Ocala, FL — McLane Co., Inc. has opened a 400,000-square-foot distribution center in Ocala, FL, its sixth in the state, according to the company. The new facility features 165,000 square feet for dry groceries, 200,000 square feet for perishables, with the remaining space used ...
Stoney Creek, Ontario — Bartek Ingredients Inc. has completed an expansion program at its Canadian malic acid facility that will add 4,000 tons a year to the production of the ingredient used to impart tartness in sour candy, the supplier reports. Bartek claims to ... Read More »
Nashville, TN — Ford Gum & Machine Co., Inc. has forged a partnership with National Pro Fastpitch (NFP), an organization that provides elite female athletes with the opportunity to pursue careers in fastpitch softball, to promote the company’s Big League Chew brand. The collaboration ... Read More »
Teterboro, NJ — Aiming to help customers throughout the development process, from concept to larger scale samples, Symrise NA has opened an expanded and redesigned Food & Dairy Application lab for confectionery, bakery, cereal and nutritional products, the supplier reports. The spacious lab, which ... Read More »
Crunchies Natural Food Co. introduces chocolate-covered freeze-dried fruit in four varieties: strawberries with milk chocolate, mango with dark chocolate, blueberries with dark chocolate and banana with milk chocolate. According to the company, the products are made with real fruit, and contain no concentrates, fillers or ... Read More »
Glendale, CA — A national “Better Butterfinger” campaign has been launched to highlight the product’s reformulation using U.S.-grown peanuts, a rich chocolatey coating and double-layer packaging to improve freshness, according to Ferrara Candy Co., Inc. The campaign features a TV spot running across multiple ... Read More »
Emeryville, CA — Clif Bar & Co. has setup the Clif Ag Fund, which aims to help increase the economic resilience of organic farmers in its supply chain, the snack bar maker reports. Clif Ag’s initial program will help finance a $10 million wind ... Read More »
Washington, DC — The five young professionals, chosen from across the industry as the NCA Future Leadership Program Class of 2019, are revealing insights into the industry and how they hope to impact the future. The program is part of the Association’s Young Professionals ... Read More »
Alexandria, VA – There are 153,237 convenience stores operating in the United States, a 1.1 percent drop decline from last year’s record of 154,958 stores, according to the 2019 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. According to the trade association, the decrease in stores was fueled ... Read More »
El Paso, TX — Mount Franklin Foods, LLC has begun construction of a 220,000-square-foot state-of-the-art candy manufacturing facility. The company says the new plant is part of a proactive strategy designed to ensure its continued success in meeting and exceeding production demand for its core ... Read More »
New York — Black Forest Classic Gummy Bears from Ferrara Candy Co., Inc. were named Product of the Year in the sugar confections category, while the company’s revamped Butterfingers bar won in the candy bar category and Tic Tac Gum from The Ferrero Group was ... Read More »
Union City, CA – American Licorice Co. has launched a campaign and consumer contest around its Red Vines brand encouraging acts of kindness, with the goal of bringing people together. According to the company, the program, titled Peace, Love & Vines, will serve as a platform for people to ... Read More »
New York — Frutarom Natural Solutions Ltd., a division of International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (IFF), has received organic certification for its natural annatto color from the USDA and European Organic Certifiers Council, the supplier reports. Annatto seeds and extracts provide a yellow to ... 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.