Hershey’s Tops CPG Brand Intimacy List

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New York — The Hershey Co.’s namesake brand was ranked number one among CPG companies in MBLM’s Brand Intimacy 2020 Study, which measures the emotional bond consumers form with brands. Overall, the CPG industry ranked fifth out of 15 industries in the study, according ...
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Haribo Plans September Groundbreaking For First U.S. Plant

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Pleasant Prairie, WI — Haribo of America, Inc. is tentatively slated to start construction on its first North American production facility, located in Wisconsin’s Kenosha county, this coming September pending any shifts in the timeline caused by COVID-19 safety guidelines, the company reports. On ... Read More »

Mount Franklin Donating To New Mexico COVID-19 Emergency Fund

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El Paso, TX — The Richardson-Olmos-Trejo COVID-19 Emergency Fund is receiving a $20,000 donation for Mount Franklin Foods, LLC, the company reports. The fund supports people impacted by coronavirus that live in the Colonias area of New Mexico, according to the company, which notes ... Read More »

Cargill Makes Progress On Cocoa Sustainability Goals

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Schiphol, The Netherlands — Cargill, Inc. has made progress on its cocoa sustainability goals, including gaining the ability to track half of its sustainable cocoa beans from farm to factory, by deploying a range of digital tools to increase transparency, the supplier reports. By ... Read More »

Gluten-Free Market Projected To Grow More Than 7% By 2027

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Portland, OR — Worldwide sales for gluten-free products are expected hit $7.5 billion, representing an increase of 7.2 percent, compounded annually, through 2027, according to Allied Market Research. During 2019, gluten-free sales totaled $4.3 billion. Increasing incidences of gluten intolerance, rising demand from millennial consumers ... Read More »

Hostess Adds Iced Lemon, Unicorn CupCakes To Everyday Portfolio


Kansas City, MO — Hostess Brands, Inc. is adding Iced Lemon and Unicorn varieties to its CupCake brand’s everyday portfolio, according to the company, which reports both items started as limited-time offerings that were added permanently because of overwhelming popularity. Unicorn CupCakes are creme-filled ... Read More »

Global Cookie Sales To Hit $44B By 2025

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Felton, CA — Worldwide sales for the cookie sector are anticipated to reach $44 billion by 2025 with increasing popularity of snack products and rising disposable incomes in emerging economies moving the market during the period, according to Million Insights Inc. The research firm ... Read More »

Hershey Releases Ice Breakers #MintBeforeYouMask Campaign

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Hershey, PA — The Hershey Co. is launching a light-hearted Ice Breakers ad campaign, dubbed #MintBeforeYouMask, to thank the public for wearing protective masks and remind them of unintended consequences of bad breath. The candymaker discovered healthcare and other front-line workers were struggling with ... Read More »

Reusable Packaging Group Reveals Impact Of Pandemic On Packaging Trends


Tampa, FL — The Reusable Packaging Association notes that the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted consumer behavior would be an understatement. Everything about consumer purchase behavior, from what they buy to where they buy it, has been shaken up, and they are all calling into ... Read More »

NACS Show To Go On As Scheduled October 11 to 14


Alexandra, VA — The 2020 NACS Show, slated for October 11 to 14, in Las Vegas, is going forward as planned, according to the c-store and fueling retail trade association, which is now taking registration for the event. NACS reports it is working with ... Read More »

Ferrara’s Black Forest Brand Commits To Plant 1.5M Trees

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Chicago — Ferrara Candy Co. is continuing its efforts to replant forests across the U.S. working with the National Forest Foundation. This year, on behalf of the Black Forest brand, the company is donating more than $500,000 to help plant 1.5 million trees across ... Read More »

NCA, Confectionery Foundation Hosting Virtual Networking Webinar


Washington — Aiming to help members use digital resources to build their careers and connect with peers, The Confectionery Foundation and NCA are hosting the Networking in the Digital Age webinar on May 20. A panel of industry experts will be joined by recruitment ... Read More »

Latest edition of Candy & Snack Today

Candy & Snack TODAY — March/April 2020

In this issue: Discover the latest movements shaping the licorice market and what manufacturers have in store for the filled lollipop sector. Get a preview of what candymakers are planning to offer for Christmas and Halloween 2020, and review how the industry performed this past winter holiday. The issue also features a contributed piece on essential strategies for remaining relevant in today’s fast-moving market as well as a report on how regional potato chip manufacturers stay top-of-mind with shoppers in an ultra-competitive sector.

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