Mentos Brand Partners With Big Brothers Big Sisters Of America

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Erlanger, KY – Perfetti Van Melle North American is introducing limited edition Mentos “Say Hello” mints as part of a Pay It Forward promotion for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Each mint is printed with a message, including suggestions on connecting with others such as ...
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Hostess, Angry Birds Partner On Promotion, Sweepstakes

Kansas City, MO — Hostess Brands, LLC and Angry Birds game maker Rovio Entertainment Oyj are teaming on a promotion and sweepstakes that will award a trip to Hawaii, according to the snack company.  As part of the program, graphics from the game will be ... Read More »

Buxton Takes Over As Perfetti Van Melle President & CEO

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Erlanger, KY – Sylvia Buxton is taking the reins as president and CEO of Perfetti Van Melle North America, succeeding Mehmet Yuksek, who announced last month he was leaving the company. Buxton’s appointment is effective August 17. Buxton has been with Perfetti Van Melle ... Read More »

‘Cobots,’ Big Data To Drive Packaging Robotics Market

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Dublin — Collaborative robots, “cobots,” big data and factors such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are anticipated to drive the global food packaging robotics market, according to Research and Markets. The sector is expected to grow more than 10 percent by 2022. The ... Read More »

Hershey, Mars Wrigley Offerings Among Parents’ Most Loved Brands

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New York — A number of lines from The Hershey Co. and Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., LLC were ranked in the top 25 brands U.S. parents “love the most,” according to a survey from research company Smarty Pants, LLC. Hershey’s namesake brand ranked fifth, while ... Read More »

NCA Accepting Application For 2019 Future Leadership Class

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Washington — NCA is accepting applications for its Young Professionals Network (YPN) 2019 Future Leadership Program, which provides support, education, access and opportunity as part of the year-long accelerated leadership initiative. Open to employees of NCA member companies and qualified retail customers who are under ... Read More »

Entenmann’s Reveals Chief Donut Officer Contest Winner

Islandia, NY — Rana A., of Panama City, FL, has been named winner of Entenmann’s Chief Donut Officer contest, according to Bimbo Bakeries USA. In addition to the honorary title, the winner will receive $5,000, a year’s supply of donuts and other prizes. The promotion ... Read More »

Mars Wrigley Offers Insights On Path To Purchase

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Chicago — Although consumers’ preferences and the retail landscape have undergone big changes in recent years, chocolate, candy and gum continue to be basket-building items, making it vital that merchants evolve their thinking around how to position the category, according to Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., ... Read More »

Global Natural Colors Market To Increase 7% By 2022

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London — Shoppers’ interests in natural ingredients and clean labels will propel the global natural colors market, which is anticipated to see gains of 7 percent by 2022, according to research company Technavio. “The demand for clean labels on food products is compelling manufacturers to ... Read More »

Sanders Candy Leases Warehouse To Keep Up With Growth

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Clinton Township, MI — Sanders Candy has leased a 48,361-square-foot warehouse to meet much-needed space for storage and supplies as sales continue to grow rapidly, according to the company. “We’re so proud of the tremendous growth we’ve been experiencing for the past decade,” says Brian ... Read More »

Consumers Choose M&M’s Crunchy Mint As ‘Flavor Vote’ Winner

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Hackettstown, NJ — Following millions of taste tests nationwide, M&M’s Crunchy Mint has been selected by consumers as the winner of the “Flavor Vote” campaign launched earlier this year, according to Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., LLC. The mint M&M’s flavor, which features dark chocolate, cocoa ... Read More »

Egan Introducing Four-Roll Co-Extruder

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Grand Rapids, MI — Egan Food Technologies is debuting a four-roll co-extruder designed to significantly reduce product changeover and cleaning times, the supplier reports. The new machinery will be introduced during Pack Expo, running October 14 to 17 in Chicago. The machinery is suitable ... Read More »

Latest edition of Candy & Snack Today

Candy & Snack TODAY — July/August 2018

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.

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