Physical Stores Drive Online Traffic, Brand Awareness


New York — Opening a physical store leads to a 37 percent gain, on average, in overall traffic to a retailer’s website, according to “The Halo Effect: How Bricks Impact Clicks” study from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Additionally, new brick-and-mortar locations increase ...
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Downs Touts Always A Treat Initiative In Forbes Q&A


Washington — NCA President and CEO John Downs highlighted the Always A Treat Initiative and the industry’s high-character leadership in an Q&A piece by Forbes.  “It’s a pleasure and a privilege to represent an industry that has these great treats with the emotional bond ... Read More »

IT’SUGAR Launches Exclusive Stranger Things Line


Deerfield Beach, FL — Inspired by the Emmy-nominated Netflix series, IT’SUGAR is launching an exclusive Stranger Things confectionery line, according to the specialty retailer. The products incorporate key themes from the show, such as Gummy Waffles, Missing Barb Malted Milk Ball Cartons, Edible Slime from ... Read More »

Nearly All U.S. Adults Shop Discount Retailers


Washington — A survey of 3,000 U.S. adults found that 89 percent shop discount retailers, with dollar stores being the most popular, followed by outlets such as TJ Maxx and discount grocers, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Further, shopping discounters slashes across age ... Read More »

Elmer Chocolate Highlights Confectionery Careers During Manufacturing Day

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Ponchatoula, LA — To give people an accurate view of today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to career opportunities in the field, Elmer Chocolate invited students and teachers from nearby schools to tour its facility during Manufacturing Day. “We are extremely pleased to host an ... Read More »

Mondelez Moves To Make All Packaging Recyclable By 2025

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Deerfield, IL — Mondelez International, Inc. has committed to making all of its packaging recyclable and providing recycling information by 2025 as part of its strategy for a circular packaging economy and to deliver on its long-term goal of zero-net waste packaging, the CPG company ... Read More »

First Source Donates To Hurricane Florence Recovery Efforts

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Toano, VA — To help aid recovery efforts in North Carolina following Hurricane Florence, First Source, LLC has donated 10 pallets of products, while its employees have given necessary items such as clothing, money and toiletries. The company partnered with END22 and the organization’s volunteers, ... Read More »

Mars Wrigley Investing $142M In Tennessee Plant

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Cleveland, TN — To support production of its new Hazelnut Spread M&M’s, Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., LLC is investing $142 million in its 40-year-old Cleveland, TN, manufacturing facility, according to the Cleveland Daily Banner.  Nearly 80 full-time jobs will be created because of the ... Read More »

Global Packaging Equipment Sales To Grow Nearly 3% By 2021


Reston, VA — Sales for packaging machinery are anticipated to increase 2.8 percent by 2021, reaching $42.2 billion, according to PMMI. Factors driving growth include increasing populations, heightened sustainability concerns, growing spending power in developing markets, growing popularity for flexible packaging and developments in smart ... Read More »

Loacker USA Names Rooney President

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New York — Terrence Joseph Rooney has been elected president of Loacker USA Inc. by the wafer and confection manufacturer’s board of directors. Rooney was previously president, North America Confections, for Mondelez International, Inc. He has also served as vice-president, national channels, and vice-president, general ... Read More »

Mondelez Expands Women’s Empowerment Program In Cocoa Communities

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Deerfield, IL — Mondelez International, Inc. is extending its plans to accelerate women’s empowerment in cocoa-growing communities to Indonesia and Dominican Republic as part of its Cocoa Life sustainability program. The plan focuses on four areas; farming, community, youth and environment, according to Mondelez. While ... Read More »

Barry Callebaut Eyes Expansion In Russia With Inforum Buy

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Zurich, Switzerland — Barry Callebaut AG has agreed to acquire Inforum Cocoa Ltd., a leading Russian B-2-B supplier of chocolate, coatings and fillings that serves many well-known Russian brands, according to acquiring company. The move strengthens Barry Callebaut’s position in the Russian chocolate market, which ... Read More »

Latest edition of Candy & Snack Today

Candy & Snack TODAY — September/October 2018

In this issue: Discover what is driving sales for the licorice sector, how the premium trend is benefiting chocolate-covered caramels and ways hard candy makers are meeting shifting lifestyle preferences. Other articles include an exclusive look at Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., LLC a year after integration, a roundup of items leveraging natural sweeteners, a Q&A with NACS leadership and a summer 2019 product preview.

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