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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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

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,

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

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

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

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