Jelly Belly Adds Branded Gummies, BeanBoozled Fiery To Line

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Fairfield, CA — Jelly Belly Candy Co. is bringing its flavor expertise to the gummi sector with the debut of Jelly Belly gummies. The chewy candies have the same shape as the brand’s iconic beans and are even moulded with the logo on the ...
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97% Of Shoppers Backed Out Of Purchases Due To Inconvenience

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Washington — Nearly all, 97 percent, of U.S. shoppers have backed out of a purchase because it was inconvenient for them, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF), which reports 83 percent of consumers say convenience when shopping is more important for them now than ... Read More »

Mars Wrigley Unveils Two-Ton Snickers Bar, Limited-Edition Twix Sneakers

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Hackettstown, NJ — Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., LLC is created a two-metric ton Snickers bar at its Waco, TX, plant, setting a Guinness World Record and teasing that something bigger is in store for its Super Bowl LIV commercial. Once consumed, the bar will officially ... Read More »

New Hires Strengthen NCA Communications, Government Affairs Teams

Washington — NCA has added two staff members in new roles designed to build on the Association’s advocacy and communications activities. These individuals will expand the organization’s ability to tell the confectionery industry’s powerful narrative and highlight its member companies’ economic contributions with audiences ... Read More »

Bosch Packaging Becomes Syntegon Following Sale

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Waiblingen, Germany — With the closing of its transaction with CVC Capital Partners, Bosch Packaging Technology will now operate as independent enterprise Syntegon Technology GmbH with a focus on intelligent and sustainable technologies, and expanding the service range, according to the supplier. Marc Strobel, a ... Read More »

Mars Wrigley Unveils New M&M’s Messages For Every Occasion

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Hackettstown, NJ — M&M’s are getting a new look to encourage people to celebrate, connect and find humor in life’s everyday moments through the voices of the brand’s spokescandies. As a part of the M&M’s Messages program, the brand is launching 36 themed package ... Read More »

Russell Stover Expanding Three Facilities

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Kansas City, MO — Russell Stover Chocolates, LLC is expanding its Corsicana, TX, and Abilene and Iola, KS, production plants, adding approximately 300 jobs across all three facilities, the candymaker reports. While it is expanding three plants, Russell Stover will be shutting its Montrose, CO, ... Read More »

4505 Meats Appoints Three To Sales Team

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San Francisco — Pork rind maker 4505 Meats, Inc. has named Bob Ziegler and Scot Walker regional sales directors, while Greg Lagios has been appointed director of business development, the company reports. Ziegler brings 15 years of experience in the food and beverage industries ... Read More »

Lindt Sales Outpaced Market During 2019

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Kilchberg, Switzerland — During 2019 Lindt & Sprüngli AG’s sales outpaced the overall global chocolate market, rising 6.1 percent thanks to strong growth in all three regions — Europe, North America and “Rest of the World,” the chocolate company reports. Despite threats from changes ... Read More »

GMA Revamped As Consumer Brands Association

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Arlington, VA — The Grocery Manufacturers Association is now the Consumer Brands Association (CBA), which advocates for product affordability, access and innovation; eliminating consumer confusion; and solving large problems impacting the marketplace, the organization reports. “The Consumer Brands Association is an entirely new organization with ... Read More »

Bell Flavors Receives SQF Excellent Rating For Ninth Consecutive Year

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Northbrook, IL — Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.’s Northbrook facility has received its highest score of 99 during the plant’s 2019 SQF audit, the supplier reports, noting it was rated “excellent” for the ninth consecutive year. Bell reports it is a yearlong preparation for ... Read More »

Nearly All Shoppers Want Self-Checkouts To Automatically Identify Items

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New York — Although two-thirds of consumers frequently use self-checkout machines, nearly 75 percent say they have difficulty entering goods and regularly face overrides when using the equipment, according to a survey by retail technology provider Shekel Brainweigh Ltd., which notes 90 percent of ... Read More »

Latest edition of Candy & Snack Today

Candy & Snack TODAY — November/December 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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