Mondelēz International Names Luca Zaramella as Chief Financial Officer

USA - Mondelēz International, an American multinational confectionery company, has announced that Luca Zaramella, 49, Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance and a 20-year veteran of the company, will become EVP, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective August 1, 2018. Zaramella will replace Brian Gladden, who will leave the company in August. After 10 years as…

Kellogg recalls Honey Smacks cereal in US potentially contaminated with Salmonella

USA - Kellogg company has voluntarily recalled an estimated 1.3-million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal in the US over potential of having been contaminated with Salmonella. According to a statement on their website, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Kellogg has launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces Honey…

Mondelez International invests US$200m in Czech Republic

EUROPE - Mondelēz International, an American multinational confectionery, food, and beverage company, has announced it has invested US$200 million since 2014 in its Opava biscuit manufacturing facility, Europe. According to the company, the investment builds on Opava’s proud heritage of more than a century as a biscuit-making center and supports the company’s global growth strategy…

Mars Wrigley names new global president for candy unit

USA - The World leader in confections, Mars Wrigley has named its Chief Marketing & Customer Officer Andrew Clarke as new global president to lead its candy business, Mars Wrigley Confectionery. Clarke succeeds Martin Radvan, will be based at Mars Wrigley Confectionery's global headquarters in Chicago, Illinois with the appointment effective September 2018. Martin is…

Kellogg Company announces leadership changes in the North American and European regions

USA - Kellogg Company, an American multinational food-manufacturing company, has announced two leadership changes to help drive the company's growth strategy in the North American and European regions. According to the company, the leadership changes will involve Chris Hood, currently President of Kellogg Europe, who was named President, Kellogg North America reporting to Chairman and…

Orkla consolidates biscuits production to build new factory in Europe

NORWAY – Orkla, a Norwegian conglomerate operating in the Nordic region, has consolidated production of biscuits in the Group, to build a new biscuits factory outside Latvia, Europe. According to the company, investing in a new, modern factory and concentrating production in one location, can strengthen the future competitiveness and innovative ability and at the…

UK-based snack brand introduces two new plant-based protein bars

UK - Real Handful, a UK-based snack company with an innovation in healthy snacking, has expanded its product range by introducing two new plant-based protein bars to the UK market. The new products are the first snack bars released by Real Handful, and follow on from the brand’s release of two new trail mix flavours…

Mars Wrigley to build a US$69.3m chewing gum facility in Kenya

KENYA - Mars Wrigley, the American confectionery manufacturer has announced plans to build a US$69.3 million facility near the Kenyan capital Nairobi as it embarks on a global expansion of its chewing gum subsidiary, Wrigley, reported FoodBev. The facility set to open later this year, will have the capacity to produce 7.8 billion pellets of…

France to ban use of titanium dioxide in pastries by the end of 2018

FRANCE - The French government has intensified campaign against titanium dioxide used as a pigment to bring a bright and smooth white appearance to pastries or confectionery or to opacify yogurt and ice cream, according to FoodingredientsFirst. The country is debating to ban the use of titanium dioxide as an additive in recipes by the…

Britannia embarks on global sourcing to cut costs with profits 25% higher

INDIA - The Indian biscuit maker and food products corporation has reported a 25% increase in net profit in the fourth quarter ended March 31, boosted by high demand met through a wide distribution reach across its market. Following a reformed tax environment that recognizes a uniform producer levy, Britannia said it was consolidating its…