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
Provides update on progress against growth initiatives. In a presentation today at the 2013 Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) conference, John Bilbrey, president and CEO of The Hershey Co.; Humberto Alfonso, executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer; and Michele Buck, senior vice president and chief growth officer; reviewed the
50,000 Shoppers Select M&M’S Brand Snack Mix as most innovative product in the candy & snacks category. Mars Chocolate North America announced M&M’S Brand Snack Mix was named the 2013 Product of the Year in the candy and snacks category by Product of the Year USA. The brand accepted the award during a special ceremony
Outdated sugar policy places a burden not only on the confectionery industry, but also on consumers, says NCA. Today the National Confectioners Association (NCA) welcomed the introduction of the Sugar Reform Act, bipartisan legislation that would bring modest reforms to the Depression-era U.S. sugar program. The bill, introduced in the House by Reps. Joe Pitts
Cocoa producer offers insight into the future at the International Sweets and Biscuits Fair. While consumers always expect a personal experience, they are also interested in convenience and authenticity, at least according to Barry Callebat’s predictions for the chocolate market of 2014. The sector is constantly changing, and with it, so is consumer demand. In
“Hershey had a solid 2012 and we expect to build on our success in 2013,” says Hershey’s CEO. The Hershey Co. has announced sales and earnings for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2012. Consolidated net sales were $1,751,035,000 compared with $1,567,145,000 for the fourth quarter of 2011. Reported net income for the fourth quarter
“We believe Mars is a great place to have a career and we are especially pleased that this ranking is due in large part to what our associates have to say about our culture, heritage and winning business,” says Mars president. Mars Inc. has been ranked 95 on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work
“The ‘Better With M’ story is delivered through our colorful spokescandies, whose irresistible chocolate always makes moments even better,” says M&M’S spokesperson. Mars Chocolate North America has introduced M&M’S Brand’s new integrated marketing campaign called ‘Better With M,’ which includes a new, 30-second television commercial that will air during the first quarter of Super Bowl
Nine start-ups to launch new mobile pilots in just 90 days. After receiving hundreds of applications, Mondelez International announced the nine start-ups selected to participate in the company’s first of its kind Mobile Futures program aimed at shaping the future of mobile marketing. The final start-up companies will have the opportunity to partner with company’s
New large-scale exhibitors and well-known speakers highlight the opening of registration for the confectionery and snack industry’s premier event. Registration has opened for the 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo, to be held May 21-23, 2013, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, the 2013 Expo is poised to be the most successful
M&M’s looks for ways to top last year’s Ms. Brown debut. Mars Chocolate North America’s M&M’S Brand is returning to the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, 2013, with an all-new 30-second commercial during the first quarter. Last year during ‘The Big Game,’ M&M’S introduced the world to the original spokescandy, Ms. Brown, via a hilarious
Hershey’s Bliss chocolates now made with Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa. As consumers across the U.S. prepare to enjoy the holiday season, The Hershey Co. has announced something to make the season a little sweeter: consumers can now buy Hershey’s Bliss chocolates made with 100% certified cocoa. The rollout of certified Hershey’s Bliss chocolates builds on
Trade customers to be honored at NCA’s 2013 State of the Industry Conference in February. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced the recipients of the 2013 Confectionery Leadership Awards. The awards celebrate contributions to the category by recipients through their effective business collaboration, category management best practices, and innovations in merchandising confectionery products in-store.
Mix of new and original colors now available in new eight-ounce package. M&M’S have a colorful history that dates back more than 70 years. But never before have fans been given the opportunity to choose the specific color combination for mass produced packages of M&M’S—until now. Mars Chocolate North America is introducing a new limited-edition
SASB to create sustainability standards for 89 industries across 10 sectors. The Hershey Co. is joining the Advisory Council of the newly founded Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) as part of Hershey’s commitment to reporting on its expanding sustainability practices. As a member of the Advisory Council, Hershey will help develop reporting standards for the
Chips and fresh fruit follow candy as top seasonal snack purchases. Visions of sugar plums and all other types of candies are dancing in the heads of not only children but adults too during the winter holiday season, according to a holiday snacking report by The NPD Group, a global information and advisory services company.
“We are honored by this award and continue to see the strength and growth of our partnership with NASCAR,” says Mars spokesperson. Mars Inc. is set to be honored with the 2012 NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award at the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards held at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 29. Throughout
Connects children in U.S. and rural Ghana. The Hershey Co. has launched a unique distance learning program linking school children in Hershey, Pa., and Ghana through real-time, high-definition technology that creates a common, virtual classroom. The program allows approximately 80 elementary students to learn together based on a curriculum developed by teachers in Hershey and
Aids recovery in hurricane-hit communities. Last week Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, severely damaging many areas in the northeast. One community that has been at the center of much of the news coverage is the Rockaway Peninsula, a peninsula of Long Island in the New York City borough of Queens. Rockaway Peninsula, home to
For the weekend of Nov. 3-4, Hershey’s Chocolate World donated $5 from every “Create Your Own Candy Bar” purchase to the American Red Cross. The Hershey Co. has been active in its disaster relief contributions following Hurricane Sandy, including candy donations to a local shelter. Hershey contributed $50,000 to the American Red Cross disaster relief
Boy Scout Troop wins, plans to use award towards future Pack activities and to help subsidize kids to go to Summer Camp. Goetze’s Candy Co. Inc. has officially declared the Grand Prize Winner of September’s Give & Goetze Initiative: Pack 55 from the Northern New Jersey Council. The surprise announcement took place during the winning
“I’m particularly pleased with our chocolate marketplace performance where we gained 0.4 market share points driven by core brands and new products,” says Hershey’s CEO. The Hershey Co. has announced sales and earnings for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2012. Consolidated net sales were $1,746,709,000 compared with $1,624,249,000 for the third quarter of 2011.
Hershey joins world’s leading companies for top-tier economic, environmental and social performance. The Hershey Co. has been selected to join the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI). Hershey is one of seven North American companies from the Food & Beverage category in this year’s index and one of only 17 companies added in 2012.
Despite the continued economic doldrums, U.S. confectionery sales have grown at a pace of 4.2% annually. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Keeping shelves full of customers’ favorite candy, gum and mint brands may seem like an obvious practice for convenience store category mangers. However, controlling out-of-stocks continues to be the top challenge for c-stores managing
While a few big gum and mint brands have the cache—and steady sales—to merit prime display space, hordes of newcomers are trying to snare a share of this valuable retail real estate. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor In its “New Product Pacesetters” report, research firm SymphonyIRI Group revealed that the gum and mint sector accounted