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Confectionery clash between Ukraine and EU

The possible introduction of a 50% tax on confectionery and related products is threatening the Ukrainian confectionery industry, which employs 300,000 people.

Posted 18 February 2011

Frozen retail packs of wild blueberries to be launched

For the first time in the UK, the Wild Blueberry Association of North America (WBANA) will introduce a frozen retail pack and a new dried fruit application as well as new product concepts featuring Canadian Wild Blueberries as the signature ingredient.

Posted 17 February 2011

Steven Esom appointed new chair of BRC Trading

Steven Esom, former executive director of food at Marks & Spencer and managing director of Waitrose, has been appointed as chairman of BRC Trading, the commercial arm of the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Posted 17 February 2011

JW Filshill voted best Scottish wholesale business

JW Filshill, Scotland’s oldest independent food and drink wholesaler, has been named the best wholesale business in Scotland for a fifth time at the Scottish Wholesale Achievers awards.

Posted 17 February 2011

Kit Kats for sharing

Kit Kat, the UK’s third largest chocolate confectionery brand, is launching the Kit Kat Pop Choc sharing bags, supported by a £3 million media campaign.

Posted 16 February 2011

Chocolate boosts Australian Fairtrade sales

Australia continues to be one of the world’s fastest growing markets for Fairtrade Certified goods with chocolate replacing coffee as the country’s biggest selling Fairtrade product. Sales of general Fairtrade products have tripled in just 12 months to over $120 million in 2010, according to Fairtrade ANZ (Australia & New Zealand). Fairtrade ANZ CEO Stephen […]

Posted 14 February 2011

The academy of chocolate announces its fifth awards

The Academy of Chocolate has announced that its fifth Awards will take place in March 2011. The internationally recognised awards are judged by members of the Academy and a panel of journalists, chefs and experts.

Posted 10 February 2011

Brazilians celebrate increase in visitors to their stands at ISM 2011

The 28 Brazilian companies that took part in ISM 2011 are pleased with the high volume of deals closed and significant numbers of visitors to their stands. Over the four days of the fair, 1,500 visitors came to the Sweet Brazil Pavilion, a 36% increase compared to last year’s edition, with a resulting sales volume of more than $51 million, including the deals expected to be closed over the next 12 months.

Posted 10 February 2011

New campaign for Butterkist

Butterkist has invested in a new media campaign, which includes updating its existing TV commercial based around the strapline, ‘You can’t resist Butterkist.’

Posted 9 February 2011

Raisio buy Big Bear for €95.3m

Finnish food company Raisio is to acquire British snacks and confectionery company Big Bear Group for €95.3 million.

Posted 7 February 2011

ISM highlights

Exhibitors always complain about the first and last days of most trade fairs and this year’s ISM was no different. The fair was notably smaller but according to the final report, visitor numbers were actually slightly up with stronger international visitor numbers standing at 64%.

Posted 3 February 2011

New managing director of ECR Europe

Xavier Hua has been appointed managing director of ECR Europe by the board of directors of the organisation, constituted by leaders of the European consumer goods manufacturer and retail industry.

Posted 27 January 2011