Wilmington, NC — Henri, a bulldog belonging to Kathie and Tim Santillo, won the first “Bunny Tryouts” contest hosted by the Cadbury brand, The Hershey Co. reports, and will be featured in the iconic Clucking Bunny commercial airing in April. “When people see the iconic ...
Forest Grove, OR — Old Trapper Smoked Products, Inc. has completed the commissioning of a 80,000-square-foot production plant at its headquarters in Forest Grove, OR, according to the manufacturer. The state-of-the-art plant is one of the largest of its kind in the world and will ... Read More »
Stoney Creek, Ontario — Jeff Billig has been named vice-president of marketing and business development for Bartek Ingredients Inc., while Heinrich G. Schaefer has been appointed international sales director for the malic and fumaric acid supplier. The two hires come on the heels of the ... Read More »
Richmond, VA — Performance Food Group Co. (PFG) has moved to purchase Eby-Brown Co., LLC in a deal that is anticipated to close during the second quarter, according to the acquiring firm. Once finalized, the transaction will allow PFG’s Vistar segment to strategically expand into ... Read More »
Oakbrook Terrace, IL — Ferrara Candy Co., Inc. is introducing four Easter items from its SweeTarts and Brach’s brands. SweeTarts Sour Jelly Beans bring a sour twist to the brand, come in 13-ounce bags with springtime graphics and have a SRP of $2.39 Featuring two ... Read More »
Tokyo — A little more than a year since the launch of Kitkat Sublime Ruby in Japan, Barry Callebaut AG is launching a crowdsourced platform, rubychocolate.com, to “spur the arrival and development of the fourth chocolate category, and to put consumers in the driving seat ... Read More »
Hershey, PA — The Makers of Good Teen Summit, taking place in New York City on June 20, aims to bring teens together from across the country to “collaborate and develop strategies for overcoming social isolation in their communities,” according to host The Hershey ... Read More »
Chicago — Archer Daniels Midland Co. (AMD) is moving to buy German natural-citrus flavor supplier Ziegler Group. The deal is anticipated to close in the second quarter. Citrus is one of the fastest-growing and highest-demand flavors, according to Vince Macciocchi, president of ADM’s nutrition business. ... Read More »
Johannesburg, South Africa — Matthew Walters has been tapped as branch manager for TNA Solutions Pty Ltd.’s African operations, charged with supporting manufacturers across the continent, the supplier reports. With a degree in mechanical engineering, Walters started his career with one of South Africa’s ... Read More »
Felton, CA – Projected to hit $30.1 billion in the coming six years, the global sunflower seeds market is anticipated to have a compound annual growth rate of 3.4 percent between 2017 and 2025, according to Hexa Research, Inc. Nutritional content of sunflower seeds ... Read More »
Beijing, China — In an effort to provide better assistance to its Chinese customers with onsite training and application support, Barry Callebaut AG has opened an office and Chocolate Academy is Beijing. The construction marks the second academy in China, the only country with two, ... Read More »
Ankeny, IA — C-store operator Fantasy’s Inc., along with its Ride the Wave carwashes, have been acquired by Casey’s General Stores, Inc. While the acquiring firm will leave the car wash operations unchanged, it is planning significant remodels for the c-stores including more freshly ... Read More »
Raleigh, NC — Worldwide cocoa sales are expected to hit $10 billion by 2026, representing a compound annual growth rate of 3.4 percent, according to global procurement intelligence company Beroe Inc. The market analysis firm expects surging demand for cocoa butter and other derivatives, ... Read More »
In this issue: Leading novelty manufacturers detail how the sector is working to meet shifting consumer preferences, the drivers for sales growth behind mini and bite size products are uncovered and the 2019 NCA Future Leadership Program class is revealed. Other features include robust coverage of upcoming trends, and product guides for Halloween and Christmas 2019.