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1. YumEarth debuts vegan, gluten-free natural licorice

NCA SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

YumEarth unveiled a new gluten-free licorice product recently that boasts natural, non-GMO ingredients that is vegan and allergen-free. The YumEarth Soft Eating Gluten-Free Licorice, which joins the company's portfolio of YumEarth Organic Lollipops and Gummy Bears, has a true licorice texture and is available in strawberry, pomegranate and peach flavors. GroceryHeadquarters.com (04/29)


2. Innovative chocolate flavors, textures drive sales growth

NCA SmartBrief | May 04, 2015

Sales of chocolate have grown by 24% to $21 billion in the U.S. since 2009, driven largely by innovation, with 18% more new product launches between 2013 and 2014, according to Mintel. The market growth has introduced new flavors and textures to meet rising consumer interest in culinary trends, including flavors such as bacon, beer, chili and yogurt. Supermarket News (free registration) (05/01)


3. Snack makers must go beyond launches to boost sales, analyst says

NCA SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

Snack manufacturers must go beyond launching new products and take advantage of every opportunity to increase sales, according to IRI analyst Sally Lyons Wyatt. She offers five tips for manufacturers, including aligning distribution with consumer shopping habits, showing customers how products can adapt to meet their specific needs and keeping an eye on upcoming trends. BakeryAndSnacks.com (France) (04/28)


4. Mondelez boosts marketing budget for innovation drive

NCA SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

Mondelez International plans to increase its marketing budget and launch an innovation drive to boost revenues and category growth as the firm shifts from local sales targets to regional initiatives. The drive includes product introductions in new global markets, including Oreo Thins, Cadbury’s Marvelous Creations and the belvita line, as well as new Trident gum items in the U.S. and China. Drum (Glasgow, Scotland), The (04/29)


5. Japanese Green Tea Kit Kat is made with 3 different formulas

NCA SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Nestle Japan has three separate formulas for its famous Green Tea Kit Kat that appeal to different consumers, writes Christine Sarkis, who conducted an informal taste test and consulted with the company. The Green Tea Kit Kat sold in Japanese supermarkets and drug and convenience stores has a sweeter, more bitter flavor than the bars sold in airports, while the gift series, found in the Kansai region, features a recipe developed in collaboration with a Japanese tea manufacturer. Huffington Post, The (04/28)


6. Bikkuriman candy to launch "Star Wars" collectible candy packs

NCA SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

Bikkuriman candy is expected to release details about its new chocolate candies on Monday, which will feature characters from "Star Wars" Episodes 1 through 6. The collectible character stickers will be designed in the Bikkuriman style. CrunchyRoll.com (Japan) (05/01)


7. How the chocolate industry should prepare for climate change

NCA SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

As climate change threatens to increase temperatures in West Africa by 1.2 degrees by 2030 and 2.1 degrees by 2050, according to a study by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, cocoa farming must also adapt as some regions will become unsuitable for cocoa farming, said Carolina Aguilar, Lutheran World Relief's Nicaragua director. Chocolate producers must invest in new growing regions, improve pay and training for cocoa farmers and boost sustainable farming practices, experts say. ConfectioneryNews.com (France) (04/29)


8. Startups are uniquely positioned to meet snack demand

NCA SmartBrief | May 04, 2015

Startup companies and smaller brands are better positioned to meet rising consumer interest in snacking, driven largely by "more realistic sales expectations" than those of high-volume, mass-market operators, as well as a consumer preference to "discover" small, innovative brands, says food and nutrition expert Julian Mellentin. BakeryAndSnacks.com (France) (04/30)


9. Ice cream recalls uncovered by more advanced testing technology

NCA SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Recent recalls by five ice cream manufacturers for listeria contamination are driven in part by technological advances in genome sequencing, or in biological fingerprinting, that improve testing procedures and the ability for health officials to link cases to specific foods, particularly products that are not typically prone to listeria. “These technologies are letting us connect dots that were once completely opaque,” says former FDA official and food safety consultant David Acheson. Bloomberg (04/27)


10. Food manufacturers evoke nostalgia with new products

NCA SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Mondelez International, Starbucks and Kellogg are among food manufacturers putting nostalgic twists on some of their products. Cotton Candy Oreo cookies, Starbucks' S'mores Frappuccino and Kellogg's peanut butter and jelly Pop-Tarts are intended to connect consumers with pleasant childhood tastes and memories, writes Monica Watrous. FoodBusinessNews.net (free registration) (04/28)




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