Atkinson Candy Reintroducing Mary Jane Brand

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Lufkin, TX — Under a licensing agreement with brand owner Spangler Candy Co., Atkinson Candy Co. is set to relaunch the former NECCO brand Mary Jane. “Atkinson Candy’s deep expertise in the candy nut candy category will serve the Mary Jane brand well,” says Eric ...
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Ferrero Commits To Use Only Sustainable Packaging By 2025

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Luxembourg — The Ferrero Group has committed to make all packaging completely reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025, according to the candymaker’s 10th corporate social responsibility report. The pledge further enhances Ferrero’s approach to continually improving its packaging footprint and fits the company’s strategy aimed ... Read More »

Mike And Ike Becomes Official Partner Of Gaming Tournament Series

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Philadelphia — Just Born, Inc.’s Mike And Ike brand has signed on to be the official partner of the 2020 National Championship series of video game tournaments hosted by Nerd Street Gamers, the candymaker reports. The championship series is a 10-city tournament that gives ... Read More »

Ferrero, Coca-Cola Team On Limited-Edition Tic Tacs

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Luxembourg — The Ferrero Group and The Coca-Cola Co. have partnered to develop limited-edition Tic Tac Coca-Cola, the first mint with the refreshment of the soda, according to the candymaker. The item will be available in more than 70 markets worldwide. The mints will ... Read More »

Buck Elected Hershey Chairman

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Hershey, PA — The Hershey Co.’s board of directors has elected Michele Buck as chairman, effective immediately, the company reports. She will also continue on as president and CEO of the candymaker. Buck replaces Chuck Davis, who will resume the position of lead independent ... Read More »

Vitosa Stevia Gains FDA GRAS Status

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Irvine, CA — HB Natural Ingredients has received a “Letter of No Objection” for Vitosa stevia from the FDA, confirming that the agency has “no questions” regarding the self-affirmed GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status of the sweetener. Vitosa enables 100 percent sugar reduction in ... Read More »

VMG Partners Buys Popchips, Launches Velocity Snack Platform

Los Angeles — Private equity firm VMG Partners has launched the Velocity Snack Brands (VSB) Platform, which will acquire, incubate and grow leading snack brands starting with the purchase of the Popchips brand in North America and most international markets outside of the UK and ... Read More »

NCA Brings Halloween Central Message To Times Square

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New York — NCA’s work around balanced treating during Halloween got out in mass, as the Association’s message was featured on a 23-story billboard at 43rd St. and 7th Ave. in Times Square. The message, “90% of parents talk to their children about balanced treating ... Read More »

Peatos Brand Refreshed, Crunchy Onion Rings Debut

Los Angeles — Snack It Forward, LLC has updated the packaging and branding for its Peatos pea-based snacks and is debuting Crunchy Onion Rings in classic and Fiery Hot varieties. The brand refresh included transitioning the line from pouches to pillow packs with updated ... Read More »

Cargill Reduces Global Plastic Use by 2.5M Pounds

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Minneapolis — Cargill, Inc. has reduced the amount of plastic used in its vegetable oil bottles and containers by more than 2.5 million pounds globally, in turn eliminating nearly 2,900 metric tons of greenhouse gases (GHG) from being released into the atmosphere annually, according to ... Read More »

Hershey Helps Yuengling Develop Chocolate Porter

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Pottsville, PA — The Hershey Co. and D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc, which claims to be America’s oldest brewery, have teamed to develop limited-edition Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter. The collaboration between the two Pennsylvania-based companies will be available only on draft, while supplies last, ... Read More »

Fair Sugar Policy Act Introduced In Congress

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Washington — The bipartisan Fair Sugar Policy Act (H.R. 4521, S. 2568) has been introduced in Congress and aims to provide relief from the “outdated U.S. sugar program,” according to the Sweetener Users Association (SUA). The act would modernize the U.S. sugar program by ... Read More »

Latest edition of Candy & Snack Today

Candy & Snack TODAY — September/October 2019

In this issue: Leading manufacturers detail where the chocolate truffle market is heading, suppliers review the potential for white chocolate and experts in bulk merchandising share best practices. The issue also features a 2020 summer products preview, the inside story on the new three-story IT’SUGAR store and a report on sustainable packaging.

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