Indulging Profits Via Chocolate

Chocolate candy has remained a relative uncomplicated c-store offering, with the same appeal that keeps customers coming back for more. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Most convenience retailers would agree that one of the most popular impulse buys is chocolate candy. Chocolate accounts for about 60% of the $35 billion U.S. confectionery industry—about $22 billion,

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Customers Look to Chocolate as Valentine’s Day Approaches

Changes in consumer demands around sweets pose challenges to the category, but innovation helps lead the way. Valentine’s Day means big chocolate sales for retailers as customers clamor for sweets—for their significant other as well as themselves. In terms of dollar sales, Valentine’s Day is the third biggest holiday/season for the $22 billion U.S. chocolate

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Fruity Candy

The Hershey Co. is introducing new Jolly Rancher treats. Currently available is new Jolly Rancher Sour Surge Candy (pictured), which delivers an entirely new sour experience by bringing together the core four bold fruit flavors (Cherry, Green Apple, Watermelon and Blue Raspberry) in a hard candy with a sour powdered center. The product comes in […]

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Triple Chocolate Bar

Hershey’s Cookie Layer Crunch bars are a layered twist on a classic. The newest flavor, triple chocolate, combines the delicious Hershey’s Milk Chocolate you love on the outside with layers of smooth chocolate crème and crunchy cookie bits on the inside, the perfect combination for any chocolate lover. It’s creamy, crunchy and perfectly balanced for […]

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Novelty Fans

Everyone loves using fun-loving characters when they text, and CandyRific transports the fun into 3D with its line of Expressions Fans. The company is expanding its line of Expressions Fans with three new characters giving the thumbs-up sign: Unicorn Poop, Poop and Ay-OK. These fun-tastic fans will be available for shipping January 2018. These whimsical […]

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Fit for a King

The Hershey Co. has introduced Kit Kat Dark King Size Bar, meaning one of Kit Kat’s most-requested flavors is now available in king size. Crispy, sweet wafers covered in smooth dark chocolate create a bold, new Kit Kat bar. As part of the launch, Kit Kat Dark Standard bar is getting a new look. Both […]

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Ferrero Group Bids for Nestlé

Acquisition would make Ferrero the third-largest U.S. confectionery business. Ferrero Group, the maker of brands such as Nutella and the Ferrero Roche chocolate-and-hazelnut bon-bons is set to buy Nestlé brands—including Crunch, Butterfinger and Kit Kat—via an auction for as much as $2 billion, according to a report in the New York Post. Earlier this month

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Hershey To Acquire Amplify Snack Brands Inc.

Acquisition is set to boost Hershey’s position in the snacking aisle and broadens its portfolio of innovative savory snacking brands. The Hershey Co. is set to acquire all outstanding shares of Amplify Snack Brands Inc. for $12 per share in cash. “The acquisition of Amplify and its product portfolio is an important step in our

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New Flavors

In 2018, SNICKERS is debuting three new flavors for a limited time in 2018 as part of the Hunger Bars promotion. When you’re hungry, you lose your flavor—what makes you, you. Get your flavor back by trying a new SNICKERS Espresso, Fiery, or Salty & Sweet. Each flavor has a hunger symptom on the outside […]

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Candy Dynamics Names King President

King brings her 17 years of experience to a new role. Laura King has been appointed president of Candy Dynamics, succeeding Richard Deer, who will remain company CEO. King has been with Candy Dynamics for 17 years, holding several responsible positions. Her latest position was vice president of sales and marketing. The company has tripled

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Mars Wrigley Moves Headquarters to New Jersey, Adds Jobs

Creating U.S. offices in New Jersey will allow the company to continue driving growth. Mars Wrigley plans to relocate its headquarters in New Jersey, bringing 1,500 jobs to the state within the next four years. The company plans to make use of existing offices in Hackettstown as well as a new location in Newark. Mars

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Sour Candies

Torie & Howard is introducing a line of Sour Chewie Fruities at the 2018 Winter Fancy Food Show, booth 657. The new Sour Chewie Fruities are available in gusseted four-ounce matte-finish peg packs and come in Sour Apple, Sour Cherry, Sour Berry and assorted flavors. The candy, which will be available in January, is made […]

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Hostess Brownies with Butterfinger Candy

With growing demand for brownies, Hostess Brands LLC and Nestlé USA Inc. have joined forces to offer a new, one-of-a-kind treat: Hostess Brownies made with Nestlé Butterfinger candy pieces. Hostess Brownies made with Butterfinger feature a rich, mouth-watering brownie, fully enrobed in high quality fudge coating and Butterfinger candy bar pieces generously sprinkled on top. […]

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New Flavor Sensation

Introducing Hershey’s fourth flavor sensation: Hershey’s Gold Caramelized Creme Peanuts & Pretzels . First there was milk, then dark, followed by white and now there is . . . gold. New Hershey’s Gold bars feature a rich creme that is to deliver a buttery, sweet flavor that is a distinctively new Hershey’s experience. It’s includes […]

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Festive Holiday Novelties

CandyRific has introduced a range of new items for the 2017 holiday season, including a new candy dish from Elf on the Shelf, M&M’S Sound & Motion Christmas Tree Tin and M&M’S Collectible Train Tin, as well as a returning favorite: the M&M’S Light & Sound Christmas Tree with a new design. The Elf on […]

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100th Anniversary

Just Born and GOLDENBERG’S PEANUT CHEWS are celebrating 100 years of serving fans delicious, chewy, chocolatey bite-sized pieces loaded with crunchy roasted peanuts. GOLDENBERG’S PEANUT CHEWS has debuted special anniversary packaging for a limited time on select packs. Available in Original Dark, the anniversary packaging is included on a two-ounce, six-piece bar and a 3.3-ounce, […]

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Fruit Chews

Torie & Howard has introduced a grab-and-go stick pack of its USDA Organic Chewie Fruities fruit chews. The 2.1-ounce stick packs began shipping in July. The stick packs contain 10 individually-wrapped pieces of candy and are available in three sophisticated flavor duos, which include Italian Tarocco Blood Orange and Wildflower Honey, California Pomegranate and Sweet […]

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New Star Wars Candy Novelties

CandyRific has collaborated with Lucasfilm to feature characters from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in its new candy novelties. The movie release date for theaters is Dec. 15, 2017. Star Wars 12-inch Dispensers allow fans to choose from BB-8, Kylo Ren, Rey, or Luke Skywalker character designs that include 1.06-ounces of microbites candy. SRP: $12.99. […]

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Freshen Breath

Spry Dental Defense offers Stronger Longer Gum sweetened with xylitol, a natural sweetener found in many fruits and veggies. This product line offers fun flavors, ranging from bubblegum to spearmint, and offers a sugar-free solution, with extra benefits for your smile. With the addition of xylitol to the gums and mints, Spry helps clean the […]

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Seasonal Candy

Mars Wrigley Confectionery is gearing up to offer good tidings of treats this Christmas with a jolly and delicious array of innovative new items and returning seasonal favorites. Consumers will unwrap iconic brands—M&M’S, SNICKERS, SKITTLES, TWIX, MILKY WAY, DOVE, 3 MUSKETEERS, MALTESERS, LIFE SAVERS and CELEBRATIONS – to brighten their holiday traditions. When “blitzen” down […]

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Snack Squares

Mars Chocolate North America’s goodnessKNOWS snack squares are gluten-free and crafted with the goodness of whole nuts, real fruits, toasted oats and dark chocolate with no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. With four individual squares per pack, it is a snack that is ideal for shareability or portionability. And now, goodnessKNOWS is offering a packaging […]

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Crunchy Cookie Cup

Reese’s has launched the Reese’s Crunchy Cookie Cup. It’s a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup with crunchy, chocolate cookie. The new product is available now in both standard two-cup size 1.4-ounce (SRP $1.09) and king two-cup Big Cup size 2.68-ounce (SRP $1.79). For More Information From The Hershey Co. www.hersheys.com/cstore

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Football-Themed Candy

The NFL season is underway and with the return of the season, SNICKERS is taking a bite out of the football playbook debuting new football themed Hunger Bars. The bars, which will be available throughout the football season, replace the iconic “SNICKERS” on packaging with what can happen on the football field when you’re hungry, […]

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The Crave for Confections

For a category that’s always straightforward, the intricacies of non-chocolate candy are becoming more refined. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor When it comes to non-chocolate candy, consumers from coast to coast look to convenience retailers to satisfy their sweet tooth. For smart c-store operators, that phenomenon means large and growing sales and profits. Health concerns

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Hot & Sour

The Hershey Co. has introduced Jolly Rancher Hotties Hard Candy, available now. New Jolly Rancher Hotties Hard Candy combine the core four bold fruit flavors in a hard candy with on-trend bold spicy flavors. Flavor combinations include Cherry & Habanero, Green Apple & Ginger, Watermelon & Cayenne and Blue Raspberry & Sriracha. The product comes

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