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

Halloween Kicks Off Holiday Shopping

Americans don’t seem to be cutting back on Halloween shopping in order to save for the holidays. The holiday season is approaching, and it is getting an early start, this year, as millions of Americans plan their Halloween celebrations. According to a report from, this year, 157 million Americans plan on celebrating Halloween, which

How The Chocolate Market Is Poised For Growth

Despite common industry concerns, chocolate sales are expected to grow in 2016. According to a new report from Packaged Facts, thanks to the 81% of American consumers eating chocolate, the outlook for the U.S. chocolate candy market is trending upward. Packaged Facts estimates that chocolate sales will reach $22 billion in sales by the end of

How To Cash In On Top-Selling Holiday Treats

As the chocolate market expands, retailers fill shelves with more premium brands. According to a blog from, chocolate Halloween candy remains the top-selling treat for the holiday, generating $217 million in 2014. Although there is some variation in Halloween candy choices, industry leaders Hershey and Mars account for 87% of chocolate Halloween candy. Most variety

Gummy Candy

The Hershey Co. has introduced Allan Candy, a new confectionary line, to its extensive product offerings. Allan Candy is a non-chocolate line that offers both traditional and unique flavors to meet the growing consumer demand for gummy candy. These various gummy candies will be available in five-ounce peg bags. For More Information From The Hershey […]

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Crispy Satisfaction

Mars Chocolate is providing crispy satisfaction with the new Snickers Crisper. This new treat is a delicious combination of crisped rice and peanuts topped with a layer of caramel and coated in creamy Snickers Brand milk chocolate. Boasting multiple textures, Snickers Crisper delivers on its satisfaction pledge with the chew of caramel and the crunchy […]

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How to Sell Sweets

With the varying tastes of American consumers, convenience store retailers discuss what they’re seeing in the non-chocolate candy, gum and mint category, including demand for low-calorie, low-sugar products. By Michele Wojciechowski, Contributing Editor Candy, gum and mints are veritable staples in the convenience store, but as Bob Dylan once sang “The Times They Are A-Changin.’”

Star Wars Candy Novelties

CandyRific is in full force with its newly packaged Star Wars candy novelties, teaming up with Lucasfilm and M&M’S Brand Candies. Items include character fans, lightsaber themed containers, flashlights and 12-inch dispensers featuring M&M’S Characters costumed as Star Wars characters. The M&M’S Brand Star Wars line is now available to ship, and a second line […]

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Halloween Treats

To help kick off the Halloween season, Just Born Quality Confections is introducing bewitching products to help cook up some frightening family fun. This Halloween customers can fill their candy bowls with some classic favorites from Just Born, including: GOLDENBERG’S PEANUT CHEWS in Original Dark and Milk Chocolatey, PEEPS Milk Chocolate Dipped Orange Marshmallow Chicks, […]

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