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Krackel Bar Is Back

Krackel Milk Chocolate with Crisped Rice Bar, a long-time consumer favorite, is no longer just a tasty miniature candy treat. For the first time in nearly 20 years, Krackel Milk Chocolate with Crisped Rice Bar is back as a full-size offering. The beloved candy bar, which has only been available in Hershey’s Miniatures Assortment bags,

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NCA Appoints John Downs As President

“John’s strong leadership and record of accomplishments will serve our membership well,” says NCA Board chairman. The Board of Trustees of the National Confectioners Association announced the appointment of John Downs, Jr., to president of the trade association, according to Robert Simpson, NCA Board chairman and chief operating officer of Jelly Belly Candy Co. Downs,

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Chocolate: Sweet Returns

Finding out what confectionery products your customers will gobble up in 2014 can be a recipe for more sales. By David Bennett, Senior Editor You don’t need to be Willy Wonka to know that chocolate candy is a sweet product in terms of generating impulse sales. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) recently reported that the

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Plan Ahead For Halloween

Take a bite out of Halloween 2014 with all of the frightfully delicious and fun items from Mars Chocolate North America. Mars brands boasted strong performance during the 2013 Halloween season, as dollar sales increased and outpaced category growth. In 2013, the Halloween Chocolate Category exceeded $1 billion in sales for the first time, with

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Hershey Ahead of Schedule for CSR Goals

Completes 60% of its long-range CSR goals; sets new environmental sustainability targets. The Hershey Co. issued its third Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, highlighting how the company has delivered substantial progress against its wide-ranging CSR goals. From environmental sustainability to ethical sourcing, the company achieved many of its CSR goals years early. As a result,

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Sour Jelly Beans

WARHEADS is extending the highly successful and sought after WARHEADS Sour Jelly Beans beyond the Easter season. Starting in May 2014, WARHEADS Sour Jelly Beans are available year‐round with an expanding offering of packaging formats. WARHEADS Sour Jelly Beans, with six fruity flavors, are perfectly sour for any sour lover’s taste buds. Packaging formats include

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MY M&M’s Celebrates “Star Wars Day”

Brand unveils unique Star Wars-themed M&M’S and packaging. To celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4th, MY M&M’S is unveiling “sweet” Star Wars-themed MY M&M’S chocolate candies and merchandise. Now, fans of either the dark or light side can join the chocolate ‘m’pire and display their allegiance with special blends of M&M’S with well-known Star

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Sweets & Snacks Expo To Highlight Moderation, Healthy Choices

Industry’s commitment to treating candy as a special indulgence makes its way to the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo in many ways. The role of candy in a healthful diet will be more noticeable at the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo, set for May 20-22 in Chicago, ranging from education opportunities during a keynote session

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USA Track & Field Announces Partnership with Hershey Through 2020

Partnership expands opportunities to give kids the fundamentals for a lifetime of physical activity. USA Track & Field (USATF) and The Hershey Co. have announced the launch of a national youth activity initiative as part of a new, seven-year partnership that features “Run Jump Throw,” an educational and learning program developed by USATF and Hershey.

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Mints Offer Optimism in Confectionery Segment

While a staple in convenience stores, gum sales continued their decline last year, down 7.2% in dollar sales and almost 8% in unit sales from 2012, according to data from Information Resources, Inc. (IRI). Dollar sales of regular gum declined a little over 6%, unit sales more than 10%, while sugarless decreased 7.4% in dollar

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NCA Industry Awards Honor Dean Spangler, Katherine Clark

Spangler and Clark recognized for dedication, leadership and inspiration. During its State of the Industry Conference in Miami last week, the National Confectioners Association honored Dean Spangler, chairman of Spangler Candy Company, and Katherine Clark, vice president of Sales for Capol LLC, with its Distinguished Service and Supplier Member of the Year Awards, respectively. Spangler,

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New Products Drive Chocolate Sales

Despite a host of new product introductions and package sizes, chocolate SKUs are holding strong at convenience stores. At Zarco 66, different product configurations and package types and sizes of long-time favorite brands are keeping the category fresh and appealing to a wide range of consumers, said Scott Zaremba, owner of the 10-store Kansas chain.

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NACS Chairman Brad Call Addresses NCA State of the Industry Conference

NACS Chairman Brad Call notes the c-store and candy industries must work together to change the conversation around consumption and exercise in relation to the obesity epidemic ahead of future regulations. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor/News & Online The National Confectioners (NCA) State of the Industry 2014 Conference kicked off in Miami, Fla. on Sunday,

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Sweets & Snacks Expo Expects Largest Global Participation

More than 23 countries will exhibit at the confectionery and snack industry’s premier event. The 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo, sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, continues to expand its status as a global resource for products, innovations and insights. The Expo, to be held May 20-22 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, promises to be the

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Catering to Your Candy Customers

Americans are eating more chocolate, which means the time has come for retailers who haven’t already done so to rethink, revamp and restock their chocolate sets. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Americans love candy, but maximizing sales from this complex, yet essential category takes focus and attention. Melding new products and line extensions with must-have

Yellow M&M, Super Bowl MVP To Deliver Content On Game Day

Mars to use Twitter, Facebook, Vine and Instagram to reach fans on Super Bowl Sunday. Football color commentary just got a lot more colorful. With millions of fans expected to use social media as a “second screen” to enhance their Super Bowl XLVIII viewing experience, Mars Chocolate North America announced an innovative plan to deliver

Sweets & Snacks Expo Registration Opens To Sold Out Exhibit Hall

An improved pre-show planning app and a cache of well-known speakers highlight the opening of registration for the confectionery and snack industry’s premier event. Registration is open for the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo, to be held May 20-22, 2014, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, the 2014 Expo is poised

Hershey Exceeds 2013 Certified Cocoa Goal

Eighteen percent of all cocoa sourced globally in 2013 was certified compared to goal of 10%. The Hershey Co. announced that 18% of all the cocoa the company sourced globally in 2013 was certified, nearly double the company’s original 2013 goal of 10%. With nearly one-fifth of cocoa sourced through sustainable practices, Hershey is on

M&M’S Teams With WFAN Sports Radio

WFAN top talent to broadcast from M&M’S World New York leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII. M&M’S World Times Square is poised to be the premier New York City shopping and sports destination during the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII.  The store, home to M&M’S Chocolate Candies and branded merchandise, plans to open

Mars Inc. Named On Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List

Mars jumps 19 places from its spot in 2013. Mars Inc. has been named as one of the 2014 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list in the U.S. Ranked 76 this year, Mars’ position on the list rose by 19 places from 2013.  The list, now in its 17th year, recognizes companies that

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Dove Dark Chocolate Launches Sweepstakes with Nicole by OPI

“In 2014, we want to encourage people to discover the delicious taste of DOVE Dark Chocolate,” says Mars chief consumer officer. DOVE Dark Chocolate and NICOLE by OPI are celebrating the New Year with the launch of the “Discover Your Dark Side in the New Year Sweepstakes.”  The Facebook-based promotion will randomly award 25,000 entrants

Mars Named Finalist For Secretary of State’s Award For Corporate Excellence

Mars Inc. has been named one of the top 12 finalists for the Secretary of State’s 2013 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) for its cocoa sustainability and economic development work in Indonesia. “Mars is committed to making a real difference in the lives of people worldwide, and we are honored to be a finalist for

Hershey To Acquire Majority Share of Shanghai Golden Monkey Food Co.

“The agreement between Hershey and Shanghai Golden Monkey is a win for both companies,” says CEO of The Hershey Co. The Hershey Co. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hershey Netherlands B.V., has signed an agreement to acquire 80% of the iconic Shanghai Golden Monkey Food Joint Stock Co. Ltd. (SGM), a privately held confectionery company

M&M’S Introduces Online Series Starring Funnyman David Koechner

‘The Search for the One’ helps plant the seed for M&M’S ‘Year of Peanut’ in 2014. Mars Chocolate North America has unveiled a humorous new online content series starring beloved actor and comedian David Koechner, who rhapsodizes, analyzes and agonizes over peanuts in truly original fashion. Directed by Tim K of Gifted Youth, Funny or

M&M’S World Las Vegas Celebrates World’s Largest M&M’S Candy Wall

M&M’S World installs a sweet visual treat for guests with 3-D chalk art reproduction. M&M’S World Las Vegas is celebrating the recent opening of its new candy wall—the largest M&M’S candy wall in the world—with a 3-D representation of the wall designed on the sidewalk outside the store. M&M’S World Las Vegas has partnered with

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