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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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Hershey’s Reaffirms Financial Goals

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

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M&M'S Snack Mix Named Product of the Year

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

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NCA Welcomes Sugar Reform Act

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

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Barry Callebaut Presents Top Chocolate Trends

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

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The Hershey Co. Announces Q4, Full Year Results

“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

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Mars Makes Fortune 100 Best Companies To Work For List

“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

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Mars Launches Better With M Campaign

“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

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