Germany's Haribo aims to continue its US market growth by investing $242 million to build the firm's first North American facility in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. The gummy bear maker expects to open the new candy production plant in 2020.
Lactalis Nestle's Aero Heavenly premium mousses will soon be available in Asda stores in chocolate and salted caramel varieties. The sharing-sized containers will provide consumers with "a new and exciting treat for the evening occasion," said Francois Boulard, senior brand manager for Lactalis Nestle Chilled Dairy.
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VG Growth Partners' investment in Free2b Foods could allow the brand to expand into the allergen-free snack market, said CEO Mike Murray. "We're going to continue to innovate in confections with flavor varieties and forms, but we also want to expand into broader snacking," Murray said.
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Hershey is rolling out its Sourcemap tool, allowing consumers to track ingredient origins for its Hershey's Milk Chocolate with Almonds bars and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. The company hopes to provide consumers with the information they need to make "purchase decisions based on values and authenticity," said Deb Arcoleo, Hershey's director of product transparency and innovation.
Voortman cookies are on shelves at 30,000 retail outlets, but until recently, the company didn't have a strong marketing focus. That is changing as Voortman launches a rebranding effort that includes new products and packaging, as well as a presence on social channels such as Instagram and Twitter.
A student working toward his bachelor's degree in culinary science at the Culinary Institute of America created a realistic geode from layers of chocolate lined with purple rock candy made to resemble amethyst. The six-month endeavor earned Alex Yeatts a following on Instagram, where he posted a video of himself cracking open the finished product.