Ricco To Retire, Mount Franklin Begins Search For Replacement


El Paso, TX — Mount Franklin Foods, LLC President and CEO Gary Ricco will retire effective June 30 and the company has begun a search for his replacement. Ricco has led the company for eight years and will remain actively involved with the organization ...
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Smashmallow Hitting Road With ‘S’mores Better’ Nationwide Tour


Sonoma, CA — Starting in Northern California on May 15 and winding through Austin, TX, Denver, Salt Lake City before heading to the East Coast, Sonoma Brands’ Smashmallow is again embarking on a nationwide “S’mores Better” tour to highlight uses for the premium marshmallows, ... Read More »

80% Of Hershey’s Cocoa Is Sustainably Sourced

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Hershey, PA — During 2018, The Hershey Co. made substantial progress on its CSR objectives, including purchasing 80 percent of its cocoa from certified and sustainable sources, according to the candymarker’s Shared Goodness Report. With 80 percent of its cocoa coming from sustainable sources, Hershey ... Read More »

Ruby Chocolate Hits U.S. Market

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Zurich, Switzerland — Ruby chocolate is now broadly available in the U.S. as well as Canada, Barry Callebaut AG reports. Ruby chocolate has a unique pink color and a sensory profile with fruity, berry notes and “luscious smoothness,” which is made from pure cocoa beans ... Read More »

Dr. John’s Invests $2.3M In Michigan Production Plant


Comstock Park, MI — Dr. John’s Healthy Sweets LLC has opened a 22,000-square-foot production space following a $2.3 million investment in manufacturing, according to company Co-Founder Dr. John Bruinsma. The facility will focus on producing sugarfree lollipops in the company’s signature tooth shape as well ... Read More »

Reese The Movie, An ASMR Experience Debuts In June


Toronto — Reese The Movie: A Movie About Reese, is premiering in Canada and features five “autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) stars,” bringing the sensory experience of eating a peanut butter cup to life, according to Hershey Canada, Inc. ASMR is an experience characterized by ... Read More »

Asher’s Promotes Three Key Sales Leaders


Souderton, PA — Asher’s Chocolate Co. has reorganized its sales department, promoting three key leaders. The retirement of Ed Lomas in March promoted the decision to restructure, the candymaker reports. Baron McBride is now vice-president of business development, previously serving as vice-president of sales, national ... Read More »

Kinder Joy, M&M’s Caramel Top IRI’s 2018 New Product Pacesetters

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Chicago — Ferrero USA, Inc.’s Kinder Joy was the top CPG item launched this past year, according to IRI’s 2018 New Product Pacesetters top 100 ranking, while M&M’s Caramel from Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., LLC was ranked second. “For the first time in the ... Read More »

American Heritage Chocolate, First Book Team For Teacher Appreciation Program

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Hackettstown, NJ — For the second year running, Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., LLC’s American Heritage Chocolate brand will partner with non-profit First Book to create special teacher appreciation packages for educators working in low-income communities across the U.S., the candymaker reports. Coinciding with National ... Read More »

Hanus Joins Loacker USA In Lead Sales Role


New York City  — Loacker USA Inc. has appointed Todd W. Hanus senior vice-president of U.S. sales, responsible for all sales channels. He reports directly to TJ Rooney, president of Loacker USA. Hanus has more than 24 years of CPG experience at Kraft Foods, ... Read More »

Otis Spunkmeyer’s Minnesota Plant Gets New Line


Los Angeles — Aryzta North America has opened a new frozen cookie dough line at its Chaska, MN, plant, which produces Otis Spunkmeyer branded items and custom cookies for retail, c-stores and foodservice outlets, the commercial baker reports. The new line, the third in the ... Read More »

Vincent Stepping In To Lead Mars Wrigley North America As Massey Moves To Petcare


McLean, VA — Tracey Massey, previously Mars Wrigley North America regional president, has been promoted to Global President, Mars Pet Nutrition, a division of Mars Petcare, effective June 3, 2019. Anton Vincent succeeds Massey as the regional president for Mars Wrigley North America. With ... Read More »

Latest edition of Candy & Snack Today

Candy & Snack TODAY — March/April 2019

In this issue: Review the 2019 NCA State of the Industry Conference, including exclusive interviews with this year’s Confectionery Leadership Award winners, and relive ISM with our in-depth event coverage. Get ready for this year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo with our robust pre-show planner. Segment reports in this issue include taffy, dried fruit as well as a look at the emerging cocktail flavor trend.

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