Chicago — The Quaker Oats Co.’s Chewy granola bar brand is working with AdoptAClassroom.org to raise up to $250,000 to benefit schools in need, the company reports. Quaker has teamed with actor Neil Patrick Harris to promote the program. Until September 30, Quaker will ...
Grand Rapids, MI — Midwest retailer Meijer, Inc. is hosting shopping events celebrating back-to-school for 21 colleges across the region. The retailer kicks off its Meijer Back-to-College promotion this week, hosting a total of 23 events through September. The annual Back-to-College events celebrate incoming ... Read More »
East Hanover, NJ — Packs for Sour Patch Kids and Trident Vibes brands are being released with graphics of video game character Crash Bandicoot, and contain codes to unlock one of four in-game items in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled as part of a joint promotion ... Read More »
Bluffton, IN — Tim Jax has been named vice-president of marketing and innovation for Pretzels, Inc., while Carey Hoffman has joined the company as director of R&D. The new hires come on the recent announcement of a 120,000-square-foot expansion at the snack maker’s Plymouth, ... Read More »
Hackettstown, NJ — Launching for Halloween 2019, Zombie Skittles feature a “rotten zombie” taste, which is disguised to look like one of five fruity flavors in the seasonal packs, according to Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., LLC. Other flavors in the Halloween product are Petrifying ... Read More »
New York — The Promotion in Motion Cos., Inc. will receive the first ever ShowEast Legacy Award at the trade event for motion picture industry professionals. The award will be presented by the National Association of Concessionaires (NAC), and accepted by Michael Rosenberg, president ... Read More »
Beverly Hills, CA — Building on its more than 20 retail locations in the U.S. and Canada, upscale candy boutique company Sugarfina Inc. recently revealed a location at Harbour City, in Hong Kong. Owned by husband and wife Josh Resnik and Rosie O’Neill, the ... Read More »
Chicago — Storck USA L.P. is promoting Werther’s Original with the “A Little Piece of Bliss” campaign, which is the brand’s “most robust integrated marketing campaign” to date, according to the candymaker. The marketing program leverages nostalgia through a variety of “universal, positive caramel moments” ... Read More »
Franklin, TN — For every retailer closing stores in 2019, five others are opening locations, according to research and advisory company IHL Services, Inc. The number of chains adding stores increased 56 percent this year, while the number of store closures has fallen 66 percent ... Read More »
Camp Hill, PA — Heyward Donigan has been named CEO of Rite Aid Corp. by the company’s board of directors effective immediately. He also assumes a seat on the board. John Standley steps down from his role as CEO in connection with this announcement, ... Read More »
Los Angeles — Nude Chocolate Co. has developed vegan luxury dark chocolate bars made with Reishi mushrooms, organic toppings, and an herbalist-selected super blend of herbs, lending to their names – the Mind, Body and Soul Bars. The company notes the products were developed ... Read More »
Orlando, FL — More than 90 percent of U.S. shoppers get frustrated when shopping in a store, with waiting for a refund or to pay among the top annoyances, according to cloud-based POS technology provider Omnico Group Ltd. Additionally, 49 percent of shoppers become angry ... Read More »
If there is one thing that can be said with certainty about Jeff Rubin, CEO and founder of IT’SUGAR, LLC, it is that he has grand visions and the indomitable drive necessary to those ideas into reality. Both of these traits are on display ... Read More »
In This Issue: Review the highlights from the 2019 Sweets & Snacks Expo, and learn where the show is heading with our exclusive interview with Expo Committee Chairman Ed Seibolt. Get insights into cotton candy and sour product sectors from leading manufacturers. The issue also features company profiles of Bazooka Candy Brands and Cookies United, LLC, and seasonal product sections for 2020 Valentine’s Day and Easter.