Candy Remains an Iconic Part of Easter Tradition

Parents are planning on providing their children with Easter treats, but many have plans to offer advice on moderation and balance along with these indulgences. A new survey from the National Confectioners Association has revealed that a majority of American parents will be keeping with the tradition of creating and sharing seasonal baskets with their

CBBB, NCA To Promote Responsible Advertising To Children

A number of major candy companies have pledged to not advertise candy or chocolate directly to children under age 12. The Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB), in partnership with the National Confectioners Association (NCA), has announced a new self-regulatory initiative that promotes responsible advertising to children. Under the Children’s Confection Advertising Initiative (CCAI), participating

Reese’s Partners with NCAA During March Madness

Reese’s is hosting a slew of events and promotions this NCAA Tournament season. As March Madness and the NCAA Tournament approach, a number of exciting promotions are on the horizon for the Reese’s brand. Reese’s is the long-standing official candy partner of the NCAA, and the brand is helping to promote the yearly madness through

Seasonal Candy

Easter is just around the corner and families are springing to share the latest seasonal treats with their loved ones. Nestlé Butterfinger has introduced two new seasonal offerings that are sure to delight every bunny around. For the first time, families can celebrate spring with the all new Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups Smooth & Crunchy […]

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M&M’S Celebrates 75 Years

M&M’S fans are the guests of honor for the company’s year-long birthday celebration. M&M’S, the world’s favorite chocolate candies, is launching a year-long celebration as it recognizes the brand’s 75th anniversary. The brand was introduced on March 3, 1941, and it is still going strong. “For 75 years, our fans have made M&M’S the iconic

Easter Treats

In time for Easter, The Hershey Co. has introduced new Hershey’s Kisses Carrot Cake Candies and Reese’s Peanut Butter Pastel Eggs. Customers can also celebrate spring with Reese’s Pieces Candy Carrot and Hershey’s Snapsy Solid Milk Chocolate Bunny. Hershey’s Easter offerings are now available at retailers nationwide. For More Information From The Hershey Co. www.thehersheycompany.com

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Finding Dory Novelty Candy

CandyRific is expanding its line of Disney•Pixar Finding Nemo offerings to include items based on the upcoming film from Disney•Pixar, Finding Dory, which is set to release June 17. The Disney•Pixar-themed items will be available for shipping in May. The light-up talkers and spin pops are now available in addition to the Dory and Nemo character fans. […]

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Sweets & Snacks Expo To Discuss Future of Retail Innovation

Three sessions will explore how technology is reshaping the strategy for products, trends innovation and more. Experts from the Consumer Electronics Show, produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), Canadean, and the Center for Advancing Retail & Technology will each present to Sweets & Snacks Expo attendees on the latest advancements taking place in retail.

Chewy Sour Candy

Morinaga America Foods Inc., maker of Hi-Chew, has launched a new Hi-Chew Sours candy line. Morinaga America (sales arm of the company) is now taking orders for Lemon, Lime and Grapefruit Sours in a mixed peg bag, and plans to follow up with more new products in coming months. Hi-Chew Sours are a key element […]

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Valentine’s Day Sweets

This February, The Hershey Co. is spotlighting a number of its Valentine’s Day-themed treats and encouraging customers to purchase them individually or to purchase multiples to create a Valentine’s Day basket of treats. Hershey has new and classic treats to help share the love this Valentine’s Day. Hershey is offering ideas for a new twist […]

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How to Sweeten Up Chocolate Sales

2016 chocolate trends include portability, portion-control, resealable packaging and shareability. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor As consumer tastes for snacks continue to evolve, one item remains supremely popular: Chocolate. It comes in many forms, styles and flavors, and it’s vitally important to convenience stores. Puro Research Group, publisher of the Packaged Facts report “Chocolate Candy

Guilt-Free Candy

Skinnygirl, a solutions-based, lifestyle brand, has unveiled new Skinnygirl Candy. Skinnygirl Candy is a premium line of Belgian chocolates, gummies and mints carefully crafted using only the best all-natural ingredients and flavors. This new collection allows candy lovers to indulge in individual 100-calorie packs of their favorite treats. Skinnygirl Candy products are available in three […]

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Fannie May Completes Brand Redesign

Expansion in the premium chocolate industry has inspired expansion efforts by Fannie May. As the premium chocolate market grows, Fannie May has rebranded its premium chocolate packaging and is looking to expand into new distribution channels, including convenience stores. According to a report from Confectionery News, Fannie May has launched the new Chicago collection of premium chocolates.

TAKE5 Redesign

The Hershey Co. is relaunching the TAKE5 Bar with the help and ideas of Millennials. The TAKE5 is the layered combination of five classic ingredients —pretzel, caramel, peanut butter and peanuts, all enrobed in rich milk chocolate—that create the perfect salty-sweet, chewy-crunchy remixed snack. The bar is tailor-made for the new generation. Hershey and the […]

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Confectionery Industry Experiences Rapid Growth

A number of sales trends have driven growth in the confectionery industry over the past year. The recession and its aftermath were no match for the confectionery industry, as the importance of a small indulgence remains high in good and bad economic times. Among more than 300 product categories across the store, confectionery is growing

NCA Chooses First Class on Future Leadership Program

The year long program from the NCA will provide young professionals with new opportunities for success within the confectionary industry.  The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has chosen five young professionals as the inaugural class of NCA’s Future Leadership Program. The 2016 class includes one of the confectionery industry’s youngest CEOs, several people who have grown-up

M&M’S To Go

Mars has introduced the new M&M’S Brand To-Go Bottles, so that consumers can take America’s favorite candy everywhere they go. Available in two varieties—M&M’S Brand Milk Chocolate Candies and M&M’S Brand Peanut Chocolate Candies—these innovative, reclosable and reusable bottles boast 3.5-ounces of M&M’S Brand Candies and are adorned with the smiling faces of M&M’S characters […]

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Mars Chocolate Recall

A Mars chocolate product is being removed from 30 states due to an allergen concern. After a consumer reported finding a Snickers piece in 24 ounce bag of Dove Chocolate Assortment Snowflakes, Mars has decided to recall the product. According to a report from Confectionery News, the product was distributed between Sept. 19 and Dec. 1, and

‘2 To Go’ Chocolate

Mars has introduced the MILKY WAY MIDNIGHT Bar in a new “2 To Go” format. Perfect for sharing or for saving some for later, every bite of a MILKY WAY MIDNIGHT Bar offers creamy caramel and vanilla-flavored nougat coated in rich dark chocolate. The 2 To Go format provides consumers with portability and portion control. […]

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Star Wars Jelly Beans

Jelly Belly Candy Company has embraced the excitement around the recently released major motion picture, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” by adding two packages to its STAR WARS Collection of gifts: the new 8.5-ounce Star Wars: The Force Awakens 20 Flavors Gift Box, and 6.5-ounce Star Wars: The Force Awakens Galaxy Mix Peg Bag. These […]

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Americans Look to Consume Sweets in Moderation this Holiday Season

Certain sweets, such as candy canes, can be indulged in, even for the health conscious consumer. The latest national survey from the National Confectioners Association (NCA) has revealed that American’s believe that there is nothing sweeter than sharing a gift of chocolate or candy at the holidays. Some 85% of Americans are likely to share

Bite-Sized Candies

Taste of Nature Inc. has launched a line of bite-sized candies based on the MoonPie brand. MoonPie Bites combine classic graham, marshmallow and chocolate flavors in a bite-sized treat and are available in peg bags, theatre boxes and share sizes. With a flavor profile similar to s’mores, the treats are expected to appeal to a […]

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Holiday With A Crunch

NESTLÉ CRUNCH has released new festive treats this holiday season. Adorned with holiday graphics and the classic PEANUTS characters families love, the NEW! NESTLÉ CRUNCH 2015 holiday collection combines pop culture and nostalgia to unite two of America’s most iconic brands just in time for the holidays. Available at retailers nationwide, the limited-edition Nestlé holiday […]

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Simply Chocolate

The Hershey Company has announced that Holiday Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars, made with simple ingredients and no artificial flavor, will launch nationwide this holiday season. These are some of the first products from Hershey to transition to simpler ingredients, a commitment announced earlier this year to transition products to ingredients […]

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Mars Plans Sweetest Superbowl Yet

Mars will launch new promotion that is unlike any previous marketing campaign.  Mars Chocolate North America’s SNICKERS Brand and Wrigley’s SKITTLES Brand will launch all new commercials that will air on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, during Super Bowl 50 on CBS. Leveraging their status as official sponsors of the National Football League (NFL), the brands

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