Consumers are Hyped Up for Halloween

Halloween spending is expected to reach an all-time high this year. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has released survey results that have revealed that Americans plan to go above and beyond with candy and costumes  for this year’s Halloween celebrations. According to the NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, total spending for

Organic Gifts

Jelly Belly Candy Co. has announced the release of a new 10-Flavor Assorted Gift Box, which will be available by the end of the month. The Gift Box features the 10 organic jelly bean flavors, which were introduced by the company in January 2016. The 10 delicious fruit flavors included in the box are Berry, […]

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Birthday Party Candies

The Hershey Co. has introduced a new line of birthday products to make any birthday even more special. The new line of birthday products include Hershey’s Kisses Birthday Cake Candies, Hershey’s Kisses Multi-Colored Foil Candies, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures Birthday Wands, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures Assortment Bag, and Party Mix. The new Hershey’s […]

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Premium Chocolate Spurs Innovation

Many premium chocolate brands are working to create products that are accessible to wider audiences. Premium chocolate has experienced a rather strong growth rate over the past year, and this growth is expected to continue, especially as premium brands work to appeal to a wider audience through innovative new products. Ask the typical premium chocolate

Pixar-Themed Lollipops

Hilco has created fun new lollipop dippers with designs of Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory and Finding Nemo. These lollipop dippers are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth with delicious Nemo and Dory deco character-shaped lollipops and powdered candy to dip and lick. Just twist and pull the top off the bottle and dip into the […]

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Right TWIX Wins the Taste Test

American’s were invited to cast a vote for their favorite TWIX, and Right TWIX has prevailed. America has voted, and Mars Chocolate North America has now revealed that Right TWIX won the title of “Official TWIX of 2016.” The announcement follows this year’s nationwide taste challenge, and Right TWIX has been dubbed America’s favorite TWIX.

Energy Gum

Energy Bombs has now made its revolutionary, premium Energy Chewing Gum, which has already been proven a retail success in Europe, available to the U.S. retail trade market. Energy Bombs Chewing Gum is ideal for retailers who want to offer customers a new, convenient and healthy alternative to energy shots and drinks. Available in two […]

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Hershey Celebrates S’mores Day and Team USA

Encourages fans to send messages of support to Team USA athletes using the hashtag #HelloFromHome. The Hershey Co. and its flagship brand, Hershey’s, are celebrating Team USA with the quintessential American treat, S’mores, on National S’mores Day. For more than 90 years, families and friends have come together to enjoy classic S’mores with the iconic

Sour-Licious

Just Born’s new MIKE AND IKE SOUR-LICIOUS Fruit Punch and MIKE AND IKE SOUR-LICIOUS Green Apple are both set to hit store shelves with new graphics in January 2017. MIKE AND IKE SOUR-LICIOUS Fruit Punch packs delightful sweetness with a kick of intense sour flavor into every chewy bite. A combination of five sour fruit […]

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Candy Innovation Goes Sour

Non-chocolate trends include gummy and sour varieties, as well as a new focus on mouthfeel and texture. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor The National Confectioners Association (NCA) found that the overall confections category grew 3.2% in 2015. Non-chocolate confection sales increased 3.7% with fruity candy, gummies, sour candies and breath fresheners leading the

M&M’S Announces Winner of Flavor Vote Campaign

The votes are in, and the new fan-favorite Coffee Nut flavored M&M will soon join Original Peanut on store shelves. M&M’S recently held a Flavor Vote Campaign through which fans were given the opportunity to choose the brand’s newest peanut-flavored candy. The campaign was launched in honor of the brand’s 75th anniversary. More than one

Novelty Easter Candies

CandyRific has introduced a number of new Easter treats for 2017, including Embossed Egg Tins, Easter Candy Fans, a Peter Cottontail Light-Up Fan and eight-inch dispenser with jelly-beans, and Light-Up Bug Fans topped with adorable oversized insects. The Embossed Egg Tins feature the M&M’s characters embossed on cheerful Easter Eggs. Each keepsake egg comes with […]

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A Surprise In Every Bite

Hershey’s is bringing together two Reese’s brand favorites in one cup to create the perfect peanut butter cup bursting with delicious Reese’s Pieces candy in every bite. Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cups debuted this July in standard two-cup size 1.5-ounce (SRP $1.29), and in king two-cup Big Cup size 2.8-ounce (SRP $1.99). For More Information […]

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Americans Cut Back on Chocolate Consumption

Confectioners are finding the need to diversify their product offerings as consumers cut back on their consumption of confectionery items. New research on consumer trends suggests that consumers are now decreasing their consumption of confectionery items, and the chocolate industry is expected to see marked declines in the coming years. According to a recent report

Mondelez Bids for Hershey

Company proposes changing its name to Hershey and relocating its global headquarters as part of the deal. Mondelez International Inc. has placed a bid in an effort to purchase The Hershey Co. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Mondelez, the maker of Oreo cookies and Cadbury chocolate bars, has sent Hershey a

Patriotic Candies

M&M’S Red, White and Blue are perfect for patriotic holiday celebrations and BBQs such as Memorial Day and Independence Day. M&M’S Red, White & Blue debuted in April and is poised for success as 60% of Americans are more likely to buy an “Americana themed” product (Forbes, March 18, 2010) and in 2015, 48 million […]

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Mondelēz Shares ‘Call For Well-being’ Progress Report

Mondelēz has been focused on goals in the areas of sustainability, well-being snacks, community partnerships and safety. Mondelēz International has published its Call For Well-being 2015 Progress Report. The report details how the company exceeded nearly all of its 2015 environmental footprint goals and set more aggressive 2020 targets to fight the impact of climate

Keep Teeth White

The William Wrigley Jr. Co. has announced that it will introduce a new version of Orbit White in January 2017. The new Orbit White is a soft chew sugarfree gum that helps keep teeth white. The new Orbit White soft chew form is bigger in size than current Orbit pellets, and will be offered in […]

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NCA Celebrates National Candy Month

American’s don’t need to look far for a reason to indulge in their favorite candy this month, because June is National Candy Month. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has plans to help Americans celebrate National Candy Month this June. The NCA will be highlighting sweet innovation in chocolate, candy, gum and mints all month long.

Lovely Candy Enters Chocolate Industry

Lovely Candy will now be the sole manufacturer and distributor of Honey Acres confections in the U.S. The Lovely Candy Co. LLC has announced that it is entering into the chocolate industry through its recent acquisition of the exclusive rights to Honey Acres’ innovative honey based chocolates. “I’m delighted to build on Honey Acres 154

Simple Ingredients

The Hershey Co. has introduced new Hershey’s Simply 5 Syrup; a sweet and simple take on the Hershey’s classic, now made with five simple ingredients. The new Hershey’s Simply 5 Syrup has no high-fructose corn syrup or artificial preservatives and flavors, and is made from non-GMO ingredients. Consumers are seeking ingredients they recognize, know and […]

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Patriotic Candy

Wrigley has introduced Skittles America Mix. The new, limited-edition Skittles America Mix is a must-have for summer gatherings, road trips and more. Skittles America Mix contains red, white and blue Skittles with flavors including Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, Wild Berry and Yumberry fruit. The product hit stores nationwide in April and will be on store shelves through […]

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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

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

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