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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sweets & Snacks Expo Kicks Off In Chicago

Keynote sessions address obesity, trends and candy’s role as a sweet treat. By Erin, Rigik, Senior Editor The Sweets and Snacks Expo kicked off Tuesday, May 19, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The Expo is celebrating 18 years in Chicago and is expected to have more than 16,000 attendees, marking the biggest show ever. John Downs

NCA Announces 2015 Trends From Sweets & Snacks Expo

New candy and snack flavors evoke nostalgia and appeal to a sophisticated palate. New product launches reveal that candy and snack manufacturers are looking beyond the category for flavor inspiration this year. Breakfast staples like maple, waffles, and bacon are highlighted and will be hitting stores shelves soon, as are classic flavors inspired by childhood

Breath of Fresh Air

Gum and mints continue to battle for c-store share, but innovation promises to keep variety on the shelves. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor After months of postponements since Hershey first announced it was developing a new mint, the candymaker recently released Ice Breakers Cool Blast Chews—priced at approximately $2 for a 0.8-ounce slide pack

Consumers Sweet On Chocolate

Despite last year’s price increases, Americans are still treating themselves to the little luxury that is chocolate. Retailers report how they control this ever-growing category and keep their focus on consumers’ sweet spot. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor It’s hard to think of anything that 85% of Americans would agree on. One consensus, however, is

Chocolate Caramels

The Hershey Co. has launched new Hershey’s Caramels, the perfect marriage of delicious Hershey’s chocolate with smooth, creamy caramel that makes every day feel a little fancy. Made with sea salt, molasses and fresh dairy butter, each bite of Hershey’s Caramels caramel provides a silky, smooth texture and flavor. The caramel pieces are enrobed with […]

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NCA Bolsters Public Affairs and Communications Operations

Welcomes new hires to the association’s staff. John Downs, president and CEO of the National Confectioners Association (NCA), has announced two new additions to the industry association’s staff. Christopher Gindlesperger was named vice president of public affairs and communications, and VJ Mayor was appointed senior director of communications. “Christopher’s extensive experience in managing and directing

Sour Gummy Worms

WARHEADS has added sour gummy Worms to its portfolio of sour candies.“The chewy category has consistently grown 3-4 times the non-chocolate category as a whole, so we were looking at opportunities to expand our portfolio in this space,” said Andy Telatnik, director of marketing for Impact Confections. “Why a worm? Well, worm shaped gummies are […]

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