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February 11, 2013News for the confectionery industry

  Market Trends 
  • Surveys get to the heart of Valentine shopping
    In a survey from NPD Group, boxed chocolates emerged as the top Valentine's Day candy gift, with 62% of shoppers saying they will spend up to $100 for the holiday. According to a PriceGrabber survey, 56% will make Valentine's purchases online, a 22% increase over 2012. (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mintel sees confectionery opportunities in Brazil
    Mintel predicts sales of gum and sugar confectionery in Brazil will grow 5% a year over the next three years as the country prepares to host the World Cup and the Olympic Games. Senior food analyst Jean Manuel Goncalves da Silva said tropical and dessert flavors are gaining traction as the target consumer shifts from children to young adults. (France) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Behind the scenes of a cereal launch
    It took only six months for Post Foods to develop and launch Honey Bunches of Oats Greek Honey Crunch after Target and Wal-Mart Stores expressed interest. As the technical difficulty of creating dried clumps of Greek yogurt was solved, marketers created packaging, and ad agency Upshot developed a television ad. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Know your labels: NCA to host labeling course
    Food labels are increasingly scrutinized by trial lawyers and consumer groups for their compliance with FDA regulations and also for their intent to convey truthful or potentially misleading information to consumers. NCA will host Labeling Basics and Beyond, March 12-13 in Chicago, to teach you how to protect your company by understanding FDA regulations within this litigious environment. The course will cover basic food labeling and more current hot topics including claims, statement of identity issues and recent lawsuits. Contact Zara Khaleeli. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Are you on Twitter? Follow us @CandyUSA where we tweet about everything from industry happenings to ways to incorporate sweet little pleasures into your diet. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science & Technology 
  • Nestle launches Ecodex for environmental analysis
    Nestle teamed with information technology company Selerant to develop Ecodex, which analyzes the environmental impact of the company's product lines. "The tool uses information specific to the food and beverage industry to provide rapid and accurate data that allows our product development teams to assess sustainability performance across multiple product lines," said Anne Roulin, head of sustainability for research and development. FoodNavigator (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory Update 
  • White House memo notes sequester's effects on food safety
    A memorandum issued by the White House states that food safety will be at risk if Congress allows sequestration to start March 1. "These reductions could increase the number and severity of safety incidents, and the public could suffer more foodborne illness," according to the White House. (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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