Dark Chocolate Cookie Bars

Mars Chocolate North America introduced TWIX Dark Chocolate Cookie Bars in May. Whether they prefer the Right Side or the Left Side, all TWIX fans will agree that new TWIX Dark is a winner. The distinctive new version of this favorite cookie bar brand features the classic crunchy shortbread TWIX cookie covered in golden caramel […]

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Chocolate Snack Mixes

Debuting this June, Hershey’s and Reese’s Popped Snack Mixes provide a delicious blend of creamy and crunchy textures, with sweet and salty flavors. The Popped Snack Mixes are launching in three flavors: Hershey’s, Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme and Reese’s. Hershey’s Popped Snack Mix includes mini Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars together with chocolate drizzled popcorn, almonds […]

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Celebrate America

Now customers can show their patriotism with Wrigley’s Skittles America Mix and Juicy Fruit America Pop. Every bag of Skittles America Mix contains fruit-flavored red, white and blue Skittles with flavors including Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, Wild Berry and Yumberry fruit. Available at retailers nationwide this summer in a two-ounce, single pack for an MSRP of […]

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NCA Announces Product Award Winners

Hershey recognized for Best in Show. National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced its 2017 Most Innovative New Product Award winners. The delectable award winners – including those for Best in Show and the newly added Small Business Innovator – represent the most creative, innovative and fun products that the industry has to offer. The winners


Sweets & Snacks Features Health Focus

Global confectionery companies work in cooperation with the Partnership for a Healthier America. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) at its annual Sweets & Snacks Expo May 23 – 25 in Chicago, introduced a ground-breaking new initiative to provide consumers with information, options and support as they enjoy their favorite treats. The initiative, a commitment to


Mars Chocolate & Wrigley Join Partnership for a Healthier America

Mars Chocolate and Wrigley have committed over $200 million to new product innovation under 200 calories, front-of-pack calorie labeling and consumer education. Mars Chocolate North America and Wrigley announced the creation of the confectionery industry’s first and most significant consumer health and wellbeing standards and commitments. In collaboration with the Partnership for a Healthier America


Crunchy Snacks

The Hershey Co. has introduced Reese’s Crunchers and Cookies ‘n’ Crème Crunchers. New Reese’s Crunchers are mini-peanut butter chips, peanuts and crunchy rice crisps covered in milk chocolate. These small, delicious bites are full of sweet and crunchy tastes and textures, for the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter that consumers know and love. […]

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Chocolate’s Sweet Possibilities

Could new product releases from big-brand confectioners boost the chocolate category for c-stores? By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Easter, Halloween and Valentine’s Day make up the trifecta for chocolate sales. Not only do these holidays traditionally highlight the sweet treat as a special indulgence, but they’ve become a prime marketing opportunity for confectioners to


Sweetening Gum and Mint Sales

Unique flavors, packaging and promotions help boost the category with younger consumers. By John Lofstock, Editor Gum and mints can be easy to miss in a crowded store—which is why retailers must work hard to make sure they never get overlooked. Operators must also keep up on product and consumer trends, which continually serve to


Hershey Commits To Nutrition Transparency

By 2022, Hershey will make 50% of its total portfolio of individually-wrapped standard- and king-size confectionery products with 200 calories or less. The Hershey Co. has introduced a new set of commitments to assist in growing the visibility of nutrition information and portion options. The move is as part of Hershey’s ongoing efforts to offer


Spider-Man Character Fan

CandyRific has created a new Spider-Man character fan that is sure to please all Marvel Comics enthusiasts. The Spider-Man character fan comes in an assortment with other Marvel Super Hero character fans, including Iron Man and Captain America. Now customers can keep cool with one of the most popular super heroes. The center of the […]

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McLane and Walmart Reach Sweet Deal

Supply chain services provider caps 25-year relationship with the exclusive distribution of seasonal candy to Walmart’s U.S. retail locations. McLane Company Inc., a leading, today announced a renewal of its service agreement with long-time client Walmart. As part of this extended agreement, McLane will continue to deliver to Walmart stores across the U.S., in addition


HARIBO of America Announces Employee Hires and Promotions

Welcomes Ryan Harris and Meredith Blackburn to the HARIBO team. HARIBO of America has announced that Eric Gafkjen has been appointed to vice president of sales. Allyse Weston has been promoted to director of sales convenience, and Ryan Harris and Meredith Blackburn have joined the expanded HARIBO Convenience team as national account managers. Eric Gafkjen


Easter Chocolate

Mars Chocolate North America has introduced limited-time-only Easter treats. Mars is strategically targeting key Easter usage occasions by inspiring sharing and decorating throughout the season, building a better basket and attracting consumers toward impulse purchases of their favorite Mars brands. DOVE Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs are the latest addition to the Mars Shapes portfolio, and […]

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Taste is Key With Gum, Mints

Non-chocolate candy sales, which include breath fresheners, mints, licorice and taffy, in convenience stores increased 2.4% in dollar sales, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI) Convenience All Scan data for the 52 weeks ending Dec. 25, 2016. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that while mints are providing a category boost, a refresh is needed when it


Whipping Up Chocolate Sales

One word will drive chocolate sales in 2017, experts say: Snackfection. “Think of snackfection as an amalgam of predominantly snack items like fruits, nuts, seeds, pretzels and predominantly confectionery items like chocolate that are used to create a variety of textures and flavor profiles,” said Sheril Retson, category manager, center of store at Chevron. “For


WARHEADS Cloud Dispenser

CandyRific has teamed up with WARHEADS and created a WARHEADS Cloud Dispenser. It’s CandyRific’s first item with WARHEADS, and the company is excited to bring the WARHEADS Cloud Dispenser to retailers throughout the U.S. in time for Christmas 2017. Wally looks great as a dispenser. Just press down on the cloud to dispense the extreme […]

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Bursting with Flavor

Customers can kick their energy and focus into high gear with new Spearmint-flavor Energy Bombs Chewing Gum. Energy Bombs Gum is the ideal alternative to liquid caffeinated products—no more carrying endless cups of coffee or spilling energy shots everywhere; no need to make multiple stops on a long road trip. At only five calories per […]

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Chocolate Attracts Snackers

While overall chocolate volume saw a slight dip in 2016, convenience stores helped buoy category chocolate sales. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Despite studies that show the health benefits of chocolate, many consumers have moved away from snacks perceived as unhealthy and toward more health conscious eating. Healthy snacks have become the norm in stores


Vegan Milk-Style Chocolate

Private-label firm Carmit Candy Industries Ltd., renowned specialist of gluten-free wafers, will launch its new vegan line of milk chocolate snacks, coins and buttons at Natural Product Expo West March 9-12. Visitors are invited to sample the creamy, all-natural clean-label chocolates at the Carmit booth, No. 5891. The new product line is not only lactose-free […]

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Sustainable Packaging

YumEarth recently introduced its cleaner, new packaging at Natural Products Expo West. YumEarth has spent the better part of a year perfecting its new look. The primary updates to the packaging include a cleaner look with white backgrounds and muted coloring. YumEarth’s new packaging will clearly display all the certifications along the top, a more […]

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Snickers Launches 360-Degree Super Bowl Campaign

A 36-hour live stream and a 30-second Super Bowl commercial are among the events Snickers has planned.  Mars Chocolate North American Inc.’s Snickers brand is set to feature a 30-second commercial during the third quarter of Super Bowl L1, featuring actor Adam Driver, this Sunday, Feb. 5. But Snickers isn’t stopping there. The Snickers brand



The way retailers stock and organize their shelves is evolving as health and wellness is a growing part of the c-store product mix, and gum is being brought to the forefront as an important and productive category to include. In response, Wrigley is debuting new products and programs that support these better-for-you (BFY) merchandising trends. […]

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Fresher Breath

The Hershey Co. is introducing new Breath Savers Protect Mints, which go beyond breath freshening and neutralize bad breath while helping protect your teeth. Breath Savers Protect are made with dentist-recommended Xylitol, and help protect teeth by reducing harmful acids in the mouth and defusing bad breath, leaving a cool, refreshed feeling. The product will be […]

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Fruit Flavored Sticks

Morinaga America Inc. has launched Hi-Chew Sours Sticks, the newest additions to the Hi-Chew lineup. The sensationally chewy, long-time No. 1 soft candy in Japan gets a sour citrus twist in the new individual Grapefruit, Lemon and Lime sticks. Since Hi-Chew entered the U.S. market, sales have increased five-fold in the last five years, a […]

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