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Cadbury is to invest £75m in the expansion of its Bournville confectionery plant in Birmingham over the next three years.

Haribo UK is planning to set up a £92m confectionery factory in Castleford by 2015, with the creation of 286 jobs.

Chocolate Cafe has unveiled plans for a £0.4m confectionery factory and visitor centre in East Lancashire by 2014, with the creation of 42 jobs.

Grown Up Chocolate Company is to open a new confectionery manufacturing facility in Harlow, Essex, this autumn.

Cloetta of Sweden has acquired Goody Good Stuff, the Lancashire-based confectionery supplier, for undisclosed terms.

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.

Zetar, the London-based confectionery manufacturer with 1,400 staff at sites in Hull, Leeds, Sleaford and Fakenham, is to be acquired by Zertus of Germany for £43m.

Tangerine Confectionery has bought the Smith Kendon and York Fruits confectionery brands from Lancaster-based Smith Kendon.

Nisha Enterprises is to set up a new confectionery plant in Livingston with the creation of about 20 jobs, having bought brands and machinery from McCowan's.

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.

Kitwave has acquired Automatic Retailing, the Northumberland-based supplier of confectionery and soft drinks for vending machines, for undisclosed terms.

John Bull Confectioners is planning to extend its confectionery factory in Bridlington with the creation of ten jobs, and its nationwide chain of 19 shops will also expand.

Nestle is to invest £1m in the expansion of its confectionery research and development centre in York by 2012.

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.

Zetar has acquired Derwent Lynton, the Derby-based chocolate confectionery manufacturer, for up to £0.8m.

Haribo is to set up a new 500,000 sq ft confectionery production and distribution facility at Normanton near Leeds, with the creation of 286 jobs.

Ferrero of Italy is said to be looking into the possibility of investing in new confectionery production capacity in the UK.

Hershey of the US is planning to move into the UK market, with Asda offering its chocolate confectionery products from early next year.

Tilly Confectionery is planning to set up a new £1.1m 16,000 sq ft confectionery factory at Alva in Stirlingshire by spring 2011, with the creation of 23 jobs.

Ella Riley is considering plans to set up a new toffee confectionery factory in West Yorkshire over the next five years, with the creation of up to 200 jobs.

Stockley's is to relocate its confectionery factory from Oswaldtwistle Mills to a larger site in Shadsworth.

Mars has started work on the development of a new £5.2m confectionery research centre in Slough.

Bon Bon Buddies has bought the Kshocolat confectionery brand out of administration from RSM Tenon for undisclosed terms.

Cadbury, the Birmingham-based confectionery manufacturer with 45,000 staff worldwide, has agreed terms for a £11.6bn takeover by Kraft of the US.

Morris & Son has bought Stockley's Sweets, the Accrington-based confectionery manufacturer with 38 staff, out of administration for undisclosed terms.

Kitwave has acquired Westone Distribution, the Telford-based confectionery wholesaler, for £3.2m, and is now seeking further acquisitions to expand its M&M Value business.

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.

Bon Bon Buddies is to relocate its confectionery business from Crumlin to a new £1m site at Oakdale Business Park near Caerphilly in March.

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.

Zetar is to acquire Lir Chocolates, the Irish manufacturer of luxury confectionery with 120 staff, for up to £5.7m, in order to expand its Kinnerton subsidiary.

Cadbury Schweppes is to acquire Kandia-Excelent, the Romanian confectionery manufacturer, for about £60m.

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.

Glisten is considering plans to expand its confectionery products division in Blackburn by about 25%, which could create new jobs.

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.

Tangerine Confectionery has bought the Blackpool-based sugar confectionery division of Burton's Foods for about £10m, increasing its workforce by 180 to 630.

Sweet China is to acquire Essential Box Confectionery, the supplier of confectionery gift products, in order to establish a trading and manufacturing base in China.

Cadbury Schweppes has acquired Green & Black's, the London-based organic confectionery company with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.

Cadbury Schweppes is planning to invest £40m in the expansion of its Bournville chocolate confectionery factory in Birmingham by autumn 2006.

Kinnerton, the manufacturer of novelty confectionery with sites in London and Fakenham, is to be acquired by Zetar for up to £32m.

Furniss Foods has acquired the traditional gift section of Exeter-based biscuit and confectionery firm Sheriffs for undisclosed terms.

Elizabeth Shaw is planning to close its confectionery factory in Bristol and relocate production to a new site nearby.

Kraft Foods is to sell the Altoids and Life Savers confectionery businesses to Wrigley for £795m, which will include the transfer of 100 staff at a manufacturing plant in Bridgend.

Wrights Pies is planning to set up a new £3.5m confectionery plant in Stoke-on-Trent, with the creation of 150 jobs over the next three years.

AF Blakemore has acquired the McColls confectionery distribution business in Walsall, and the 40 staff will relocate to Willenhall.

Glisten has acquired F Fravigar, the Skegness-based confectionery manufacturer with about 100 staff, for £6.5m.

Glisten has acquired Sunya, the chocolate confectionery manufacturer, from Renshaw Scott for £0.8m, and production will transfer to its Blackburn factory.

Hancocks is planning to expand its chain of 14 confectionery wholesale depots over the next few years, having identified eight suitable sites in the south-east and one in Edinburgh.

Glisten is planning to double capital expenditure in its Blackburn-based confectionery business to £0.5m this year.

McCowans, the Stenhousemuir-based toffee confectionery company with 70 staff, has been acquired by a management buy-in from Dutch consortium Phideas for £3m.

JE Wilson & Sons has acquired Duncan's, the Lanarkshire-based confectionery manufacturer, for undisclosed terms.

OP Chocolates has secured a £1.2m grant from the Welsh Development Agency to expand its marshmallow confectionery factory in Merthyr.

Arkady Craigmillar is relocating its confectionery mixes factory from Suffolk to Manchester.

Cadbury Schweppes has acquired a 51% stake in Kent Gida, the Turkish sugar confectionery company, for £90m.

Needler Bluebird is considering plans to close its confectionery factory in Hull, and the business may be relocated to parent company Ashbury Confectionery in Corby.

Needler Bluebird has been acquired by Ashbury Confectionery of Corby to create a combined confectionery business with turnover of £25m.

Hancocks Holdings has set up a £3.5m confectionery distribution warehouse at the Castle Business Park in Loughborough.

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 expanding in Argentina with the £15m purchase of the Mantecol confectionery product from Georgalos Hnos.

Mackays, the preserve manufacturer, has acquired Hudson International, the supplier of confectionery and food gifts, for undisclosed terms.

Toms of Denmark is planning to invest £50m in the UK over the next three years by acquiring a number of small confectionery manufacturers and expanding its two existing factories.

Bon Bon Buddies has received a £1.5m investment from 3i in order to finance the expansion of its novelty confectionery business into the US.

Hancocks Holdings is to set up a new confectionery wholesale outlet at Vanguard Court in Stockton, with the creation of about 25 jobs.

Lovells, the Newport-based chocolate confectionery company, has been sold by NFF to a local businessman for £0.9m.

Thistle Confectionery is to set up a confectionery factory at New Leeds in Aberdeenshire, creating an initial 15 jobs.

Sidoli's is planning to double the size of its ice cream and confectionery factory in Welshpool, which already employs 150 people.

Markbeech Products has bought Cadec, the supplier of edible nuts and ingredients to the bakery and confectionery industries, from the Harrington Food Group.

Cadbury Schweppes has agreed to sell its non-US soft drinks businesses to Coca-Cola for £1.12bn, and the proceeds will be used to expand its confectionery operations around the world.

Cadbury Schweppes is acquiring Wedel, the leading Polish confectionery brand, from PepsiCo for £46m, while United Biscuits is in negotiations to buy the Wedel biscuit business.

James Finlay has sold its confectionery business to Northern Foods in a £10m deal that will help finance the development of its tea plantations in Sri Lanka.

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.

Denham Holdings is buying Carter Penguin, the confectionery business, from Armour Trust for about £4.3m.