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February 25, 2013News for the confectionery industry

  Market Trends 
  • Study sees health and wellness growth
    Growing consumer interest in health and wellness will drive efforts from food manufacturers and foodservice operators, according to market research by Packaged Facts. The research notes an increase in natural sweeteners, healthier breakfast and snacks, alternative protein and food with less salt. (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NCA Chocolate Council plans presentations
    The NCA Chocolate Council is planning two April presentations that will take place during the Experimental Biology Conference in Boston and the Shopping for Health Conference in Arizona. "Both of these events are part of our outreach to health professionals and retail health professionals to help educate about candy's place in a happy healthy lifestyle," said Susan Smith, senior vice president of strategic communications. (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Another flavor joins Tostitos Artisan Recipes
    PepsiCo unit Frito-Lay North America has expanded the Tostitos Artisan Recipes line with Grilled Red Pepper and Tomato Salsa tortilla chips. "We've developed something complex and adventurous, which also happens to be the perfect snack to unwind with at the end of the day," said Jody Denton, executive chef at Frito-Lay's Flavor Kitchen. Food Business Review (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sanchez Cano shifts focus to exports
    Geert Meijs, export manager for Spanish confectioner Sanchez Cano, said the export market is growing more quickly than domestic sales. "I believe who stops innovating dies," he said. "But we will not do so. ... Every year we have new machines, new packaging machinery and new ideas." The company currently exports about half its products and is looking to grow sales in Asia, Meijs said. (France) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Diet & Health 
  • "Mini" meals help participants lose weight in study
    Metabolic syndrome patients who followed a diet that requires several "mini" meals a day showed significant health improvements comparable with those who followed other diet plans, a study found. A diet with higher total antioxidant capacity was also associated with more weight loss than a lower TAC diet was, researchers wrote in Nutrition and Metabolism. (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Find the right candidate with NCA’s Job Center
    NCA’s online Job Center is a great place to reach industry professionals. With around 200 searchable resumes, this resource has already proven quite powerful and valuable. Look no further for the perfect candidate. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science & Technology 
  • Crown executive talks tins
    Veronique Curulla, Crown's European marketing manager for specialty packaging, said companies that previously sourced tins from China are now returning to Europe. "Our customers are now looking for more flexibility, supply chain lead times being reduced, and being able to have a current and day-to-day contact easily," she said. (France) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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