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These are all the posts that have been tagged with UK.

Scottish teacake maker in lending problems

Bakery manufacturer Lees of Scotland may have to postpone an acquisition aimed at diversifying the group due to problems finding a bank to back it despite record turnover in 2008. The maker of macaroon bars and coconut snowballs was hit by the collapse of Woolworths and banks’ risk departments continue to reject its acquisition proposal. […]

M&S wins teacake battle after 13 years

After a legal battle lasting 13 years, British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has won the fight over the classification of its teacakes. Consequently, the company is entitled to a £3.5 million rebate. The long-standing dispute originated when M&S claimed that for 20 years its teacakes were incorrectly classified as chocolate biscuits, hence attracting value […]

ADM acquires Schokinag

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has expanded its global cocoa and chocolate business with the signing of an agreement to purchase Schokinag-Schokolade-Industrie Herrmann GmbH & Co. KG, one of Europe’s leading producers of chocolate and cocoa powder. Scott Walker, managing director of ADM Cocoa International, says, “By integrating Schokinag into our cocoa business, we will […]

Further price increases for cocoa

Chocolate manufacturers might have to either absorb or pass on even more price increases as cocoa prices have broken through the £2,000 (€2133) a tonne barrier last week. Luxury chocolate brands will likely be worst affected due to their higher levels of cocoa even though all manufacturers have seen other prices, such as oil, drop. […]

Zetar profits fall

UK confectionery, nut and dried fruit brand Zetar has reported a 73% fall in profits and is set to sell the loss-making Baked Snacks unit to focus resources on core business. While the main reason for the company’s decline was the loss of UK retailer Woolworth’s, it cites high costs of raw materials, particularly nuts, […]

Restructure at Real Good Food

The UK company Real Good Food Company is consolidating two of its businesses, the bakery ingredients division Renshaw and sugar division Napier Brown Foods. The new division, to be called renshawnapier, will be based in Liverpool, UK. Stephen Heslop, chief executive of Real Good Food, says, “Our new and flatter management structure, with head office […]

Honour for fairtrade pioneer

Sophi Tranchell, managing director of the UK fairtrade chocolate company Divine Chocolate, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List. Sophi Tranchell’s award recognises her service to the food industry. She has led Divine from an under-capitalised idealistic start up in 1999 to today’s status as a mainstream and popular Fairtrade brand […]

Nestle appoints UK marketing director

Nestle has appointed Terri Tinella as UK marketing director for its confectionery division. It follows the promotion of David Rennie earlier this year. Tinella joins the UK division from Nestle Canada, where she is currently senior vice president for communications and marketing effectiveness. She will take over the role in January when Rennie starts in […]

SinoSweet opens in UK

SinoSweet, the Chinese manufacturer of the low-calorie sweetener Aspartame, has opened a new UK sales office, Sinosweet UK Ltd. In addition to the sales office, stock points situated around the UK will allow the company to respond rapidly to the requirements of its customers. SinoSweet accounts for more than 50% of the total Chinese annual […]

Cadbury becomes official 2012 Olympic sponsor

Cadbury has become an official sponsor of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and will supply all confectionery and packaged ice cream at the Olympic Park during the Games. This has angered workers at one of its UK plants, which is due to shut by 2010 with the loss of about 500 jobs. The deal gives […]

Ingredients news: Natural melanges come to the UK

BakeMark UK has launched the UK’s first melanges as part of its new Optinature range of all-natural products. Produced under the BakeMark UK Craigmillar umbrella, the melanges are a whole new concept in bakery fats for the UK market. Melange is the French word for mixture; the products, popular in other parts of Europe, are […]

Melamine found in confectionery around the globe

Multinational confectionery giants have defended the integrity of their products in the wake of the melamine in Chinese milk powder scandal. However, Cadbury has been forced to withdraw products produced in its Beijing plant, and Mars has been shocked by an Indonesian authority announcement that M&Ms and Snickers made in China contain melamine. Cadbury voluntarily […]

Thorntons enjoys good growth

Strong performances across all sales channels have helped boost pre-tax profits at Thorntons by almost 20%. The UK confectioner has also passed the £200 million sales threshold for the first time ever. Thorntons’ preliminary results statement for the year ended 28 June 2008 show that despite toughening market conditions, sales grew by 11.9% to £208.1 […]

Mars raises the bar on nutrition

Mars Snackfood UK has made nutritional improvements to its filled confectionery bars and launched a new consumer marketing campaign with the strapline: Raising the bar’. The product changes, which are being implemented across Europe, mean that Twix, Milky Way, Snickers and the iconic Mars bar, will all become free from artificial colours, flavourings and preservatives. […]