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Hancocks Group, the Loughborough-based chain of 18 confectionery wholesale depots, has undergone a management buy-out backed by H2 Equity Partners, and plans to open five new sites by 2016.
Kraft is to invest £50m in the expansion of its confectionery and biscuit manufacturing operations in the UK, but 200 jobs will be lost at Cadbury sites in Bournville, Chirk and Herefordshire.
Tangerine Confectionery, the confectionery manufacturer with 1,340 staff in Blackpool, Liverpool, Cleckheaton, York, Pontefract and Poole, is in negotiations to be acquired by private equity firm Blackstone for about £100m.
East Midlands Development Agency has announced that Sichuan Sweetrip Food of China is to open a confectionery distribution office in Leicester, and EMDA is also in talks with other Chinese companies.
Cadbury Schweppes is to sell its Monkhill sugar confectionery business to Tangerine Confectionery for £58m, with the transfer of more than 800 jobs at sites in York, Cleckheaton, Pontefract and Chesterfield.
Cadbury Schweppes has sold a further three non-core operations, with HJ Heinz acquiring its Australian jams business for £29m, a new company acquiring its Canadian candy business for £10m, and Leaf Italia acquiring its Italian confectionery business for £6m.
Lees Foods is looking to invest up to £8m in the expansion and diversification of its Scottish confectionery business, and is interested in the acquisition of restaurants and small hotels.
Millar McCowan has been bought out of administration by Principal Capital Management, securing the future of 140 jobs at its confectionery manufacturing operations in Broxburn and Stenhousemuir.
Cadbury Schweppes is looking to expand the distribution of its confectionery products into new outlets such as hospitals, pubs and other public places, partly through the use of vending machines.
Cadbury Schweppes is to acquire La Pie Qui Chante, the French sugar sweets maker, from Danone for undisclosed terms, a move which will make it the third largest confectionery company in France.