New York — Loacker USA has appointed Molly Pippin national account manager, effective September 23. She will be responsible for c-stores and non-traditional outlet channels, according to the company. Her experience includes more than a decade working at Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., LLC, Reckitt Benckiser ...
Hackettstown, NJ — Submissions are now being accepted for the Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Research Grant, Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., LLC reports. The grant provides funding for innovation in the areas of chocolate history research, scholarship and education. Submissions can be made ... Read More »
Washington — During the United Fresh Produce Association’s Washington Conference, NCA President and CEO John Downs shared insights on strategic decision making, leadership and unconventional partnerships during the Venture Beyond the Fresh Produce Aisle session on September 16. “Companies, like trade associations, are decisions ... Read More »
New York — As part of its commitment to the environment, Yowie Group Ltd. is donating $20,000 to the Rainforest Alliance in response to the surge of fires in the Amazons this summer, the candymaker reports. Rainforest Alliance is on the front line of mitigating ... Read More »
Pittsburgh — Nonni’s Foods, LLC is introducing La Dolce Vita, artisan biscotti and Biscotti Bites that comprise the first non-GMO certified line from the company. The line includes almond and almond dark chocolate biscotti and Biscotti Bites in almond, chocolate hazelnut and limoncello, which ... Read More »
New York — Wonder Awaits is the latest ad campaign for the Godiva brand and is loosely based on Pierre Draps, who founded Godiva and learned to make the now famous truffles to delight his wife, according Pladis Global. The commercials feature two young ... Read More »
London — Bühler AG has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s most prestigious innovation award, for its optical sorting technology that has shown the ability to increase foreign materials detection by 10 percent, the supplier reports. Johannes Wick, Bühler Group’s CEO for ... Read More »
Chicago — IRI AllScan Convenience Store Tracking service will now incorporate account-level insights from 17 of the top 20 c-store chains, including 7-Eleven, Inc.; Circle K Stores Inc.; Casey’s General Stores, Inc. and WaWa, Inc. The company reports that with scanner-based, POS data from ... Read More »
Goodlettsville, TN — Dollar General Corp. is constructing three locations in Washington and Wyoming, giving the discount retailer presence in 46 states, the company reports. Centralia and Cathlamet, WA, and Pine Bluffs, WY, will host Dollar General store grand openings in early fiscal year 2020, ... Read More »
El Paso, TX — Employees from across Mount Franklin Foods, LCC’s operating facilities pulled together to donate $27,325 to the El Paso Community Foundation Education Fund in honor of members of the community impacted by the shooting on August 3, the company reports. Mount ... Read More »
Karlshamn, Sweden — AAK AB has acquired 80 percent of Soya International (Europe) Ltd., makers of non-GMO semi-specialty and specialty lecithins, strengthening the Swedish supplier’s positioning in a product range vital to its customers, the company reports. The new business will trade under the name ... Read More »
Chicago — Conagra Brands, Inc. is selling its direct store delivery (DSD) snack business to Utz Quality Foods, LLC. The deal, which is anticipated to close before the end of the year, includes Tim’s Cascade Snacks, Hawaiian Snacks, Erin’s, Snyder of Berlin and Husman’s brands. ... Read More »
CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE: Despite consumers shifting preferences, candy and snack sales are anticipated to continue seeing gains. In fact, GlobalData projects a CAGR of 4.6 percent for the confectionary industry by 2021, while Statista predicts an increase of 3.7 percent for the snack industry. With ... Read More »
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.