New York — Opening a physical store leads to a 37 percent gain, on average, in overall traffic to a retailer’s website, according to “The Halo Effect: How Bricks Impact Clicks” study from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Additionally, new brick-and-mortar locations increase ...
Washington — NCA President and CEO John Downs highlighted the Always A Treat Initiative and the industry’s high-character leadership in an Q&A piece by Forbes. “It’s a pleasure and a privilege to represent an industry that has these great treats with the emotional bond ... Read More »
Deerfield Beach, FL — Inspired by the Emmy-nominated Netflix series, IT’SUGAR is launching an exclusive Stranger Things confectionery line, according to the specialty retailer. The products incorporate key themes from the show, such as Gummy Waffles, Missing Barb Malted Milk Ball Cartons, Edible Slime from ... Read More »
Washington — A survey of 3,000 U.S. adults found that 89 percent shop discount retailers, with dollar stores being the most popular, followed by outlets such as TJ Maxx and discount grocers, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Further, shopping discounters slashes across age ... Read More »
Hershey, PA — The Hershey Co. is melding two of its iconic brands into one bar with the introduction of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar and Reese’s Pieces candy, the candymaker reports. “The mashup between Hershey’s milk chocolate and Reese’s Pieces candy is an ultimate ... Read More »
McLean, VA — Mars Chocolate North America and its sister company Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. is launching an in-store activation campaign that aims to boost sales ahead of Super Bowl 50 commercials for its Snickers and Skittles brands. The company previously announced its return as an ... Read More »
Seattle — Nearly 90 percent of consumers report interest in hazelnuts and their use in snack applications such as energy bars and spreads, according to a survey from the Turkish Hazelnut Promotion Group. In addition, the trade group finds about one-third of survey respondents feel ... Read More »
Northbrook, IL — Bell Flavors and Fragrances, Inc. was named to the national 101 Best and Brightest Companies To Work For during 2015 by the National Association for Business Resources, the flavor house reports. The honor recognizes companies with exceptional human resource practices and ... Read More »
Washington — Five young professionals have been tapped as the first participants in NCA’s Future Leadership Program, which aims to support, educate, and improve access and opportunities for young industry members looking to advance their careers. The 2016 class is: Sarah Atkinson, director of ... Read More »
Hunt Valley, MD — Unexplored vestiges of Southeast Asian cuisine will dominate 2016 trending flavors, according to McCormick’s annual Flavor Forecast, which predicts the regional fare will expand on consumer’s appetite for spicy food. Kevan Vetter, McCormick executive chef, says the company has been ... Read More »
Washington — Nominations are being accepted for NCA’s Supplier of the Year Award, which recognizes an individual from a supplier member company that has made a significant and enduring contribution to the industry, the Association reports. NCA qualifies suppliers as member companies that provide ingredient, ... Read More »
Minneapolis — Janna Potts has been promoted to executive vice-president, chief stores officer, for Target Corp., effective immediately. In this role she is responsible for the retailer’s 1,805 locations across the U.S., according to the company. Potts joined Target in 1989 and has held a ... Read More »
Cleveland — As we head into 2016, many sources predict bacon will continue to gain favor, citing products ranging from lollipops and chocolate bars to popcorn, ice cream and peanut brittle — all imparting the salty, smoky essence that can only come from bacon. ... 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.