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March 21, 2013News for the confectionery industry

  Market Trends 
  • Candy-makers eye joint lollipop and hard candy launches
    While lollipops and hard candies have similar formulations, it's only recently that some candy brands have begun to introduce product lines that incorporate both hard candies and lollipops. With the market for hard candy seeing a period of growth, manufacturers are feeling more freedom to expand into more luxurious and innovative offerings. (3/20)
  • Easter Bunny prefers bringing a custom basket
    Among Americans, 31 million celebrate Easter by giving a basket, with 5% of the total prefilled. Most people prefer to build a personalized basket with candy and gifts, often spending less than budgeted on candy and overspending on gifts. Progressive Grocer (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • USB takes 4 Hostess brands at auction
    United States Bakery, more commonly known as Franz Bakery, won the Sweetheart, Eddy's, Standish Farms and Grandma Emilie's brands at an auction selling pieces of the Hostess Brands company. A Franz Bakery spokesman said it is too soon to know when the brands will be relaunched. A court hearing to approve the sale will be held April 9. FoodNavigator (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hershey stands by CocoaLink program
    Hershey's head of corporate communication, Jeff Beckman, has defended the company's CocoaLink program, which was criticized by activist groups who said it only reaches 1% of farmers in Ghana and zero in the Ivory Coast. Beckman called the criticism of the sustainable cocoa program "disingenuous" and said it was based on a single data point. He also said the company plans to expand the program in the Ivory Coast, which was not previously an option because of instability in the country. (France) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • 2013 Expo boasts record-breaking international participation
    The 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo continues to expand its presence as a global resource for products, innovations and insights as companies from more than 30 countries will exhibit May 21-23 in Chicago’s McCormick Place. The show welcomes back the Brazilian, Chinese, German and Mexican pavilions and will also host the Ecuadorian pavilion for the first time, as well as major companies from Sweden, Saudi Arabia and Finland. Contact Jenn Ellek. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science & Technology 
  • Lindt focuses on traceability, sustainability
    With the recent announcement that Lindt plans to invest $265 million in two charitable foundations committed to cocoa farming sustainability, the chocolatier strengthened its commitment to a 100% traceable supply chain. Lindt is currently the biggest buyer of traceable cocoa beans from Ghana, according to the company's latest annual report, and it has plans to expand the program to Madagascar and Ecuador. (France) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TCHO turns to technology for traceability
    Chocolate maker TCHO, known for its emphasis on traceability, uses cutting-edge computer technology to trace its product. Using a cooperative network of organizations and funding from USAID, TCHO can track each bean from harvesting to tasting and evaluation, and because it's all available online, adjustments can be made within a week, as opposed to the standard time frame that could require months for the same data. (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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