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NCA Names Most Innovative New Products

Some 45 new confectionery and snack products across nine categories named Most Innovative New Products by the National Confectioners Association. During the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo, held in Chicago, Ill., the National Confectioners Association (NCA) bestowed 45 Most Innovative New Product Award nominations to companies showcasing imaginative ideas, concepts and products in two of

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The Hershey Co. Recognized for Sustainability Efforts

In 2014 Newsweek Green Rankings, The Hershey Co. places 46 in the ranking of 500 U.S. companies. The Hershey Co. has been recognized for its continuing commitment to environmental stewardship by Newsweek in its 2014 Green Rankings. Out of the top U.S. 500 companies named, Hershey placed 46, moving up 210 spots from the last

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Star Wars Jelly Beans

The Force is strong with Jelly Belly Candy Co. with the debut of the new Star Wars collection. The collection contains three one-ounce bags and a 2.8-ounce gift-ready Grab & Go bag. Each bag is filled with a special Galaxy Mix of Jelly Belly beans— seven flavors with a special finish that sparkle like the

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Sweets & Snacks Expo Wows Attendees

2014 marks the largest event in the show’s history. Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association (NCA) , the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo hosted a sold out show at Chicago’s McCormick Place to an audience of more than 16,000 qualified industry professionals from May 20 – 22. “For the fifth year in a row, the

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Gluten-free Licorice

Advancing its role in premium confections that are gluten-free and GMO-free, the Lovely Candy Co. has announced its new gluten-free licorice. Following through with founder Mike Nakamura’s quest, the company has developed a new line of licorice, which is believed to be the first extruded licorice product in North America that is gluten-free. Branded as

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Hershey Joins CocoaAction Initiative

Program goals complement existing Hershey cocoa sustainability programs. The Hershey Co. has announced that it will be a founding member of CocoaAction, a new strategy to align the cocoa sustainability efforts of the world’s largest cocoa and chocolate companies. CocoaAction creates a new level of coordination and commitment by the leading global cocoa and chocolate

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Getting Gum Back on Track

While it’s still an important category in convenience stores, the bubble has burst on gum sales over the past two years. The good news is manufacturers are doubling down on their efforts to grow the category with new products and better pricing. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Gum continues to prove something of an enigma

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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

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