St. Paul, Minnesota — Private equity firm Spell Capital Partners has finalized its purchase of Pearson Candy Co. in a deal that will enable the 109-year-old manufacturer to continue to invest and modernize, according to the candymaker. “Spell will be a terrific partner and owner ...
Rockville, MD — More than half (54 percent) of shoppers that purchased food gifts during the past 12 months did so during the winter holidays, while 29 percent of consumers that bought a food gift for themselves also did so during period, according to survey ... Read More »
Chicago — Blommer Chocolate Co., the third largest industrial chocolate manufacturer in the world, has entered into an acquisition agreement with Fuji Oil Holdings, Inc., a global supplier of oil and fat ingredients, the U.S. chocolate supplier reports. “For nearly 80 years, our family ... Read More »
Chicago — The global food stabilizers market is anticipated to increase 4 percent, compound annually, by 2023, with total sales reaching $2.8 billion, according to MarketsandMarkets Inc. Consumer interest in natural items, increasing demand for customized products by food manufacturers and versatility in food ... Read More »
Brooklyn, NY — Fruit Bliss brand Fruit & Nut Bites are new from Fruit Bliss. The organic, bite-size product is made with five ingredients or less, including sun-ripened dried fruit and nuts, according to the company. Available in apricots/dates/hazelnuts, figs/dates/hazelnuts and tart cherries/dates/hazelnuts/cacao nibs ... Read More »
Westchester, IL — Health Canada has approved the use of quillaja extract (type 2) for use as an emulsifying agent for oil-based coloring formulations, unstandardized oil-based flavoring preparation and other unstandardized oil-based ingredients used in foods and beverages, according to Ingredion, Inc. The company ... Read More »
East Hanover, NJ – Mondelez International, Inc.’s Triscuit brand donated some $250,000 to flash fund 50 food makers’ campaigns on fundraising website Indiegogo, the company reports.Businesses receiving funds include small farms, food trucks and microbrewers spread across the U.S. and Canada, according to Mondelez. ... Read More »
Atlanta, GA — Printpack, Inc., a manufacturer of flexible and specialty rigid packaging, was honored with the Silver Achievement Award for technical innovation by the Flexible Packaging Association. The company was rewarded for its work related to solving a challenge that has perplexed the ... Read More »
Greentop, MO — Western’s Smokehouse, LLC has been awarded the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 2 certification under the Global Food Safety Initiative Edition 7.2. The certification is for the processing of meat snacks including snack sticks, shelf table sausages and jerky products. “Achieving ... Read More »
Washington — More than 100 million chocolate bunnies will be produced for Easter 2016, along with millions of chocolate eggs, according to a recent national survey by NCA. The study found that when it comes to those eggs, Americans prefer them filled with ingredients ... Read More »
New York — A vast majority, 91 percent, of U.S. shoppers will purchase from physical stores during the Easter season, with an average spend of $193.70 per consumer, according to The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). While most shoppers will hit the stores ... Read More »
Parsippany, NJ — Pinnacle Foods Inc. CEO Robert J. Gamgort will be leaving at the end of April to assume the role of CEO of Keurig Green Mountain. The Pinnacle board of directors has begun its search process for a replacement, with the search ... Read More »
Phoenix — Inventure Foods, Inc.’s Boulder Canyon brand was recognized with a 2016 Cleanest Packaged Food Award from Prevention magazine for its Coconut Oil Kettle Chips, the company reports. The chips received praise for being gluten- and diary-free as well as being vegan, kosher and ... 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.