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1. Death of Tootsie Roll patriarch could mean new direction

NCA SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Tootsie Roll Industries CEO Melvin Gordon has died at 95, after half a century in charge of the publicly traded maker of Tootsie Rolls, Junior Mints and other candies. The Gordon family holds a controlling stake in the company and has long been quiet on its workings. With Gordon's wife, Ellen, taking over as CEO, investors speculated Wednesday that a sale is more likely. Slate (01/21) Bloomberg (01/21) New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (01/21)

2. Hershey files suit against U.K. candy importer

NCA SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

The Hershey Co. has filed a lawsuit against LBB Imports, citing that its imported chocolates from the U.K. bear labels that are too similar to the packaging on its own products, including Cadbury Eggs, Toffee Crisp and Yorkie bars. The legal action has impacted New York City's Tea & Sympathy shop, which announced on Friday that the case is preventing them from offering the British treats. Daily News (New York) (01/20)

3. Hoffman's Chocolates taps first non-family member as new president

NCA SmartBrief | Jan 19, 2015

Hoffman's Chocolates has named its first non-family president, bringing in former BB&T Senior Vice President and Corporate Relationship Officer Chuck Mohr to run and expand the chocolatier as president. Hoffman's Chocolates has been in business for 40 years. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (01/16)

4. Ferrero succeeds with innovation, ethical commitment, CEO says

NCA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

Ferrero has succeeded in dynamic market growth for more than 40 years by offering a stream of innovative products, satisfying consumer demands and bolstering its ethical commitment, says 2014 European Candy Kettle Club winner and Ferrero CEO Nunzio Pulvirenti. (01/16)

5. Calif. attorneys sue R.M. Palmer over chocolate bunny packaging

NCA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

Three district attorneys in Calif. filed a lawsuit against R.M. Palmer Co. last week for false advertising and deceptive packaging used for its “Too Tall" chocolate bunny. The bunny's domed box uses a false bottom to create the illusion that the confection is too large to fit properly, when in fact the hollow chocolate rabbit is shorter than its package. (01/16)

6. Kind Snacks is rising rapidly in CPG market

NCA SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

Making unprocessed bars, transparent packaging and donating some of its proceeds to worthy causes contribute to the success of Kind Snacks, Michael Bollinger writes. The company has been one of the top CPG performers for the last three years, with sales growing 122.6% last year. MediaPost Communications (01/15)

7. Chocolate retail segment to expand through 2020

NCA SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

The chocolate retail segment is expected to grow through 2020, driven by increased demand for premium chocolate among consumers and rising disposable incomes, according to a report by IBISWorld. The majority of chocolate sales are expected to continue to come from outside the industry, including supermarkets, but the favorable market is expected to boost revenues for chocolate store brands, said the market research firm. (01/21)

8. BBDO New York helps M&M's revive its Crispy variety

NCA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

M&M's has reintroduced its Crispy Milk Chocolate Candies with an ad from BBDO New York that ran during the Golden Globes. The limited-edition variety had "generated the most consumer requests for revival over the past decade," Karlene Lukovitz writes. M&M's, since the relaunch was announced in October, had created a series of videos promoting Crispy's return. MediaPost Communications (01/15)

9. Cocoa processing slump driven by higher retail prices

NCA SmartBrief | Jan 19, 2015

Cocoa grinders reported a weak fourth quarter recently, indicating that consumers are put off by the increase in prices by major brands adjusting to the rising costs of wholesale chocolate, says Marex Financial's Joint Head of Agriculture Jonathan Parkman. Cocoa processing dropped 7.4% in Europe during the period, 2% in the U.S., and 21% in Malaysia. FoodNavigator (01/16)

10. Jelly Belly R&D manager named ConfectioneryNews' Personality of the Year

NCA SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

Jelly Belly Research and Development Manager Ambrose Lee has been named the 2014 inaugural Personality of the Year by ConfectioneryNews, honoring his development of the draft beer-flavored jelly bean. Lee beat out Torie & Howard Organic Candy CEO Torie Burke, who took second place in the polls. (France) (01/22)

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