• Nestlé fails to trademark four-fingered KitKat shape

    By Vending International on May 23, 2017
    Court of Appeal judges in London have ruled that Nestle cannot trademark the shape of its famous four-fingered KitKat bar. Nestlé claimed that the shape of the bar was unique and should be protected by law. But time after time, judges have thrown out the attempt. A spokesperson for Nestlé said: “Nestle is disappointed by the Court of Appeal judgement […]
  • India is among the world’s fastest growing chocolate markets

    By Vending International on May 15, 2017
    New research from Mintel has revealed that India is now one of the world’s fastest growing chocolate confectionary markets. Sales of chocolate confectionery in retail markets grew by 13% between 2015 and 2016 in India, followed by Poland which saw sales growth of 2%. In comparison to the rest of the world, Poland and India were the only two markets to […]
  • GMB backs peers’ call for guarantees over post-Brexit chocolate bar tariffs

    By Vending International on May 12, 2017
    GMB, the union for chocolate bar producers, has backed a House of Lords report calling for guarantees on confectionary tariffs post-Brexit. In a document published on April 27, peers said up to 97% of the UK’s food and drink exports could be at risk after Britain leaves the EU. Sugar and confectionary are already subject to the highest EU tariffs […]
  • Broderick’s teams up with Mars to launch first university loyalty app

    By Vending International on May 10, 2017
    Broderick’s has partnered with Manchester Metropolitan and confectionery giant Mars to launch the UK’s first loyalty app aimed at university students and staff. The app shares notifications of Mars product launches introduced at Broderick’s vending machines in return for loyalty rewards, competition prizes and freebies. Customers will also be given the chance to vote for their favourite products to be given a […]
  • Nestle to cut 300 UK jobs as production moves to Poland

    By Vending International on April 27, 2017
    It was announced on April 26 that Nestle is cutting 300 jobs in the UK as it moves production of the Blue Riband chocolate biscuit to Poland. The company is making the cuts despite achieving £21 billion from sales – a quarterly increase of 0.4%. Blue Riband has been made in Britain since 1936 and is primarily consumed by the […]
  • Public Health England publishes sugar reduction guidelines

    By Vending International on April 18, 2017
    Public Health England has reported that it will engage with all sectors of the food industry to reduce the amount of sugar in foods that contribute most to children’s intakes by 20% by 2020, with a 5% reduction in the first year. The initial focus will be on the top nine food categories that contribute the most to children’s sugar […]
  • Sweet Ideas rebrands to become Deliciousideas Food Group

    By Vending International on April 10, 2017
    Peterborough-based Sweet Ideas has rebranded to become Deliciousideas Food Group to reflect the changing face of consumer purchasing. The decision was prompted by a huge growth in sales of the company’s own brand, Healthyideas, Deliciousideas and Snackideas offering healthier snackes and ‘free from’ foods in line with consumer habits over the last 24 months. Following on from the increased success […]
  • Tayto Group acquires Freedom Refreshments

    By Vending International on April 5, 2017
    Leeds-based vending solutions company, Freedom Refreshments, has been purchased by Montagu Group, which is an affiliate company of Tayto Group (TGL). TGL owns key brands, Golden Wonder, Mr Porky, REAL Crisps, Jonathan Crisp and Tayto, which is Northern Ireland’s number one brand of crisps, and this £multi-million deal is TGL’s first acquisition in the vending-solutions sector. The acquisition, which includes […]
  • First Milk agrees contract with Nestlé U&I

    By Vending International on March 14, 2017
      First Milk has supplied fresh British milk to Nestlé UK&I since 2003, in a relationship that has focused on building a long term sustainable supply chain for Nestlé’s confectionary and beverage businesses. CEO Mike Gallacher said: “Nestlé are a hugely important customer for First Milk and I am delighted to see this relationship renewed for the long term. Nestlé […]
  • Nestlé UK & Ireland to strip 10% of confectionery sugar

    By Vending International on March 14, 2017
    Nestlé UK and Ireland is stepping up to the sugar challenge by stripping out 10% of sugar from its confectionery portfolio by 2018. The move will see around 7,500 tonnes of sugar removed across a number of well-known brands through a range of methods and initiatives. The changes will largely be achieved by replacing sugar with higher quantities of existing […]