – ADM Cocoa is to hold seminars at its technology centre in the UK. The company opened the deZaan Chocolate Advantage Centre in Liverpool, UK earlier this year to offer customers in the UK and Ireland technical services and support to help them create new cocoa and chocolate products or improve existing […]

Market boost for Nestle

28 October 2010 – Nestlé says sales over the first nine months of the year increased 4.1% to 82.8 billion Swiss francs ($85.6 billion) as stronger demand was dampened by the drop in the dollar, which hurt its international competitiveness. The company figures show that both KitKat and Aero are selling well, up by 2.8 […]

Compostable chocolate box tray

25 October 2010 – UK retail chain Marks & Spencer is to introduce a corn starch-based Plantic tray to hold its Swiss chocolate range with an outer-box is made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified cardboard. It is home compostable and will take around three weeks to break down. Under water it will dissolve in […]

Mars may be restructuring UK business

19 October 2010 – As yet, Mars Inc has refused to comment on reports that it is to restructure its UK confectionery operations. The UK part of the business is to become separate from the company’s European operations in an attempt to raise its performance against the other top confectioners in the country. Fiona Dawson, who […]

Sweets manufacturer looks to boost revenue

18 October 2010 – UK sweet manufacturer Tangerine, which produces sweets such as Butterkist popcorn, Dip dabs and Refreshers, has enlisted the help of investment bank NM Rothschild to give advice on how to create an injection of funds, with the possibility of a sale of the company. The company, which was formerly part of […]

More former Cadbury executives leave Kraft

14 October 2010 –Two European executives are leaving Kraft Foods, the latest of former Cadbury senior staff to depart since Kraft’s takeover in February. According to Bloomberg, Ignasi Ricou, the executive for European sales and the gum and candy business, and Tamara Minick-Scokalo, a Cadbury executive currently running Kraft’s European chocolate business, are leaving for […]

Promotional samples could earn confectioners VAT refunds

7 October 2010 – UK confectionery company that give away promotional samples could get significant value-added tax (VAT) refunds following the landmark case of HMRC vs EMI Group. Any UK business which produces goods that it gives away as free samples for promotional purposes stands to gain from a VAT refund. This change in VAT […]

Smurfit Kappa targets packaging supply problems

4 October 2010 – Smurfit Kappa, the UK-based integrated paper-based packaging supplier, is offering a choice of novel ‘performance-packaging’ solutions for confectionery manufacturers experiencing packaging supply problems. Whilst many UK and European carton makers are reporting longer lead times, Smurfit Kappa’s board manufacturing plants are expanding their production to meet increasing demand from the confectionery […]

Chinese whispers

It is apparently time again for another round of ‘How dare any international company consider a possible purchase of a proud, British national food institution?’ This time, it is a Chinese firm found to be encroaching on an ‘Iconic British brand loved by generations’ as the UK’s Daily Mail put it. (Forgetting that UB was […]

Chocri partners with Ritter and launches UK site

24 September 2010 – Germany-based Chocri is expanding its two-year old business by launching a custom chocolate service online on the back of a new round of investment from Ritter Sport. Chocri has 80,000 customers in Germany and the US and opened the UK offshoot of the German website on 20 September. Chocri allows you to […]