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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Instant Freshness

The Hershey Co. has introduced Ice Breakers Cool Blasts Chews, a first-of-its-kind product, which provides an icy cool blast of freshness in a quick dissolving chew. A new alternative to traditional breath fresheners, Ice Breakers Cool Blasts Chews rapidly dissolve and release a cool blast of instant freshness. As a leader in the refreshment category, […]

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Pancakes & Maple Syrup

Wake up and smell the pancakes, it’s Pancakes & Maple Syrup Jelly Belly jelly beans. The newest flavor from Jelly Belly Candy Co. captures the warm, buttery flavor of a pancake topped with rich maple syrup whipped together in a single Jelly Belly jelly bean. Pancakes & Maple Syrup Jelly Belly beans are now available

Mars Chocolate Reaches Sustainability Milestone

Partners with Farmers & Food Industry to lead production of higher quality peanuts. Mars Chocolate has met a significant benchmark in ensuring the sustainability of edible peanuts. In 2014, 51% of the peanuts used for the company’s U.S. products were high-oleic acid peanuts (HOAPs), helping the company keep pace with increasing product demand. The peanut

NCA Announces Enhanced Educational Lineup

Diverse range of topics expected to draw crowds and enhance learnings at NCA’s Sweets & Snacks Expo. NCA reveals an enhanced educational lineup in both the keynote sessions and Sweet Insights Theater at the 2015 Sweets & Snacks Expo, held May 19-21. Featuring topics ranging from the latest trends in online grocery shopping to consumer

Hershey Hits Certified Sustainable Cocoa Sourcing Milestone

Hershey will source enough certified and sustainable cocoa to produce four of its iconic chocolate brands in 2016. The Hershey Co. announced that it will source enough certified and sustainable cocoa in 2016 to surpass the amount of cocoa required for the global production of four of its most popular chocolate brands: Hershey will source

Keeping Candy Relevant

Tim Cote might not be a candy traditionalist, but he knows how to make confections appealing to Plaid Pantry customers. By David Bennett, Senior Editor The traditional approach to selling candy is going the way of Root Beer Barrels and Charleston Chews. Retailers who are satisfied with a few racks of the normal candy offerings

Bilbrey Elected Chairman of The Hershey Co.

“It is a privilege and honor to succeed Jim as chairman,” says Bilbrey. The Hershey Co. announced that its Board of Directors has elected John Bilbrey as chairman of the Board of Directors of The Hershey Co., effective immediately. Bilbrey will continue to be president and CEO of the global confectionery company, a role he

Easter Treats

The Hershey Co. has delicious new innovations for Easter baskets that will delight all this season, including: Reese’s 12-ounce Peanut Butter Eggs—Covered in smooth milk chocolate and filled with Reese’s signature peanut butter and now available nationwide in a 12-ounce package. Cadbury Hollow Milk Chocolate Bunny—Complete with an adorable purple bow and the traditional, extra-rich […]

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Mintel Examines Chocolate Category

Chocolate innovation has increased, with new product launches growing 18% between 2013-2014. Chocolate confectionery sales grew 24% over a five-year period from 2009-2014 to reach $21 billion in the U.S., the world’s largest chocolate market. However, the pace of growth slowed in 2014, following a pattern that has evolved over the past few measurement periods,

Chocolate Still Sweet as Sales Stay Steady

Chocolate candy sales totaled $2.66 billion for the 52 weeks ending Dec. 28, 2014, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI) data. That’s a jump of 3.2% compared to same period the previous year. Unit sales for the same period totaled 1.83 billion, up 0.47% over the same period. Meanwhile, non-chocolate candy brought in dollar sales

Gum, Mints Require Creativity

The months to come will see c-store operators increasingly taking steps to restore or replace flagging sales of gum, either by crafting a more persuasive marketing message for older consumers or replacing some SKUs with popular mints. In the 52 weeks ending Nov. 30 2014, the regular gum segment—with $510.6 million in sales—remained much smaller

Disney Pixar Cars Items

CandyRific is offering two new light and sound wands from Disney Pixar Cars. The new items will be available in April 2015. These Cars characters are a wonderful addition to the collection of popular Disney novelties, and Lightning McQueen and Mater are sure to be a big hit this spring. Choose from #95 hotshot rookie

Nestlé Removing Artificial Flavors and Colors

“We know that candy consumers are interested in broader food trends around fewer artificial ingredients,” says president of Nestlé USA Confections & Snacks. Nestlé USA announced its commitment to removing artificial flavors and FDA-certified colors, like Red 40 and Yellow 5, from all of its chocolate candy products. By the end of 2015, more than

Hershey Moving to Simple, Easy-to-Understand Ingredients

“We all want and deserve to know what’s in our food,” says Hershey’s CEO. The Hershey Co. is beginning a transition to simple and easy-to-understand ingredients. This builds and expands on Hershey’s ongoing commitment to responsibly sourcing the ingredients it uses in its product portfolio. “As consumers, our relationship with food is changing. We spend

Citrus Remix

Wrigley has introduced Orbit Citrus Remix gum. Orbit added a new flavor to the Remix family in January with the debut of Orbit Citrus Remix, a tart blend of Grapefruit, Orange and Lime flavors. Orbit Citrus Remix is available at retailers nationwide in Single Serve (MSRP $1.29) and Multipack with three 10-count envelope packs (MSRP

Counting On Chocolate

While chocolate may be the gift of choice on Valentine’s Day, the sweet treat remains a year-round staple for convenience stores. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Sales of chocolate bars, chocolate-coated candy or fruit and chocolate bites continue to grow as convenience store customers indulge in their favorite confectionery. In fact, demand for the

Sweets & Snacks Expo Registration Now Open

The 2015 Expo features expanded and comprehensive knowledge-building sessions, the return of popular, retailer-centric learning labs and a rebranded Specialty Market, including a dedicated showcase. Registration has open for the 2015 Sweets & Snacks Expo, which is scheduled for May 19-21, 2015, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, the 2015 Expo

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