Ferrero Completes Acquisition of Nestlé USA’s Confectionary Business

Ferrero is poised for continued growth in the U.S. market. The Ferrero Group and its affiliated companies (Ferrero), a global confectionary group, completed its previously announced acquisition of Nestlé USA’s confectionary business, with more than 20 iconic American brands, including chocolate favorites such as Butterfinger, BabyRuth, 100Grand, Raisinets, Wonka and the exclusive right to the

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Golf-Specific Energy Gum

Apollo Gum Co. has launched Golf Gum, the perfect energy source for people who choose only the best for their body, mind and golf game. The new product promotes B-vitamins and approximately 80 milligrams of natural caffeine, giving golfers the fast-acting, healthy energy and focus they’ll need for their game. According to a 2016 study […]

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Gum Packs With Closure

Mentos Pure Fresh Gum Wallet Packs include the VELCRO Brand PRESS-LOK closure system. Perfetti Van Melle, confectionery and chewing gum manufacturer and distributor, has integrated the easy-to-use sensory closure into the pocket-friendly packaging to ensure the product stays sealed and fresh. Available in Fresh Mint, Spearmint and Watermelon flavors, these wallet-sized packs contain 12 pieces […]

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Chewy Mints

Mars Wrigley Confectionery’s EXTRA Chewy Mints is extending into the Mints category with the launch of two flavors: Peppermint and Polar Ice. EXTRA Chewy Mints are chewable, sugar mints packed with all the flavor and freshening power of EXTRA. Each mint has a thin crispy outer shell and a chewy freshening core that delivers an […]

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New Approach for Gum, Mints

Once a confectionery stalwart, is gum now out of favor? While Mintel’s September 2015 “Gum, Mints and Breath Fresheners Executive Study” noted that breath-freshening gum sales increased 3% globally in 2016, its more recent “Chocolate, Sugar and Gum Confectionery 2018” study, released in January, showed that per-capita sales declined in the U.S. by 1% from

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Tracking New Candy Trends

One thing is apparent in the chocolate category: people still like to snack. Mintel, in its 2016 Chocolate Confectionery study, showed $17 million in sales that year and a projected 19% growth in sales through 2020. “Chocolate sales were up in 2017. Most of the growth has come from king-size, resealable pouch bags and innovation,”

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Chocolate-Covered Dusted Nuts

Fans of the signature silky smooth taste of DOVE Chocolate will go “nuts” for the brand’s latest product innovation —DOVE Chocolate Covered Dusted Almonds and Cashews, which are available now. The experts at DOVE Chocolate have crafted three bold varieties: Cinnamon Dusted Dark Chocolate Almonds, Sea Salt Dusted Milk Chocolate Cashews and Cocoa Dusted Dark […]

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Sour Chewy Candy

Torie & Howard’s new USDA Organic Sour Chewie Fruities line has quickly gained distribution since it became available in January. New distribution of the Sour Chewie Fruities four-ounce peg packs and 2.1-ounce stick packs includes KeHE Distributors of Naperville, Ill.; UNFI, Providence, R.I.; First Source, Tonawanda, N.Y.; Core-Mark, South San Francisco, Calif.; McLane Company, Temple, […]

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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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