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 ...
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 »
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 »
Deerfield Beach, FL — Mark Davis has appointed CFO and COO for IT’SUGAR, where he will be a key member of the executive leadership team, the specialty candy retailer reports. In his new role, Davis will be responsible for building and leading the systemization ... Read More »
Fairfield, CA — Jelly Belly Candy Co. is adding seven chocolate and gummi items to its Harry Potter-licensed candy line as well as new collectible cards that pack with the line’s Chocolate Frogs, according to the company. Chocolate wands are moulded to resemble those used ... Read More »
Washington —In an op-ed that ran in the Morning Consult, NCA president and CEO John Downs highlighted the important role the confectionery industry plays in the U.S. as well as its place in the lives of consumers across the country. The opinion piece hit ... Read More »
Altoona, PA — In something of a homecoming, Boyer Candy Co., Inc. has bought the rights, recipes and equipment for Clark Bars, and is bringing production of the 101-year-old brand back to the Pittsburgh area, where it was first created, according to reports from ... Read More »
Washington — Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Confectionery Leadership Awards, which recognize leading retail and wholesale customers on an industry-wide level who excel at category management best practices, effective business collaborations and innovations in merchandising candy in stores, NCA reports. Hosted by ... Read More »
Accra, Ghana — Since establishing its own licensed buying company (LBC) in Ghana during 2016, Cargill, Inc. has doubled the amount of sustainable cocoa it sources from the country and more than 13,000 farmers are benefiting from the initiative, according to the supplier. Under the ... Read More »
Indianapolis — Highlighting the release of its latest bar, salted peanuts in dark chocolate, Endangered Species Chocolate, LLC is giving away a trip for two to Africa through a national sweepstakes. Consumers can enter the sweepstakes through October 28 at chocolatebar.com/introducing-the-elephant-bar for a chance to ... Read More »
Washington, DC — John Downs, president & CEO of the National Confectioners Association (NCA) says the promotion of three key senior leaders within the organization will enhance operational efficiency and effectiveness, bolster the membership value proposition and elevate the advocacy, communications, industry affairs and regulatory ... Read More »
Rockville, MD — Demand for chocolate and cocoa-flavored products is rising across global regions, according to Fact.MR, which projects sales for cocoa liquor to outpace volume for cocoa butter and powder by the end of 2028. The research company anticipates volume sales for liquor to ... Read More »
Valley Cottage, NY — Increasing consumer awareness of natural ingredients is expected to propel the naturally derived sweeteners market during the coming decade, with a projected compound annual growth rate of 5.1 percent, according to Future Market Insights FMI). Sector sales are expected surpass $37 ... Read More »
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.