The notoriously sweet-toothed UK population has boosted confectionery sales to almost £6bn in the last year, according to research.

And Cadbury Trebor Bassett said the total market, including foodservice outlets and vending, looked set to top the £6bn mark very soon.

Despite growing controversy over the nation’s dietary habits, The Grocer’s annual Focus On Confectionery feature reveals that UK consumers are munching their way through even more chocolate, gum and sugary sweets, and have given the market a respectable level of growth for the first time in several years.

See this week’s issue of The Grocer for full details.