Mentos Brand Partners With Big Brothers Big Sisters Of America

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Erlanger, KY – Perfetti Van Melle North American is introducing limited edition Mentos “Say Hello” mints as part of a Pay It Forward promotion for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Each mint is printed with a message, including suggestions on connecting with others such as ...
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Hostess, Angry Birds Partner On Promotion, Sweepstakes

Kansas City, MO — Hostess Brands, LLC and Angry Birds game maker Rovio Entertainment Oyj are teaming on a promotion and sweepstakes that will award a trip to Hawaii, according to the snack company.  As part of the program, graphics from the game will be ... Read More »

Buxton Takes Over As Perfetti Van Melle President & CEO

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Erlanger, KY – Sylvia Buxton is taking the reins as president and CEO of Perfetti Van Melle North America, succeeding Mehmet Yuksek, who announced last month he was leaving the company. Buxton’s appointment is effective August 17. Buxton has been with Perfetti Van Melle ... Read More »

‘Cobots,’ Big Data To Drive Packaging Robotics Market

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Dublin — Collaborative robots, “cobots,” big data and factors such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are anticipated to drive the global food packaging robotics market, according to Research and Markets. The sector is expected to grow more than 10 percent by 2022. The ... Read More »

Mars Promotion Offers Unique NASCAR Experiences

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Hackettstown, NJ — As part of its partnership with NASCAR driver Kyle Busch, Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., LLC is hosting two contests that will give consumers the chance to win experiences “money can’t buy,” according to the candymaker. Consumers can enter both promotions by sharing ... Read More »

New Flavors Of Gems, Bars Debut From DAGOBA Organic Chocolate

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Ashland, OR — New infused flavors of bite-size Gems and bars are debuting under the DAGOBA Organic Chocolate brand today. Owned by The Hershey Co., the company says the brand is known for offering unique flavor infusions and new to the line are 84% Cacao extra ... Read More »

Jelly Belly Visitor Center Expands Guided Tour Options

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Fairfield, CA — Jelly Belly Candy Co. has added a Personal Guided Tour Experience hosted by a private tour guide to its Jelly Belly Visitor Center in Fairfield, CA. Tour guides lead guests along the colorful, quarter-mile elevated tour corridor, while offering behind-the-scenes information ... Read More »

Three Predictions For The Evolving Retail Sector

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London — Adapting brick-and-mortar locations to better align with the digital age will be critical to retailer success in the coming years, according to analytics company Quantzig. Industry experts at Quantzig expect the following three factors to loom large in the future of retail: No ... Read More »

Mars Wrigley Employees Deliver Care Kits To NJ First Responders

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Hackettstown, NJ — As part of the Operation Gratitude program, Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S. LLC employees delivered care kits to members of Hackettstown police and fire departments, according to The New Jersey Herald. The kits were filled with candy, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, pens and other ... Read More »

Survey Reveals Back-To-School Shopping Trends

Redwood City, CA — With the back-to-school shopping season in full swing, Oreos, Sour Patch Kids, Haribo Gold-Bears and Twix should be on most families’ shopping lists. The products were singled out by both parents and kids as lunchbox staples in a survey by ... Read More »

Sugarpova Partnering With Hospitality Company SBE

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New York — Sugarpova has entered into partnership with lifestyle hospitality company SBE ENT Holdings, LLC, for distribution of the candy company’s truffles and bars at hotels worldwide, according to SBE. Maria Sharapova, Sugarpova founder, says: “I am thrilled to announce Sugarpova’s new partnership with ... Read More »

United Natural Foods To Acquire Supervalu For $2.9B

Providence, RI — United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) is moving to acquire Supervalu Inc. in deal valued at approximately $2.9 billion, which includes assumption of outstanding debt and liabilities, the purchasing company reports. The acquisition would accelerate UNFI’s “build out the store” growth strategy by ... Read More »

Latest edition of Candy & Snack Today

Candy & Snack TODAY — July/August 2018

In this issue, we look at how the jelly bean sector is expanding beyond its beginnings as a seasonal treat, Shopkick CEO Adam Sand offers insights on five brands that thought outside the box when launching new products, what’s trending in spicy candy and how the industry celebrated National Candy Month. In addition, see what made news at the 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo and discover the winners and finalists in the Most Innovative New Product Awards competition.

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