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

Hershey-Sponsored CocoaLink Program Hits 40,000 Mark

Digital Technology Program improves cocoa growing and helps communities. The Hershey Co. has announced that more than 40,000 Ghana cocoa farmers across 1,700 villages have now registered for CocoaLink, a digital exchange network that links farmers to modern farming information that benefits families and the entire farming community.  An innovative public and private partnership between

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Twice the Fun

WARHEADS is doubling down on kid’s love of sour with WARHEADS Sour Dippin’ Pucker Packs.  These dextrose dip n’ lick packets are the only sour version on the market, and are sure to bring the fun back to the category. Each packet brings twice the sour and twice the fun with a sour and flavored

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Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups

Nestlé BUTTERFINGER Peanut Butter Cups will be available in retail stores nationwide in January 2014. You may not have realized it, but your peanut butter cups have been missing something: a dose of Butterfinger. Nestlé Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups take the classic peanut-butter and chocolate combination of peanut butter cups to a whole new level.

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Driving Confectionery Sales With Seasonal Treats

Bite-sized products and king-sized bars are boosting ticket averages, while an influx of seasonal items offers convenience stores new profit potential. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor.While single-serve chocolate and other candy remains solid at convenience stores, the industry is missing a big opportunity to capitalize on holiday and seasonal sales.The industry has long ceded this

This baking season, when consumers pick up a bag of Hershey's Semi-Sweet Baking Chips they will see a "Help Us Honor Heroes" burst with a QR code that takes consumers to the Wounded Warrior Project Eebsite where they can make a donation to support U.S. veterans.

Hershey Makes $100,000 Donation to Wounded Warrior Project

Participates in ‘Believe in Heroes’ Campaign. The Hershey Co. has announced a $100,000 donation to Wounded Warrior Project and its participation in the Believe in Heroes campaign. The donation will help support Wounded Warrior Project’s numerous programs, which are addressing the urgent needs of this generation’s injured service members. To promote the Believe in Heroes

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New Chocolate Caramel Creams

Goetze’s Candy Co. Inc. has introduced a new flavor to its Caramel Creams branded bag line: Chocolate. The new chocolate Caramel Creams offer consumers a double burst of chocolate with a chewy chocolate caramel wrapped around a decadent chocolate cream center. Made with real bittersweet chocolate and cocoa, they are an ideal accompaniment to the

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Best New Product Award

WARHEADS Candy, the fastest growing sour brand in the U.S., announced that it has won the prestigious Best New Product Award in the seasonal category from the National Confectionery Sales Association (NCSA) for its WARHEADS Super Sour Candy Canes. The award was presented to Impact Confections, parent company of the WARHEADS brand, at a ceremony

Hershey Converts Two More Plants to Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Status

Continues to make substantial progress on environmental sustainability. The Hershey Co. announced two more of its plants have achieved Zero-Waste-to-Landfill (ZWL) status. The company now has six U.S. plants that no longer dispose routine waste into landfills. With the addition of the Y&S Plant in Lancaster, Pa., and the Robinson Plant in Robinson, Ill., The

Hershey’s Debuts First New Brand In 30 Years

Lancaster Soft Crèmes bring U.S. caramel lovers a sweet new experience.   Today, The Hershey Co. announced it is launching a new confectionery brand in the U.S. called Lancaster. The new brand will feature a line of caramel soft crèmes that will roll out nationwide in January 2014. The introduction of the Lancaster brand marks

More Customers Choosing Dark Chocolate For Dessert

“More consumers are experimenting with dark chocolate, particularly as dessert at home,” says director of Kisses and Hershey’s Bliss brands, The Hershey Co. A recent study by The Hartman Group on U.S. eating habits reveals that the percentage of Americans savoring dessert after dinner has increased 5% since 2009, and 78% of treats enjoyed after

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Halloween Treats

Mars Chocolate North America makes Halloween easy with an assortment of new sweet treats.   “We’re taking the celebration and excitement of Halloween to an even higher level this year,” said Roy Benin, chief consumer officer, Mars Chocolate North America. “From decorating, snacking and baking to parties and trick-or-treating, Mars offers a range of innovative

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Quinn Returns As 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo Chairman

2014 marks Quinn’s third year as chair of the Expo. Mars Chocolate North America announced that Tim Quinn, vice president of trade development, has agreed to chair the National Confectioners Association’s (NCA) 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo for the third year in a row. The Expo is the largest venue representing all major U.S. distribution

Hershey and Barry Callebaut Build Primary School In Cote d’Ivoire

Cocoa-growing region gains rural school that will provide educational facilities and nutrition and health support for more than 150 children. Addressing a critical community need in the western cocoa-growing region of Côte d’Ivoire, The Hershey Co. and Barry Callebaut announced the completion of a primary school, community and farmer training center. Located in the Abokro,

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Starburst Minis

In Summer 2013, Wrigley introduced Starburst Minis, original Starburst chews now smaller and unwrapped for a perfect sweet treat. Starburst Minis now allow consumers to enjoy and share the popular fruit chews in an even more fun and convenient way. New Starburst Minis are offered in Starburst Original flavors and are available at retailers nationwide

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Spreadable Chocolate

The newest addition to Hershey’s best-in-class chocolate portfolio—Hershey’s Spreads. The spreadable chocolate comes in three delicious varieties: chocolate, chocolate with almond and chocolate with hazelnut. Available starting December 2013, these chocolate spreads transform everyday snacks into delicious treats with the smooth and creamy Hershey taste. Hershey’s Spreads can be enjoyed with a variety of foods

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Drive Seasonal Sales

Mars Chocolate North America is already talking with retail buyers about Easter options. TWIX Brand Egg Singles (also available in six-packs) building on the popularity of seasonal singles. This egg-shaped treat is a crunchy cookie with creamy caramel coated in TWIX Brand milk chocolate. TWIX Brand Centerpiece Egg is a five-ounce “egg” that can act

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SNICKERS Partners With NASCAR Nationwide Series

Inks deal with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing for Kyle Larson to Pilot a SNICKERS Bites Car in two races. Mars Chocolate North America’s SNICKERS Brand has inked a new partnership with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (EGR) that will feature development driver Kyle Larson taking the wheel of a SNICKERS Bites car during upcoming NASCAR

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The Hershey Co. Shares Growth Strategies

During a media day with trade press editors on Sept. 4, executives from The Hershey Co. revealed its plans and strategies for “disciplined, sustainable growth” over the next 20 years. The Hershey Co. aims to maintain the No. 1 market share in North America, and to be among the top three in emerging markets, such

Lucero, award-winning singer and actress, and Bert Alfonso, President International, The Hershey Company at the 26th Hispanic Heritage Awards on Sept. 5, 2013 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. At this year’s annual ceremony, The Hershey Company presented the prestigious Vision Award to Lucero for her dedication to children in need.

The Hershey Co. Presents Vision Award

International Singer and Actress, Lucero, receives the Vision Award at the 26th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards. The Hershey Co. presented the Vision Award to international singer and actress, Lucero, at the 26th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards (HHAs) on Sept. 5, 2013 at The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Having sold more than 27

M&M’S Invites NASCAR Fans to the Track

M&M’S offers rare opportunity for fans to drive Atlanta Motor Speedway. As the “Official Chocolate of NASCAR” and sponsor of the popular No. 18 M&M’S Toyota, M&M’S Brand in September is giving NASCAR fans the ultimate driving experience—and chance to race the same track as the pros—at the famous Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) during an

Hershey Selects Global Media Planning and Buying Agency

Selection follows review process started earlier this year. The Hershey Co. has selected Universal McCann to handle its global media planning and buying activities. The decision concludes an eight-month account review process that began at the beginning of the year and included all incumbent agencies. Hershey’s global media assignment includes all paid media, including TV,

Hershey Helps Remote Peruvian Village Rebuild

Hershey funds cocoa infrastructure for indigenous community. In 2008, The Hershey Co. was introduced to a village of indigenous people tucked deep in the mountains of the Junín region of Peru. This village was using cocoa farming to rebuild its community following years of devastation by guerilla warfare. Hershey decided to support the community—San Juan

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