OCHO Candy Names Kluger Sales, Marketing VP

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Oakland, CA — Todd Kluger has been appointed vice-president of sales and marketing for organic chocolate company OCHO Candy. He previously worked at Lundberg Family Farms, a supplier of organic rice, quinoa and other rice products, the candymaker reports. During his tenure with Lundberg, Kluger ...
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Enhanced Destination Retail Among 2019 Expo Must-See Features

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Chicago — Debuting at this year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo is a completely redesigned Destination Retail, presented by NCA and IMC, featuring the latest in front-end merchandising, new candy and snacks shopping occasions and merchandising solutions to transform the buying experience. Although many categories ... Read More »

Barry Callebaut Building Serbian Chocolate Plant

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Belgrade, Serbia — Marking its first facility in southeast Europe, Barry Callebaut AG is constructing a production plant in Novi Sad, Serbia, about 56 miles from Belgrade, that is anticipated to be operational by 2021, according to the company. The supplier projects it will ... Read More »

Growing Global Retail Sector To Propel Compound Chocolate Market

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London — The global compound chocolate market is anticipated to increase 5 percent, compounded annually, by 2023, according to Technavio. The market research company reports exponential growth of the global retail sector is one factor priming the market for growth. While Europe and North America ... Read More »

Consumers Accelerating Snacking Frequency

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Chicago — Snacking occasions have accelerated during the past two years, as more than 80 percent of consumers snack on a daily basis now compared with 76 percent in 2014, according to market researcher Technomic, Inc. The frequency gains are being driven by on-the-go ... Read More »

Improving ROI Of Trade Promotions

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Jacksonville, FL — Although consumer confidence has been increasing, which usually results in growth for CPG sales, unit sales across categories have been relatively flat and trade promotions’ impact on driving incremental sales has declined, according to Acosta Sales & Marketing. Despite these declines hurting ... Read More »

Divine Chocolate CEO Wins Top Social Innovation Award

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London — Sophi Tranchell, CEO of Divine Chocolate Ltd., was named Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year, the most prestigious international award for social innovation, the company reports.She earned the award for the role she has played in demonstrating how an equitable trading relationship ... Read More »

Wixon Crafts Seasoning Blends

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St. Francis, WI — Wixon Inc., a manufacturer of seasonings, flavors and technologies for the food and beverage industry, has developed seasoning blends with a range of applications. The new flavors include thai curry, apple kimchi, rustic handmade lavash and citrus harvest. The 100-year-old ... Read More »

BW Gas & Convenience Sets For Expansion, Names Samaha VP

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Beverly, MA — BW Gas & Convenience Holdings, LLC is expanding its locations by 600 to 1,000 during the next several years and Darrin Samaha has been appointed vice-president and brand manager for the c-store chain, according to parent company Brookwood Financial Partners, LLC, a ... Read More »

The Truth About Retail Checkout

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Washington — Recent data from market research company IRI shows consumers are embracing moderation at checkout. For every 10 trips consumers make to retail stores, on average they purchase candy at checkout less than one time.This comes on the heels of a report from ... Read More »

Eleven Selected For Candy Hall Of Fame Induction

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Cleveland, OH — Eleven industry leaders will be recognized with induction into the Candy Hall of Fame in Tampa, FL, on Saturday, October 15. The Candy Hall of Fame is the industry’s most prestigious honor, recognizing individuals who have dedicated their careers to giving ... Read More »

Breakfast Biscuits Segment Shows Strong Growth

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Chicago — Despite trends in gluten- and carb-free movements permeating consumer preferences in snacking, a Mintel Group Ltd. report shows growth in breakfast biscuits, cookies and crackers. According to Mintel’s 2016 “Biscuits, Cookies and Crackers Market Global Annual Review” a.m. snack options such as ... Read More »

Latest edition of Candy & Snack Today

Candy & Snack TODAY — March/April 2019

In this issue: Review the 2019 NCA State of the Industry Conference, including exclusive interviews with this year’s Confectionery Leadership Award winners, and relive ISM with our in-depth event coverage. Get ready for this year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo with our robust pre-show planner. Segment reports in this issue include taffy, dried fruit as well as a look at the emerging cocktail flavor trend.

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