Can Gum Sales Stick?

Flavors might be capturing consumer attention, but retailers find tried-and-true mint products are driving interest in the gum and mints category. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor After several years of declining sales, gum saw renewed consumer interest and an uptick in sales in 2015. But analysts continue to predict that gum could face a rough

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Chocolate Enjoys King-Size Sales

From large format sizes to resealable packaging and informative labels, chocolate trends are evolving. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Health and wellness may be top of mind for most customers today, but that hasn’t slowed chocolate sales, which were up 5.6% in 2015 in the convenience and multi-outlet channel, compared to the previous year. In

Hershey Acquires Ripple Brand Collective

Acquisition of barkTHINS snacking chocolate to assist Hershey as it looks to expand its mass premium offerings. The Hershey Co. has purchased Ripple Brand Collective LLC, a privately held company based in Congers, N.Y., maker of barkTHINS snacking chocolate brand. “This acquisition is a great addition to our Hershey chocolate portfolio and enables us to

Chocolate Happiness

PRAIM Group has announced the creation and distribution of a line of all-natural chocolate bars for Happiness Is., an inspirational brand that sells bestselling books, calendars, notecards, journals and more. Happiness Is… features uplifting illustrations reminding people of the many simple ways to experience happiness daily. PRAIM Group will introduce six chocolate bars – including […]

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7-Eleven Celebrates Airheads Day

Customers can try new Airheads Xtremes Rainbow Berry Slurpee drink free when they buy Airheads. This Friday, April 8, 7-Eleven convenience stores are celebrating Airheads Day, the day when Airheads and Slurpee fans can get two treats for the price of one. 7-Eleven stores and Airheads Candy created Airheads Day. Airheads Day runs from 12:01

M&M’S to Introduce New Peanut Flavor

Mars Chocolate North America is granting fans to opportunity to choose the next great M&M’S Peanut flavor. In honor of the brand’s 75th anniversary, M&M’S is inviting fans to help the brand to choose the next great M&M’S Peanut. A nationwide “Flavor Vote” will grant M&M’S fans the power to choose the brand’s new great

NCSA Inducting Individuals To Candy Hall of Fame

Ceremony for Candy Hall of Fame inductees to take place in October in Tampa, Fla. National Confectionery Sales Association (NCSA) is recognizing 11 candy industry leaders with induction into the Candy Hall of Fame in Tampa, Fla. at an event on Saturday Oct. 15. The Candy Hall of Fame is the industry’s most prestigious honor,

Novelty Disney Candy

CandyRific will soon launch several new Disney-themed novelty candy items, giving sneak peeks at some of the most popular movies coming out in 2017, including Beauty and the Beast, Cars 3 and Despicable Me 3. In preparation for the Beauty and the Beast release, CandyRific will introduce the Princess Belle Character Fan, featuring the beautiful […]

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Why Were Gum & Mint Sales Fresher in 2015?

Taste, size and portability continue to drive growth in non-chocolate candy, especially gum and mints. And while U.S. consumer trends have moved toward the growing popularity of breath-fresheners and away from gum, according to the National Confectioners Association (NCA), candy and gum sales in convenience stores rose a significant 5.6% over the 52 weeks ending

Chocolate’s Sweet Spot Expands

Chocolate candy continues to maintain its status as an “accessible luxury,” as the overall market grew to approximately $22 billion in 2015—a 2.7% increase over 2014—according to George Puro, president of Puro Research Group, and author of the Packaged Facts report “Chocolate Candy in the U.S.” In convenience stores in particular, the growth of chocolate

Candy Remains an Iconic Part of Easter Tradition

Parents are planning on providing their children with Easter treats, but many have plans to offer advice on moderation and balance along with these indulgences. A new survey from the National Confectioners Association has revealed that a majority of American parents will be keeping with the tradition of creating and sharing seasonal baskets with their

CBBB, NCA To Promote Responsible Advertising To Children

A number of major candy companies have pledged to not advertise candy or chocolate directly to children under age 12. The Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB), in partnership with the National Confectioners Association (NCA), has announced a new self-regulatory initiative that promotes responsible advertising to children. Under the Children’s Confection Advertising Initiative (CCAI), participating

Reese’s Partners with NCAA During March Madness

Reese’s is hosting a slew of events and promotions this NCAA Tournament season. As March Madness and the NCAA Tournament approach, a number of exciting promotions are on the horizon for the Reese’s brand. Reese’s is the long-standing official candy partner of the NCAA, and the brand is helping to promote the yearly madness through

Seasonal Candy

Easter is just around the corner and families are springing to share the latest seasonal treats with their loved ones. Nestlé Butterfinger has introduced two new seasonal offerings that are sure to delight every bunny around. For the first time, families can celebrate spring with the all new Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups Smooth & Crunchy […]

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M&M’S Celebrates 75 Years

M&M’S fans are the guests of honor for the company’s year-long birthday celebration. M&M’S, the world’s favorite chocolate candies, is launching a year-long celebration as it recognizes the brand’s 75th anniversary. The brand was introduced on March 3, 1941, and it is still going strong. “For 75 years, our fans have made M&M’S the iconic

Easter Treats

In time for Easter, The Hershey Co. has introduced new Hershey’s Kisses Carrot Cake Candies and Reese’s Peanut Butter Pastel Eggs. Customers can also celebrate spring with Reese’s Pieces Candy Carrot and Hershey’s Snapsy Solid Milk Chocolate Bunny. Hershey’s Easter offerings are now available at retailers nationwide. For More Information From The Hershey Co. www.thehersheycompany.com

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Finding Dory Novelty Candy

CandyRific is expanding its line of Disney•Pixar Finding Nemo offerings to include items based on the upcoming film from Disney•Pixar, Finding Dory, which is set to release June 17. The Disney•Pixar-themed items will be available for shipping in May. The light-up talkers and spin pops are now available in addition to the Dory and Nemo character fans. […]

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Sweets & Snacks Expo To Discuss Future of Retail Innovation

Three sessions will explore how technology is reshaping the strategy for products, trends innovation and more. Experts from the Consumer Electronics Show, produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), Canadean, and the Center for Advancing Retail & Technology will each present to Sweets & Snacks Expo attendees on the latest advancements taking place in retail.

Chewy Sour Candy

Morinaga America Foods Inc., maker of Hi-Chew, has launched a new Hi-Chew Sours candy line. Morinaga America (sales arm of the company) is now taking orders for Lemon, Lime and Grapefruit Sours in a mixed peg bag, and plans to follow up with more new products in coming months. Hi-Chew Sours are a key element […]

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Valentine’s Day Sweets

This February, The Hershey Co. is spotlighting a number of its Valentine’s Day-themed treats and encouraging customers to purchase them individually or to purchase multiples to create a Valentine’s Day basket of treats. Hershey has new and classic treats to help share the love this Valentine’s Day. Hershey is offering ideas for a new twist […]

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How to Sweeten Up Chocolate Sales

2016 chocolate trends include portability, portion-control, resealable packaging and shareability. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor As consumer tastes for snacks continue to evolve, one item remains supremely popular: Chocolate. It comes in many forms, styles and flavors, and it’s vitally important to convenience stores. Puro Research Group, publisher of the Packaged Facts report “Chocolate Candy

Guilt-Free Candy

Skinnygirl, a solutions-based, lifestyle brand, has unveiled new Skinnygirl Candy. Skinnygirl Candy is a premium line of Belgian chocolates, gummies and mints carefully crafted using only the best all-natural ingredients and flavors. This new collection allows candy lovers to indulge in individual 100-calorie packs of their favorite treats. Skinnygirl Candy products are available in three […]

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Fannie May Completes Brand Redesign

Expansion in the premium chocolate industry has inspired expansion efforts by Fannie May. As the premium chocolate market grows, Fannie May has rebranded its premium chocolate packaging and is looking to expand into new distribution channels, including convenience stores. According to a report from Confectionery News, Fannie May has launched the new Chicago collection of premium chocolates.

TAKE5 Redesign

The Hershey Co. is relaunching the TAKE5 Bar with the help and ideas of Millennials. The TAKE5 is the layered combination of five classic ingredients —pretzel, caramel, peanut butter and peanuts, all enrobed in rich milk chocolate—that create the perfect salty-sweet, chewy-crunchy remixed snack. The bar is tailor-made for the new generation. Hershey and the […]

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Confectionery Industry Experiences Rapid Growth

A number of sales trends have driven growth in the confectionery industry over the past year. The recession and its aftermath were no match for the confectionery industry, as the importance of a small indulgence remains high in good and bad economic times. Among more than 300 product categories across the store, confectionery is growing

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