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

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

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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Juicy Candy

General Mills is introducing Gushers at convenience stores nationwide. The fruit-flavored snack features a chewy outer shell that provides a “gush” of juicy flavor when bitten into—appealing to convenience store shoppers looking for a fun-to-eat treat with a blast of flavor. Two varieties of Gushers, Sour and Flavor Mixers, are available and come in a […]

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Sweets & Snacks Expo Expects Strong International Presence

Candy and snack products from 25 countries will greet attendees. More than 125 companies from outside of the U.S. are set to exhibit at the 2017 Sweets & Snacks Expo, making this year’s show the largest for international exhibitors. Hosted by the National Confectioners Association from May 23-25 at McCormick Place in Chicago, the 2017

NCA To Honor Retailers at its 2017 State of the Industry Conference

Recipients selected for their personal leadership, knowledge, expertise and commitment to the confectionery industry. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced that Christina Groth from The Kroger Co. and Brian Rinker from The Walgreen Co. are the recipients of the 2017 Confectionery Leadership Awards. The award celebrates the honorees’ contributions to the category through their

Mega Packs

Wrigley is extending its successful Mega Pack lines on Extra Spearmint and Polar Ice to include Extra Peppermint and 5 gum. Front End Bulk is a fast-growing segment of gum, especially in c-store and the Mega Pack holds over twice as much gum as a standard 15-stick pack, so customers do not have to worry […]

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Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate

Based on consumer demand and strong test performance, DOVE is launching Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate PROMISES nationally. To generate excitement and brand awareness, Mars is dedicating major marketing support to DOVE Chocolate in 2017. Key elements include dedicated television advertising, digital and print advertising, social media and public relations. Available in 12-counts per case, […]

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Hazelnut Goodness

Mars’ new SNICKERS & Hazelnut Bar satisfies. It’s everything consumers love about SNICKERS—peanuts, caramel and nougat covered in milk chocolate—with the addition of delicious hazelnuts. The bar debuted on retail shelves this December. SNICKERS & Hazelnut Bar was the most incremental and consumer preferred single-product addition to the existing portfolio and category in recent consumer […]

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Hershey Names Michele Buck President and CEO

Hershey’s current executive vice president and chief operating officer to succeed John Bilbrey, who will remain on Board of Directors as non-executive chairman. The Hershey Co.’s Board of Directors has appointed Michele Buck, currently the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, as Hershey’s next president and CEO, effective March 1, 2017. She will

Wrigley, Mars Chocolate Announce “The Candy Bowl” Super Bowl Promotion

Customers can join Team Snickers or Team Skittles as part of Sweepstakes. Mars Chocolate and Wrigley team in joint promotion featuring playful rivalry between Skittles and SNICKERS. Building off of the success of last year’s Super Bowl activation, Wrigley and Mars Chocolate will deliver their second joint-selling program, The Candy Bowl, to leverage the power

Grow Seasonal Candy Sales This Winter

While Halloween is known to be a big seasonal candy driver, c-store retailers can also drive candy sales around Christmas and other holidays. A new report by Packaged Facts is showing that seasonal candy is driving sales at retail. Retailers see the candy department as a key profit zone. Holidays in particular are a key

Extreme Sour Hard Candy

WARHEADS is making history with the launch of its newest product, WARHEADS Extreme Sour SMASHUPS Hard Candy. It is the first time in WARHEADS history that the iconic, mouth puckering, extreme sour hard candies are getting a new flavor variety. WARHEADS Extreme Sour SMASHUPS Hard Candy takes the original candy kids know and love, and […]

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Longer Lasting Flavor

Now fans of Wrigley’s iconic Juicy Fruit Original gum can enjoy the sweet Juicy Fruit flavor for even longer. The brand has announced that its iconic gum, which has been beloved for more than 100 years, has been reformulated to provide the same great taste fans love, but now with longer-lasting flavor. Juicy Fruit with […]

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Wrigley, Mars’ Transaction Zone Vision Drives Sales For Retailers

Research-based insights bring candy merchandising recommendations. Wrigley and Mars Chocolate North America are driving sales and increasing shopper engagement by working with retailers to implement their Transaction Zone Vision. Since launching the program in 2015, the companies have used research-driven insights to help retail partners boost sales at checkout through channel-specific recommendations. To help their

Customers To Enjoy Candy in Moderation This Holiday Season

NCA President talks about candy’s role in holiday traditions. John Downs, president and CEO of the National Confectioners Association (NCA), weighed in on candy’s role in the holiday season. This holiday season, Americans will share and gift candy, enjoying their favorite wintertime treats in moderation. Chocolate, candy, gum and mints can play a unique part

New Peg Bag

Just Born has introduced new seven-ounce peg bags of Mike & Ike Sour-licious Zours Intense Fruit. The peg bag may be a new look, but it includes the same great taste. Intense Fruit will satisfy customers’ taste for sour by delivering five favorite sour fruit flavors: Sour Green Apple, Sour Blue Raspberry, Sour Watermelon, Sour […]

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Bite-Size Candies

Now U.S. consumers can enjoy a worldwide chocolate favorite: MALTESERS Candies. As the No. 1 bite-sized chocolate brand in the U.K., this treat features a crispy, airy center, wrapped in a smooth, mouth-watering, chocolatey covering. Consumers will enjoy this snack for its playful crunch with a slow chocolatey melt. Theater goers in the U.S. have […]

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Trolls Hug Bands

CandyRific has added to its DreamWorks Animation collection with Trolls Hug Bands. Available in two colors, pink and blue, each hug band has a hidden compartment to keep candy and plays a tune when the button is pressed. The hug bands come complete with 0.28-ounces of microbites candy and have a suggested retail price of […]

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Sweets & Snacks Expo Turns 20

The Sweets & Snacks Expo has come a long way since it debuted in 1997 as the All Candy Expo. The Sweets & Snacks Expo is celebrating its 20th anniversary at its 2017 event in Chicago. In 1997, the National Confectioners Association introduced the All Candy Expo, now known as the Sweets & Snacks Expo,

M&M’S Caramel Chocolate

Introducing the biggest launch in M&M’S Brand History: M&M’S Caramel Chocolate Candies. After years of development, M&M’S Brand now has the proprietary technology to enter the soft and chewy category partition with the launch of M&M’S Caramel Chocolate Candies. This innovative treat features a creamy caramel center covered in delicious milk chocolate, enclosed in a […]

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Perfectly Sweet Gum

Wrigley is launching Doublemint Perfectly Sweet Gum this December. Doublemint Perfectly Sweet offers a new choice for consumers seeking gum without artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors. Doublemint Perfectly Sweet is sweetened with real sugar and provides the trusted flavor expected from Doublemint gum. The new gum will be available at retailers nationwide in a 12-stick […]

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Cookie Bar

The Hershey Co. has launched new Cookie Layer Crunch bars—the most anticipated innovation in 16 years from America’s most iconic chocolate brand. This new innovation from Hershey delivers a fun and delicious surprise by combining the classic Hershey’s Chocolate that consumers love with the crunch they desire in Hershey’s Cookie Layer Crunch bars. Every Hershey’s […]

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Most Sought After Halloween Treats

HookLogic reveals what customers are shopping for across channels this Halloween. New data from  HookLogic reveals this Halloween’s most sought after candy and costumes. Candy terms searched for show that chocolate rules but fruity/sour flavors still rank high. M&M’s were the most sought after candy product during the research period, with three times the search