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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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NCA Industry Awards Honor Dean Spangler, Katherine Clark

Spangler and Clark recognized for dedication, leadership and inspiration. During its State of the Industry Conference in Miami last week, the National Confectioners Association honored Dean Spangler, chairman of Spangler Candy Company, and Katherine Clark, vice president of Sales for Capol LLC, with its Distinguished Service and Supplier Member of the Year Awards, respectively. Spangler,

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New Products Drive Chocolate Sales

Despite a host of new product introductions and package sizes, chocolate SKUs are holding strong at convenience stores. At Zarco 66, different product configurations and package types and sizes of long-time favorite brands are keeping the category fresh and appealing to a wide range of consumers, said Scott Zaremba, owner of the 10-store Kansas chain.

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NACS Chairman Brad Call Addresses NCA State of the Industry Conference

NACS Chairman Brad Call notes the c-store and candy industries must work together to change the conversation around consumption and exercise in relation to the obesity epidemic ahead of future regulations. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor/News & Online The National Confectioners (NCA) State of the Industry 2014 Conference kicked off in Miami, Fla. on Sunday,

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Sweets & Snacks Expo Expects Largest Global Participation

More than 23 countries will exhibit at the confectionery and snack industry’s premier event. The 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo, sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, continues to expand its status as a global resource for products, innovations and insights. The Expo, to be held May 20-22 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, promises to be the

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Catering to Your Candy Customers

Americans 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. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Americans love candy, but maximizing sales from this complex, yet essential category takes focus and attention. Melding new products and line extensions with must-have

Yellow M&M, Super Bowl MVP To Deliver Content On Game Day

Mars to use Twitter, Facebook, Vine and Instagram to reach fans on Super Bowl Sunday. Football color commentary just got a lot more colorful. With millions of fans expected to use social media as a “second screen” to enhance their Super Bowl XLVIII viewing experience, Mars Chocolate North America announced an innovative plan to deliver

Sweets & Snacks Expo Registration Opens To Sold Out Exhibit Hall

An improved pre-show planning app and a cache of well-known speakers highlight the opening of registration for the confectionery and snack industry’s premier event. Registration is open for the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo, to be held May 20-22, 2014, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, the 2014 Expo is poised

Hershey Exceeds 2013 Certified Cocoa Goal

Eighteen percent of all cocoa sourced globally in 2013 was certified compared to goal of 10%. The Hershey Co. announced that 18% of all the cocoa the company sourced globally in 2013 was certified, nearly double the company’s original 2013 goal of 10%. With nearly one-fifth of cocoa sourced through sustainable practices, Hershey is on

M&M’S Teams With WFAN Sports Radio

WFAN top talent to broadcast from M&M’S World New York leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII. M&M’S World Times Square is poised to be the premier New York City shopping and sports destination during the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII.  The store, home to M&M’S Chocolate Candies and branded merchandise, plans to open

Mars Inc. Named On Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List

Mars jumps 19 places from its spot in 2013. Mars Inc. has been named as one of the 2014 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list in the U.S. Ranked 76 this year, Mars’ position on the list rose by 19 places from 2013.  The list, now in its 17th year, recognizes companies that

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Dove Dark Chocolate Launches Sweepstakes with Nicole by OPI

“In 2014, we want to encourage people to discover the delicious taste of DOVE Dark Chocolate,” says Mars chief consumer officer. DOVE Dark Chocolate and NICOLE by OPI are celebrating the New Year with the launch of the “Discover Your Dark Side in the New Year Sweepstakes.”  The Facebook-based promotion will randomly award 25,000 entrants

Mars Named Finalist For Secretary of State’s Award For Corporate Excellence

Mars Inc. has been named one of the top 12 finalists for the Secretary of State’s 2013 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) for its cocoa sustainability and economic development work in Indonesia. “Mars is committed to making a real difference in the lives of people worldwide, and we are honored to be a finalist for

Hershey To Acquire Majority Share of Shanghai Golden Monkey Food Co.

“The agreement between Hershey and Shanghai Golden Monkey is a win for both companies,” says CEO of The Hershey Co. The Hershey Co. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hershey Netherlands B.V., has signed an agreement to acquire 80% of the iconic Shanghai Golden Monkey Food Joint Stock Co. Ltd. (SGM), a privately held confectionery company

M&M’S Introduces Online Series Starring Funnyman David Koechner

‘The Search for the One’ helps plant the seed for M&M’S ‘Year of Peanut’ in 2014. Mars Chocolate North America has unveiled a humorous new online content series starring beloved actor and comedian David Koechner, who rhapsodizes, analyzes and agonizes over peanuts in truly original fashion. Directed by Tim K of Gifted Youth, Funny or

M&M’S World Las Vegas Celebrates World’s Largest M&M’S Candy Wall

M&M’S World installs a sweet visual treat for guests with 3-D chalk art reproduction. M&M’S World Las Vegas is celebrating the recent opening of its new candy wall—the largest M&M’S candy wall in the world—with a 3-D representation of the wall designed on the sidewalk outside the store. M&M’S World Las Vegas has partnered with

Hershey-Sponsored CocoaLink Program Hits 40,000 Mark

Digital Technology Program improves cocoa growing and helps communities. The Hershey Co. has announced that more than 40,000 Ghana cocoa farmers across 1,700 villages have now registered for CocoaLink, a digital exchange network that links farmers to modern farming information that benefits families and the entire farming community.  An innovative public and private partnership between

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Twice the Fun

WARHEADS is doubling down on kid’s love of sour with WARHEADS Sour Dippin’ Pucker Packs.  These dextrose dip n’ lick packets are the only sour version on the market, and are sure to bring the fun back to the category. Each packet brings twice the sour and twice the fun with a sour and flavored

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Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups

Nestlé BUTTERFINGER Peanut Butter Cups will be available in retail stores nationwide in January 2014. You may not have realized it, but your peanut butter cups have been missing something: a dose of Butterfinger. Nestlé Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups take the classic peanut-butter and chocolate combination of peanut butter cups to a whole new level.

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Driving Confectionery Sales With Seasonal Treats

Bite-sized products and king-sized bars are boosting ticket averages, while an influx of seasonal items offers convenience stores new profit potential. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor.While single-serve chocolate and other candy remains solid at convenience stores, the industry is missing a big opportunity to capitalize on holiday and seasonal sales.The industry has long ceded this

This baking season, when consumers pick up a bag of Hershey's Semi-Sweet Baking Chips they will see a "Help Us Honor Heroes" burst with a QR code that takes consumers to the Wounded Warrior Project Eebsite where they can make a donation to support U.S. veterans.

Hershey Makes $100,000 Donation to Wounded Warrior Project

Participates in ‘Believe in Heroes’ Campaign. The Hershey Co. has announced a $100,000 donation to Wounded Warrior Project and its participation in the Believe in Heroes campaign. The donation will help support Wounded Warrior Project’s numerous programs, which are addressing the urgent needs of this generation’s injured service members. To promote the Believe in Heroes

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New Chocolate Caramel Creams

Goetze’s Candy Co. Inc. has introduced a new flavor to its Caramel Creams branded bag line: Chocolate. The new chocolate Caramel Creams offer consumers a double burst of chocolate with a chewy chocolate caramel wrapped around a decadent chocolate cream center. Made with real bittersweet chocolate and cocoa, they are an ideal accompaniment to the

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Best New Product Award

WARHEADS Candy, the fastest growing sour brand in the U.S., announced that it has won the prestigious Best New Product Award in the seasonal category from the National Confectionery Sales Association (NCSA) for its WARHEADS Super Sour Candy Canes. The award was presented to Impact Confections, parent company of the WARHEADS brand, at a ceremony

Hershey Converts Two More Plants to Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Status

Continues to make substantial progress on environmental sustainability. The Hershey Co. announced two more of its plants have achieved Zero-Waste-to-Landfill (ZWL) status. The company now has six U.S. plants that no longer dispose routine waste into landfills. With the addition of the Y&S Plant in Lancaster, Pa., and the Robinson Plant in Robinson, Ill., The

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