Candy companies are offering a sneak peek at the new products they plan to debut this week at the National Confectioners Association's 2018 Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago. Among the launches are Starburst Gummies Sour Berries, Juicy Fruit Collisions gum, SweeTarts Gummies and Big Chewy Nerds.
Hershey, Ritz and Pillsbury led a list of the 10 favorite food brands among consumers, which was compiled by Morning Consult Intelligence. Among consumers ages 18 to 29, the top brand was Oreos, followed by Doritos and Hershey, according to the survey.
Barry Callebaut will debut its Pathway lineup of dairy-free chocolate solutions at the annual Sweets & Snacks Expo this week. "Dairy-free is a driving trend and consumer lifestyle food choice affecting many dessert and confectionery categories that Barry Callebaut has brands within, including ice cream, snack/energy bars and confections," said Laura Bergan, Barry Callebaut's director of innovation and market development.
Magnum is launching a pop-up store in New York City this June where customers can add custom toppings to the company's ice cream chocolate bars. The dipping bar will include 20 ingredients for customers to choose from.
Visit CQC at the Sweets and Snacks Expo in May! Are you looking for confectionery coatings and chocolate to keep up with the latest trends and labeling requirements? Stop by our Artisan Kettle Booth #9022 to learn more and sample our delicious, warm tuxedo cookies! We offer products that are Organic, Non-GMO, Fair Trade, Dairy Free, Soy and Nut Free - just to name a few! See our offerings.
Retail panel to share expertise with new product entrepreneurs
The 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo is pleased to announce the presenting companies and retailer panel for this year's Power Pitch III: Lessons for Buyers and Sellers on Tuesday, May 22, at 2 p.m. CT. Now in its third year, the unique educational session provides an opportunity for product developers to learn what category leaders need to know when presenting their new items to retail decision makers. Read more.
Sweets & Snacks Expo unveils innovative features for 2018 event
The 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo (May 22-24), held at Chicago's McCormick Place, is pleased to announce a host of new and enhanced elements designed to maximize the show experience for candy and snack professional attendees. Read more.
Mars Inc. is working to achieve the goals set out in its Sustainable in a Generation plan, including an intention to cut indirect emissions by 66% by 2050. "We're going to need some breakthroughs in technology and new partnerships, as well as new ways of thinking to get to our 2050 target," said Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer Barry Parkin.
Sales of organic food grew 6.4% last year, below 2016's 9% growth rate, but still outpacing overall food sales growth, according to the Organic Trade Association's 2018 Organic Industry Survey. Organic ice cream sales rose 9%, sales of organic cheese climbed nearly 8% and organic fresh juice sales skyrocketed by almost 25%, the report said.
General Mills is paying more attention to the health of the soils that grow its ingredients, said chief sustainability officer Jerry Lynch. "If the front end of that engine -- Mother Nature and farming communities -- starts to break down, our business becomes either really expensive to operate, or sometimes impossible to operate because we can't get what we need in order to make those products," he said.
When using technological tools to serve customers, it's also important to leverage generational insights to help introduce human elements to the overall consumer experience, said Gwen Brannon, Coca-Cola's director of guest insights and analytics. "Just throwing one more app out there is not enough," she said during a recent presentation at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago.