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  • Hershey Names Patricia A. Little CFO
    February 27, 2015
    Patricia A. Little, former executive vice-president and CFO at Kelly Services, Inc., is the new CFO at The Hershey Co., effective March 16. . . .
  • ESC Leveraging Fully Traceable Fairtrade Cocoa
    February 26, 2015
    Endangered Species Chocolate (ESC) has received certification from Fairtrade America and is the first fully traceable chocolate . . .
  • Krull Heads Redemption Sales For A&A Global
    February 26, 2015
    Ann Krull has come on board as A&A Global Industries, Inc.’s redemption sales manager, with responsibility for expanding the company’s presence in amusement parks, family entertainment venues and arcades nationwide. . . .
  • ARS Releases Heart-Healthy Peanut Variety
    February 25, 2015
    Olé, a disease-resistant Spanish peanut with high levels of oleic acid, has been developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in conjunction with Oklahoma State University. . . .
  • Caution Needed When Reformulating
    February 25, 2015
    While consumer groups champion manufacturers making moves to replace artificial and GMO ingredients, analysts at Datamonitor Consumer warn . . .
  • Kodak Launches Packaging Exec Site
    February 25, 2015
    The Eastman Kodak Co. unveiled chiefpackagingofficer.com, a content portal for packaging industry executives featuring industry news, trends, blogs by subject matter experts, case studies, eBooks and white papers. . . .
  • Lindt Raises Funds For Autism Awareness
    February 25, 2015
    For the sixth consecutive year, Lindt & Sprüngli (USA) Inc. is auctioning porcelain depictions of its Gold Bunny signed by music, entertainment and sports celebrities to raise funds for Autism Speaks, an awareness, support and advocacy group. . . .
  • Luitjens Is First Source EVP, Sales
    February 25, 2015
    Steve Luitjens has joined distributor First Source, LLC as its executive vice-president of sales. . . .
  • Mondelez Sells Betabox To VaynerMedia
    February 25, 2015
    Social media and digital marketing agency VaynerMedia, LLC has acquired all assets of Mondelez International, Inc.’s Betabox, LLC venture for an undisclosed price. . . .
  • Nassau Event Connects Retailers, Vendors
    February 25, 2015
    Retail owners and managers and more than 130 leading vendors have an opportunity to discuss profit-driving programs, incentives and marketing programs exclusive to Nassau Candy Distributors, Inc.’s 18th Annual Food & Confectionery Show, being held April 8 and 9 at Citi Field.
  • Marques Named EVP, President of Mondelez, N.A.
    February 24, 2015
    Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. executive Roberto Marques will join Mondelez International, Inc. in March as executive vice-president and president of its $7 billion North American operations, succeeding Mark Clouse, who was appointed chief growth officer in 2014. . . .
  • Online Retailing Among Fastest Growing Channels
    February 24, 2015
    Internet retailing is one of the fastest growing channels globally, with expected sales increases of 12 percent . . .
  • AAP Acknowledges Sugar’s Place In A Balanced Diet
    February 23, 2015
    The American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Council on School Health, Committee on Nutrition has published a policy statement acknowledging the value of including a moderate amount of sugar in a balanced diet. . . .
  • Hershey Commits To ‘Simpler Ingredients,’ Reaffirms 2015 Outlook
    February 23, 2015
    Removing emulsifiers, lactose, vanillin and artificial flavors in its namesake bars and Kisses, The Hershey Co. has . . .
  • Reusable Packaging Conference Beckons Supply Chain Professionals
    February 23, 2015
    Linden, VA — Registration is open for the Reusable Packaging Forum, an interactive, stakeholder-developed event for supply chain professionals being held April 28 and 29 at the Sheraton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel. . . .
  • Ingredion's Raleigh Named Supplier Of The Year
    February 18, 2015
    Bill Raleigh, director of market development for Ingredion, Inc., was recognized for his devotion to the industry with the 2015 NCA Supplier Member . . .
  • Learning From Snapple's Milestones, Missteps
    February 18, 2015
    Detailing the rise, fall and resurrection of the Snapple beverage brand, Mike Weinstein, chairman of Inov8 Beverage . . .
  • Look To Chaos For Your Next Big Idea
    February 18, 2015
    Leaders who want to lead trends, not follow them, need to behave more like hunters: insatiable in pursuing success, curious and willing to destroy to create something new, TrendHunter.com CEO Jeremy Gutsche . . . .
  • NCA Maps Battle Plans For 2015; Notes 2014 Achievements
    February 18, 2015
    Launching a strategic plan to protect and enhance candy’s role in the diet is the Association’s top priority, NCA Chairman Bob Simpson and Vice-Chairman Peter Blommer told the audience in the State of the Association address at the 2014 State of the Industry Conference.
  • Government Regulations Biggest Industry Challenge
    February 17, 2015
    The proactive legislature presents the biggest challenge to the confectionery industry, from manufacturing to retail, NACS President . . . .
  • Innovation, Jobs Growth Drive Rebounding U.S. Economy
    February 17, 2015
    Thanks to the gradual return to full employment and innovations in technology, the U.S. economy is recovering slowly, but at a more rapid pace than Europe and Japan, according to Jim Glassman, . . .
  • Maslen, Schulze Accept Leadership Awards
    February 17, 2015
    Michael Maslen, of The Hudson Group, and Dave Schulze, of HEB Grocery Co., were presented the Confectionery Leadership Awards . . .
  • Callebaut, World’s Finest Chocolate Strike Outsourcing Deal
    February 12, 2015
    Barry Callebaut AG and finished product supplier World’s Finest Chocolate Inc. have signed a long-term outsourcing . . .
  • Hershey Taps Seasoned Exec To Manage EMEA Markets
    February 12, 2015
    Houssam Chehabeddine has been appointed the general manager of The Hershey Co.’s Europe, Middle East and . . .
  • Mars, Danone Establish Fund For Family Farms
    February 12, 2015
    Mars, Inc. and Groupe Danone S.A. are establishing the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming (Livelihoods 3F), an investment resource founded to aid small companies in adopting sustainable sourcing and to spearhead environmental, economic and social platforms that benefit grower communities. . . .
  • Butterfinger, Werther’s Voted Product Of The Year
    February 11, 2015
    The 2015 Product of the Year USA awards went to Nestlé USA, Inc. for its Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups in the candy category, while Werther’s Original Caramel . . .
  • Gums, Jellies To Drive Indian Market
    February 11, 2015
    The confectionery market in India is anticipated to rise 71 percent, reaching $2.2 billion, by 2018, with sales being driven . . .
  • Jelly Belly Promotes Swaigen To Global Marketing VP
    February 11, 2015
    Robert Swaigen has been promoted to vice-president of global marketing for Jelly Belly . . .
  • Kettle Awards Set For May 19
    February 11, 2015
    The 70th annual Kettle Awards reception, recognizing leadership excellence in the U.S. confectionery industry, is being held May 19 at the Union Club League of Chicago during the NCA Sweets & Snacks Expo, May 19 to 21.
  • Georgia Nut, Ganeden Form Healthy Snack Partnership
    February 10, 2015
    Probiotics supplier Ganeden Biotech, Inc. is partnering with Georgia Nut Co. to deliver probiotic product concepts . . .
  • Men Comprise Nearly Half of Primary Shoppers
    February 10, 2015
    Men now make up 43 percent of the primary shoppers in the U.S. and are making just as many monthly trips . . .
  • Dominican Republic To Host 2016 World Cocoa Conference
    February 9, 2015
    The World Cocoa Conference will convene its third biannual meeting in Baváro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, March 16 to 19, 2016, according to the International Cocoa Organization. . . .
  • AACT Accepting Scholarship Applications
    February 6, 2015
    The American Association of Candy Technologists is accepting applications for the John Kitt Memorial Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year. . . .
  • Cemoi Striving For Complete Cocoa Supply Traceability
    February 6, 2015
    Transparence Cacao, Cemoi, Inc.’s sustainability program, is being implemented with the goal of sourcing . . .
  • Dietitians Cite 9 Trends for 2015
    February 6, 2015
    Registered dietitians (RDs) have weighed in on what will be on tables in 2015, according to Pollock Communications’ annual “What’s Trending In Nutrition” survey. . . .
  • Snyder’s-Lance Sets Up Better-For-You Division
    February 6, 2015
    Clearview Foods is the newest division of Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. and is charged with developing innovative and better . . .
  • Eugene Vogler Passes At 91
    February 5, 2015
    Eugene “Gene” Vogler, founder of brokerage firm Hoffmann-Vogler Co., passed away February 2 in . . .
  • Oswalt To Lead U.S. Sales For Mondelez
    February 5, 2015
    Former Vice-President of Sales, West Area for Mondelez International, Inc. Valerie Oswalt will become president, U.S. sales for the company, effective April 1. . . .
  • Valentine’s Day 2015 Sales To Top Previous Year’s
    February 5, 2015
    With more than half of U.S. consumers planning to purchase Valentine’s Day candy this year, category sales are anticipated to reach $1.7 . . .
  • NCA Urges RFA Reform Bill Support: Would Help Small Businesses
    February 4, 2015
    As Congress prepares for tomorrow’s vote on H.R. 527, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act, the NCA has joined 159 other professional associations in sending a letter to legislators urging passage of the bipartisan bill. . . .
  • Snyder’s-Lance Refreshes Corporate Logo
    February 4, 2015
    As part of its strategic shift in becoming a branded snack food supplier, Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. has updated its . . .
  • NCA Joins Call For End Of ILWU-PMA Dispute
    February 3, 2015
    The NCA has added its signature to an open letter entreating resolution of the protracted labor dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) that has slowed operations at five West Coast ports. . . .
  • Single Food Safety Agency Proposed
    February 3, 2015
    Creation of a single federal agency consolidating the food safety responsibilities of the USDA, the FDA and other agencies is being proposed in the Obama Administration’s FY 2016 budget. . . .
  • ‘Middle Seat’ Wins Super Bowl Doritos Ad Contest
    February 2, 2015
    “Middle Seat,” a 30-second spot submitted by Scott Zabielski, is the grand prize winner of the 2015 Doritos brand “Crash the Super Bowl Contest,” . . .
  • Godiva Partners With Comedian For Valentine’s Contest
    February 2, 2015
    Godiva Chocolatier, Inc. has teamed with comedian and actor Rob Riggle for its “Game Over, Game On” video . . .
  • Nestlé Exhibit Focuses On Human-Food Relationship
    February 2, 2015
    With the Instituto Auxologico, the Nestlé Research Center and Nestlé Institute of Health Science will unveil an exhibition on the interrelationship of humans and food at Expo 2015, Nestlé S.A. reports. . . .
  • Ricola’s Richterich Wins ISM Award
    February 2, 2015
    Ricola AG Owner and CEO Felix Richterich was given the ISM Award 2015 during a gala dinner . . .

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