Smarties Candy Founder Edward Dee Passes

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Union, NJ — Edward Dee, founder of Smarties Candy Co., passed away on November 18. He was 95 years old. Born October 2, 1924, he grew up in London, England and graduated from Cambridge University, where he met his wife Anita. Together they had ...
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Tic Tac Reaching Consumers Through Spotify’s Events

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Parsippany, NJ — Ferrero U.S.A., Inc.’s Tic Tac brand has signed on to be an inaugural partner in a new event series from Spotify Technology S.A. dubbed “Hear For It,” the online music platform’s first live branded events. The program will leverage Spotify’s steaming data ... Read More »

Frito-Lay, Yogurtland Team On Flamin’ Hot Topping

Irvine, CA — Just in time for the holiday season, Frito-Lay North America, Inc.’s Cheetos Flamin’ Hot snacks will debut as the next limited-edition topping at Yogurtland Franchising, Inc. stores nationwide. The spicy snack-topped frozen yogurt will be available starting December 2. “This year we’ve ... Read More »

Nearly All U.S. Consumers Planning To Do Holiday Shopping Online


San Francisco — When it comes to holiday shopping this year, 95 percent of U.S. consumers say they will make “half or more” of their purchases online, according to Leanplum, Inc., a mobile marketing vendor. Millennials and gen Z lead online shopping trends, and more ... Read More »

Ferrero Opens 730,000-Sq-Ft Pennsylvania Distribution Center


Parsippany, NJ — Ferrero U.S.A., Inc. has opened a distribution center in  Jonestown, PA, to support the company’s organic growth and integration of new brands. The 730,000-square-foot facility will add 225 local jobs with 75 new positions in 2019 and an additional 150 jobs ... Read More »

Cargill, DSM Venture Avansya Starts Commercial-Scale Stevia Production

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Wayzata, MN — Avansya, a joint venture between Cargill, Inc. and Royal DSM, has started production at the first commercial-scale fermentation facility for stevia in the U.S., the supplier reports. The site produces EverSweet zero-calorie sweetener. The $50 million, 10-000 square-foot facility located in ... Read More »

Sky Bar Is Back In Production


Sudbury, MA — Sky Bars, which have been off the market since the closing of NECCO, are now back in production, according to Sky Bar Confectionary Co. The brand was purchased by Louise Mawhinney, owner of specialty retail shop Duck Soup, in September 2018. At ... Read More »

NCA President & CEO Speaks Out On Corruption In EU Agricultural Subsidies’ Parallel To U.S. Sugar Program

Washington — Recent news articles in the New York Times outlining misappropriation of billions of dollars in EU agricultural subsidies intended to support farmers spurred a response on the online media outlet Medium from NCA President & CEO John Downs, who also co-chairs the ... Read More »

Global Gummies Sales To Grow 4%

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London — Worldwide sales for gummies are expected to increase 4 percent through 2022, representing $2.02 billion in incremental growth, according to Technavio. The market research company reports the sector’s diverse product range will lift sales. Another key factor will be growth in organized ... Read More »

Ferrero Hosts Pop-Up Nutella-Themed Hotel In Consumer Contest


Parsipanny, NJ — Hotella Nutella, a first-of-its-kind, weekend getaway experience dedicated to the beloved spread, is set to open for just three days in January 2020. Inspired by the iconic Nutella hazelnut spread from Ferrero U.S.A., Inc., the exclusive one weekend only pop-up resort ... Read More »

Pringles Roasted Turkey Released As Stand Alone Holiday Flavor

Battle Creek, MI — Just in time for the Thanksgiving season, Kellogg Co. is bringing the flavor of roasted turkey to its Pringles brand. The flavor, part of the brand’s Thanksgiving Dinner Kit for the past two years, is being offered as a limited ... Read More »

Sustainable Coconut Oil Program Reaches 4,100 Farmers


Singapore — Between October 2015 and October 2019, the Sustainable Certified Coconut Oil Production program (SCNO) trained more than 4,100 coconut farmers in good agricultural and processing practices and farm management, while 1,600 received additional training to meet Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standards, Cargill, Inc. ... Read More »

Latest edition of Candy & Snack Today

Candy & Snack TODAY — September/October 2019

In this issue: Leading manufacturers detail where the chocolate truffle market is heading, suppliers review the potential for white chocolate and experts in bulk merchandising share best practices. The issue also features a 2020 summer products preview, the inside story on the new three-story IT’SUGAR store and a report on sustainable packaging.

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