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Brian Sollit was a real-life Willy Wonka, one of Britain's most eminent chocolatiers. In a career spanning over 50 years at Rowntree's in York, he created some of the nation's best loved snacks including Lion Bars, Drifters, Matchmakers and the Yorkie, but his crowning glory was the creation of the After Eight Mint. Launched in 1962, it was an instant success, becoming the must-have confectionery for "posh" after-dinner treats. It went on to sell in over 50 countries and had famous devotees such as the Queen Mother.

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Mingus: the next generation

With the Mingus Big Band, the great jazzman's widow has created the perfect tribute to his uncompromising music.

Going down: Cadbury Schweppes

CADBURY SCHWEPPES dropped nearly 8 per cent. The confectioner said first-half profit rose only 4.4 per cent as it struggled to sell beverage brands to Coca-Cola in Australia and Mexico.

Travel: Arrivederci - and bonjour

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Markets surge on upbeat industry and retail data

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Horrible things are happening to sweets. Children are no longer content with chocolate or sherbet dib-dabs. They want to sink their teeth into eyeballs that squirt blood, chew life-size tongues and suck on skulls, chickens and warheads. `Interactive candy' is eating up America. And it's coming to a sweet shop near you
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