St. Paul, MN — Patty Andersen, co-owner, vice-president of human resources and after market services, for Delkor Systems Inc., is vice-chairperson of the newly named Executive Committee of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. In addition to Andersen, the committee includes Chairman ...
Boulder, CO — Madhava Foods Ltd. has purchased JJ’s Sweets Inc., makers of Cocomels, bringing together two Boulder-based businesses that produce organic products, according to the acquired firm. Additionally, Cocomels are now available in single-serve packs. The transaction expands distribution and opens growth opportunities for ... Read More »
Battle Creek, MI — Snackwerks of Michigan, LLC, a mid-scale manufacture, has installed a second line that has more than doubles capacity and brings 40 jobs to the local economy, the company reports. Additionally, Gunther Brinkman has been appointed general manager for the snack maker. ... Read More »
Goodyear, AZ — Ferrero U.S.A, Inc. is opening a distribution center in Goodyear, AZ, expected to be operational by mid-March, according to the candymaker. The 643,796-square-feet facility will add 50 jobs to the local economy during its first year. “Ferrero is investing in our ... Read More »
Bethlehem, PA — Just Born Inc. is merging its spicy chewy candy brand with its marshmallow chicks in Peeps Hot Tamales Fierce Cinnamon. The spicy cinnamon marshmallows are fat and gluten free, and have 27 calories per chick, the candymaker reports. The newest Peeps ... Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Cleveland — As we head into 2016, many sources predict bacon will continue to gain favor, citing products ranging from lollipops and chocolate bars to popcorn, ice cream and peanut brittle — all imparting the salty, smoky essence that can only come from bacon. ... Read More »
Washington — The FDA has extended the time frame it will accept public comment on the use of the word “natural” in the labeling of foods from February 10 to May 10, the administration reports. The extension was prompted by requests for additional time ... Read More »
In This Issue: Get up to speed on the consumer demands that will move the market this year with our 2020 Trends Report. The issue also features segment reports covering organic candy, gummies and plant-based jerkies. NCA also shares a sneak preview of its research around sustainability in the issue and Divine Chocolate Ltd.’s Liz Miller is featured as an Industry Insider.