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1. SkinnyPop parent seeks $276M IPO

NCA SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

Amplify Snack Brands seeks to generate global growth with the launch of a $276 million initial public offering. The Austin-based snack company boasts a flagship brand of ready-to-eat popcorn called SkinnyPop and launched a tortilla chip line this spring. American City Business Journals (07/27)

2. The top 10 fastest-growing chocolate markets to watch

NCA SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2015

The world's fastest-growing chocolate markets are India and Venezuela, reporting compounded annual growth rates of 17.2% between 2010 and 2015, according to Euromonitor International. Several markets in the Middle East and Africa, however, round out the top 10, which also includes China, Argentina, Pakistan and Costa Rica, but the analysts say high inflation rates in Venezuela and Argentina may distort the growth figures. (France) (07/22)

3. FDA proposes rule on mandated sugar labeling

NCA SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

The FDA on Friday issued a proposed rule that would require food and beverage companies to list amounts of added sugar and recommended consumption levels on the nutrition labels of packaged food and drinks. The proposed rule sets the recommended intake of added sugar at no more than 200 calories a day, equal to about 13 teaspoons and 10% of the standard 2,000-calorie diet used for nutrition guidance. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (07/24)

4. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory beat the odds to find success

NCA SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

The founder of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory started his business to fill a void in the town of Durango, Colo., but the tech executive and former Army intelligence officer has grown his business to 341 franchises across the globe making $41.5 million in annual revenue. The accidental creation of a giant chocolate turtle gave birth to the brand's oversized charm. Fortune (07/26)

5. NCA comments on FDA's proposed daily value label for added sugars

NCA SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

NCA supports providing information to consumers that will help them make the choices that are right for them. The highest quality of scientific evidence should be used to inform new labeling standards. Candy accounts for an average of just 1.2 teaspoons of added sugar per day for Americans. Any new proposed standards should not create unnecessary confusion for consumers. Read more.

6. NFL veteran turns entrepreneur with peanut brittle business

NCA SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

Six-time Super Bowl player Mike Lodish retired from the National Football League and launched what became a candy empire, building a entrepreneurial dream around a family recipe for peanut brittle. Lodish founded Pat’s Gourmet and now sells his brittle in three flavors at 30 specialty food stores in the Detroit region, but his sights are set on national expansion. Fortune (07/25)

7. Mars invests $109M to expand miniatures production

NCA SmartBrief | Jul 22, 2015

Mars will invest $109 million over the next decade to expand production of miniature versions of its brands at its plant in the Netherlands by about 5% to 10% by 2025. The expansion comes as Western Europeans reduce their calorie intakes and prefer shareable packages, says Marissa Roodenburg, corporate affairs coordinator. (France) (07/21)

8. Snack bars brands must fulfill consumer health, wellness demands

NCA SmartBrief | Jul 24, 2015

Ingredients and packaging for snack bars must fulfill growing consumer demand for simple, wholesome foods, according to Kelly Fulford, head of category development at General Mills Convenience. The company recently unveiled a new Nature Valley brand nut-based range and Real Good Bars under its Food Should Taste Good brand. Both lines feature clear packaging to display the bars' whole, natural ingredients. (France) (07/23)

9. Mondelez unveils first aerated chocolate bar in fast-growing Indian market

NCA SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

Mondelez International unveiled the first aerated chocolate bar in India recently with the launch of its Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk Bubbly. The firm is targeting young consumers with its television and digital ads in the chocolate market there, which grew at a compound annual rate of 17.2% between 2010 and 2015, according to Euromonitor International. (France) (07/24)

10. Chick-fil-A replaces Panera Bread at No. 1 spot in Q2 top national brands

NCA SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2015

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