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 »

Majority Of Regular ‘Click-And-Collect’ Shoppers Make Additional In-Store Buys

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Toronto — Slightly more than half of all Superconsumers, those that have used click-and-collect online ordering at least twice in the past year, make unplanned purchases when picking up their items, according to a survey from distributed order management systems provider OrderDynamics. Additionally, Superconsumers spend ... Read More »

NECCO Revere Plant Closed, Brands Sold To Unidentified Manufacturer

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Revere, MA — Round Hill Investments LLC has closed the New England Confectionery Co.’s (NECCO) Revere, MA, plant, and sold the brands to another national candymaker, which has yet to be identified, according to reports from The Boston Globe. The move comes less than two ... Read More »

Lindt Grows Sales In First Half, Plans U.S. Production Expansion

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Kilchberg, Switzerland — During the first half of this fiscal year, Lindt & Sprüngli AG increased group sales 7.7 percent, driven by a vibrant seasonal business, product innovations and strong performances from the company’s chocolate boutiques, according to the candymaker. Lindt reports it is planning ... Read More »

Three Ecommerce Trends To Watch

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London — Ecommerce is growing rapidly and sales trends surrounding the channel are emerging, according to global analytics solutions provider Quantzig, which highlights the following three factors to unlocking success through online selling. Social Influence: Social media will continue to be key to reaching online ... Read More »

Sour Punch Concluded ‘Embrace Your Punch’ Tour On Sour Candy Day

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La Porte, IN — The Sour Punch “Embrace Your Punch” national tour wound down on National Sour Candy Day with an event at Chicago’s Tribune Plaza, where more than 20,000 Sour Punch Twists were given out to consumers, according to American Licorice Co. The event ... Read More »

Barry Callebaut Sets Release For Ruby In Hong Kong

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Hong Kong — Barry Callebaut AG will officially begin offering Ruby chocolate, to be known as RB1, to Hong Kong-based chocolatiers in September, according to the supplier. With a unique color and flavor, RB1 resonates strongly with “a new generation of consumers,” particularly among millennials, ... Read More »

Doughnuts, Gut-Friendly Foods Among Emerging Trends

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London — During 2017, a number of novel new foods went mainstream, such as Buddha bowls and cones with chicken waffles, according to Infiniti Research, which has monitored restaurants and the food industry to uncover the following emerging trends. Turmeric Milk: Also known as golden ... Read More »

Mondelez’s Oswalt Moves To Century Snacks As CEO

Commerce, CA — Valerie Oswalt, president of North America Confections at Mondelez International, Inc., is joining Century Snacks as CEO. Oswalt brings more than 20 years of consumer packaged food experience to her new position. “On behalf of the entire team at Century Snacks, ... 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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