Smarties Candy Founder Edward Dee Passes

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Union, NJ — Edward Dee, founder of Smarties Candy Co., passed away on November 18. He was 95 years old. Born October 2, 1924, he grew up in London, England and graduated from Cambridge University, where he met his wife Anita. Together they had ...
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Tic Tac Reaching Consumers Through Spotify’s Events

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Parsippany, NJ — Ferrero U.S.A., Inc.’s Tic Tac brand has signed on to be an inaugural partner in a new event series from Spotify Technology S.A. dubbed “Hear For It,” the online music platform’s first live branded events. The program will leverage Spotify’s steaming data ... Read More »

Frito-Lay, Yogurtland Team On Flamin’ Hot Topping

Irvine, CA — Just in time for the holiday season, Frito-Lay North America, Inc.’s Cheetos Flamin’ Hot snacks will debut as the next limited-edition topping at Yogurtland Franchising, Inc. stores nationwide. The spicy snack-topped frozen yogurt will be available starting December 2. “This year we’ve ... Read More »

Nearly All U.S. Consumers Planning To Do Holiday Shopping Online


San Francisco — When it comes to holiday shopping this year, 95 percent of U.S. consumers say they will make “half or more” of their purchases online, according to Leanplum, Inc., a mobile marketing vendor. Millennials and gen Z lead online shopping trends, and more ... Read More »

As Healthy Snacking Rises, Consumers Find Room For RTE Baked Goods


Rockville, MD — Snacking was at an all time high in 2015 with two thirds of adults claiming to often snack between meals, according to a report from Packaged Facts titled “Sweet Baked Goods: U.S. Market Trends.” Roughly 40 percent of adults say they ... Read More »

Dot Foods Acquires Marketwest For Expansion Into Canada


Mt. Sterling, IL — Dot Foods, Inc. is expanding into Canada following the acquisition of Vancouver-based redistributor, Marketwest, the former logistics arm of PJM-Primeline. Grant Huxtable, owner of PJB-Primeline, is dividing the business into two components: food brokerage, which will remain under the company’s ... Read More »

Fourth Generation Takes Helm At Asher’s Chocolate

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Souderton, PA — Jeff Asher has been appointed CEO of family-owned Asher’s Chocolate Co., representing the fourth generation to run the business, the company reports. He succeeds retiring David Asher. With more than 30 years’ experience managing every facet of the chocolate firm as ... Read More »

General Mills Buys Meat Snack Supplier Epic Provisions


Minneapolis — General Mills, Inc. has acquired meat snack company Epic Provisions, which will now be operated as part of the global food firm’s natural and organic subsidiary Annie’s, Inc., the company reports. Noting the acquired firm has potential for growth in the natural ... Read More »

Mars Awards Fort Ticonderoga $10K Grant For Education Research


Ticonderoga, NY — Chocolate can be enjoyed in times of celebration and even in times of war. Mars, Inc. is proving that with a $10,000 grant awarded to Fort Ticonderoga in order to research and support programs at the historic site regarding how chocolate ... Read More »

Family Dollar CEO Stepping Down


Chesapeake, VA — Howard Levine is stepping down from the role of CEO of Family Dollar Stores, Inc., effective January 15, the company reports. He worked for the retailer for more than 25 years. During the initial stages of the merger between Family Dollar and ... Read More »

York City Pretzel Launches Wholesale Distributor Rising Tide


York, PA — Members from York City Pretzel Co. and Intercourse Pretzel Co. launched Rising Tide Distribution, a wholesale distributor serving retailers in the snack & food industry, the company reports. Servicing independent retail and grocery channels, Rising Tide Distribution says it is offering ... Read More »

DGA Recommends Limited Added Sugars, But Recognizes Small Role for Sweets

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Washington — The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) has unsurprisingly recommended added sugars comprise no more than 10 percent of daily calories, but acknowledges that there is room for candy in healthy diets. The guidelines recognized that for some foods, such as candy, moderation ... Read More »

Latest edition of Candy & Snack Today

Candy & Snack TODAY — September/October 2019

In this issue: Leading manufacturers detail where the chocolate truffle market is heading, suppliers review the potential for white chocolate and experts in bulk merchandising share best practices. The issue also features a 2020 summer products preview, the inside story on the new three-story IT’SUGAR store and a report on sustainable packaging.

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