Candy

Michele Buck, The Hershey Company Chairman and CEO. Pic: Hershey Co

Financial results

Strong Fourth Quarter sets up Hershey for 2023 sales growth

By Anthony Myers

Hershey Co has exceeded analysts' estimates on full-year net sales and profit after a strong ending to the fourth quarter with consolidated net sales of $2,652.3 million, an increase of 14.0%.

Just Born's Bethlehem factory after the move from Brooklyn in the 1930s. Pic: Just Born

Heritage

Just Born celebrates a century of candy perfection

By Anthony Myers

With less than one percent of all family-owned companies in the United States reaching 100 years in business, Just Born will also be celebrating the milestone by honouring and thanking its associates, stakeholders as well as the local community at it...

Brownie Brittle is joining the Second Nature Brands' family. Pic: Second Nature Brands

M&As

Second Nature Brands acquires Brownie Brittle

By Anthony Myers

Second Nature Brands, a US-based creator of premium, nutritional and better-for-you snacks and treats, has announced it has completed the acquisition of Brownie Brittle from Encore Consumer Capital.

The NCSA's Class of 2022 at the Candy Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Florida. Pic: NCSA

Industry voices

Nominations for 2023 Candy Hall of Fame open

By Anthony Myers

The National Confectionery Sales Association (NCSA) has opened nominations for its 2023 Candy Hall of Fame, the highest honour in the US confectionery industry.

Mars goes green this year on its Halloween treats Pic:  Mars inc

Halloween 2022

Mars provides Trick or Trash bags for a greener Halloween

By Anthony Myers

Mars said once again it is ‘putting the consumer first’ by introducing an innovative collaboration to tackle the challenge of wrapper waste this Halloween season with the launch of 'Trick or Trash' bags.

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CRN: Gummy article harps on problems, ignores benefits

By Hank Schultz

A recent Wall Street Journal article highlighted potential issues with the formulation and usage of gummy supplements with little attention given to the benefits of these products, the Council for Responsible Nutrition says.

'Candy scientist' Tessa Porter. Pic: Sprinkk

Podcast

Gummies – and why they are a hot trend in 2022

By Anthony Myers

Tessa Porter is the founder of Sprinkk, a candy development and manufacturing company based in Omaha, Nebraska. She is also a ‘candy scientist’ and has a Masters in food science focusing on sugar crystallization from the University of Wisconsin-Madison...

Starburst fans can go on TikTok to ask the universe. Pic: TikTok

Marketing

How do they make Starbursts so juicy?

By Anthony Myers

In search of answers, the brand is enlisting the help of fans on TikTok to pose the question at the heart of its new ‘Ask the Universe’ campaign.

Visitors arrive at the ISM event, which went ahead in 2022 despite the pandemic. Pic:Koelnmesse

ISM/ProSweets 2023

ISM 2023 moved to April, organisers look at axing ProSweets

By Anthony Myers

Next year’s ISM sweets and snacks fair, the largest in Europe and which historically is held at the beginning of February each year, is set to be radically overhauled, organisers Koelnmesse said.

Nassau Candy’s Clever Candy new everyday packaged line was launched at Sweets & Snacks 2022. Pic: Nassau Candy

Sweets & Snack Expo 2022

Nassau Candy’s Clever Candy Launches at Sweets & Snacks Expo

By Anthony Myers

Nassau Candy topped a successful time at the confectionery trade fair in Chicago with the expansion of its Clever Candy range that offers retailers and their customers new ways to enjoy their ‘favourite playful and whimsical confections’.

Mondelēz  says its on track to use 5% recycled plastic content by 2025. Pic: Mondelēz International

Sustainability

Mondelēz confirms progress in meeting ESG goals

By Anthony Myers

The Oreo and Cadbury owner has published its 2021 Snacking Made Right Report, which highlights progress against its short- and long-term ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) goals.

Adrian Dodds. Pic: Henley Bridge

Appointments

Henley Bridge appoints new sales director

By Anthony Myers

UK confectionery ingredients supplier Henley Bridge has appointed Adrian Dodds as sales director to help realise the company’s growth ambitions.

Four new flavours were introduced in candies at the European ‘FlavourDay’. Pic: EFFA

Special edition: Flavour trends 2022

European ‘FlavourDay’ features four new candies with pan-continent appeal

By Anthony Myers

At a recent meeting of European ‘Flavour Ambassadors’, a passionate group of flavour professionals who serve as spokespersons of the industry, four new sugar-reduced candies were launched using typical ingredients available on the continent.