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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 . . .
  • M&M’s M-Ball Celebrates Peanuts, Soccer
    April 17, 2014
    Mars Chocolate North America invites consumers to enter to win the M&M’s brand M-Ball, a bright yellow soccer ball shaped to resemble a Peanut M&M’s chocolate candy, the company reports. . . .
  • New Expo App Available
    April 17, 2014
    Helping attendees navigate the show floor and schedule appointments, the Sweets & Snacks Expo mobile application . . .
  • Peeps Supports White House Easter Egg Roll
    April 17, 2014
    Just Born Inc.’s Peeps brand is joining with the National Park Foundation to support the 136th White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, April 21. . . .
  • AWMA Event Presents C-Store Sales, Trends Data
    April 16, 2014
    The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) will provide exclusive c-store sales information and projections based on InRhythm, Inc.'s C-Metrics and core in-store category analysis at the 2014 AWMA C-Metrics Convenience Industry Outlook Forum, held June 23 and 24 at the Doubletree Hotel Chicago O’Hare. . . .
  • Hershey’s Hahn Joins Ahold
    April 16, 2014
    Amy Hahn, global vice-president/general manager for direct retail and licensing at The Hershey Co., becomes senior vice-president of marketing for Ahold USA on April 28. . . .
  • Kellogg Digital Hub Reaches Out To Latinas
    April 16, 2014
    The Kellogg Co. is launching a digital platform, Días Grandiosos, to provide Latina consumers with culturally relevant recipes, tips, articles and original content supplied by other women, the company reports. . . .
  • Gold Reggie Award Goes to Fisher Nuts
    April 15, 2014
    Fisher Nuts captured a gold Reggie Award for its “Fisher Fresh Twist to Recipe Nuts” integrated packaging campaign at the Brand Activation Association awards show, according to parent company John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. . . .
  • Goldenberg’s Bar Sales Support USO
    April 15, 2014
    For each king size Goldenberg’s Peanut Chew sold during May, five cents will be donated, up to $10,000 to the United Service Organizations (USO) . . .
  • ISM Expanding Product Segments
    April 15, 2014
    Ready-to-serve fish and meat snacks, fruit and vegetable snacks and smoothies, breakfast items (including coffee and tea), energy and fitness products and frozen sweets will be exhibited . . .
  • Nestlé Reports Slowed Q1 Organic Growth
    April 15, 2014
    Attributing its 4.2 percent organic growth during the first quarter of 2014 to product launches and efficient execution, Nestle S.A. CEO Paul Bulcke says full-year expectations remain unchanged. However, the rate of growth is the smallest since 2009. . . .
  • Zingerman’s Peanut Brittle Is Sofi Finalist
    April 15, 2014
    Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory’s Peanut Brittle is a Silver Finalist for Outstanding Confection in the Specialty Food Association’s 2014 sofi Award competition. . . .
  • Grocery, C-Store Exec Named To Hunger Commission
    April 14, 2014
    Spencer A. Coates, president of grocery and c-store operator Houchens Industries, Inc., has been appointed to the National Commission on Hunger . . .
  • Cultivate Online Grocery Shoppers To Grow Sales
    April 11, 2014
    Consumers who buy groceries online are a small demographic with huge sales potential that retailers should pursue, research from The Hartman Group, Inc. advises. . . .
  • Bill Would Supersede State Mandatory GMO Labeling Efforts
    April 10, 2014
    A bipartisan bill that would preempt state-level laws and create a standard nationwide labeling policy for foods containing . . .
  • Chocolat Frey AG Buys SweetWorks, Inc.
    April 9, 2014
    Premier Swiss chocolatier and gum manufacturer Chocolat Frey AG is establishing its U.S. market presence by acquiring a majority share of SweetWorks, Inc. for an undisclosed price, the company reports. . . . .
  • Oberto, Tough Mudder Join Forces For Veterans
    April 9, 2014
    Oberto Brands is partnering with Tough Mudder, an endurance obstacle course race series, to promote the meat jerky maker’s campaign, America’s PROtein, and benefit military veterans, Oberto reports. . . .
  • Projected Growth For Easter Sales
    April 9, 2014
    As the result of three extra merchandising weeks this year, Easter candy sales are expected to increase four percent compared . . .
  • Projected Growth For Easter Sales
    April 9, 2014
    As the result of three extra merchandising weeks this year, Easter candy sales are expected to increase four percent compared . . .
  • Bell Receives PMCA's Marie Kelso Award
    April 8, 2014
    Joseph Bell, principal of Joseph Bell Consulting, Inc., is the 17th recipient of the Marie Kelso Memorial Award for his paper, “An Introduction to the Physiology of Sweet and Bitter Perceptions,” presented at the 2013 Pennsylvania Manufacturing Confectioners Association (PMCA) Annual Production Conference. . . .
  • Hershey Encouraging More Athletic Kids
    April 8, 2014
    Running, jumping and throwing by kids are key points in a national program for pre-teens developed by The Hershey Co. and the USA Track . . .
  • NACS Hires Lipner As Digital Content Director
    April 8, 2014
    Jennifer Lipner is the director of digital content for the National Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing (NACS), the organization reports. . . .
  • C-Stores Have Record Sales In 2013
    April 4, 2014
    U.S. c-stores’ sales grew 2.4 percent during 2013, reaching $204 billion (excluding motor fuel sales) and setting an annual in-store sales record . . .
  • Cocoa Flavanol Compound Linked To Lower Blood Sugar
    April 4, 2014
    Scientists at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University have identified an antioxidant compound in cocoa that shows efficacy in lowering blood sugar and preventing weight gain in mice that have a high-fat diet. . . .
  • Annie’s Acquires Snack Plant Operation
    April 3, 2014
    Organic and natural food manufacturer Annie’s, Inc. has closed on the purchase of Safeway, Inc.’s Joplin, MO, cookie and snack manufacturing plant for $6 million, the company reports. . . .
  • Liberty Orchard's Two Hires Replace Rainey
    April 3, 2014
    Two senior sales staff have joined Liberty Orchards Co., Inc. following the retirement of Senior Vice-President for Marketing and Sales Mike Rainey . . .
  • Topps Appoints Mueller CFO
    April 3, 2014
    John Mueller has been tapped as the next CFO for The Topps Co., parent company to Bazooka . . .
  • Kroger SVP Williams Retires
    April 2, 2014
    Robert “Pete” Williams, senior vice-president of The Kroger Co., will retire in May after 37 years, Kroger reports. . . .
  • Seneca Foods Buys 50 Percent of Truitt Bros.
    April 2, 2014
    Seneca Foods Corp. has acquired a 50 percent ownership interest and directly related holdings of food processor Truitt Bros., Inc., the company reports. . . .
  • Campaign Touts Peanuts’ Power
    April 1, 2014
    The National Peanut Board is launching a branding campaign leveraging the peanut’s position as a plant-based nutrition source, titled “The Perfectly Powerful Peanut.” . . .
  • Carolina Ingredients Buys Old Dominion Spice
    April 1, 2014
    Seasoning company Carolina Ingredients has acquired Old Dominion Spice Co., the company reports. . . .
  • IT’SUGAR Pop Sales Support Children’s Charity
    April 1, 2014
    For each special Easter lollipop sold at IT’SUGAR locations through April 13, the company reports it will donate a portion of the proceeds . . .

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March

  • Food Institute Sponsoring Safety Symposium
    March 31, 2014
    Designed to improve food safety management in manufacturing, retail and food service, The Food Institute is sponsoring the BRC Global Standards’ Food Safety Americas Conference . . .
  • Food Preferences Yield Clues To Personality
    March 31, 2014
    Flavor choices, such as a preference for sourness — are associated with specific personality traits, according to a study commissioned by Danone UK, part of the Danone Group. . . .
  • Just Born, Six Flags Team For Easter Celebration
    March 31, 2014
    As part of their strategic cross-promotion partnership, Just Born, Inc. is sponsoring the first national Easter egg hunt at Six Flags Entertainment Corp. amusement parks . . .
  • Crossmark Names Fischer CEO
    March 28, 2014
    Ben Fischer will serve as CEO for sales and marketing firm Crossmark, effective April 7. He is succeeding Joe Crafton . . .
  • Grant S. Reid Becomes Mars, Inc. President
    March 28, 2014
    The Board of Directors of Mars, Inc. has appointed Global President Mars Chocolate Grant F. Reid to succeed Paul S. Michaels as president upon Michaels’ retirement on December 31, the company reports. . . .
  • Ingredient Manufacturer Mulls Move
    March 28, 2014
    McCormick & Co., Inc. is considering moving from its longtime headquarters and consolidating administrative offices in either Maryland or Pennsylvania, the company reports. . . .
  • Mars Opens U.S. Plant; ‘Will Meet Demand For Next 50 Years'
    March 28, 2014
    Mars Chocolate North America officially opened its first new U.S. facility in 35 years, a 500,000-square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that President Debra Sandler says will meet consumer demand for the next half-century. . . .
  • NACS Takes Category Management Training Online
    March 28, 2014
    Replacing the two-day, face-to-face seminars offered by the Association for Convenience and Food Retail (NACS) is a new Category Management Online . . .
  • C-store Visits Dropped Off In Q4
    March 27, 2014
    A historically soft December and restrained consumer spending resulted in a three percent traffic decline for the c-store channel during the forth quarter . . .
  • NCA Improves Expo Product Awards, Adds Categories
    March 27, 2014
    A gum & mints category and a Best in Show recognition have been added to the NCA’s Most Innovative New Product Awards . . .
  • Hancock Becomes Family Dollar’s SVP Supply Chain
    March 24, 2014
    As a result of his extensive history in merchandising, logistics and strategic planning, Brian Hancock has been named senior vice-president . . .
  • Kellogg Again Among Most Ethical Companies
    March 21, 2014
    For the sixth time since 2007, Kellogg Co. has been recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. . . .
  • Colorado Supreme Court Affirms GMO Ballet Initiative
    March 20, 2014
    The Colorado Supreme Court affirmed the title for Ballot Initiative #48 to label the presence of genetically modified organisms in foods . . .
  • How Dark Chocolate Benefits Health Revealed
    March 20, 2014
    The cardiovascular benefits of cocoa and dark chocolate would amount to little if it weren’t for microbes in the colon, according to groundbreaking research reported by Louisiana State University (LSU) researchers at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. . . .
  • Common Ground Struck At Cocoa-Certification Workshop
    March 19, 2014
    Establishing a common framework for cocoa certification programs built around commonalities for sustainability was the goal . . .
  • Ricklands’ Sands Is B&G Foods’ EVP
    March 19, 2014
    Ricklands Orchards LLC Co-Founder Michael Sands is now the executive vice-president of snacks for B&G Foods, Inc.
  • Hershey CocoaLink ‘Significantly Improved’ Farmers’ Livelihoods
    March 18, 2014
    Ghana farmers taking part in The Hershey Co.’s CocoaLink program increased yields 45.6 percent during a three-year span, according to an assessment . . .
  • Mars Funding Largest Cocoa Flavanols Heart Study
    March 18, 2014
    The largest research trial to determine the heart health benefits of cocoa flavanols is being conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital . . .
  • Frito-Lay, Kellogg Among Most Successful 2013 Item Launches
    March 17, 2014
    Special K Pastry Crisps from The Kellogg Co., and Frito-Lay North America, Inc.’s Tostitos Cantina Tortilla Chips and Doritos Jacked were among the most successful product launches this past year, according to Information Resources . . .
  • Snyder’s Teams With ESPN For ‘Bold’ Promotion
    March 17, 2014
    To promote its Snyder’s of Hanover brand, Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. is teaming with ESPN Radio during the NCAA March Madness tournament . . .
  • FMI, Retail Dietitians Launch Online Toolkit
    March 14, 2014
    An online interactive toolkit to aid retailers in hiring, training and empowering in-store dietitians has been rolled out by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance (RDBA). . . .
  • Kind, Kevin Durant Launch Kindness Campaign
    March 14, 2014
    Olympic gold medalist and five-time NBA All Star Kevin Durant and Kind Healthy Snacks are establishing a cultural initiative to promote kindness and redefine strength, according to Kind, LLC. . . .
  • Lindt & Sprüngli Expands NH Plant
    March 14, 2014
    Lindt & Sprüngli (USA), Inc. will break ground this spring on a 108,261-square-foot production, storage and distribution addition to its North American headquarters and manufacturing facility, to be completed in 2015, the company reports. . . .
  • Ring Pop Teams With Teen Rock Group
    March 13, 2014
    To promote its Ring Pop and Ring Pop Gummi lines, Bazooka Candy Brands has teamed with American pop rock act R5 for a contest and . . .
  • M&M’s Pop-Up Gives Back To Topeka
    March 12, 2014
    Mars, Inc. is setting up a temporary M&M’s World store in Topeka and will donate a portion of the profits from merchandise sales to the Downtown Topeka Foundation (DTF) for its revitalization of Kansas Avenue, according to the organization. . . .
  • Mondelez Unveils Well-Being Program
    March 12, 2014
    With a focus on consumers and its supply chain, Mondelez International, Inc. is debuting Call for Well-being, a strategy to . . .
  • Lindt’s Growth Outpaces Market
    March 11, 2014
    With sales growth of eight percent during 2013, Lindt & Sprüngli AG reports it outpaced the overall chocolate market . . .
  • Peanuts Eaten Daily Lower BP, Cholesterol
    March 11, 2014
    Eating peanuts every day reduces blood pressure and cholesterol, regardless of whether they’re salted or flavored, according to a Purdue University study. . . .
  • Rietz, Hyland Join Blommer Management
    March 11, 2014
    Gary Rietz is Blommer Chocolate Co.’s new chief information officer and Tom Hyland, its corporate manager of master planning and scheduling, the company reports. . . .
  • Albanese To Expand Factory, Production
    March 10, 2014
    The Albanese Confectionery Group, Inc. has unveiled plans to expand its Hobart, IN, plant by 120,000 to 190,000 square feet, increasing its production capacity at the facility, the company reports. . . .
  • Mars Commits To Palm Oil, Deforestation Policies
    March 10, 2014
    Mars, Inc. is pledging to achieve a fully sustainable palm oil supply chain by the end of 2014 and has unveiled a policy to attain it, the company reports. . . .
  • Ferrara Dynasty Ends in Chicago
    March 7, 2014
    Sal Ferrara today stepped away from Ferrara Candy Co., Inc. ending some two years of industry speculation about his future . . .
  • 2014 IFT Annual Meeting Registration Opens
    March 4, 2014
    Registration for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) 2014 Annual Meeting & Food Expo, to be held June 21 to 24 in the New Orleans Morial Convention Center is under way . . .
  • Clark Receives Supplier Of The Year
    March 4, 2014
    Katherine Clark, vice-president of sales for Capol, LLC, was recognized for her industry dedication with a NCA Supplier Member of the Year Award . . .
  • Facts Up Front Consumer Ed Plan Launch
    March 4, 2014
    A campaign to increase consumers’ understanding and awareness of the Facts Up Front nutrition labeling system has been introduced by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). . . .
  • Leveraging Variety, Perception Of Assortment
    March 4, 2014
    For large assortment varieties, sets need to be organized to avoid overwhelming shoppers, while similar tactics can be used to boost the perception of selections for sets with a limited . . .
  • Partners Mondelez, Prehype Launch Two Online Platforms
    March 4, 2014
    Mondelez International and venture developer Prehype are joining forces to develop online beta platforms Prankstr and Betabox as part of Mondelez’s Mobile Futures innovation initiative, the company reports. . . .
  • Spangler Honored With Distinguished Service Award
    March 4, 2014
    Dean Spangler, chairman of Spangler Candy Co., was recognized for his industry contributions with the NCA Distinguished Service Award . . .
  • Taets Joins NACS As Government Liaison
    March 4, 2014
    Jonathan Taets is now the National Association of Convenience & Fuel Retailing's (NACS's) director of government relations . . .
  • The Importance Of Understanding Millennials
    March 4, 2014
    With nearly half of all shoppers falling into the millennials demographic by 2020, understanding and being able to reach this consumer group is critical . . .
  • Category Continues Annual Growth
    March 3, 2014
    The confectionery category grew 2.5 percent during 2013, totaling a little more than $33 billion in sales . . .
  • Conference Crowd Bids Graham Farewell
    March 3, 2014
    The record-breaking State of the Industry crowd bade NCA President Larry Graham a fond farewell as he prepares to retire following this year's Sweets & Snacks Expo . . .
  • Erceg, Parker Receive Leadership Awards
    March 3, 2014
    A crowd of more than 670 was on hand to honor the 2014 Confectionery Leadership Award winners, Jamal Parker, of Sam's Club, and Tim Erceg, of Hy-Vee . . .
  • Lack of Trust Biggest Business Expense
    March 3, 2014
    When trust, whether it be in leaders or a brand, increases output, morale and retention go up, while costs, problems and skepticism go down, according to David Horsager . . .
  • Conference Candy Donated To Kids' Charity
    March 2, 2014
    Sponsors of the State of the Industry Conference heard first-hand that candy provided for the event will be donated to the Give Kids the World Village . . .

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February

  • Dark Chocolate Linked To Arterial Improvements
    February 28, 2014
    Dark chocolate consumption is associated with arterial flexibility and preventing adhesion of white blood cells to arterial walls: two contributors to arteriosclerosis, according to Dutch researchers. . . .
  • Mark Singleton Is Snack Food Association Chairman
    February 28, 2014
    Mark Singleton, Rudolph Foods Co., Inc.’s vice-president of sales and marketing, is now chairman of the board of the Snack Food Association (SFA), succeeding Chip Mann, according to the company. . . .
  • Wythe Will Changing Name To First Source
    February 28, 2014
    Brokerage firm Wythe Will Tzetzo, LLC is slated to become First Source, LLC . . .
  • CDC Reports ‘Significant’ Decline In Childhood Obesity
    February 27, 2014
    Newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) report obesity prevalence among children between the ages of two to five years old decreased 43 percent between 2003 to 2004 and 2011 to 2012. . . .
  • FDA Unveils Proposed Nutrition Label Updates
    February 27, 2014
    For the first time in 20 years, the FDA is proposing major revisions to the Nutrition Facts Panel, including noting added sugars and certain nutrients, removing the “calories from fat” line and stating portion sizes based on actual amounts consumed. . . .
  • First Airheads Mass-Marketing Campaign Launches
    February 27, 2014
    Perfetti Van Melle USA, Inc. is launching its first mass-marketing campaign for the Airheads . . .
  • Ward Joins Hostess Brands
    February 27, 2014
    Scott A. Ward is the Hostess Brands LLC’s new vice-president of sales for convenience, the company reports. . . .
  • Indulgent Confections Wins Packaging Award
    February 24, 2014
    Kernel Fabyan’s LLC’s Indulgent Confections imprint was honored with a 2014 American Package Design Award . . .
  • Jack Link’s Buys Unilever’s European Meat Snack Brands
    February 24, 2014
    Expanding its global presence, Jack Link’s Beef Jerky is acquiring three of Unilever P.L.C.’s European meat snack brands and its manufacturing facility in Ansbach, Germany, the company claims. Terms of the agreement, expected to close in March, are undisclosed. . . .
  • Registration Open For PMCA Production Conference
    February 24, 2014
    Registration is under way for the 68th Annual Production Conference of the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Confectioners’ Association (PMCA), to be held April 14 through 16 at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square and the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, PA, the organization reports.
  • UC Davis Hosting Child Labor Conference
    February 21, 2014
    The problem of harmful child labor in global agriculture supply chains will be the topic of discussion during a symposium . . .
  • Birdsong Is NACS Political Relations Director
    February 19, 2014
    Dana Langley Birdsong will represent the Association for Convenience & Food Retailing (NACS) as its political relations director, the organization reports. . . .
  • Hartman: Manufacturers Need To Lead In GMO Discussions
    February 19, 2014
    Food manufacturers need to begin discussing GMOs more openly or risk being left out of the conversation completely, according to the Hartman Group . . .
  • Snacking, Streamlined Supply Chain To Drive Mondelez’s Growth
    February 18, 2014
    The $1.2 trillion global opportunity presented by snacks, streamlined supply chain and manufacturing facility operations and focusing on power brands will drive long-term growth . . .
  • Food Sales Weather Harsh Winter Storms
    February 17, 2014
    While the overall retail landscape for January had a decline of 0.4 percent compared with month prior, food and beverage stores saw gains of 0.2 percent . . .
  • Kellogg Commits To Traceable Palm Oil Sourcing
    February 17, 2014
    The Kellogg Co. is requiring all of its global sources of palm oil to trace the oil to plantations certified as complying with its commitment to human and community rights and environmental protection of forests and peat lands, the company reports. . . .
  • Expo Global Participation Increases
    February 14, 2014
    Companies from more than 20 countries will be exhibiting at the 2014 Sweets &?Snacks Expo, confirming the event’s international importance, according to the NCA. . . .
  • Lovely Candy Gets Placement In Target ‘Choose Well’ Section
    February 14, 2014
    Gluten- and GMO-free caramels and fruit chews from The Lovely Candy Co. have been selected for inclusion in . . .
  • Tribune Spotlights Negative Impact Of Sugar Program
    February 13, 2014
    With the sugar program remaining unchanged in the recently passed Farm Bill, the Chicago Tribune has highlighted the negative impact the policy . . .
  • Mondelez Shows Strong BRIC Market Growth
    February 13, 2014
    During 2013, Mondelez International, Inc. increased emerging market revenue by 8.8 percent, driving by a nearly 10 percent gain in BRIC markets . . .
  • WCF, Toms Foundation To Convene Sustainability Meeting
    February 13, 2014
    The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and the Toms Foundation are jointly hosting an October meeting of international cocoa-related interests to discuss ways to improve cocoa farmers’ incomes, production levels, quality of life and technology access, the WCF reports. . . .
  • 2014 Dessert Trends: Small, With Substance
    February 12, 2014
    Desserts, dinner’s grand finale, will be small in size but large on comfort, according to The Food Channel’s “Top Ten Dessert Trends for 2014” and based on research conducted with consumer insights consultant CultureWaves. . . .
  • Does Candy Choice Reflect Voting Habits?
    February 12, 2014
    Could vending machine choices mirror voting booth choices? To some extent — maybe, according to Will Feltus, senior vice-president for research and planning at National Media Research, Planning and Placement, LLC. . . .
  • Seasonal Starbursts, Skinny Cow Win 2014 Innovation Awards
    February 12, 2014
    Selected by 40,000 consumers, Starburst Fruit-Flavored Candy Corn, from Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., and Nestlé USA, Inc.’s Skinny Cow Divine . . .
  • Atkinson Candy Enters Duty-Free Market
    February 11, 2014
    kinson Candy Co.’s hand-crafted Sophie Mae Peanut Brittle is available in duty-free gift and travel packs, according to the company. . . .
  • Grocers Note Nutritionists, RDs Gaining Credibility
    February 11, 2014
    Grocers who provide shoppers with access to nutritionists and dietitians are gaining a competitive advantage for the future, according to results of the National Grocers Association-SupermarketGuru 2014 Consumer Survey Report. . . .
  • Three Tapped For Kettle Award
    February 11, 2014
    The Kettle Award selection committee has chosen three finalists for the 2014 award, which recognizes individuals who have . . .
  • Holiday Dollar Sales Up, Units Flat
    February 7, 2014
    Category dollar sales for this past winter holiday season grew 1.4 percent, totaling $3.96 billion, while overall unit sales remained flat . . .
  • Learn Tips, Techniques For Functional Confections
    February 6, 2014
    A one-week course on how to incorporate functional ingredients in confections is being offered by the Department of Food Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • NCA Posts Board Of Trustee Candidates
    February 6, 2014
    An eight-candidate slate for seats on the NCA Board of Trustees has been selected for the annual election, according to Peter Blommer, chairman of the NCA nominating committee. Votes approving the nominees must be cast by Monday, February 10. . . .
  • Sacramento Bee Slams Unchanged Sugar Subsidies
    February 5, 2014
    On the heels of the Farm Bill passage, which excluded changes to the U.S. sugar program, Sacramento Bee Columnist Bruce . . .
  • Kellogg Closing Charlotte Plant, Two Cincinnati Lines
    February 5, 2014
    The Kellogg Co. is closing its Charlotte, NC, snack plant and eliminating two snack lines at a Cincinnati, OH, plant . . .
  • 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo Registration Opens; Hall Sold Out
    February 4, 2014
    Registration is open for the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo, being held at McCormick Place in Chicago, May 20-22.
  • 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo Registration Opens; Hall Sold Out
    February 4, 2014
    Registration is open for the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo, being held at McCormick Place in Chicago, May 20-22.
  • Congress Passes Farm Bill; Sugar Program Unchanged
    February 4, 2014
    The Farm Bill is being sent to President Barack Obama to be signed into law, without changes to the sugar program . . .
  • Hershey’s Logs Strong 2013 Sales, 4Q Finish
    February 4, 2014
    Closing 2013 with 7.6 percent net sales growth and a 4Q net sales gain of 11.7 percent, The Hershey Co. is projecting 2014 net sales to increase five to seven percent, driven by volume, the company reports. . . .
  • Hershey’s Tops Its 2013 Certified Cocoa Goal
    February 4, 2014
    The Hershey Co. reports that 18 percent of the cocoa it sourced globally in 2013 was certified, surpassing its goal of 10 percent, and putting it on track to source 100 percent certified cocoa by 2020 as part of the company’s 21st Century Cocoa Sustainability Strategy. . . .
  • Nearly Half Of Shoppers Plan Valentine’s Candy Purchase
    February 4, 2014
    A little more than half of Americans plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, with 48 percent saying they will buy candy . . .
  • Post Gains PowerBar, Musashi, Dymatize Brands
    February 4, 2014
    Post Holdings, Inc. has expanded its presence in the sports nutrition category with acquisition of PowerBar and Musashi brands from Nestlé S.A. . . .
  • Survey: Candy Trumps Flowers On Valentine’s Day
    February 4, 2014
    By a vote of two to one, Americans would rather receive chocolate than flowers on February 14, according to a nationwide survey by the NCA. . . .
  • Target Quality, Healthy Food Options To Mature Consumers
    February 4, 2014
    Retailers marketing and merchandising to baby boomers — about 35 percent of the U.S. population — should focus on smaller portions, healthy ingredients, and individuals in their home environment, according to research conducted by The Hartman Group.
  • C-Store Count Tops 150,000 Units
    February 3, 2014
    Convenience stores added 2,062 units in 2013, raising the total to 151,282, a 1.4 percent increase from 2012, according to the 2014 National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. . . .
  • Enstrom Hires Manufacturing Director, Gets SQF Certified
    February 3, 2014
    Patrick Zachary has been appointed director of manufacturing for Enstrom Candies, Inc. . . .

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