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This year's 12 inductees into the Candy Hall of Fame. Pic: NCSA

Leadership

Registration open for the 2022 Candy Hall of Fame

By Anthony Myers

Organisers, the National Confectionery Sales Association (NCSA), said the 2022 Candy Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday, 15 October.

Kristen Mandel. Pic: Chocxo

Sweets & Snacks 2022

Chocxo and Chewters appoint new marketing VP

By Anthony Myers

Chocxo has announced the appointment of Kristen Mandel as Vice President of Marketing, effective at this year's Sweets & Snacks Expo. Mandel will be responsible for marketing strategy, brand campaign development, and leading future innovation...

Pic: NCA

Confectionery

NCA’s 2022 Confectionery Leadership Awards honour industry stalwarts

By Anthony Myers

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced the recipients of the 2022 Confectionery Leadership Awards: Todd Gean, Category Manager – Candy, Hy-Vee, Inc.; and Drew Germain, Director of Merchandise Buying, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store,...

The Chocoa conference is normally held n Amsterdam's Beurs van Berlage, Pic: Equipoise.

Chocoa 2022

Chocoa pulls online format, hopes to go live later in year

By Anthony Myers

The influential Chocoa conference, which was planned as a virtual meet-up for the second year running in February because of the COVID pandemic, has been postponed until later in year, organisers Equipoise have confirmed.

This year's future leaders class will be unveiled at the NCA's SOTIC in March. Pic: CN

Industry voices

NCA unveils its 2022 Future Leadership Program Class

By Anthony Myers

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced its new intake of future leaders for 2022 who will help young professionals across the confectionery industry access networking and professional development opportunities to grow their careers.

The Chocovision Conference becomes part of the ECA's Forum, after 10 years as a standalone event in Davos, where it attracted industry leaders and politicians. Pic: Chocovision

ECA Forum 2022

Chocovision cocoa conference to become part of the ECA’s Rome Forum

By Anthony Myers

Barry Callebaut’s Chocovision, one of the key conferences for senior business leaders and key stakeholders in the cocoa, chocolate and confectionery industry, is to be integrated into next year’s European Cocoa Association (ECA) Forum in Rome.

Chicago 2019: 'The Largest Confectionery, Sweets & Snacks Trade Event in North America' returns in June. Pic: NCA

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2021

Sweets & Snacks Expo revs up and heads to Indianapolis

By Anthony Myers

This year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo, one of the world’s largest confectionery trade fairs, is set to take place in Indianapolis next month when more than 400 candy and snack companies converge on the city to celebrate the industry’s most innovative products.

Pic: Map Chocolate

Sustainability

‘Race and Privilege in Craft Chocolate’: an online discussion

By Anthony Myers

Megan Giller of a Chocolate Noise blog has been running a series of online panel discussions under the banner ‘Race and Privilege in Craft Chocolate’ throughout June – and she ends her current series with a session on accountability this Friday (June...

CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: David Hill, managing director, Cocoda Ltd

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CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: David Hill, managing director, Cocoda Ltd

By Anthony Myers

Cocoda Ltd specializes in the export of premium chocolate with a global network of retailers and partners. MD David Hill started his career in confectionery at United Biscuits and was mentored by Hotel Chocolat's Angus Thirlwell before setting up...

CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: Steve Lightman

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CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: Steve Lightman

By Anthony Myers

Steve Lightman, president, of food and gift provider Harry & David, talks heritage and exploring new markets, getting into the office at 6am and winding down with a game of golf with his wife in the beautiful Rogue Valley in Oregon, where the company...

CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: Danny Lowe, founder/director, BLOCKHEAD

Functional Jellies Special Report - Q&A

CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: Danny Lowe, founder/director, BLOCKHEAD

By Anthony Myers

BLOCKHEAD is a relatively new start up that makes functional confectionery such as Blockhead caffeine Energy Gum and Blockhead Vitamin Gum, available in retail stores across the UK. Founder Danny Lowe tells Confectionery News what inspired him to get...

 CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: Philipp Kauffmann

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CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: Philipp Kauffmann

By Anthony Myers

Philipp Kauffmann is founder/chief grower of Original Beans, an award-winning chocolate and conservation company and comes from a family of recognized nature explorers and nature conservationists. In 2008, he gave up his job at the United Nations in New...

At the NACS show in Atlanta, Hershey showed off its queue, where shoppers can 'relax' enough to browse and impulse-buy.

Hershey embracing fresh approach to modern retail challenges

By Kristine Sherred

Stand-up packaging, consumer-driven innovation and loyalty data are upending the candy aisle and checkout area. We talked with two Hershey execs at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) show to understand how one of the world’s most beloved...

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