Candy

Video interview: Sally Lyons Watt on snack innovation and trends

Emerging trends

Video interview: Sally Lyons Watt on snack innovation and trends

By Anthony Myers

Sally Lyons Watt is executive vice president and practice leader at IRI. She spoke exclusively to ConfectioneryNews on the new products on show at the Sweets & Snacks Expo and why innovation in the industry is crucial.

Dragon fruit - this year's new flavor trend. Pic: GettyImages

Emerging trends

New flavor trends for candy and snacks

By Anthony Myers

What’s driving the latest marketplace and consumer trends in flavor innovation in candy and snacks? Julie Laughter, confectionery market manager at Fona international, revealed all at the Sweets & Snacks Expo.

The landscape for cannabis in food

Emerging markets

'The landscape for cannabis in food'

By Anthony Myers

An educational session at this year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo on the interest in cannabis-derived products came with a warning from the organizers that exhibitors were not allowed to sell any such products, which shows how controversial a trend it is....

'Anytime is snack time'. Pic: Getty images

Emerging trends

'Five snack trends you need to know about right now’

By Anthony Myers

Marcia Mogelonsky, PHD, director of insight, Mintel Group, talks us through the five undeniable macro-snacking trends to meet the needs of today’s candy and snack consumers.

With Nestlé under the Ferrara umbrella, product collaborations like this one with Brach's candy canes are now possible. Pic: Ferrara Candy Company

Sweets&Snacks Expo 2019

As Kellogg-Keebler deal closes, Ferrara poised to reach $3bn in sales

By Kristine Sherred

ConfectioneryNews talked with the Ferrara team at the National Confectioners Association’s annual Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago about this growth – and what the future holds for established brands like Butterfinger and Crunch, as well as its powerful...

Researchers in France say titanium dioxide can cause tumors in the colon and reduce immune response. Pic: Getty Images/petrroudny

Food safety

In France, no titanium dioxide in food by 2020

By Kristine Sherred

France has ordered food companies to eradicate titanium dioxide (TiO2) from their products by January 1, 2020, after a report from the country’s food safety agency recommended reducing exposure to the chemical.

Millennials and Gen Zs are most driven by freshness when buying baked goods. Pic: ©GettyImages/Tang Ming Tung

Millennials and Gen Zs buy bread and sweet goods weekly: ABA report

By Kristine Sherred

Younger consumers enjoy bakery items throughout the day, especially for breakfast, but they would prefer smaller portions, according to a report from the American Bakers Association (ABA) in conjunction with The Center for Generational Kinetics (GenHQ).

OCHO offers a variety of classic candy bar flavors. Pic: OCHO

On the move

Former Theo Chocolate marketing director headed to OCHO Candy

By Kristine Sherred

Todd Kluger joins the organic candy brand as VP of sales and marketing after a decade in a similar role at rice-based snack company Lundberg Family Farms and previously as ‘food transformation’ director at Starbucks.

Picture: Gettyimages/adrian825

'The number one consumer driver is natural or clean label, followed by glycemic index and keto friendly...'

Sweeteners in focus: Where next for allulose, stevia, isomaltulose?

By Elaine Watson

Are sugar alcohols losing their luster, will allulose take off, and is stevia still hot? FoodNavigator-USA caught up with Icon Foods, Cargill and Beneo to explore formulation trends as brands come under increasing pressure to reduce sugar and keep labels...

Jellybeans and sour gummies have left their mark on Easter candy, too, where non-chocolate sales reach nearly 30% of total sales, according to Brach's. Pic: Getty Images/Roberto Machado Noa

Easter

Easter 2019: classic treats get an upgrade in color, shape and flavor

By Kristine Sherred

More than two in three US parents make Easter baskets, according to the National Confectioners Association – here are several that might find a new home this year: Hershey put Reese’s Pieces inside other candy, Cadbury added shimmer to its chocolate eggs,...

Bristows of Devon and Crawford & Tilley will be brought together as one entity

Bristows and Crawford & Tilley brought under one roof

By Gwen Ridler

Bristows of Devon and Crawford & Tilley owner the Paramount Retail Group is to bring the two companies together under one entity, the Great British Confectionery Group, for trading purposes.