Ashbury Confectionery has acquired Needler Blue Bird Confectionery. The multimillion pound deal delivers Corby based Ashbury the consumer brands Needlers, Chewies, Sensations and Fiesta as well as Blue Bird toffees. It will also give Ashbury greater access to the independent sector ­ one of Needler Blue Bird's traditional strengths. Ashbury md Mario Gianotta said: "Our two companies' ranges and markets are complementary for us and our customers." The combined business will have a turnover of £25m. {{NEWS }}