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Curaleaf acquires BlueKudu

Curaleaf to acquire cannabis chocolates and gummies maker BlueKudu

3rd March 2020

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,…

AAK secures 75% share in Margaron

AAK acquires 75% stake in Russian confectionery fats producer Margaron

3rd March 2020

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…

Mars works with CARE with further investment

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

26th February 2020

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…

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

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

26th February 2020

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…

Cadbury working on a vegan version of Dairy Milk

24th February 2020

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…

Ahlstrom-Munksjö offers abrasive and tape backings

Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches sustainable paper packaging

24th February 2020

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…

Quality Street launches new indulgent range

Quality Street launches new range of indulgent chocolate truffles

21st February 2020

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…

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

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

21st February 2020

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…

Fudge Kitchen wins big

Fudge Kitchen wins Best Ambient Manufacturer of the Year award

19th February 2020

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…

Nestlé launch new Kit Kat product

Nestlé invests £800,000 in two-finger KitKat Senses biscuit

19th February 2020

Nestlé has expanded its “premium” KitKat Senses range with the launch of a two-finger biscuit in three flavour varieties in the UK. The two-finger biscuit format joins the existing KitKat Senses range of boxed chocolate and single bar formats. Available in 22.8g bars, the collection features three flavours: salted caramel, millionaire’s shortbread and choc chip cookie dough. According…