Candy

NCA president and CEO John Downs with last year's Future Leaders intake. Pic: NCA

NCA

NCA announces its 2021 Future Leadership Class

By Anthony Myers

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced the five confectionery industry professionals selected for its 2021 Future Leadership Program, which is dedicated to helping young professionals in the US the confectionery industry access networking...

NCA hires Steve McCroddan (left) and Kyle Jordan. Pic: NCA

Industry

NCA beefs up its team with a new CFO and Membership & Meetings VP

By Anthony Myers

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has added two more senior-members to its Washington-based team with the announcement that Steve McCroddan joins as chief financial officer, and Kyle Jordan joins as vice president of membership & meetings.

Mondelēz predicts 2020 earnings growth, and beats third quarter results. Pic: Mondelēz

Financial results

Mondelēz predicts 2020 growth as consumers stock up on candies and cookies

By Anthony Myers

Mondelēz International Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dirk Van de Put said he was “very encouraged” by its financial performance, after the company reported better-than-expected quarterly results as consumers stocked candies and cookies at home...

Haribo was founded in the German city of Bonn 100 years ago. Pic: Haribo

Investment

Haribo to build massive confectionery factory in Wisconsin

By Anthony Myers

German candy maker Haribo has announced plans to construct a new North American factory in Wisconsin that is set to become one of the largest confectionery facilities in the country creating 385 jobs then up to 4,200 ‘indirect jobs’ upon completion.

The NCA has announced a new location and dates for the 2021 Sweets & Snacks Expo. Pic: NCA

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2021

Sweets & Snacks Expo confirmed for June 2021, moves from Chicago

By Anthony Myers

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced the 2021 Sweets & Snacks Expo will be held from June 22 to 25, 2021, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, moving from Chicago for the first time in the show’s history.

Bazooka Candy Brands Lollipop Variety Pack is ideal for Halloween trick or treating. Pic: Bazooka Candy Brands

Halloween 2020

Bazooka Candy offers up tricks and treats for a safe Halloween

By Anthony Myers

Bazooka Candy Brands, a division of the Topps Company, Inc, says this Halloween will be all about quality over quantity and has released its portfolio of iconic brands including Ring Pop, Push Pop, Baby Bottle Pop, Bazooka Bubble Gum, to satisfy all the...

Pic: Nestlé

Online

Nestlé launches webshop to offer Quality Street all year round

By Anthony Myers

Nestlé has announced a new webshop for its perennial Christmas favourite Quality Street brand so fans no longer need to leave their street, home or even their armchair to buy personalised tins of their favourite sweets.

Fererro’s 31 days countdown to Halloween begins

Halloween 2020

Fererro’s 31 days countdown to Halloween begins

By Anthony Myers

Nutella and Kinder Joy maker Ferrero has launched its campaign to help families celebrate Halloween, with an online advertising, social media and influencer, push starting October 1, announcing 31 days of creative ways to make the most of the season.

The new Reese's Franken-Cups are now paired with a franken-green crème, especially for Halloween. Pic: Hershey

Halloween Special Edition

Hershey’s ‘fang-tastic’ Halloween treats hit the shelves early

By Anthony Myers

Hershey was one of the first out of the blocks of the big candy companies to reveal its Halloween treats this year when way back at the beginning of July it introduced Reese's Franken-Cups, KIT KAT Witch's Brew, Hershey's Kisses Vampire...

Early signs from Ferrero reveal shoppers are getting into the spirit of Halloween. Pic: Ferrero/Pinterest

Halloween Special Edition

Ferrero to launch ‘31 Days of Halloween’ campaign

By Anthony Myers

Although trick-or-treating might look different this year, Ferrero says it has a bunch of new treats to share for those celebrating virtually, socially distancing with friends or from the comfort of their own homes.

Overall sales of chocolate and candy have increased 3.8%, the NCA reveals. Pic: NCA

Coronavirus

Chocolate and candy soothe COVID-19 trauma, NCA reveals

By Anthony Myers

New data from the National Confectioners Association (NCA) has revealed sales of chocolate and candy in United States have increased during the coronavirus pandemic as people across the country look for ways to add joy and comfort in uncertain times.

Interest from organic companies in next year's ISM trade fair has risen, say organizers. Pic: ISM

ProSweets/ISM 2021

ISM 2021: Organic sweets & snacks set to steal the show

By Anthony Myers

Organic has been popular for years in the confectionery industry, but the coronavirus pandemic is contributing towards a boom in the sector, reflected by an increase in exhibitors at ISM.