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

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

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

Global Chocolate Market Expected To Climb Through 2020

Trends such as a demand for premium chocolate, innovations in packaging and new varieties are driving chocolate growth world wide. Technavio analysts forecast that the global chocolate market is set to grow at a CAGR of close to 5% through 2020. The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global chocolate

Quality Candy Line

Consumer Value Products (CVP) has announced the introduction of the Yum Bees Candy line. This new line is CVP’s premier control label candy line that offers various hard, gummy and chocolate candy products as well as a variation of favorite name-brand products. With bright, fun packaging and quality ingredients, this line of tempting treats will […]

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Spooky Candies

The Hershey Co. has unveiled a new line of Halloween themed treats. The new treats include Reese’s White Peanut Butter Ghosts; Kit Kat White Minis; Jolly Rancher Lollipops Spooky Shapes; Hershey’s Caramel Apple Filled Milk Chocolates; Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Crème Skulls; and a new Halloween Party Assortment. The White Peanut Butter Ghosts are white crème-coated […]

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Bilbrey To Retire as CEO of The Hershey Co.

The Hershey Co. looks to identify successor. John Bilbrey, chairman, president and CEO of the Hershey Co., announced plans to retire from the company July 1, 2017. Bilbrey will continue as non-executive chairman of Hershey’s Board of Directors following his retirement as president and CEO. “I have had the privilege of working in consumer packaged

Hershey Supports White House Workforce Equality Initiatives

Continues commitment to equal pay for equal work with pledge. The Hershey Co. is continuing its commitment to equal pay for equal work, providing more people opportunities and eliminating unnecessary employment barriers with its pledge to support three major White House workforce equality initiatives, including the White House Equal Pay Pledge, First Job Compact and

Novelty Trolls Candies

Hilco has created three fun new candy novelties featuring characters from DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls. New Trolls Taffy Sipper Cups are adorable plastic sipper cups with curly straws, and they include include 25 grams of delicious taffy and cute collectable Troll character toppers with pink and blue hair. New Sipper Cups sell for an SRP of […]

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Mars and Wrigley Join Forces to Accelerate Growth

After taking full control of the company earlier this year, Mars has decided to join with Wrigley to further dominate the domestic candy market. Mars Inc. and its subsidiary Wrigley have announced that they will be combining their businesses, and the newly formed combined division, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, will be headquartered in Chicago. Based on

Mars To Form Mars Wrigley Confectionery

The combination of Mars’ Wrigley and Chocolate segments into one entity aims to bring a more holistic approach to the confectionery category. Mars Inc. has announced plans to combine its Chocolate and Wrigley segments to create Mars Wrigley Confectionery in 2017. The combination will help deliver greater value to customers, and enable the segment to

Premium Chocolate Bars

Baron Chocolatier has announced a new line of convenient premium chocolate bars that are packed with flavor and sure to satisfy chocolate lovers. The new 5 Bites bars come in three delicious flavors: crunchy peanut butter, airy milk chocolate mousse and creamy caramel, all covered in rich milk chocolate. They are currently available and sold […]

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Sweet Treats Never Sour

Keeping up with customers’ candy demands remains a never-ending saga. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor When responding to a sudden desire for a chocolate bar, pucker-worthy mint or lip-smacking gum, customers tend to beat a path to convenience stores. There, they are likely to find what all folks with a sweet tooth seek: broad selection,

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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