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Hershey Launches Distance Learning Program

Connects children in U.S. and rural Ghana. The Hershey Co. has launched a unique distance learning program linking school children in Hershey, Pa., and Ghana through real-time, high-definition technology that creates a common, virtual classroom. The program allows approximately 80 elementary students to learn together based on a curriculum developed by teachers in Hershey and

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NCA Establishes Rockaway Disaster Relief Fund

Aids recovery in hurricane-hit communities. Last week Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, severely damaging many areas in the northeast. One community that has been at the center of much of the news coverage is the Rockaway Peninsula, a peninsula of Long Island in the New York City borough of Queens. Rockaway Peninsula, home to

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The Hershey Co. Aids Relief Efforts

For the weekend of Nov. 3-4, Hershey’s Chocolate World donated $5 from every “Create Your Own Candy Bar” purchase to the American Red Cross. The Hershey Co. has been active in its disaster relief contributions following Hurricane Sandy, including candy donations to a local shelter. Hershey contributed $50,000 to the American Red Cross disaster relief

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Give & Goetze Grand Prize Winner Announced

Boy Scout Troop wins, plans to use award towards future Pack activities and to help subsidize kids to go to Summer Camp. Goetze’s Candy Co. Inc. has officially declared the Grand Prize Winner of September’s Give & Goetze Initiative: Pack 55 from the Northern New Jersey Council. The surprise announcement took place during the winning

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Hershey’s Reports Third Quarter Results

“I’m particularly pleased with our chocolate marketplace performance where we gained 0.4 market share points driven by core brands and new products,” says Hershey’s CEO. The Hershey Co. has announced sales and earnings for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2012. Consolidated net sales were $1,746,709,000 compared with $1,624,249,000 for the third quarter of 2011.

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Hershey Co. Named To Dow Jones Sustainability North American Index

Hershey joins world’s leading companies for top-tier economic, environmental and social performance. The Hershey Co. has been selected to join the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI). Hershey is one of seven North American companies from the Food & Beverage category in this year’s index and one of only 17 companies added in 2012. 

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Opportunities Abound in Candy

Despite the continued economic doldrums, U.S. confectionery sales have grown at a pace of 4.2% annually. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Keeping shelves full of customers’ favorite candy, gum and mint brands may seem like an obvious practice for convenience store category mangers. However, controlling out-of-stocks continues to be the top challenge for c-stores managing

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Tracking Changes In Confections

While a few big gum and mint brands have the cache—and steady sales—to merit prime display space, hordes of newcomers are trying to snare a share of this valuable retail real estate. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor In its “New Product Pacesetters” report, research firm SymphonyIRI Group revealed that the gum and mint sector accounted

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Gum Gets a Fresh Start

Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. After years of  tremendous growth, gum sales have struggled as new products and line extensions crowd the category. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Innovation is a great thing, especially in the fickle gum category. But Danna Huskey, category manager for Texarkana, Texas-based E-Z Mart stores

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Sweeten the Deal for Chocolate

Market researchers report that between 82% and 92% of Americans admit to indulging in chocolate candy. Even more important is the revelation that the majority of them do it at least once a month. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Americans aren’t eating out as much as they used to, but they are eating more chocolate,

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Sweet Outlook for Candy and Confections

Despite the continued economic doldrums, U.S. confectionery sales have grown at a pace of 4.2% annually and generate $29 billion in total sales, according to SymphonyIRI, a Chicago-based research firm. Jenn Elleck, of the National Confectioners Association (NCA), said the biggest misconception about selling candy is that candy sells itself. “Retailers don’t think they need

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Chocolate Sales Boost Confections

Despite the weak economy, consumers continue to indulge in candy. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. The confectionery retail market has grown across all trade channels, but convenience stores have outpaced the overall retail market. Iconic brands (Hershey, Nestlé, Mars) prowl the chocolate landscape and provide consumers an affordable indulgence in a bitter economy. According to

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Sweetening Candy Sales

Avoiding common pitfalls and developing a merchandising plan can boost convenience store confectionery sales. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. Keeping shelves full of customers’ favorite candy, gum and mint brands may seem like an obvious practice for convenience store category mangers. However, controlling out-of-stocks continues to be the top challenge for c-stores managing the candy

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Sweet Treats

KoKo’s is releasing three new lollipops. KoKo’s new Cupcake Lollipops convert this hot bakery trend to sweet candy form. Each 1.7-ounce lollipop is brightly decorated and resembles a cupcake with frosting. Available in fruity flavors with three designs, the treats come in 18-count open display boxes that resemble novelty bake shops, with four displays per

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Sweets & Snacks Expo Debuts New Trends

“Consumers look for value, exciting flavors and nutrition when seeking new sweets and snacks,” says NCA president. More than 2,000 new candy and snack products debuted this week at the National Confectioners Association’s (NCA) SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO, May 24-26, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. As the largest confectionery, cookie and snack trade show in the

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The Power of Chocolate

Once considered a “guilty pleasure,” chocolate’s potential health benefits are attracting customers. By Howard Riell, Associated Editor. If there is one category that has historically been immune from an economic recession it is chocolate. Despite the difficult times many households have had to endure over the past two years, chocolate is one of those treats

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Expanding Confectionery Sales

Functional and sugar-free gums are predicted to see strong growth through 2014, tapping into the increasing demand for health-oriented products. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Gum manufacturers are giving Americans more healthy options, additional flavors and better packaging, creating an opportunity for category managers to remerchandise the candy aisle to capitalize on this exciting product

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Chocolate Sweetens Confectionery Sales

As the economy sputtered through 2010, confections emerged as the indulgence of choice for price-sensitive customers. The confections segment enjoyed a banner year with total chocolate sales increasing 6.89% to $2.1 billion. Units sold increased 6.3% to 1.78 billion. The average price held steady at $1.18, according to SymphonyIRI Group, for the 52 weeks ended

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Ko! Ko! Ko! KoKo’s Candy Christmas

The holiday season has come early with a sleigh full of new KoKo’s candies. Let these festive treats deck your retail aisles during this year’s winter season. KoKo’s Confections introduces: The new and improved Gingerbread House Kit from KoKo’s featuring Mike and Ike. What better way to celebrate the season than to decorate a 14.7-ounce

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PEEPS Goes On Tour

Organizations interested in hosting the PEEPSTER can view the tour schedule to request a potential visit when the Volkswagen chick rolls into your city. Just Born Inc., maker of PEEPS Brand candies, is sending its PEEPSTER Volkswagen “chick” on a tour of the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest to celebrate its NEW peepsandcompany.com online store and

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Mars24seven.com Launches Fantasy Racing Program

Exclusive Web site for c-store operators now offers retailers a chance to win a trip for two to Daytona. C-store operators are speeding to the new 2011 Fantasy Racing program on Mars24seven.com, a site launched in spring 2010 and designed exclusively for c-store operators as a resource center with everything needed to create, enhance and

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Mars Extends Partnership With Joe Gibbs Racing

“From connecting with NASCAR fans to engaging our retail partners, our partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing has proved to be tremendously successful,” says Mars spokesperson. Mars Inc. announced its continuing its partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) through a new multi-year deal. The deal extends the winning partnership that has brought the No. 18 Toyota

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Tapping the Power of Candy

Despite the economic slowdown, chocolate remains a relatively inexpensive indulgence for cautious consumers. By Howard Riell, Contributing Editor. Americans aren’t eating out as much as they used to, but they 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.

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Coconut Twix

Escape to the tropics with the island flair of new Twix Coconut Cookie Bars. Just in time for Easter and summer, this new limited-edition item combines the sweet, exotic taste of coconut blended into Twix Brand caramel, atop a crisp cookie bar, coated with milk chocolate. The product features bright, beach-themed packaging and eye-catching displays

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Reese’s, NCAA Partner On Perfect Play Promotion

Lucky fan to have a shot at winning $1 million. College basketball fans love picking the perfect play, and doing so could win them $1 million, now that the Reese’s brand, a corporate partner of the NCAA for the third consecutive year, has begun its “Perfect Play” promotion. The promotion gives fans the opportunity to

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