Hershey responds to Ivory Coast cocoa facility rumors | Ferrero Rocher's golden, dessert-filled experience | Mars includes special prizes in Operation Gratitude care packages
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December 11, 2017
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Hershey responds to Ivory Coast cocoa facility rumors
Hershey is responding to rumors that it is contemplating a semi-processed cocoa facility in Ivory Coast, saying that its cocoa sourcing strategies have remained the same. "As I said before, we do not process cocoa and that approach to how we operate our business has not changed," said Jeff Beckman, director of corporate communications at Hershey.
ConfectioneryNews (France) (12/11) 
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Ferrero Rocher's golden, dessert-filled experience
Ferrero Rocher's golden, dessert-filled experience
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Ferrero Rocher has opened a pop-up immersion in London dedicated to the tastes that make up the layers of the gold foil-wrapped candy. Guests of Ferrero Rocher: Behind the Layers are treated to a two-story experience that includes five desserts developed by chef Paul Hannagen.
The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (12/6) 
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Mars includes special prizes in Operation Gratitude care packages
Mars has celebrated the delivery of over two million Operation Gratitude care packages by including special prizes in two of the packages. Mars included two Super Bowl tickets in the 2,000,000th package and VIP passes to the NASCAR Charlotte 600 in the 2,000,001st package.
Candy & Snack Today (12/11) 
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Fig named flavor of the year for 2018
Fig named flavor of the year for 2018
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Firmenich has named fig its 2018 flavor of the year, citing the fruit's connotations of healthfulness and authenticity. With 80% global growth in fig-flavored products from 2012-16, figs are well-positioned to be represented in both savory and sweet products, said Chris Millington of Firmenich.
FoodNavigator (12/7) 
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Hershey adds 13th seat to board of directors
Hershey has added a 13th member to its board of directors, welcoming Wendy Schoppert to the board, according to a press release. "Her knowledge of the marketplace and guidance as a member of our board will provide tremendous leadership as Hershey progresses through its next phase of growth towards its vision of being an innovative snacking powerhouse," said Hershey Chairman J.P. Bilbrey of Schoppert, who previously held positions on Sleep Number's senior executive team.
Central Penn Business Journal (Harrisburg, Pa.) (12/8) 
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Auction to include 100-year-old chocolates
A box of Little Red Riding Hood-themed chocolates that were purchased about 100 years ago will be auctioned on Dec. 19. The late Eileen Margaret Elmes of London said she couldn't bear to eat the chocolates because they were so pretty.
BBC (12/8) 
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Ben & Jerry's supports justice with One Sweet World
A portion of the proceeds from Ben & Jerry's One Sweet World ice cream flavor will go to support the Poor People's Campaign and its work toward economic and racial justice, the company's founders said. One Sweet World blends coffee caramel ice cream with marshmallow swirls, fudge chunks and salted caramel.
Dairy Foods online (12/6) 
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Time to retire pumpkin spice, jarred salads, chefs say
Chefs' predictions for next year's hot food trends also include culinary bubbles likely to burst in 2018, according to the National Restaurant Association's annual What's Hot report. As house-made condiments and new cuts of meat soar in popularity, house-made charcuterie, meal kits, pumpkin spice flavoring, jarred salads and other once-hot trends are on track to cool down, according to the survey of around 700 chefs.
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Diet & Health
FDA issues warning regarding Bibi Frutix candy
The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning regarding Bibi Frutix candy, which they said may contain a chemical substance that has sickened at least two individuals so far. "A partner food pantry agency in Wamego, Kan., notified Harvesters -- The Community Food Network of potentially contaminated Bibi Frutix candy product it received through Harvesters' distribution program," wrote the FDA in a warning posted on its website.
Food Safety News (12/10) 
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Aldi issues Choceur Dark Chocolate Bars recall
Aldi has issued a voluntary recall of the Choceur Dark Chocolate Bars sold in its stores due to the potential of undeclared almonds within the bars. An employee found pieces of almonds in one of the bars, according to the company.
United Press International (12/8) 
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Association News
Halloween sales review webinar this Wednesday
Join NCA's Larry Wilson on Wed., Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. EST as he takes a closer look at retail sales and trends across grocery, drug and mass during the Halloween season. 
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Early bird rates for State of the Industry Conference expires Thurs.
Get the latest information and intelligence about the confectionery industry in one place at one time by attending NCA's State of the Industry Conference, March 4-6, 2018 at Miami's Fontainebleau. Hear from dynamic speakers on the state of the industry, retail landscape, consumer insights, diversity in the workplace, harnessing innovation, and turning business limitations into innovative advantages. This is where trading partners go to build strong relationships and tackle priority issues together.
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