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1. Best in Show at 2015 Expo goes to Tic Tac Minions

NCA SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

Ferrero's Tic Tac Minions took Best in Show at the 2015 Sweets & Snacks Expo this week for the Most Innovative New Product Awards, while Jelly Belly Candy Co.'s Pancakes & Maple Syrup Jelly Beans topped the non-chocolate category, Hershey’s Snack Mix ranked first in sweet snacks, and Project 7 Grapefruit Melon Gourmet Gum won in the gum and mints category. (05/20)

2. Sweets and Snacks Expo reveals top flavor, industry trends

NCA SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

Top industry trends are emerging at NCA's Sweets and Snacks Expo this week, as confectioners unveil new flavors such as maple syrup, specific varieties of apples, blood orange and s'mores, as well as customizable cookies, crackers and candies. Other new products include flavor mashups, functional products, jumbo shareable versions of iconic treats and "thin" cookies and biscuits. (free registration) (05/19)

3. Hershey unveils new products at Sweets and Snacks Expo

NCA SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

The Hershey Company unveiled a line of new, innovative products at NCA's annual Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago this week, including 3D printed confections, Brookside Fruit & Nut Bars that feature cleaner and simpler ingredients, as well as new snack products such as KRAVE natural jerky and Snack Bites trail mix. Food Engineering magazine online (05/19)

4. Better-for-you confections, snacks trend on display at 2015 Expo

NCA SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

An emerging trend at the NCA Sweets & Snacks Expo is growth in development of new confections and snack foods that are better-for-you, including Mars North America's Goodness Knows Snack Squares and the Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit & Nut Bar from Hershey. The products boast healthier calorie counts, serving sizes and ingredients. Progressive Grocer (05/20)

5. Hershey unveils 3D printed Kisses at Sweets and Snacks Expo

NCA SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

3D chocolate printing is on display at the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago this week, with 3D Systems teaming up with Hershey to print intricately designed Kisses using CocoJet technology. The technology, which can produce two Kisses in 45 minutes, is a first step in "new possibilities with customization and personalization," said Hershey’s Advanced Innovation Center for Excellence's Jeff Mundt. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (05/19)

6. Hershey may add more snack companies to its portfolio

NCA SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

The Hershey Co., which acquired KRAVE Jerky in January, may acquire more brands to expand its snack portfolio beyond confections, according to Associate Manager Brandy Woolford. The company is investing in snacks "through leveraging our iconic brands and bringing them options into the snack category, such as Hershey snack mix and bites, but it's also through M&A like KRAVE Jerky where we know they're great at what they do," Woolford said. In the coming months, Hershey will debut a line of Brookside fruit and nut snack bars nationwide. (France) (05/20)

7. NCA's expanded Expo floor welcomed over 70 new products

NCA SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

The show floor of the Sweets and Snacks Expo, hosted by NCA, was larger this year to create more space for new exhibitors. More than 100 global companies were represented at the event, and over 70 new products were introduced. (05/21)

8. Ill. confectioners ship $1.5B of sweets annually

NCA SmartBrief | May 18, 2015

Chicago is home to the National Confectioners Association's annual Sweets & Snacks Expo, but confections are a part of the Illinois lifestyle all year long, writes NCA President John Downs. The state ships $1.5 billion worth of chocolates, candy, gum and mints per year from such Windy City-area companies as Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, Tootsie Roll Industries, Primrose Candy Company, World’s Finest Chocolate, Ferrara Candy Company and Haribo. Chicago Sun-Times (free registration) (05/17)

9. Tic Tac targets millenials with new flavor-changing varieties

NCA SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

To attract millenials, Tic Tac has developed two new varieties -- cherry cola and peach lemonade -- that change flavors as they dissolve. The innovation came after the company determined that the main reason younger consumers like the product is for its entertainment value. Bloomberg (05/19)

10. Mars unveils new products, promotions, displays

NCA SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

Mars Chocolate North America unveiled a range of new products, consumer promotions and merchandising displays at the Sweets & Snacks Expo this week, including its goodnessknows snack squares, which offer a healthy and convenient snacking alternative. The reveal also features seasonal displays, such as the Mixed Singles Skinny Tower and promotions calendar that includes NASCAR, NFL and other events. CSP (05/20)

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