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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Outdated sugar policy places a burden not only on the confectionery industry, but also on consumers, says NCA.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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C-stores Join Mobile Futures Network

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

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Sweets & Snacks Expo Registration Opens

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

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M&M’S Plans Super Bowl Commercial

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

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Certified Hershey’s Bliss Chocolates Hit Shelves

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

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NCA Announces Confectionery Leadership Awards

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.

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Fans Elect New M&M Color Mix

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

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The Hershey Co. Joins SASB Advisory Council

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

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Candy Ranks As Top Adult Snack Purchase

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.

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Mars To Be Honored With NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award

“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

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Hershey Launches Distance Learning Program

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

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NCA Establishes Rockaway Disaster Relief Fund

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

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The Hershey Co. Aids Relief Efforts

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

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Give & Goetze Grand Prize Winner Announced

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

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Hershey’s Reports Third Quarter Results

“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.

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Hershey Co. Named To Dow Jones Sustainability North American Index

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. 

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Opportunities Abound in Candy

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

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Tracking Changes In Confections

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

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Gum Gets a Fresh Start

Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. After years of  tremendous growth, gum sales have struggled as new products and line extensions crowd the category. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Innovation is a great thing, especially in the fickle gum category. But Danna Huskey, category manager for Texarkana, Texas-based E-Z Mart stores

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Sweeten the Deal for Chocolate

Market researchers report that between 82% and 92% of Americans admit to indulging in chocolate candy. Even more important is the revelation that the majority of them do it at least once a month. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Americans aren’t eating out as much as they used to, but they are eating more chocolate,

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Sweet Outlook for Candy and Confections

Despite the continued economic doldrums, U.S. confectionery sales have grown at a pace of 4.2% annually and generate $29 billion in total sales, according to SymphonyIRI, a Chicago-based research firm. Jenn Elleck, of the National Confectioners Association (NCA), said the biggest misconception about selling candy is that candy sells itself. “Retailers don’t think they need

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