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McVitie’s shows its dark caramel side

United Biscuits (UK) is extending its McVitie’s Caramel Digestives range with the launch of a new limited edition Dark Chocolate variant. Available from the end of April, this new variant will be available to buy in a 300g format at a RRP of £2.29.

Posted 26 April 2011

Costco may expand in Europe

Costco, the largest warehouse club retailer, could enter more European markets within the next three years, according to the PLMA.

Posted 21 April 2011

Gourmet range for Border Biscuits

Border Biscuits has expanded its portfolio with the launch of a new Gourmet Goodness range, which includes fruit, seeds and nut ingredients.

Posted 20 April 2011

Ferrero CEO dies suddenly at 47

Pietro Ferrero, CEO of the Ferrero group, has died at 47 of a suspected heart attack in South Africa while cycling.

Posted 19 April 2011

Biggest Kit Kat on-pack promotion

Nestle has launched its own version of Willy Wonka’s golden ticket with the biggest on-pack promotion for the Kit Kat brand. The campaign offers consumers 10 chances to win £10,000 by finding a red wafer, along with a golden ticket, inside a pack.

Posted 18 April 2011

The strength of in-store bakeries

The in-store baking industry is one of the fastest growing bakery sectors in Europe and inclusions specialists Pecan Deluxe Candy (Europe), has extended its range of products to help it respond to retailers’ demands for a wider range of ingredients.

Posted 15 April 2011

Hancocks brings out value choc countlines

Hancocks Cash and Carry has launched a range of value chocolate countlines with low retail prices. “While some shoppers will remain loyal to a particular brand whatever the price, others are seeking a better value taste – our new range of countlines will effectively serve the value end of the market,” says Jonathan Summerley, Hancocks purchasing director.

Posted 14 April 2011

BRC reports worst retail month in 16 years

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has revealed the biggest sales drop in its history. BRC said total sales for March were down 1.9% from a year ago, the steepest decline since it began its monthly survey in 1995.

Posted 14 April 2011

UK confectionery market

A new Key Note report entitled ‘Confectionery’ looks at the UK market for chocolate and sugar confectionery.

Posted 12 April 2011

Back the Red Tape Challenge

The Secretary of State for Business has launched a major public consultation that gives local shops the opportunity to explain which regulations that cause them a burden should go.

Posted 12 April 2011

A Twix move into cakes

Mars has teamed up with McVitie’s Cake Company for the launch of Twix Caramel Slices to combine the best of the chocolate and cake slice world.

Posted 11 April 2011

P & G sells Pringles to Diamond

Procter & Gamble has sold the Pringles crisp brand to Diamond Foods, the US snacks group that owns Kettle Chips.

Posted 8 April 2011