Mars Plans Sweetest Superbowl Yet

Mars will launch new promotion that is unlike any previous marketing campaign.  Mars Chocolate North America’s SNICKERS Brand and Wrigley’s SKITTLES Brand will launch all new commercials that will air on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, during Super Bowl 50 on CBS. Leveraging their status as official sponsors of the National Football League (NFL), the brands


Halloween Kicks Off Holiday Shopping

Americans don’t seem to be cutting back on Halloween shopping in order to save for the holidays. The holiday season is approaching, and it is getting an early start, this year, as millions of Americans plan their Halloween celebrations. According to a report from, this year, 157 million Americans plan on celebrating Halloween, which

How The Chocolate Market Is Poised For Growth

Despite common industry concerns, chocolate sales are expected to grow in 2016. According to a new report from Packaged Facts, thanks to the 81% of American consumers eating chocolate, the outlook for the U.S. chocolate candy market is trending upward. Packaged Facts estimates that chocolate sales will reach $22 billion in sales by the end of

How To Cash In On Top-Selling Holiday Treats

As the chocolate market expands, retailers fill shelves with more premium brands. According to a blog from, chocolate Halloween candy remains the top-selling treat for the holiday, generating $217 million in 2014. Although there is some variation in Halloween candy choices, industry leaders Hershey and Mars account for 87% of chocolate Halloween candy. Most variety

Gummy Candy

The Hershey Co. has introduced Allan Candy, a new confectionary line, to its extensive product offerings. Allan Candy is a non-chocolate line that offers both traditional and unique flavors to meet the growing consumer demand for gummy candy. These various gummy candies will be available in five-ounce peg bags. For More Information From The Hershey […]

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Crispy Satisfaction

Mars Chocolate is providing crispy satisfaction with the new Snickers Crisper. This new treat is a delicious combination of crisped rice and peanuts topped with a layer of caramel and coated in creamy Snickers Brand milk chocolate. Boasting multiple textures, Snickers Crisper delivers on its satisfaction pledge with the chew of caramel and the crunchy […]

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How to Sell Sweets

With the varying tastes of American consumers, convenience store retailers discuss what they’re seeing in the non-chocolate candy, gum and mint category, including demand for low-calorie, low-sugar products. By Michele Wojciechowski, Contributing Editor Candy, gum and mints are veritable staples in the convenience store, but as Bob Dylan once sang “The Times They Are A-Changin.’”

Star Wars Candy Novelties

CandyRific is in full force with its newly packaged Star Wars candy novelties, teaming up with Lucasfilm and M&M’S Brand Candies. Items include character fans, lightsaber themed containers, flashlights and 12-inch dispensers featuring M&M’S Characters costumed as Star Wars characters. The M&M’S Brand Star Wars line is now available to ship, and a second line […]

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Halloween Treats

To help kick off the Halloween season, Just Born Quality Confections is introducing bewitching products to help cook up some frightening family fun. This Halloween customers can fill their candy bowls with some classic favorites from Just Born, including: GOLDENBERG’S PEANUT CHEWS in Original Dark and Milk Chocolatey, PEEPS Milk Chocolate Dipped Orange Marshmallow Chicks, […]

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Research and Markets Reveals Confectionary Trends

An increase in disposable income has led to increased customer willingness to pay for better quality confections. Rising disposable income has led to increased consumer willingness to pay more for better quality products and premium chocolates, according to a new report by Research and Markets, titled Confectionery Market in the US 2015-2019. Confectionery Market in

Mars Opens New Global Food Safety Center

Mars moves to ensure better food safety for generations to come. Mars Inc. has opened a new Global Food Safety Center. This facility is the first-of-its-kind and will be used for pre-competitive research and training. The aim is to raise global food safety standards through collaboration. Convening governments, academics, regulators and industry peers, the Mars Global Food Safety Center is

Organic Jelly Beans

Jelly Belly Candy Co. is introducing Organic Jelly Beans in 10 assorted and five sour flavors, and Organic Fruit Flavored Snacks—scheduled to debut this winter. Organic Jelly Beans will be available in 1.9-ounce grab-and-go peg bags and 5.5-ounce pouch bags. Ten assorted flavors include Apple, Berry, Blueberry, Cherry, Coconut, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Pear and Strawberry. In […]

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All Natural Gum

Simply Gum is an all-natural gum brand with six artisanal flavors, including Mint, Cinnamon, Fennel, Ginger, Coffee and Maple. Simply Gum produces all-natural gum with a positive impact without the plastic or toxins found in other gums and free of preservatives, trans fats and artificial sweeteners. The lightly-sweetened, premium, totally-natural gum seeks to inspire people […]

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Hershey SMILES Exceeds Expectations

Hershey is being awarded for its continuous innovation. Hershey has been named the winner of Globeforce’s Innovator Award, after The Hershey Co. and Globoforce, in 2014, partnered to create a global employee recognition program, Hershey SMILES.  The award was given during Globoforce’s 2015 WorkHuman conference, and it recognizes the program’s effective implementation and continual incorporation of new and effective ideas.

Pop Rocks ‘Rock’ New York Fashion Week

Pop Rocks inspires Tumbler & Tipsy’s “Champagne Wishes and Candy Dreams” collection. Pop Rocks may emerge as the next season´s hottest fashion trend after the success of its cooperation with Tumbler & Tipsy last Sept. 16 in the Metropolitan Pavillion during New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Pop Rocks, the candy that revolutionized the world of

How The Candy Industry Is Bolstering The Economy

NCA reports the candy industry supports 465,000 jobs nationwide. A new report released by the National Confections Association (NCA) shows the confectionary industry is fueling the American economy through job growth. U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD) joined industry leaders at The Newseum in Washington, D.C., to unveil the new

Halloween Candy Dispenser

CandyRific has released a new dispenser in the shape of M&M’S Blue Character wearing a skeleton costume as a new collectible for Halloween. M&M’S Brand enthusiasts will scream with delight when they add this colorful M&M’S Brand Collectible Halloween Dispenser to their collection. The limited edition dispenser includes 1.05-ounces of M&M’S Brand Milk Chocolate Candies, and […]

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M&M Blasted Rice Krispies

Kellogg’s has introduced Rice Krispies Treats Blasted with M&M’s Minis. This new snack creation is being launched exclusively in convenience stores and delivers the traditional crispy marshmallow taste of Rice Krispies Treats with real milk chocolate candies from M&M’s Minis. Rice Krispies Treats Blasted with M&M’s Minis joins an appealing line of Big Bar flavors […]

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Mars Grant Benefits Chocolate Research

Grant winners to be announced at the annual meeting of the Colonial Chocolate Society. Mars Chocolate North America is now accepting submissions for its 2015 Chocolate History Research and Investigative Studies Grant, which provides funding for innovation in chocolate history research, scholarship and education. Now in its third year, the grant’s submission deadline is Oct.

Mixed Nut Bars

Mars Chocolate North America has introduced new SNICKERS Brand Mixed Nuts Bars. These new snacks are limited-edition and contain a satisfying mix of peanuts, almonds and hazelnuts combined with SNICKERS Brand caramel and nougat, all coated with creamy milk chocolate. These new Kosher certified bars can be found at convenience stores, as well as drug, […]

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NCA Accepting Leadership Award Nominations

Confectionery Leadership Awards recognize leaders in retail and wholesale. National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced that nominations are now open for its 2016 Confectionery Leadership Awards. NCA members are encouraged to nominate results-driven, thought leaders in the retail and wholesale community. Now in its sixth year, NCA, in conjunction with Candy & Snack TODAY magazine,

Mini White Kit Kat

The Hershey Co. has released new Kit Kat Minis White. These new Minis are an expansion to the Kit Kat Minis line. The new candies are light, crispy wafers covered in a rich white crème that are perfect for on-the-go. The candies is available in a 2.2-ounce package have a SRP of $1.29. For More […]

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Caffeinated Chocolate

AWAKE has released new AWAKE Caffeinated Chocolate Bars. AWAKE Chocolate fuses the great taste of premium milk chocolate with the pick me up of a cup of coffee (or eight-ounce energy drink). It’s customers’ two favorite vices together, Kosher certified and in one convenient format. The 1.55-ounce chocolate bars feature a convenient four-piece breakable format. This treat is perfect for […]

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How Non-Chocolate Candy is Wooing Customers

Whether it’s by the bite or by the bag, non-chocolate candy remains a staple of in-store sales. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Many convenience stores are heeding growing non-chocolate candy trends by stocking more chewy products and bite-size brand extensions. Of course, c-stores have only so much dedicated space and must be studious in order

Organic Peanut Butter Cups

Justin’s has introduced Organic Mini Peanut Butter Cups. Available in dark and milk chocolate, these bite-sized versions of Justin’s finely-crafted organic peanut butter cups are 100% organic, gluten-free and made with Justin’s famous peanut butter and Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa. Portable and sharable, Justin’s Organic Mini Peanut Butter Cups come individually wrapped in a 4.7-ounce […]

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