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Dessert Delights

Wrigely’s Extra Dessert Delights gum has introduced new Cinnamon Roll flavor, which debuted in May 2014. Extra Dessert Delights Cinnamon Roll is available nationwide in a 15-stick Slim Pack (suggested retail price $1.19) and a multi-pack with three 15-stick Slim Pack packaging, with a suggested retail price of $2.69. The rich baked goods dessert-inspired flavor

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Hershey Announces a Price Increase

Rising commodity costs spur price increase. The Hershey Co. has announced an increase in wholesale prices across the majority of its U.S., Puerto Rico and export portfolio. A weighted average price increase of approximately 8% across the company’s instant consumable, multi-pack, packaged candy and grocery lines is effective today. These changes will help offset part

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Sweet & Salty

Opposites attract with the new sweet and salty flavor combinations from COMBOS Brand: COMBOS Baked Snacks Caramel Crème Pretzel and COMBOS Baked Snacks Vanilla Frosting Pretzel. The blend of sweet and salty flavors continues to be a crowd pleaser with consumers searching for bold, innovative new tastes. New COMBOS Baked Snacks Caramel Crème Pretzel delivers

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Mars Announces Leadership Appointments

Creates chief health and wellness officer to implement a comprehensive cross-segment strategy to drive change across the company’s businesses. Mars Inc. has named Debra Sandler chief health and wellbeing officer, and Tracey Massey will step up into the role Sandler previously held as the acting president, Mars Chocolate, North America. The creation of the chief

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Prepare Early For Valentine’s Day

The passion for Mars Chocolate brands hits a high note during the Valentine’s Day season. Consumers are looking for both romantic and non-romantic items at a variety of price points, and brand, packaging and shape are all important criteria. Mars answers with delicious items in a range of formats and flavors to satisfy all of

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Low-Calorie Energy Gem

Energems has launched the new Energems Single Serve Bags. Energems are great tasting energy supplements made with a special blend of Bvitamins, caffeine and real milk chocolate. The hard-coated gems are only 15 calories each and available in Chocolate, Mint and Peanut Butter. Now in addition to being offered in multi-serving boxes that retail for

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New Holiday Bag

In time for this year’s holiday season, Jelly Belly Candy Co. is offering seasonal flavors, all packaged together in a special laydown bag that will be on the top of shoppers’ lists everywhere. Just in time to warm hearts and delight taste buds, Pumpkin Pie, Cranberry Sauce, Hot Chocolate, Egg Nog and Candy Cane Jelly

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New PEEPS MINIS

Just Born Quality Confections has introduced new PEEPS MINIS—the biggest new product launch in the 61 year history of the PEEPS brand.The iconic PEEPS marshmallow chick, affectionately known and loved by consumers, will now be available in new snackable mini size chicks 365 days a year, making every day a holiday. The bite-sized marshmallow chicks

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NCA Names Most Innovative New Products

Some 45 new confectionery and snack products across nine categories named Most Innovative New Products by the National Confectioners Association. During the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo, held in Chicago, Ill., the National Confectioners Association (NCA) bestowed 45 Most Innovative New Product Award nominations to companies showcasing imaginative ideas, concepts and products in two of

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The Hershey Co. Recognized for Sustainability Efforts

In 2014 Newsweek Green Rankings, The Hershey Co. places 46 in the ranking of 500 U.S. companies. The Hershey Co. has been recognized for its continuing commitment to environmental stewardship by Newsweek in its 2014 Green Rankings. Out of the top U.S. 500 companies named, Hershey placed 46, moving up 210 spots from the last

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Star Wars Jelly Beans

The Force is strong with Jelly Belly Candy Co. with the debut of the new Star Wars collection. The collection contains three one-ounce bags and a 2.8-ounce gift-ready Grab & Go bag. Each bag is filled with a special Galaxy Mix of Jelly Belly beans— seven flavors with a special finish that sparkle like the

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Sweets & Snacks Expo Wows Attendees

2014 marks the largest event in the show’s history. Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association (NCA) , the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo hosted a sold out show at Chicago’s McCormick Place to an audience of more than 16,000 qualified industry professionals from May 20 – 22. “For the fifth year in a row, the

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Gluten-free Licorice

Advancing its role in premium confections that are gluten-free and GMO-free, the Lovely Candy Co. has announced its new gluten-free licorice. Following through with founder Mike Nakamura’s quest, the company has developed a new line of licorice, which is believed to be the first extruded licorice product in North America that is gluten-free. Branded as

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Hershey Joins CocoaAction Initiative

Program goals complement existing Hershey cocoa sustainability programs. The Hershey Co. has announced that it will be a founding member of CocoaAction, a new strategy to align the cocoa sustainability efforts of the world’s largest cocoa and chocolate companies. CocoaAction creates a new level of coordination and commitment by the leading global cocoa and chocolate

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Getting Gum Back on Track

While it’s still an important category in convenience stores, the bubble has burst on gum sales over the past two years. The good news is manufacturers are doubling down on their efforts to grow the category with new products and better pricing. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Gum continues to prove something of an enigma

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Krackel Bar Is Back

Krackel Milk Chocolate with Crisped Rice Bar, a long-time consumer favorite, is no longer just a tasty miniature candy treat. For the first time in nearly 20 years, Krackel Milk Chocolate with Crisped Rice Bar is back as a full-size offering. The beloved candy bar, which has only been available in Hershey’s Miniatures Assortment bags,

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NCA Appoints John Downs As President

“John’s strong leadership and record of accomplishments will serve our membership well,” says NCA Board chairman. The Board of Trustees of the National Confectioners Association announced the appointment of John Downs, Jr., to president of the trade association, according to Robert Simpson, NCA Board chairman and chief operating officer of Jelly Belly Candy Co. Downs,

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Chocolate: Sweet Returns

Finding out what confectionery products your customers will gobble up in 2014 can be a recipe for more sales. By David Bennett, Senior Editor You don’t need to be Willy Wonka to know that chocolate candy is a sweet product in terms of generating impulse sales. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) recently reported that the

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Plan Ahead For Halloween

Take a bite out of Halloween 2014 with all of the frightfully delicious and fun items from Mars Chocolate North America. Mars brands boasted strong performance during the 2013 Halloween season, as dollar sales increased and outpaced category growth. In 2013, the Halloween Chocolate Category exceeded $1 billion in sales for the first time, with

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Hershey Ahead of Schedule for CSR Goals

Completes 60% of its long-range CSR goals; sets new environmental sustainability targets. The Hershey Co. issued its third Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, highlighting how the company has delivered substantial progress against its wide-ranging CSR goals. From environmental sustainability to ethical sourcing, the company achieved many of its CSR goals years early. As a result,

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Sour Jelly Beans

WARHEADS is extending the highly successful and sought after WARHEADS Sour Jelly Beans beyond the Easter season. Starting in May 2014, WARHEADS Sour Jelly Beans are available year‐round with an expanding offering of packaging formats. WARHEADS Sour Jelly Beans, with six fruity flavors, are perfectly sour for any sour lover’s taste buds. Packaging formats include

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MY M&M’s Celebrates “Star Wars Day”

Brand unveils unique Star Wars-themed M&M’S and packaging. To celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4th, MY M&M’S is unveiling “sweet” Star Wars-themed MY M&M’S chocolate candies and merchandise. Now, fans of either the dark or light side can join the chocolate ‘m’pire and display their allegiance with special blends of M&M’S with well-known Star

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Sweets & Snacks Expo To Highlight Moderation, Healthy Choices

Industry’s commitment to treating candy as a special indulgence makes its way to the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo in many ways. The role of candy in a healthful diet will be more noticeable at the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo, set for May 20-22 in Chicago, ranging from education opportunities during a keynote session

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USA Track & Field Announces Partnership with Hershey Through 2020

Partnership expands opportunities to give kids the fundamentals for a lifetime of physical activity. USA Track & Field (USATF) and The Hershey Co. have announced the launch of a national youth activity initiative as part of a new, seven-year partnership that features “Run Jump Throw,” an educational and learning program developed by USATF and Hershey.

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Mints Offer Optimism in Confectionery Segment

While a staple in convenience stores, gum sales continued their decline last year, down 7.2% in dollar sales and almost 8% in unit sales from 2012, according to data from Information Resources, Inc. (IRI). Dollar sales of regular gum declined a little over 6%, unit sales more than 10%, while sugarless decreased 7.4% in dollar

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