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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.

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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,

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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

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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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Sweet and Sour

Wrigley has introduced new Sweets & Sours Skittles. This new line of Skittles features a delicious mix of sweet and sour fruit flavors all in one pack. Skittles Sweets & Sours candy will include the perfect mix of sweet and sour fruit flavors: Sweet Strawberry, Sweet Orange, Sour Watermelon, Sour Cherry and Sour Blue Raspberry. […]

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How to Freshen Up Gum and Mint Sales

C-store retailers struggling with gum and mint sales may be able to grow sales with some extra attention to merchandising the category.  By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern Some simple tricks may be all you need to boost gum sales at your convenience stores. One rule to always remember is that if the customer cannot see

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How to Sweeten Up Candy Sales

When you are stocking your store, the chocolate section cannot be overlooked. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern It’s no secret that chocolate prices have increased in recent months, but this is not stopping customers from indulging in their favorite chocolatey snacks. On the contrary, chocolate sales are continuing to grow, albeit at a slower rate,

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Mega Pack Gum

Wrigley has introduced Extra Polar Ice and Extra Spearmint gum Mega Packs. These flavors will be made available in a unique, 35-stick, durable, plastic pack at the Front End beginning December 2015. The new Mega Pack holds over twice as much gum as a standard 15-stick pack, so consumers do not have to worry about […]

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Greater Access to Sugar Market Necessary to Avoid Price Inflation

The Coalition for Sugar Reform demands an expansion in sugar market access in order to avoid inflated sugar prices. The Coalition for Sugar Reform, along with 13 other trade, consumer and retail associations, sent a letter to the United States Trade Representative Michael Froman requesting a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that includes expanded sugar market

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How To Achieve The Right Candy Mix

Innovation is a key for enticing Millennials and Gen Z customers, but staple products continue to drive the candy category. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Even as ‘healthy’ becomes a growing call, candy customers continue to want indulgent options. Convenience store retailers are succeeding in driving candy sales with a balance of tried-and-true products and

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Screaming Good Chocolate

Mars Chocolate North America is introducing exciting new designs for medium FUN SIZE bags, new graphics for FUN SIZE large bags and seasonal shapes in a two-to-go format. These new bags will not only be FUN SIZE bags, but variety bags as well. On-shelf cases with harvest and Halloween graphics and versatile off-shelf displays loaded […]

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Mars Inc. Expansion Provides 175 Job Openings

New product launch provides opportunity for expansion and creates new job opportunities. Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. and Mars Chocolate North America, two business units of Mars Inc., will soon be expanding their presence in Georgia. This expansion will create a total of 175 full-time manufacturing jobs. These jobs will be permanent, high-wage positions. Wrigley is

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Hershey Feeds Ghana Children

Hershey improves the lives of children through the ‘Energize Learning’ Program. Many countries in Africa are on the rise, but one thing that is setting them back is their inability to attain essential nutrients. Children in Ghana are going to school and becoming educated, but the fact that they are not eating properly and that they

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Tenet Names Hershey No. 2 Corporate Brand For Second Year

The Hershey Co. is No. 2 among the top 100 brands in the U.S. when it comes to best-in-class corporate brand equity, according to Tenet’s CoreBrand Index. This is the second consecutive year Hershey has ranked No. 2 in the index. “Our corporate brand is one of our most important assets,” said Mike Wege, chief

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Hershey Simplifies Structure and Launches Initiative to Maximize Strategic Objectives

Announces changes to its leadership team. The Hershey Co. is rolling out a new productivity initiative as part of its ongoing efforts to drive long-term growth and margin-enhancement. The company has identified opportunities to simplify its structure and improve ways of working in order to unlock growth potential in its core confection and emerging snacks

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Apple Orchard Medley

Welch’s Fruit Snacks Apple Orchard Medley features an assortment of fresh-from-the-tree harvest fruit flavors. Like all Welch’s Fruit Snacks, Apple Orchard Medley Fruit Snacks are made with real fruit, contain 100% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C and 25% of Vitamins A and E, and are fat, gluten and preservative free. Each package […]

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Taste & Goodness

Mars Chocolate North America is introducing consumers nationwide to a treat that answers America’s hunger for both taste and goodness: goodnessknows snack squares. Available in three flavors—Cranberry Almond Dark Chocolate, Apple Almond & Peanut Dark Chocolate, and Peach & Cherry Almond Dark Chocolate—goodnessknows is crafted with the goodness of whole nuts, real fruits, toasted oats […]

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Sweet Treats

Goetze’s Candy Co. Inc. has introduced three new items: Caramel Creams Pop, Caramel Creams Crispy Rice & Marshmallow Treat, and the Cow Tales Crispy Moo bar. The Caramel Creams Pop features the unique flavor combination of a Caramel Creams, but now in a lollipop format. The concept helps connect the nostalgic brand with a younger […]

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NCA Announces New Product Awards

Following the May Sweets & Snacks Expo, the National Confectioners Association has identified the winners among the 45 new confectionery and snack products nominated in nine categories for new product awards. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) is announcing the winners of its Most Innovative New Product contest. During the 2015 Sweets & Snacks Expo, held

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NCA Details Sweets & Snacks Expo Highlights

The 2015 Expo featuring candy and snack trends marked the largest event in the show’s history. The 2015 Sweets & Snacks Expo, which took place in Chicago in May, welcomed a record 16,000 attendees from nearly 90 countries and more than 640 exhibitors, among which some 121 were exhibiting for the first time, according to

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QuickChek And Mondelez Partner In Mobile Marketing Initiative

Shopper Futures initiative pairs retailers, Mondelez International’s brands and tech startups to solve retail challenges. Mondelez International has introduced a new mobile marketing initiative with a number of external retail partners including QuickChek and Albertsons/Safeway. The initiative is called Shopper Futures, and it ties tech entrepreneurs together with retailers to help transform the consumer retail

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Hershey’s International President Retires

The Hershey Co. to name Humberto Alfonso’s successor at end of June. The Hershey Co.’s International President Humberto (Bert) Alfonso, 57, is retiring from the company, effective the end of June. The Hershey Co.  is working with Alfonso to ensure a seamless transition and expects to announce its succession plan at the end of the

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