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Global Chocolate Market To Grow Around 7% By 2023

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Dublin — Worldwide chocolate sales are expected to have a compound annual growth rate near 7 percent through 2023, according to Research And Markets. A key growth driver is packaging innovations to both improve shelf life and consumer engagement, according to the market research company. ... Read More »

Flexible Packaging Market To Hit $179B By 2025

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San Francisco — With a projected compound annual growth rate of 3.9 percent, the global flexible packaging market is anticipated to be worth $179.69 billion by 2025, with significant demand from food & beverage and healthcare industries stimulating the market, according to Grand View ... Read More »

Barry Callebaut Finalizes Supply, Facility Acquisition Agreement With Burton’s Biscuits

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Zurich, Switzerland — Barry Callebaut AG and Burton’s Biscuit Co. have closed their agreement for the long-term supply of more than 12,000 metric tons of chocolate and compound annually and the supplier’s acquisition of Burton’s Moreton, Wirral, chocolate manufacturing plant. The Moreton factory is immediately ... Read More »

Crunch Brand Supporting DonorsChoose.org With $100K Donation

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Glendale, CA — The Crunch brand is supporting DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit that helps public school teachers obtain needed materials and classroom experiences, with a $100,000 donation that matches consumers’ contributions to the fund, according to Ferrara Candy Co., Inc, an affiliate of the Ferrero Group.  ... Read More »

Small Business Saturday Spending Hits $17.8B

New York — The ninth annual Small Business Saturday, held on November 24, resulted in record levels of spending, according to American Express. Total reported spending among U.S. consumers who said they shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on the day reached a record ... Read More »

Shoppers Rank Quality Over Low Prices

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Durham, NC — U.S. consumers prefer retailers that offer the best quality over those with the lowest price tags, according to a study by cooling and heating equipment supplier Phononic, Inc., which reports quality was ranked as the most important factor by 31 percent of ... Read More »

Sharpe Named To Take Over Bühler North America

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Plymouth, MN — Bühler Inc. has appointed Andy Sharpe North American president and CEO, effective January 1, 2019. Sharpe succeeds René Steiner, who is retiring after 50 years with the company. Steiner will remain with Bühler throughout the transition, the company adds. Buhler, a ... Read More »

H-E-B Breaks Ground On 1.6M Square-Foot Warehouse

San Antonio — HEB Grocery Co., LP has begun construction on a 1.6 million-square-foot warehouse as part of the company’s multi-phase plan to develop 871 acres of land in San Antonio. The retailer reports this is its largest investment into its manufacturing and supply-chain ... Read More »

Bitter Flavors, Plant-Based Options To Flourish In 2019

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Boulder, CO — During the coming year, consumers will show more interest in bitter flavors and plant-based options, according to a 2019 trends report from research company Sterling Rice Group (SRG). “The thread that ties all the new flavors, ingredients and market forces together is ... Read More »

TNA Triples Capacity With New Manufacturing Site

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Melbourne, Australia — TNA Solutions Pty Ltd. has opened a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Melbourne that will triple the supplier’s capacity. The new site features a training and demonstration center to provide customers and new staff the chance to experience TNA’s equipment in a ... Read More »

Pearson Candy Acquired By Spell Capital

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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 ... Read More »