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Berry Bites Gummies

In Summer 2013, Life Savers is introducing new Life Savers Berry Bites Gummies, a bite-sized version of the popular Life Savers Gummies  Life Savers Berry Bites Gummies are smaller poppable pieces with two layers, combining the great-tasting Life Savers gummy layer with an airy, light textured layer. New Life Savers Berry Bites Gummies are great

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Energy Drink Alternative

There’s no wonder why people seek out caffeine. It’s been proven to boost both mental and physical performance, and elevate your mood. The way caffeine is administered can offer a healthier solution— in the form of a chewing gum. The concept behind Java Gum, a new caffeinated gum on the market, isn’t new. The U.S.

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Recipe Innovations

Recently, Pop Rocks have been seen popping up in all kinds of recipes and becoming an innovative ingredient, and adding a bit of the unexpected, into various types of food industry products. The latest recipes cover everything from gourmet strawberries rolled in chocolate and Pop Rocks to Pop Rocks Margaritas. As an ingredient, Pop Rocks

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Candy Cane Bars

Hershey’s is introducing Candy Cane Bars, which will be available this holiday season. Hershey’s Candy Cane Bars combine mint candy with red candy bits to deliver the classic taste of a candy cane—perfect for stockings.  Hershey’s Candy Cane Bars are available in 1.55-ounce bars (suggested retail price $1), as well as 3.5-ounce bars (suggested retail

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Mars Named Best Private Company

Mars recognized by Ethical Corporation 2013 Responsible Business Awards. Mars Inc. has been named Best Private Company by Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards 2013. Ethical Corp. is a global business publication focused on global ethical business and exploring how large companies are responding to the sustainable business agenda. Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards pay tribute

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NCA Announces Most Innovative New Products

Some 40 new confectionery and snack products across eight categories named Most Innovative New Products of the Year. During the 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo, held in Chicago in May, the National Confectioners Association (NCA) bestowed 40 Most Innovative New Product nominations to companies showcasing imaginative ideas, concepts and products in two of the fastest

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Sweets & Snacks Expo Celebrates Growth

Expo sees fourth straight year of aggressive growth in attendance, exhibitors and square footage.  Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association (NCA), the 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo hosted a sold out show at Chicago’s McCormick Place to an audience of more than 15,000 qualified industry professionals. The Expo which was held May 21–23 is billed

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Cake Balls

Sweet Ballz are available in more than 5,000 7-Eleven stores across the country. The cake balls come four to a package, and make their debut featuring three flavors: Red Velvet, Chocolate and Cookies & Cream. Cake balls have become a confectionary phenomenon in the past few years, and their popularity continues to grow, especially during

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Sweets And Snacks Expo Showcases 2013 Trends

Comfort, spice and little bites dominate candy and snack category trends. The 2013 Sweets and Snacks Expo, presented by the National Confectioners Association (NCA) took place in Chicago at McCormick Place May 21-23. The show brought together more than 15,000 manufacturers, buyers and industry leaders from 70 countries. More than 600 companies debuted treats, and

Pictured are (left to right) Tim Quinn, vice president of trade development for Mars Chocolate North America and chairman of the 2013 NCA Sweets & Snacks Expo; David Tracy, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs; and Larry Graham, president of the NCA.

Mars Donates To Habitat For Humanity

Donation to help fund the construction of homes in Chicago’s south suburbs. To show appreciation to Chicago for being home to the NCA Sweets & Snacks Expo and to honor the tradition and history of the confectionery industry here, Mars Chocolate North America presented a check to Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs during the

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Halloween Treats

Next Halloween, expect new, improved and returning favorites from Mars Chocolate North America. In 2012, Mars’ Halloween chocolate items maintained significant distribution increases throughout the season, and the company had five of the top 10 selling items (IRI MULOC 2012). Consumers have multiple Halloween needs—from decorating, snacking and baking to parties and trick-or-treating. Mars answers

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Twist Sticks

Morris National has introduced a new flavor to its growing Tangy Zangy Twist Sticks line up: Sour Wild Berry. With four colors twisted into every stick, Tangy Zangy Sour Wild Berry is sure to capture everyone’s attention. Made with real fruit juice in its Southern California factory, it’s  a delicious sour candy for everyone to

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Boost Energy, Curb Appetite

Miracle Nutraceuticals LLC has introduced Miracle Mint. Created through years of research and development, Miracle Mint uses a proprietary, patent pending encapsulation and layering process of the highest quality ingredients to boost energy, curb appetite and enhance focus and alertness. Miracle Mint helps customers lose weight and gain energy in order to look good and

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Growing Gum and Mint Sales

While sales dollars are down, study shows customers continue to purchase gum for numerous reasons, from breath freshening to stress relief. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The gum category has faced an ongoing sales decline since 2010. In 2012, gum saw monthly sales of $954 at convenience stores, with a monthly gross profit of $460,

NCSA Announces 2013 Candy Hall of Fame Inductees

In October, 12 individuals will be inducted to the prestigious list of industry leaders. On behalf of the Board of Directors of the National Confectionery Sales Association (NCSA), Teresa Tarantino, executive director of NCSA, announced in a letter the names of the 2013 Candy Hall of Fame inductees. The following 12 individuals will be inducted

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Chocolate Remains Recession Proof

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) is predicting that 2013 will be a strong year for chocolate in convenience stores. Sales were up 3.3% for the last 52 weeks ended March 24, according to SymphonyIRI. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. In 2012, c-store was the only channel to gain in dollars (2.4%) and units (1.2%) in

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NCA’s Sweets & Snacks Expo Exhibit Floor Sells Out

“Despite a 35% drop in new confectionery product releases this year, the Expo’s Most Innovative New Product Awards had a 15% increase in submissions,” says Expo Committee chairman. The 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo promises to be the largest both in show floor size and exhibitors for the third straight year. The confectionery and snack

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Hershey’s Tom Joyce Honored by the American Jewish Committee

Joyce and Kathleen Evans, president of AMCON Distributing Co., are the recipients of AJC’s 2013 National Human Relations Award. By John Lofstock, Editor Tom Joyce, vice president of global customer and industry affairs for The Hershey Co., was honored last night by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) at the New York Hilton, receiving the organization’s

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Hoodia Infused Gum

Desert Labs’ Snack Less chewing gum is the first in a new series of products powered by Hoodia Parviflora, the only Hoodia designated SAFE for human consumption. Snack Less chewing gum is infused with Hoodia Parviflora to give dieters control over snacking and food cravings. Hoodia has long been linked to appetite control, creating the

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The Hershey Co. To Enhance Nutrition Labeling

Front-of-pack nutrition labels scheduled for second half of 2013. The Hershey Co. has announced plans to bring an enhanced food labeling system to its U.S. product portfolio. Hershey will provide front-of-pack nutrition information to make it simple and easy for consumers to make choices about the role of confection in their lifestyle. Hershey will begin

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Candy is Dandy on C-Store Shelves

Candy sales have remained sweet over the past several quarters. Candy, gum and mints contribute $32 billion annually to the U.S. economy, with the convenience channel controlling 21% of the market, the National Confectioners Association (NCA) reported. “The incidence of candy and gum purchases in convenience stores was up 4% in the fourth quarter of

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Gum and Mints: Still a Sticky Category

The sputtering economy has taken a bite out of gum and mints, a category that has seen steady declines since 2010. As of 2012, gum and mints remained a $4.3 billion business, but sales are expected to drop by 1.7% through 2017, according to Mintel, a global consumer research firm. Some industry observers, such as

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Hershey Connecting U.S., Rural Ghanaian School Children

Social studies class at Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania shares cultural experiences with students in Assin Fosu, Ghana. The Hershey Co. plans to continue through the end of the 2013 school year its successful Hershey Learn to Grow Ghana Distance Learning Program, a unique distance learning program launched last fall. The program links school children

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Record Global Participation Expected At Sweets & Snacks Expo

More than 22 countries will exhibit at the confectionery and snack industry’s premier event. The 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo continues to expand its status as a global resource for products, innovations and insights. Companies from 23 countries have secured booths or pavilions on the show’s floor. The Expo, to be held May 21-23 at

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Doing Confections to Perfection

Americans aren’t eating out as much as they used to, but they are eating more chocolate, which means the time has come for c-store retailers to rethink, revamp and restock their chocolate sets. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Data from Experian Simmons research group noted that, among chocolate eaters, 56.4% have visited a c-store in

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