Rockville, MD — More than half (54 percent) of shoppers that purchased food gifts during the past 12 months did so during the winter holidays, while 29 percent of consumers that bought a food gift for themselves also did so during period, according to survey ...
Chicago — The Blommer Chocolate Co., the third largest industrial chocolate manufacturer in the world, has entered into an acquisition agreement with Fuji Oil Holdings, Inc., a global supplier of oil and fat ingredients, the U.S. chocolate supplier reports. “For nearly 80 years, our ... Read More »
Chicago — The global food stabilizers market is anticipated to increase 4 percent, compound annually, by 2023, with total sales reaching $2.8 billion, according to MarketsandMarkets Inc. Consumer interest in natural items, increasing demand for customized products by food manufacturers and versatility in food ... Read More »
Hicksville, NY — Nassau Candy Distributors, Inc. is expanding its Brijon Hospitality division, responsible for the company’s customized products. Brijon, acquired by Nassau as part of its acquisition of Lanco in 2017, offers what the company describes as the broadest full-line customization capabilities in North ... Read More »
Brooklyn, NY — Fruit Bliss brand Fruit & Nut Bites are new from Fruit Bliss. The organic, bite-size product is made with five ingredients or less, including sun-ripened dried fruit and nuts, according to the company. Available in apricots/dates/hazelnuts, figs/dates/hazelnuts and tart cherries/dates/hazelnuts/cacao nibs ... Read More »
Chicago — Consumers focusing more on manufacturers sustainability programs, food products influenced by beauty and personal care industries and a premiumization of convenience are among Mintel Group Ltd.’s trends for the coming year. Sustainability is now encompassing the entire product lifecycle, requiring collaboration between suppliers, ... Read More »
Palm Beach, FL — The newest Peterbrooke Chocolatier location will open in Palm Beach on November 24, and shoppers will receive a six-ounce pack of the company’s signature chocolate-covered popcorn. Additionally, visitors will have the chance to hand dip treats, make chocolate bark, and sample ... Read More »
Hershey, PA — Hershey Trust Co. has reached an agreement to sell 4,050,000 shares of The Hershey Co. common stock to Morgan Stanley. An additional 450,000 shares are being sold by the trust to The Hershey Co. The sale does not change the Trust’s majority voting ... Read More »
Orange, CT — Jordan Greenstein has been appointed marketing director for Pez Candy, Inc., and will be responsible for continuing to strengthen and evolve brand affinity, drive innovation and accelerate revenue growth as he oversees marketing, licensing and product development functions, according to the candymaker. ... Read More »
New York — When it comes to smartphones and tablets, 45 percent of U.S. shoppers feel these technologies are “quickly becoming their most important shopping tools,” which is a 16 point jump compared with the year prior, according to a survey by market research company ... Read More »
Arnhem, The Netherlands — Shoppers seeking out bold, ethnic flavors, and continued interest in plant-based protein, and food and ingredient alternatives are expected to impact the candy and snack markets in 2019, according to Innova Market Insights. The market research company highlighted the follow five ... Read More »
Deerfield, IL — Mondelez International, Inc. is further pushing for its goal of 100 percent sustainability and complete transparency in its palm oil supply chain, challenging suppliers to commit to concession mapping and act faster to eliminate deforestation, according to the CPG company. Concession ... Read More »
Hackettstown, NJ — A total of $50,000 in grant money for chocolate history research is being awarded by Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., LLC, as the candymaker has begun accepting submissions for its Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Research Grant. Submission for the grant, which ... Read More »
In this issue: Discover what is driving sales for the licorice sector, how the premium trend is benefiting chocolate-covered caramels and ways hard candy makers are meeting shifting lifestyle preferences. Other articles include an exclusive look at Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., LLC a year after integration, a roundup of items leveraging natural sweeteners, a Q&A with NACS leadership and a summer 2019 product preview.