Mars Wrigley Launching Internationally Themed Flavor Vote Campaign

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Hackettstown, NJ — Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., LLC is again turning to consumers to help select its next limited edition M&M’s flavor with its Flavor Vote campaign, which is highlighting three internationally themed varieties. The M&M’s in contention are Mexican Jalapeño Peanut, Thai Coconut Peanut ...
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Kroger CEO Offers Predictions On The Future Of Retail

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen provided his outlook on the future of retail during the NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show during a keynote presentation themed Restocking the future: Kroger’s insatiable appetite to play and win the long game. McMullen’s ... Read More »

2019 Future Leadership Class Named By NCA

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Washington, DC — Five young professionals representing both large and small manufacturers and a well-respected category broker and a dynamic retailer make up the 2019 Future Leadership Program class of 2019. The NCA program, launched in 2016,  provides support, education, access and opportunity to ... Read More »

TNA Promotes Rankin To CEO

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Sydney, Australia — Jonathan Rankin has been promoted to CEO of TNA Solutions Pty Ltd. and will oversee the supplier’s day-to-day operations and focus on the implementation of new processes, according to the company.  With more than three decades in the food industry, Rankin ... Read More »

Bell Names Gannage Marketing Specialist

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Northbrook, IL — Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. has appointed Chelsea Gannage marketing specialist, based out of the supplier’s Northbrook headquarters. She joins the flavor house from Liberman Research Worldwide, a market research consultancy. Prior to this she worked for The Kellogg Co.’s Madrid, Spain, ... Read More »

American Licorice Recognized As Top Company To Work For In U.S.

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La Porte, IN – American Licorice Co. has been selected as one of the 2018 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). The award recognizes excellence in employee relations, innovation to motivate employees and the ability ... Read More »

Variety, Bite-Size Driving Product Development

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Arnhem, The Netherlands — One in four global consumers increased their consumption of candy during the past year because “there is more variety and novelty available,” according to Innova Market Insights. Further, product launches making “bite-size” claims increased 20 percent from 2017 to 2018. The ... Read More »

Downs Shares Future Of Chocolate At FCIA Event

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San Francisco — NCA President and CEO John Downs detailed the importance of innovation, transparency and sustainability to the chocolate sector’s future during a speech at the Fine Chocolate Industry Association’s (FCIA) Elevate Chocolate event in San Francisco this past weekend. He also announced the ... Read More »

Divine Chocolate’s Majority Shareholder Kuapa Kokoo Gets $3M Investment

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London — Agribusiness development company AgDevCo is investing $3 million in the Kuapa Kokoo cocoa cooperative, the majority shareholder of Divine Chocolate Co. and the only licensed cocoa buying company in Ghana owned by a group of smallholder farmers, the London-based investment firm reports. ... Read More »

Smarties Updates Love Hearts With New Sayings For Valentine’s Day

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Union, NJ — “Text me,” “Swipe right” and “YOLO” are among the sayings being added to Smarties Candy Co.‘s Love Hearts for Valentine’s Day 2019. According the company, the updated messages reflect today’s romantics and also include “BAE” (Before Anyone Else) and “On Fleek.” ... Read More »

ADM To Acquire Citrus Flavor Supplier Florida Chemical Co.

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Chicago – Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) has reached an agreement to acquire Florida Chemical Co. (FCC), a division of Floteck Industries, Inc. that specializes in citrus flavors, the supplier reports. Based in Winter Haven, FL, FCC produces ingredients, specialty terpenes and formulated products primarily ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Again Ranked Top U.S. Grocer In Dunnhumby Survey

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Chicago — Trader Joe’s was ranked the top grocery retailer in the U.S. once again, according to results from Dunnhumby Ltd. Retail Preference Index (RPI), a survey of 7,000 U.S. households ranking the 56 largest grocers. Following Trader Joe’s was Costco Wholesale Corp.; Amazon.com, Inc.; ... Read More »