McLane and Walmart Reach Sweet Deal

Supply chain services provider caps 25-year relationship with the exclusive distribution of seasonal candy to Walmart’s U.S. retail locations. McLane Company Inc., a leading, today announced a renewal of its service agreement with long-time client Walmart. As part of this extended agreement, McLane will continue to deliver to Walmart stores across the U.S., in addition


HARIBO of America Announces Employee Hires and Promotions

Welcomes Ryan Harris and Meredith Blackburn to the HARIBO team. HARIBO of America has announced that Eric Gafkjen has been appointed to vice president of sales. Allyse Weston has been promoted to director of sales convenience, and Ryan Harris and Meredith Blackburn have joined the expanded HARIBO Convenience team as national account managers. Eric Gafkjen


Easter Chocolate

Mars Chocolate North America has introduced limited-time-only Easter treats. Mars is strategically targeting key Easter usage occasions by inspiring sharing and decorating throughout the season, building a better basket and attracting consumers toward impulse purchases of their favorite Mars brands. DOVE Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs are the latest addition to the Mars Shapes portfolio, and […]

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Taste is Key With Gum, Mints

Non-chocolate candy sales, which include breath fresheners, mints, licorice and taffy, in convenience stores increased 2.4% in dollar sales, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI) Convenience All Scan data for the 52 weeks ending Dec. 25, 2016. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that while mints are providing a category boost, a refresh is needed when it


Whipping Up Chocolate Sales

One word will drive chocolate sales in 2017, experts say: Snackfection. “Think of snackfection as an amalgam of predominantly snack items like fruits, nuts, seeds, pretzels and predominantly confectionery items like chocolate that are used to create a variety of textures and flavor profiles,” said Sheril Retson, category manager, center of store at Chevron. “For


WARHEADS Cloud Dispenser

CandyRific has teamed up with WARHEADS and created a WARHEADS Cloud Dispenser. It’s CandyRific’s first item with WARHEADS, and the company is excited to bring the WARHEADS Cloud Dispenser to retailers throughout the U.S. in time for Christmas 2017. Wally looks great as a dispenser. Just press down on the cloud to dispense the extreme […]

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Bursting with Flavor

Customers can kick their energy and focus into high gear with new Spearmint-flavor Energy Bombs Chewing Gum. Energy Bombs Gum is the ideal alternative to liquid caffeinated products—no more carrying endless cups of coffee or spilling energy shots everywhere; no need to make multiple stops on a long road trip. At only five calories per […]

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Chocolate Attracts Snackers

While overall chocolate volume saw a slight dip in 2016, convenience stores helped buoy category chocolate sales. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Despite studies that show the health benefits of chocolate, many consumers have moved away from snacks perceived as unhealthy and toward more health conscious eating. Healthy snacks have become the norm in stores


Vegan Milk-Style Chocolate

Private-label firm Carmit Candy Industries Ltd., renowned specialist of gluten-free wafers, will launch its new vegan line of milk chocolate snacks, coins and buttons at Natural Product Expo West March 9-12. Visitors are invited to sample the creamy, all-natural clean-label chocolates at the Carmit booth, No. 5891. The new product line is not only lactose-free […]

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Sustainable Packaging

YumEarth recently introduced its cleaner, new packaging at Natural Products Expo West. YumEarth has spent the better part of a year perfecting its new look. The primary updates to the packaging include a cleaner look with white backgrounds and muted coloring. YumEarth’s new packaging will clearly display all the certifications along the top, a more […]

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Snickers Launches 360-Degree Super Bowl Campaign

A 36-hour live stream and a 30-second Super Bowl commercial are among the events Snickers has planned.  Mars Chocolate North American Inc.’s Snickers brand is set to feature a 30-second commercial during the third quarter of Super Bowl L1, featuring actor Adam Driver, this Sunday, Feb. 5. But Snickers isn’t stopping there. The Snickers brand



The way retailers stock and organize their shelves is evolving as health and wellness is a growing part of the c-store product mix, and gum is being brought to the forefront as an important and productive category to include. In response, Wrigley is debuting new products and programs that support these better-for-you (BFY) merchandising trends. […]

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Fresher Breath

The Hershey Co. is introducing new Breath Savers Protect Mints, which go beyond breath freshening and neutralize bad breath while helping protect your teeth. Breath Savers Protect are made with dentist-recommended Xylitol, and help protect teeth by reducing harmful acids in the mouth and defusing bad breath, leaving a cool, refreshed feeling. The product will be […]

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Fruit Flavored Sticks

Morinaga America Inc. has launched Hi-Chew Sours Sticks, the newest additions to the Hi-Chew lineup. The sensationally chewy, long-time No. 1 soft candy in Japan gets a sour citrus twist in the new individual Grapefruit, Lemon and Lime sticks. Since Hi-Chew entered the U.S. market, sales have increased five-fold in the last five years, a […]

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Juicy Candy

General Mills is introducing Gushers at convenience stores nationwide. The fruit-flavored snack features a chewy outer shell that provides a “gush” of juicy flavor when bitten into—appealing to convenience store shoppers looking for a fun-to-eat treat with a blast of flavor. Two varieties of Gushers, Sour and Flavor Mixers, are available and come in a […]

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Sweets & Snacks Expo Expects Strong International Presence

Candy and snack products from 25 countries will greet attendees. More than 125 companies from outside of the U.S. are set to exhibit at the 2017 Sweets & Snacks Expo, making this year’s show the largest for international exhibitors. Hosted by the National Confectioners Association from May 23-25 at McCormick Place in Chicago, the 2017


NCA To Honor Retailers at its 2017 State of the Industry Conference

Recipients selected for their personal leadership, knowledge, expertise and commitment to the confectionery industry. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced that Christina Groth from The Kroger Co. and Brian Rinker from The Walgreen Co. are the recipients of the 2017 Confectionery Leadership Awards. The award celebrates the honorees’ contributions to the category through their


Mega Packs

Wrigley is extending its successful Mega Pack lines on Extra Spearmint and Polar Ice to include Extra Peppermint and 5 gum. Front End Bulk is a fast-growing segment of gum, especially in c-store and the Mega Pack holds over twice as much gum as a standard 15-stick pack, so customers do not have to worry […]

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Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate

Based on consumer demand and strong test performance, DOVE is launching Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate PROMISES nationally. To generate excitement and brand awareness, Mars is dedicating major marketing support to DOVE Chocolate in 2017. Key elements include dedicated television advertising, digital and print advertising, social media and public relations. Available in 12-counts per case, […]

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Hazelnut Goodness

Mars’ new SNICKERS & Hazelnut Bar satisfies. It’s everything consumers love about SNICKERS—peanuts, caramel and nougat covered in milk chocolate—with the addition of delicious hazelnuts. The bar debuted on retail shelves this December. SNICKERS & Hazelnut Bar was the most incremental and consumer preferred single-product addition to the existing portfolio and category in recent consumer […]

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Hershey Names Michele Buck President and CEO

Hershey’s current executive vice president and chief operating officer to succeed John Bilbrey, who will remain on Board of Directors as non-executive chairman. The Hershey Co.’s Board of Directors has appointed Michele Buck, currently the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, as Hershey’s next president and CEO, effective March 1, 2017. She will


Wrigley, Mars Chocolate Announce “The Candy Bowl” Super Bowl Promotion

Customers can join Team Snickers or Team Skittles as part of Sweepstakes. Mars Chocolate and Wrigley team in joint promotion featuring playful rivalry between Skittles and SNICKERS. Building off of the success of last year’s Super Bowl activation, Wrigley and Mars Chocolate will deliver their second joint-selling program, The Candy Bowl, to leverage the power


Grow Seasonal Candy Sales This Winter

While Halloween is known to be a big seasonal candy driver, c-store retailers can also drive candy sales around Christmas and other holidays. A new report by Packaged Facts is showing that seasonal candy is driving sales at retail. Retailers see the candy department as a key profit zone. Holidays in particular are a key


Extreme Sour Hard Candy

WARHEADS is making history with the launch of its newest product, WARHEADS Extreme Sour SMASHUPS Hard Candy. It is the first time in WARHEADS history that the iconic, mouth puckering, extreme sour hard candies are getting a new flavor variety. WARHEADS Extreme Sour SMASHUPS Hard Candy takes the original candy kids know and love, and […]

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Longer Lasting Flavor

Now fans of Wrigley’s iconic Juicy Fruit Original gum can enjoy the sweet Juicy Fruit flavor for even longer. The brand has announced that its iconic gum, which has been beloved for more than 100 years, has been reformulated to provide the same great taste fans love, but now with longer-lasting flavor. Juicy Fruit with […]

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