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2014

April

  • 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 genetically modified organisms (GMO) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and co-sponsored by G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Ed Whitfield (R-KY). . . .
  • 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 . . .
  • 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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