Old Trapper Smoked Opens Oregon Manufacturing Facility

Forest Grove, OR — Old Trapper Smoked Products, Inc. has completed the commissioning of a 80,000-square-foot production plant at its headquarters in Forest Grove, OR, according to the manufacturer. The state-of-the-art plant is one of the largest of its kind in the world and will ...
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Bartek Expands Leadership Team

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Stoney Creek, Ontario — Jeff Billig has been named vice-president of marketing and business development for Bartek Ingredients Inc., while Heinrich G. Schaefer has been appointed international sales director for the malic and fumaric acid supplier. The two hires come on the heels of the ... Read More »

Performance Food Group Buying Eby-Brown

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Richmond, VA — Performance Food Group Co. (PFG) has moved to purchase Eby-Brown Co., LLC in a deal that is anticipated to close during the second quarter, according to the acquiring firm. Once finalized, the transaction will allow PFG’s Vistar segment to strategically expand into ... Read More »

Ruby Chocolate Crowdsourced Platform Launches

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Tokyo — A little more than a year since the launch of Kitkat Sublime Ruby in Japan, Barry Callebaut AG is launching a crowdsourced platform, rubychocolate.com, to “spur the arrival and development of the fourth chocolate category, and to put consumers in the driving seat ... Read More »

Mars Partners With Indian Trusts To Tackle Malnutrition

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Mumbai — Mars, Inc. and Tata Trusts, a coalition of philanthropic trusts headquartered in India, are entering into a memorandum of understanding designed to combat malnutrition and improve food safety standards in the world’s second most populous country. The coalition of Indian organizations includes ... Read More »

Snickers, Skittles Brands Drive Super Bowl 50 Joint Promotion

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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 »

Consumer Interest For Hazelnuts Rising

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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 »

Bell Flavors Named To Best, Brightest Companies List

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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 »

Inaugural NCA Future Leadership Program Class Revealed

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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 »

2016 McCormick Flavor Forecast Sets Sights On Southeast Asian Spice

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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 »

Nominations Open For NCA’s Supplier Of Year Award

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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 »

Target Names Potts Chief Stores Officer

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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 »

Latest edition of Candy & Snack Today

Candy & Snack TODAY — January/February 2019

In this issue: Leading novelty manufacturers detail how the sector is working to meet shifting consumer preferences, the drivers for sales growth behind mini and bite size products are uncovered and the 2019 NCA Future Leadership Program class is revealed. Other features include robust coverage of upcoming trends, and product guides for Halloween and Christmas 2019.

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