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, ...
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 »
Louisville, KY — Four dimensional Gummy Blocks are new from CandyRific LLC. The interlocking candies can be used to create countless simple and complex figures and structures, according to the company. The 4-D gummies come in packs of assorted strawberry, lemon, blue raspberry and ... 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 »
Akron, NY— Ford Gum & Machine Co., Inc. is expanding its lineup on packs of Big League Chew shredded bubblegum with a softball player-inspired female character. The new character will be featured on packs of the brand’s top-selling flavor, Outta Here Original and available online beginning ... Read More »
Rockville, MD — Between 2018 and 2023, the U.S. non-chocolate market is anticipated to increase 2 percent, according to Packaged Facts, which estimates the sector will grow 3 percent this year to reach $11 billion in total sales. The ability of the segment to ... Read More »
Westlake Village, CA — Australian manufacturer Robern Menz’s Violet Crumble bars, which feature honeycomb toffee covered in milk chocolate, have gain mainland U.S. distribution through a deal with British Wholesale Imports, Inc. (BWI), while Whitby Company Inc. will handle the brand for the Hawaiian market, ... Read More »
Washington — Debra Miller, Ph.D., has been named senior vice-president of scientific & regulatory affairs for NCA, a role in which she will provide regulatory support for all member companies, serve as the chief liaison to chocolate and cocoa-processing businesses and collaborate on regulatory advocacy ... 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.