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 ...
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 »
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 »
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 »
New York — Bazooka Candy Brands is launching throwback packs for its eponymous bubble gum line featuring 1980s graphics and classic comics from the company’s archives, the candymaker reports. “We are excited to offer our consumers a trip down memory lane with Bazooka Throwback,” ... Read More »
Washington, DC — NCA has named Lynn Wylie senior director of industry affairs, a new position focused on building and strengthening relationships with retail customers, wholesalers and distributors, According to the Association Wylie’s role includes driving engagement and participation in industry initiatives and NCA ... Read More »
Miami — Steve Honorowski has been appointed southeast regional vice-president of Tierra Nueva, company majority owner ProspEquity Partners reports, while Keith Edwards has been named midwest regional vice-president. Both will focus on expanding the company’s Coffee Thins distribution in key channels. With more than ... Read More »
Kansas City, MO — Chad Lusk has been named senior vice-president and chief marketing officer for Hostess Brands, LLC, which is moving its marketing and category management team to a new corporate office in Chicago, the commercial baker reports. While some marketing and sales ... Read More »
Washington — More than one-third of U.S. consumers use shopping apps between two and five times per week, with nearly 30 percent saying they use them at least once a day, according to a survey by Visual Objects, a portfolio website for top creative ... Read More »
Zurich, Switzerland — Barry Callebaut AG increases sales volume 2.4 percent during the first half of this fiscal year, lifted by a 3.1 percent gain in volume during the second quarter and 6 percent growth in sales revenue, the supplier reports. The company’s Americas region ... Read More »
Broomfield, CO — To mark the release of its Peeps Flavored Creamer, International Delights will display a “First Peeps In Space” diorama at the Carroll County Art Council PEEPshow in Westminster, MD, according to parent company Danone North America Public Benefit Corp. The four-foot-four-foot ... Read More »
Bentonville, AR — From California to Florida, Walmart, Inc. locations across the country are being revamped as part of an approximately $11 billion investment, the mass retailer reports. Improvement include adding 1,200 autonomous floor scrubbers, 300 autonomous shelf-scanners, 900 pickup towers and 1,200 FAST ... Read More »
Chicago — After a successful inaugural run in 2018, Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., LLC is again hosting its “World’s Sweetest Internship” program and is seeking candidates that will help develop engagement programs and organize events that showcase how the candymaker gives back the communities it ... Read More »
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.