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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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


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