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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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July

  • Hershey Games Promoting Active Lifestyles
    July 31, 2014
    Encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle, The Hershey Co. will host the final round of its Track & Field Games . . .
  • Mark Clouse Is Mondelez Chief Growth Officer
    July 31, 2014
    Mark Clouse has become the first chief growth officer at Mondelez International, Inc. and will report to Chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld, the company reports. . . .
  • TreeHouse Completes Flagstone Foods Purchase
    July 30, 2014
    TreeHouse Foods, Inc. has completed acquisition of Flagstone Foods, the acquiring firm reports. . . .
  • Blue Diamond Growers Launch Information Resource
    July 29, 2014
    Blue Diamond Growers’ Global Ingredients Division is unveiling a website, bdingredients.com: a single source for industry news, information on almonds and resources. . . .
  • Dollar Tree Buying Family Dollar
    July 28, 2014
    In a deal reportedly worth $8.5 billion in stock and cash, Dollar Tree, Inc. is acquiring Family Dollar Stores . . .
  • Mars Releases Five Principles Progress Report
    July 28, 2014
    In 2013 Mars, Inc. made strides in sustainability, health and wellness profiles of its products, workplace satisfaction and community initiatives, and will apply additional effort in achieving packaging goals, according to the company’s fourth annual Principles In Action Summary released today. . . .
  • Foran Tapped As Walmart U.S. President, CEO
    July 25, 2014
    Greg Foran has been promoted to president and CEO of Walmart Stores, Inc.’s U.S. business . . .
  • Income Doesn’t Dictate Private Label Preferences
    July 25, 2014
    Regardless of income level, most shoppers say they regularly compare prices between private label items and their national . . .
  • Hershey Q2 Profit, Net Sales Up
    July 24, 2014
    The Hershey Co. reports it earned $168.2 million in second-quarter profits this year compared with $159.5 million for the same period in 2013, and net sales rose by 4.6 percent, driven by volume and solid Easter sales. . . .
  • UPDATE: Mars Implementing Price Increase
    July 24, 2014
    Mars Chocolate North America is instituting a seven percent price increase . . .
  • WCF Meeting, Trade Fair Set For Copenhagen
    July 24, 2014
    Registration is open for the World Cocoa Foundation’s 2014 partnership meeting and cocoa sustainability trade fair in Copenhagen, Denmark, set for October 15 and 16. . . .
  • Global Consumer Confidence Rising Gradually
    July 23, 2014
    Consumer confidence is improving, albeit slowly, and globally it is at its highest level in seven years, according to researchers at The Nielsen Co. . . .
  • BBX Capital Continues Chocolatier Acquisitions
    July 21, 2014
    BBX Sweet Holdings, a subsidiary of BBX Capital Corp., has acquired the assets of Helen Grace Chocolates, which specializes in premium chocolates . . .
  • Mars Implementing Price Increase
    July 21, 2014
    Mars Chocolate North America is instituting a price increase . . .
  • NCA Reports 2Q Cocoa Grind Up 4.52 Percent
    July 21, 2014
    Total second-quarter cocoa grind for 17 plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico has increased by almost five percent, the NCA reports. . . .
  • PMCA Offers Caramel, Fudge, Toffee Course
    July 21, 2014
    Registration is open for the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Confectioners’ Association’s (PMCA) short course on caramel, fudge and toffee, to be held November 11 to 14 at The Warrell Corp. facility in York, PA. . . .
  • Harris Poll Names Top U.S. Grocery Chains
    July 20, 2014
    Hy-Vee, Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corp. were among the top four grocery chains ranked by region, according to the 2014 Harris . . .
  • Walgreen's Minger Retires, Joining Haribo
    July 18, 2014
    Paul Minger, nearing 45 years’ total service with Walgreen Co., is retiring after 12 years as category manager . . .
  • Canada Considers Changing Nutrition Facts Panel
    July 17, 2014
    The Canadian Ministry of Health (Health Canada) has announced proposed changes to the NFP and ingredients list on packaged foods to present relevant nutrition information more effectively.
  • Ferrero Buys Turkish Hazelnut Supplier
    July 17, 2014
    Ferrero Group is strengthening its presence in the hazelnut market with the acquisition of family-owned Oltan Group . . .
  • Klara’s Cookies Receives Non-GMO Verification
    July 17, 2014
    Klara’s Gourmet Cookies, LLC received Non-GMO Project certification for adhering to best practices by eliminating . . .
  • Lay’s Names Flavor Contest Finalists; Voting Opens
    July 17, 2014
    Between July 28 and October 18, consumers can vote for their favorite of four finalist potato chip flavors in Lay’s “Do Us A Flavor” contest, choosing the winner of $1 million, according to PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division. . . . .
  • Trends From Summer Fancy Food Show
    July 17, 2014
    Products making novel use of protein-packed jerkies and smoke flavor in inventive places are some of the trends spotted . . .
  • Federer, Vonn Play Tennis, Open Alpine Store
    July 16, 2014
    A tennis match between 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer and four-time World Cup Champion skier Lindsey Vonn on the Aletsch Glacier marked the grand opening of Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven.
  • Natra Joins International Cocoa Initiative
    July 16, 2014
    Natra SA has joined the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), becoming the first company to do so since the organization initiated its new 2015 . . .
  • Exercise Perception Influences Food Choice, Amount
    July 15, 2014
    Data from a trio of studies indicate that when physical exertion is seen as exercise rather than fun, individuals are likely to select a decadent snack rather than a healthy one. . . .
  • Flowers Foods Promotes Alexander, Wheeler, Wilson
    July 15, 2014
    Bradley K. Alexander, D. Keith Wheeler and Thomas E. Wilson have been appointed to new executive positions, effective immediately, in keeping with Flowers Foods, Inc.’s succession plan. . . .
  • Hershey Raising Prices
    July 15, 2014
    Aiming to offset rising input costs, The Hershey Co. is increasing prices approximately eight percent across the portfolio of . . .
  • Goldenberg’s Donates $10K To The USO
    July 14, 2014
    Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews has contributed $10,000 from its May sales and in-store promotions to support programs and services of the United Service Organizations (USO), the company reports. . . .
  • Lindt Purchasing Russell Stover
    July 14, 2014
    Lindt & Sprüngli AG has acquired Russell Stover Candies, Inc. in a move that will make the Swiss firm the number three chocolate manufacturer in . . .
  • Sweet Insights Hosting Four Webinars In August
    July 11, 2014
    Chocolate trends, in-store merchandising, product innovations and customer loyalty will be explored in a series of Sweet Insights webinars . . .
  • Kellogg’s Promotes Snacks With MLB, Ripken
    July 9, 2014
    The Kellogg Co. is teaming with Major League Baseball (MLB) and Hall-of-Fame player Cal Ripken Jr. to promote its snack offerings with the Never Miss a Game . . .
  • Spangler Rolls Out Drumming Game App
    July 9, 2014
    Spangler Candy Co.’s free Dum Dums Drums iPad app uses 3D animation to challenge percussion and memory skills, according to the company. . . .
  • Sandler, Massey Take On New Roles At Mars
    July 8, 2014
    Debra A. Sandler has been named to the new position of chief health and wellbeing officer for Mars, Inc., and Tracey Massey steps into the role of acting president, Mars Chocolate North America . . .
  • Dates Set For Interpack 2017
    July 7, 2014
    Interpack 2017 will be held May 4 through 10 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany, according to Messe Düsseldorf North America. . . .
  • Eating Almonds Could Lower Heart Disease Risk
    July 7, 2014
    Adding almonds to the diet, even for a short period, could reduce heart disease risk by lowering blood pressure and improving blood flow, a study by Aston University researchers suggests. . . .
  • Nestlé Design Cuts Building Costs By Half
    July 7, 2014
    Nestlé SA has developed a modular plant design that can be erected in about half the time and for about 50 to 60 percent . . .
  • Obesity Surge Tied To Inactivity, Not Diet
    July 7, 2014
    More than diet, lack of exercise is associated with rising rates of obesity in the U.S., according to researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine. . . .
  • Registration Opens For NCA Washington Forum
    July 7, 2014
    NCA members can register for the 2014 Washington Forum to be held September 17 to 19 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, the Association reports. . . .
  • CVS Intros Healthy Snack Line, In-Store Tag Program
    July 3, 2014
    CVS/pharmacy is launching its Gold Emblem Abound brand, a line of 40 healthful snacks, as well as Fit Choices, an in-store tagging initiative to guide shoppers to items geared to their dietary needs. . . .
  • Snack Maker Files For Bankruptcy, Seeks Buyer
    July 3, 2014
    Maker of organic, natural and baked snacks Prime Choice Foods, Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 protection and is seeking a buyer, partner or investor to provide working capital to support growth, according to the company. . . .
  • Former Hershey Chairman, CEO Richard A. Zimmerman Dead at 82
    July 2, 2014
    Richard A. Zimmerman, who as its chairman and CEO led The Hershey Co. into the international market and established it as an innovative, market-leading enterprise, died at his home June 29. . . .
  • Lolli And Pops, Powell’s Merge
    July 2, 2014
    Lolli and Pops, Inc. and Powell’s Sweet Shoppe have merged, establishing one of the largest candy store chains . . .
  • TNA Opens Thailand Office
    July 2, 2014
    As part of its global expansion strategy, TNA Australia Pty Ltd. is opening a new office in Bangkok to reinforce . . .
  • BBX Capital Acquires Jer’s Chocolates
    July 1, 2014
    The makers of Jer’s Squares and Peanut Butter Bars, Jer’s Chocolates, has been acquired by investment firm BBX Capital Corp.’s . . .
  • IT’SUGAR To Raise Funds For Hospital Pediatric Program
    July 1, 2014
    Today IT’SUGAR will begin selling a retro-style lollipop to raise funds for the Lollipop Theater Network, a non-profit organization providing entertainment to hospitalized children. . . .
  • Snyder’s-Lance Completes Sale Of Private Brands
    July 1, 2014
    The sale of Snyder’s-Lance, Inc.’s private brands business and two North American plants to Shearer’s Foods, LLC for $430 million is complete, the company reports. . . .
  • Winners Revealed In Largest Sofi Awards Field
    July 1, 2014
    Narrowed down from 2,737 submissions, the Specialty Food Association (SFA) presented six confectionery and snack manufacturers . . .

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May

  • Easter Sales Beat Projections
    May 29, 2014
    Category sales for this past Easter holiday lapped the projected growth by more than one percent, as dollar sales grew 5.3 percent
  • Poll Finds Consumers Support FDA Biotech Labeling
    May 29, 2014
    A survey commissioned by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) indicates 63 percent of U.S. adults approve of the FDA’s policy for labeling foods produced using biotechnology.
  • Wrigley Plans $50M Yorkville Plant Addition
    May 29, 2014
    The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. is investing $50 million in a 145,000-square-foot addition to its Yorkville, IL, plant to meet growing U.S. demand for its Skittles brand, the company claims. . . .
  • Cloetta Acquiring Jelly Bean Factory
    May 28, 2014
    Strengthening its position in the UK market, Cloetta AB has begun the acquisition of Irish manufacturer Aran Candy Ltd., parent company of The Jelly Bean Factory . . .
  • Healthy Snack Veteran Joins Brownie Brittle
    May 28, 2014
    Al Raddatz is now the senior vice-president of sales for Brownie Brittle, LLC, tasked with further developing . . .
  • Using Shopper Loyalty To Win In-Store Experience
    May 28, 2014
    It'Sugar Founder Jeff Rubin advised retail buyers at the Shopper Solutions Theater at the Sweets & Snacks Expo on ways they can make their stores more inviting and welcoming . . .
  • ADM Joins WCF Sustainability Initiative
    May 27, 2014
    Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) is adding its support to the World Cocoa Foundation’s (WCF) CocoaAction program, which pools the resources of major cocoa and chocolate companies to strengthen sustainability efforts in West Africa, the company reports. . . .
  • ICCO Receives French Confectionery Award
    May 27, 2014
    The Academie Françiase du Chocolat et de la Confiserie has presented its grand prize to the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) for its efforts to advance standards in confectionery and chocolate. . . .
  • Jolly Time Launches Community Kindness Endeavor
    May 27, 2014
    To celebrate its centennial, The American Pop Corn Co. through its Jolly Time brand is initating Kernels of Kindness to reward those who perform acts of kindness in the community, the company reports. . . .
  • Rising Costs, Health Perception Challenge Industry
    May 27, 2014
    Unstable commodity costs, a push to raise the minimum wage and the pressure of lobbyists criticizing ingredients such as sugar, are among the biggest challenges . . .
  • Space, Maintaining Consumer Focus Among Retail Challenges
    May 27, 2014
    The endless quest for presence in the retail space and staying attuned to consumers’ needs remain the biggest challenges in retail . . .
  • Harris Honored With Silver Candy Dish
    May 22, 2014
    For his significant contribution to the industry, Stu Harris, senior region manager for Just Born, Inc., received the Doc Reed Silver Candy Dish Award during this mornings keynote session . . .
  • Young Wins Lou Spector Award
    May 22, 2014
    Andrew Young, co-president of Harold W. Young Inc., was honored with the 2014 Lou Spector Golden Candy Dish Award, presented by the NCA during this keynote . .
  • Bianco Wins Kettle
    May 21, 2014
    Mike Bianco, senior vice-president of global operations & distribution for Jelly Belly Candy Co., is the recipient of the 2014 Kettle . . .
  • Meat Snack Trends Evident On Show Floor
    May 21, 2014
    The proliferation of meat snack suppliers at the Expo is mirrored by consumer demand, as sales grew at more than double the rate of the overall food market . . .
  • NBC's Snyderman Highlights Importance Of Moderation
    May 21, 2014
    A line needs to be drawn separating things that are bad for you and those that are okay in moderation, explained NBC Chief Medical Editor Nancy Snyderman . . .
  • York Minis Win First Expo Best In Show
    May 21, 2014
    York Minis from The Hershey Co. won the inaugural Best In Show Award, part of the Sweets & Snacks Expo’s . . .
  • Top Trends At 2014 Expo
    May 20, 2014
    General food industry trends such as ancient grains, power foods and herbs, resurging classic flavors including peanut butter and coconut . . .
  • April Retail Sales Up
    May 16, 2014
    Total retail sales for April, excluding motor vehicles and parts, were up 0.1 percent compared with the month prior, totaling $343 billion . .
  • Oreo, Transformers Team For Global Movie Partnership
    May 15, 2014
    Spanning 35 countries in what Mondelez International, Inc. claims is the first global movie partnership, the company is promoting its Oreo brand . . .
  • Organic Sales Grew By Double Digits In 2013
    May 15, 2014
    This past year, U.S. sales of organic snacks rose 15 percent, totaling $1.7 billion, while organic packaged items grew sales 10 percent . .
  • Brown & Haley Promotes Two Executives
    May 14, 2014
    Brown & Haley CEO Pierson Clair has been elected vice-chairman of the Board and Chief Operating Officer John Melin is now also president of the company, Chairman of the Board Anne Haley reports.
  • John Downs Appointed NCA President
    May 14, 2014
    John H. Downs Jr. has been appointed as the successor to Larry Graham . . .
  • Mondelez Expands Virginia Snack Plant
    May 14, 2014
    Mondelez International, Inc. will invest $40 million in a 38,000-square-foot addition that includes a new state-of-the-art production line to its South Laburnum Ave. cracker and cookie plant, the company claims. . . .
  • Hy-Vee Unveils Aggressive Growth Plan
    May 13, 2014
    Hy-Vee Inc. is adding 16 new c-stores, remodeling 10 grocery stores and relocating two others by the end of fiscal year 2014, the company reports. . . .
  • ADM To Sell Sustainable Palm Oil Exclusively In North America
    May 12, 2014
    Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) intends to offer Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)-certified sustainable palm oil to U.S. and Canadian clients in 2015, the company reports. . . .
  • Chocolate Film Claims To Satisfy Without Calories
    May 12, 2014
    Using a Kickstarter campaign, entrepreneur Ian Goldfarb is attempting to launch Chocolate Cravings, flavored strips of plant-based film that dissolve in the mouth and satisfy the desire for chocolate without adding sugar or calories to the diet, according to Goldfarb. . . .
  • Spangler Promotes Three
    May 12, 2014
    Bill Martin was promoted to president of Spangler Candy Co. from his executive vice-president position, succeeding . . .
  • ADM Adjusts Leadership
    May 9, 2014
    Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) has appointed Ian Pinner president of global cocoa and Scott Walker vice-president of oilseeds portfolio optimization. . . .
  • Snyder’s Reports Q1 Revenue Increase
    May 9, 2014
    Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. reports net revenue for the first quarter of 2014 was $437 million, an 4.4 percent increase compared with the same period in 2013. . . .
  • Bryana Ganong To Lead Family Co.
    May 8, 2014
    Bryana Ganong will become president and CEO of the candymaker Ganong Bros. Ltd. on August 12, succeeding her father, David Ganong, who will become the executive vice-chairman. . . .
  • NY Assembly To Vote On GE Labeling
    May 8, 2014
    A bill requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients has been endorsed by the New York State Assembly’s Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee; however, a vote by the full Assembly has not yet been scheduled. . . .
  • 2014 Candy Hall Of Fame Honors 10 Inductees
    May 7, 2014
    The National Confectionery Sales Association (NCSA) will hold its 115th annual Candy Hall of Fame weekend Friday, October 17 to 20, in Tampa, FL, and 10 inductees representing the manufacturing, sales and ingredients and machinery supplier fields will be honored at the black-tie banquet on Saturday, October 18. . . .
  • Fans To Choose M&M’s NASCAR Paint Scheme
    May 7, 2014
    Mars Chocolate North America is promoting its M&M’s by asking fans to select the color scheme for its branded NASCAR . . .
  • Hostess Debuts X-Men Packs, Limited-Edition Flavors
    May 7, 2014
    Hostess Brands, LLC is offering Limited edition blue raspberry and Strawberry Blast Twinkies in packaging promoting the new X-men . . .
  • Shearer’s Buys Snyder’s-Lance’s Private Brands
    May 7, 2014
    Shearer’s Foods, LLC has acquired Snyder’s-Lance, Inc.’s private label business and production facilities in Burlington, IA, and Ontario, Canada, for $430 million, the company reports. . . .
  • Truvia Beats Sustainability Timeline
    May 7, 2014
    The Truvia Co., LLC has met its 2015 sustainability goals ahead of schedule, the company reports. . . .
  • Hershey Sustainability Program Finding Success, Expanding
    May 6, 2014
    The Hershey Co. Learn to Grow sustainability program has reached more than 1,400 Ghanaian farmers, all of which . . .
  • NACS Brings Reed Armstrong Aboard
    May 6, 2014
    Reed Armstrong joins the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) as manager, products & services. . . .
  • Website Caters To Organic Candy Consumers
    May 6, 2014
    An Internet site selling exclusively certified organic and Non-GMO Verified candy, chocolate, bars and mints, realcandybar.com, aims to make the items more accessible to consumers, distributor The Real Candy Bar claims. . . .
  • Mondelez Initiative Advocates For Female Cocoa Farmers
    May 5, 2014
    As part of its $400 million, 10-year Cocoa Life sustainability program, Mondelez International, Inc. is launching a gender equality initiative for women in cocoa farming in Ghana and Ivory Coast, the company announces. . . .
  • Mars Commits To Wind-Generated Electricity
    May 2, 2014
    Wind farms will supply Mars, Inc.’s electricity needs for its 70 U.S. sites, including 37 factories . . .
  • Hershey Completes Bulk Of CSR Goals, Sets New Targets
    May 1, 2014
    The Hershey Co. is setting new corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals, as the company has completed 60 percent of its long-term . . .

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April

  • Warheads Partners With Warped Tour
    April 30, 2014
    Warheads is the exclusive and official sugar candy sponsor of this year’s 43-stop Vans Warped Tour . . .
  • Alter Eco Receives Whole Foods’ Environmental Award
    April 29, 2014
    Alter Eco received one of the 19 Environmental Stewardship supplier awards . . .
  • Bola Granola Gets Non-GMO Verified
    April 28, 2014
    Handmade granola supplier Bola Granola has received Non-GMO Project verification . . .
  • Sal Ferrara Joins Haribo in U.S.
    April 25, 2014
    In a widely anticipated move, Sal Ferrara II is set to shortly join Haribo of America, Inc.'s advisory board . . .
  • Adams & Brooks Expands Canadian Business
    April 24, 2014
    Adams & Brooks, Inc. is expanding its reach in Canada through an agreement with Leese Enterprises . . .
  • Bryant Elected Kellogg Board Chairman
    April 24, 2014
    Kellogg Co. President and CEO John A. Bryant will succeed James M. Jenness as chairman of the board of directors, effective July 1, the company reports. . . .
  • CandyRific Acquires Hilco Corp.
    April 24, 2014
    Value confectioner Hilco Corp. has been purchased for $1 million by CandyRific LLC, which makes licensed novelty candy, according to the company. . . .
  • Cargill, CARE Launch $2.4M Ivory Coast Program
    April 24, 2014
    Cargill, Inc. and humanitarian aid organization CARE International are initiating a $2.4 million program in Ivory Coast with 14 cocoa farmer cooperatives and the Conseil du Café-Cacao aimed at improving access to healthcare and education. . . .
  • Hershey Anticipates Volume, Innovation To Drive Growth
    April 24, 2014
    While its first quarter results were slightly below expectations, The Hershey Co. is still anticipating five to seven percent net sales growth for 2014, driven by core brand volume . . .
  • Chips Among Consumer Reports’ “Best Products”
    April 23, 2014
    Consumer Reports has named Boulder Canyon Foods’ Hummus Chips with Sesame Seeds to its ShopSmart list of “Best Products of the Year,” Inventure Foods, Inc. reports . . .
  • Hershey Revamps, Reduces Miniatures’ Wrappers
    April 23, 2014
    Featuring a bolder appearance and less material, The Hershey Co. has redesigned the wrappers and bags for its Miniatures . . .
  • Sofi Award Finalists For Chocolate Named
    April 23, 2014
    The Specialty Foods Association has chosen five finalists in the chocolate category for the 2014 sofi Awards, June 29 and 30. . . .
  • NY Restructures State Corporate Tax Code
    April 22, 2014
    Reforms to New York state’s corporate tax code made earlier this year could increase its competitiveness and improve its ranking in the State Business Tax Climate Index from 25th to fourth among the states, reflecting its reduced complexity, lowered rates, and broadened base, according to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. . . .
  • Hillshire Acquires Natural Foods Supplier
    April 21, 2014
    Van’s Natural Foods has been acquired by The Hillshire Brands Co. from private equity firm Catterton Partners for $165 million . . .
  • Mystery Flavors Promo Lures Doritos Fans With Gold
    April 21, 2014
    A new integrated marketing launch invites fans of the Doritos brand Jacked line to taste and vote on three “mystery” flavors for a chance to win a daily prize of $1,000 in gold coins, according to Frito-Lay North America. . . .
  • Tour Kicks Off ‘Make Your Own’ Tic Tac Pack
    April 21, 2014
    Ferrero USA, Inc.’s new microsite where consumers can custom-blend virtual packs of Tic Tac flavors and labels is being launched with a mobile tour of music festivals featuring interactive personalization stations, the company reports. . . .
  • Walgreen Ranks In Top 100 Technology Innovators
    April 21, 2014
    Driven by the launch of its Balance Rewards program, Walgreen Co. was ranked 60th on the 2014 InformationWeek’s Elite 100 . . .
  • Brownie Brittle Gets Packaging Update
    April 18, 2014
    Packs for Brownie Brittle, LLC’s namesake and award-winning snacks are being updated . .
  • CST Brands To Sell 100 C-Stores
    April 18, 2014
    CST Brands, Inc., among the largest retailers of convenience goods and transportation fuels in North America, is selling 100 of its 1,900 c-stores and fuel stations, 16 former gas stations and a parcel of land, the company reports. . . .
  • Industry Testifies On Importance Of Mexican Trade Relations
    April 18, 2014
    Representatives from NCA member companies testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission today to highlight the importance of Mexican sugar imports . . .

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