Go Organically Brand Partners With First Book Promoting Literacy, Education

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Allendale, NJ – Woodbine Elementary School in Sacramento has received a $5,000 donation from the Go Organically Gives Back Literacy Program, a national initiative led by The Promotion In Motion Cos., Inc. organic fruit snack brand to encourage children’s literacy. In addition, the company made donations ...
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Spangler Acquires NECCO Brands, Expands Campus

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Bryan, OH — Spangler Candy Co. has purchased the Sweethearts, Necco Wafers and Canada Mints brands, which the company says “were obtained following a series of transactions precipitated by the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) bankruptcy. ” The company reports it has also purchased and ... Read More »

pladis CEO Karakas Steps Down

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United Kingdom — Cem Karakas is immediately stepping down from his role as CEO of pladis, the company reported today. According to a statement, Karakas will take a leave of absence from his role as deputy chairman of parent company Yildiz Holding for family ... Read More »

IT’SUGAR Opening Location At Chicago’s Navy Pier

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Chicago — Later this month, IT’SUGAR will open a store on Chicago’s Navy Pier that will have a design inspired by the historic Chicago site and vintage ads paying homage to the city’s candy history will decorate the location, according to the specialty retailer. ... Read More »

Sour Punch Partners With Olympic Hopeful, Boys & Girls Club

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La Porte, IN – American Licorice Co. is partnering its Sour Punch brand with elite American long jumper and Olympic hopeful Norris Frederick and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Northwest Indiana. Frederick, a Boys & Girls Club Alum, helped kick off the event ... Read More »

Mondelez Employees Visiting Cocoa Communities On Skill-Exchange Mission

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Deerfield, IL — Fifteen “Joy Ambassadors,” employees from Mondelez International, Inc., are going to Ghana on a two-week skills-exchange mission to learn about the challenges and opportunities facing farmers and share their business expertise to accelerate the impact of the company’s Cocoa Life sustainability program, ... Read More »

Mars Wrigley Launch Cocoa For Generations Sustainably Strategy

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Chicago — Cocoa for Generations is Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., LLC’s new sustainability program, which is backed by a $1 billion, 10-year investment with the hopes of creating a path for cocoa farmers and the communities they operate in to thrive. The new cocoa ... Read More »

Hershey Debuts Mobile Insights Center For Retail Partners

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Hershey, PA — The Hershey Co. held a ribbon cutting today for its Mobile Customer Insights Center (MCIC), a 53-foot, expandable tractor trailer the company will use to share shopper insights and category expertise directly with retail partners, the candymaker reports. The MCIC is an ... Read More »

Barry Callebaut Setting Up Long-Term Agreement With Burton’s Biscuits

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Zurich, Switzerland — Burton’s Biscuit Co., a division of Burton’s Foods Ltd. and the second largest biscuit maker in the UK, has signed a long-term supply agreement for more than 12,000 metric tons of chocolate and compound annually from Barry Callebaut AG, the supplier reports. ... Read More »

Barry Callebaut Updates Three North American Facilities

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Chicago — Barry Callebaut AG has completed several expansion projects, supported by a $30 million investment, at three of its North American facilities, the chocolate supplier reports. The updated sites include St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, which received a liquid chocolate line and enhanced capabilities for dairy-free ... Read More »

Bell Names Ron Stark President, COO

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Northbrook, IL — Ron Stark has been named president and COO of Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. He takes over the president role from James Heinz, who retains his title as CEO. Stark comes to Bell from Givaudan Flavors, where has he served as ... Read More »

Lindt Launching Company’s Largest Sampling Promotion In Chicago

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Chicago — From Millennium Park to Wrigley Field, Chicagoans will get the chance to receive free Lindor truffles at events across the city, as Lindt & Sprüngli (USA), Inc. is hosting the largest sampling event in company history, according to the candymaker. Running through ... Read More »

Latest edition of Candy & Snack Today

Candy & Snack TODAY — July/August 2018

In this issue, we look at how the jelly bean sector is expanding beyond its beginnings as a seasonal treat, Shopkick CEO Adam Sand offers insights on five brands that thought outside the box when launching new products, what’s trending in spicy candy and how the industry celebrated National Candy Month. In addition, see what made news at the 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo and discover the winners and finalists in the Most Innovative New Product Awards competition.

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