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NCA’s Sweets & Snacks Expo Exhibit Floor Sells Out

“Despite a 35% drop in new confectionery product releases this year, the Expo’s Most Innovative New Product Awards had a 15% increase in submissions,” says Expo Committee chairman. The 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo promises to be the largest both in show floor size and exhibitors for the third straight year. The confectionery and snack

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Hershey’s Tom Joyce Honored by the American Jewish Committee

Joyce and Kathleen Evans, president of AMCON Distributing Co., are the recipients of AJC’s 2013 National Human Relations Award. By John Lofstock, Editor Tom Joyce, vice president of global customer and industry affairs for The Hershey Co., was honored last night by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) at the New York Hilton, receiving the organization’s

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Hoodia Infused Gum

Desert Labs’ Snack Less chewing gum is the first in a new series of products powered by Hoodia Parviflora, the only Hoodia designated SAFE for human consumption. Snack Less chewing gum is infused with Hoodia Parviflora to give dieters control over snacking and food cravings. Hoodia has long been linked to appetite control, creating the

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The Hershey Co. To Enhance Nutrition Labeling

Front-of-pack nutrition labels scheduled for second half of 2013. The Hershey Co. has announced plans to bring an enhanced food labeling system to its U.S. product portfolio. Hershey will provide front-of-pack nutrition information to make it simple and easy for consumers to make choices about the role of confection in their lifestyle. Hershey will begin

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Candy is Dandy on C-Store Shelves

Candy sales have remained sweet over the past several quarters. Candy, gum and mints contribute $32 billion annually to the U.S. economy, with the convenience channel controlling 21% of the market, the National Confectioners Association (NCA) reported. “The incidence of candy and gum purchases in convenience stores was up 4% in the fourth quarter of

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Gum and Mints: Still a Sticky Category

The sputtering economy has taken a bite out of gum and mints, a category that has seen steady declines since 2010. As of 2012, gum and mints remained a $4.3 billion business, but sales are expected to drop by 1.7% through 2017, according to Mintel, a global consumer research firm. Some industry observers, such as

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Hershey Connecting U.S., Rural Ghanaian School Children

Social studies class at Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania shares cultural experiences with students in Assin Fosu, Ghana. The Hershey Co. plans to continue through the end of the 2013 school year its successful Hershey Learn to Grow Ghana Distance Learning Program, a unique distance learning program launched last fall. The program links school children

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Record Global Participation Expected At Sweets & Snacks Expo

More than 22 countries will exhibit at the confectionery and snack industry’s premier event. The 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo continues to expand its status as a global resource for products, innovations and insights. Companies from 23 countries have secured booths or pavilions on the show’s floor. The Expo, to be held May 21-23 at

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Doing Confections to Perfection

Americans aren’t eating out as much as they used to, but they are eating more chocolate, which means the time has come for c-store retailers to rethink, revamp and restock their chocolate sets. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Data from Experian Simmons research group noted that, among chocolate eaters, 56.4% have visited a c-store in

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Hershey’s Reaffirms Financial Goals

Provides update on progress against growth initiatives. In a presentation today at the 2013 Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) conference, John Bilbrey, president and CEO of The Hershey Co.; Humberto Alfonso, executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer; and Michele Buck, senior vice president and chief growth officer; reviewed the

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M&M'S Snack Mix Named Product of the Year

50,000 Shoppers Select M&M’S Brand Snack Mix as most innovative product in the candy & snacks category. Mars Chocolate North America announced M&M’S Brand Snack Mix was named the 2013 Product of the Year in the candy and snacks category by Product of the Year USA.  The brand accepted the award during a special ceremony

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NCA Welcomes Sugar Reform Act

Outdated sugar policy places a burden not only on the confectionery industry, but also on consumers, says NCA. Today the National Confectioners Association (NCA) welcomed the introduction of the Sugar Reform Act, bipartisan legislation that would bring modest reforms to the Depression-era U.S. sugar program. The bill, introduced in the House by Reps. Joe Pitts

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Barry Callebaut Presents Top Chocolate Trends

Cocoa producer offers insight into the future at the International Sweets and Biscuits Fair. While consumers always expect a personal experience, they are also interested in convenience and authenticity, at least according to Barry Callebat’s predictions for the chocolate market of 2014. The sector is constantly changing, and with it, so is consumer demand. In

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The Hershey Co. Announces Q4, Full Year Results

“Hershey had a solid 2012 and we expect to build on our success in 2013,” says Hershey’s CEO. The Hershey Co. has announced sales and earnings for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2012.  Consolidated net sales were $1,751,035,000 compared with $1,567,145,000 for the fourth quarter of 2011. Reported net income for the fourth quarter

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Mars Makes Fortune 100 Best Companies To Work For List

“We believe Mars is a great place to have a career and we are especially pleased that this ranking is due in large part to what our associates have to say about our culture, heritage and winning business,” says Mars president. Mars Inc. has been ranked 95 on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work

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Mars Launches Better With M Campaign

“The ‘Better With M’ story is delivered through our colorful spokescandies, whose irresistible chocolate always makes moments even better,” says M&M’S spokesperson. Mars Chocolate North America has introduced M&M’S Brand’s new integrated marketing campaign called ‘Better With M,’ which includes a new, 30-second television commercial that will air during the first quarter of Super Bowl

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C-stores Join Mobile Futures Network

Nine start-ups to launch new mobile pilots in just 90 days. After receiving hundreds of applications, Mondelez International announced the nine start-ups selected to participate in the company’s first of its kind Mobile Futures program aimed at shaping the future of mobile marketing. The final start-up companies will have the opportunity to partner with company’s

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Sweets & Snacks Expo Registration Opens

New large-scale exhibitors and well-known speakers highlight the opening of registration for the confectionery and snack industry’s premier event. Registration has opened for the 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo, to be held May 21-23, 2013, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, the 2013 Expo is poised to be the most successful

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M&M’S Plans Super Bowl Commercial

M&M’s looks for ways to top last year’s Ms. Brown debut. Mars Chocolate North America’s M&M’S Brand is returning to the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, 2013, with an all-new 30-second commercial during the first quarter. Last year during ‘The Big Game,’ M&M’S introduced the world to the original spokescandy, Ms. Brown, via a hilarious

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Certified Hershey’s Bliss Chocolates Hit Shelves

Hershey’s Bliss chocolates now made with Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa. As consumers across the U.S. prepare to enjoy the holiday season, The Hershey Co. has announced something to make the season a little sweeter: consumers can now buy Hershey’s Bliss chocolates made with 100% certified cocoa.   The rollout of certified Hershey’s Bliss chocolates builds on

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NCA Announces Confectionery Leadership Awards

Trade customers to be honored at NCA’s 2013 State of the Industry Conference in February. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced the recipients of the 2013 Confectionery Leadership Awards. The awards celebrate contributions to the category by recipients through their effective business collaboration, category management best practices, and innovations in merchandising confectionery products in-store.

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Fans Elect New M&M Color Mix

Mix of new and original colors now available in new eight-ounce package. M&M’S have a colorful history that dates back more than 70 years. But never before have fans been given the opportunity to choose the specific color combination for mass produced packages of M&M’S—until now. Mars Chocolate North America is introducing a new limited-edition

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The Hershey Co. Joins SASB Advisory Council

SASB to create sustainability standards for 89 industries across 10 sectors. The Hershey Co. is joining the Advisory Council of the newly founded Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) as part of Hershey’s commitment to reporting on its expanding sustainability practices. As a member of the Advisory Council, Hershey will help develop reporting standards for the

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Candy Ranks As Top Adult Snack Purchase

Chips and fresh fruit follow candy as top seasonal snack purchases. Visions of sugar plums and all other types of candies are dancing in the heads of not only children but adults too during the winter holiday season, according to a holiday snacking report by The NPD Group, a global information and advisory services company.

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Mars To Be Honored With NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award

“We are honored by this award and continue to see the strength and growth of our partnership with NASCAR,” says Mars spokesperson. Mars Inc. is set to be honored with the 2012 NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award at the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards held at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 29. Throughout

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