Sweetdreams announces £250,000 export deal

Matthew and Cathy Stephenson of Sweetdreams, based in Cramlington

Confectionery company Sweetdreams is celebrating winning ‘a game changing’ £250,000 export deal, Business Live has reported. The Cramlington firm will soon be supplying its best-selling Choc Nibbles brand and two bespoke products into the United Arab Emirates (UAE), after managing director Matthew Stephenson agreed the deal with Dubai-based Life Pharmacy while their guest at a…

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Curaleaf to acquire cannabis chocolates and gummies maker BlueKudu

Curaleaf acquires BlueKudu

US-based cannabis retail operator Curaleaf Holdings will acquire BlueKudu, a Colorado-based producer of cannabis chocolates and gummies. Neither company has divulged any of the deal’s financial details. Curaleaf CEO Joe Lusardi said: “Colorado is the second largest cannabis market in the US with sales surpassing $1.7bn in 2019. With over eight years of operating history,…

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AAK acquires 75% stake in Russian confectionery fats producer Margaron

AAK secures 75% share in Margaron

Swedish vegetable oils and fats producer AAK has strengthened its position in the Russian market by acquiring a 75% stake in NPO Margaron. Based in St Petersburg, Margaron produces margarine and spreads, as well as bakery and confectionery fats. Neither company has divulged any financial details. AAK president and CEO Johan Westman said: “Russia and…

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Mars invest a further $10 million in CARE to support women in cocoa-growing communities

Mars works with CARE with further investment

CARE and Mars Wrigley are building on the success and learnings of their Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) initiative, building women’s social and economic empowerment in cocoa-growing communities in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Through an additional US$10 million investment from Mars, CARE will expand the VSLA program beyond the 12,000 members Mars and CARE…

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Mondelēz International acquires in-store bakery company, Give & Go

Mondelēz International acquires in-store bakery company, Give & Go

Mondelēz International has announced an agreement to acquire a significant majority interest in Give & Go, a North American leader in fully-finished sweet baked goods and owners of the famous “two-bite” brand and the “Create-A-Treat” brand known for cookie and gingerbread house decorating kits. Give & Go is being sold by funds affiliated with Thomas…

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Cadbury working on a vegan version of Dairy Milk

Classic chocolate brand Cadbury has announced it is working on creating a vegan version of its popular Dairy Milk bar. A spokesperson for Mondelēz, which owns Cadbury, revealed that the company has no immediate plans for a consumer launch of the bar. According to reports, the company has been working on developing a dairy-free recipe for two years, and…

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches sustainable paper packaging

Ahlstrom-Munksjö offers abrasive and tape backings

Fibre-based material supplier Ahlstrom-Munksjö has launched a new sustainable confectionery paper line. Named ‘Delicitera Confectionery Papers’, the safe-to-use sustainable food packaging papers offer enhanced shelf presence with various visual and functional benefits. Ahlstrom-Munksjö food packaging solutions business unit vice-president Jeff Murphy said: “Our confectionery papers are made of responsibly sourced natural fibres, are safe for…

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Quality Street launches new range of indulgent chocolate truffles

Quality Street launches new indulgent range

Quality Street Intrigue, a range of truffles inspired by classic Quality Street flavours, arrives in UK stores from this week. Rebecca Holt, Brand Manager for Quality Street said: “Quality Street is a much-loved UK brand; and we know many fans would love to enjoy more of it all year round. “That’s why we’ve created a…

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Barry Callebaut launches world’s first 3D chocolate printing studio

Barry Callebaut launches world's first 3D printing chocolate studio

The Barry Callebaut Group has announced the launch of the world’s first personalised 3D printed chocolate at scale, through its global decoration brand Mona Lisa. Mona Lisa is the first brand to launch personalised 3D printed chocolate at scale, made from Belgian chocolate. The move revolutionises the world of chocolate craft by combining industry-leading production…

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Fudge Kitchen wins Best Ambient Manufacturer of the Year award

Fudge Kitchen wins big

In a glittering, rock themed event on February 13, 2020, hosted by Scissor Sisters singer, Ana Matronic, and complete with casino, photobooth and live band, some of the most influential brands in the food manufacturing industry, including Fudge Kitchen, gathered at The Marriott Hotel on London’s Grosvenor Square, to find out whose trophy cabinet would…

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