OCHO Candy Names Kluger Sales, Marketing VP

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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 ...
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Enhanced Destination Retail Among 2019 Expo Must-See Features

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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 »

Barry Callebaut Building Serbian Chocolate Plant

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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 »

Growing Global Retail Sector To Propel Compound Chocolate Market

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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 »

Wonderful Pistachios Hosting Plant-Based Nutrition Symposium

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Los Angeles — April 15 to 16, The Wonderful Co. will host a plant-based nutrition leadership symposium covering science and culinary applications, while highlighting pistachios use in plant-based diets. “Plant-based eating is gaining momentum, and during the past five years the number of people striving ... Read More »

Ferrara Reveals ‘It’s Trolli’ Ad Campaign

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Chicago — In what is the largest ad investment in the brand’s history, Ferrara Candy Co., Inc. has launched “It’s Trolli,” a campaign highlighting the gummi candy line’s “weirdly awesome nature and adding a touch of delicious darkness,” the candymaker reports. The first TV spot, ... Read More »

Fortress Launches Metal Detector With Vertical, Horizontal Concurrent Scanning

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Toronto — Interceptor DF (divergent field) food metal detectors are the first multi-orientation, multi-scan equipment and inspect low profile products vertically and horizontally concurrently to achieve higher sensitivity, according to Fortress Technology Ltd. “The ability to choose the direction of the inspection field is itself ... Read More »

Candy, Snacks Accounted For 10.4% Of C-Store Merchandise Sales In 2018

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Chicago — Candy and salty, sweet and alternative snacks comprised 10.4 percent of overall c-store merchandise sales during 2018, according to NACS, which reports the channel had record in-store sales for the 16th consecutive year. In total, c-store sales increased 8.9 percent, the trade ... Read More »

Nonni’s Biscotti Supporting Alex’s Lemonade Stand

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Pittsburgh — Nonni’s Foods LLC is raising awareness for childhood cancer non-profit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) with the relaunch of limited-edition Limoncello Pistachio biscotti, while the company’s Limone biscotti will debut packaging highlighting its support of the foundation. Additionally, the company is making a ... Read More »

Godiva Names Le Roch President For Americas Region

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New York — Caroline Le Roch has been appointed by Godiva president for its Americas region, responsible for taking the Belgian-born brand into new products and categories, accelerating its distribution channels, entering new geographies and launching experiential Godiva Cafés in key markets, Pladis reports. With ... Read More »

Laffy Taffy Teams With Joel McHale To Launch Banana-Only Packs

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Chicago — Laffy Taffy, a brand known for printing jokes on its wrappers, has teamed with comedian Joel McHale to launch single-flavor Gone Bananas packs, Ferrara Candy Co., Inc. reports, noting banana is the most popular flavor in the taffy line. As part of ... Read More »

10 Industry Leaders Slated For Candy Hall Of Fame Induction

Cleveland — The Candy Hall of Fame Class of 2019 inductees are: Frank Amato, Just Born, Inc.; Katherine Clark, formerly of Capol, LLC; Pat Collins, Jelly Belly Candy Co.; Brent Cotten, The Hershey Co.; James (Jerry) Hagedorn, Barry Callebaut; David Han, Triple C Wholesalers, Inc.; Maureen ... Read More »

Latest edition of Candy & Snack Today

Candy & Snack TODAY — March/April 2019

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.

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