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September 7, 2012News for the confectionery industry

  Market Trends 
  • Snickers bars get a kick with NFL logos
    Individually wrapped miniature Snickers bars will feature team logos from all 32 National Football League teams for a limited time. "With Snickers Limited Edition NFL Minis, fans don't have to wait until game day to get into football mode -- now they can get a taste of the NFL any day of the week,” said Roy Benin, chief consumer officer of Mars Chocolate North America. (9/7), Drug Store News (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New ownership for Pretzel Crisps maker
    Pretzel Crisps maker Snack Factory is being acquired by Snyder's-Lance in an all-cash $340 million deal. "The team at Snack Factory has done an amazing job of developing such a successful brand with a loyal following," said Snyder's-Lance CEO David V. Singer. "We look forward to bringing together our collective strengths as Snyder’s-Lance continues to build an even stronger snack foods company.” (9/7), The Wall Street Journal (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rocket Fizz brings sweet nostalgia to Indiana
    Rocket Fizz has opened its first Indiana store in Indianapolis. "Every day, people come in asking for something from their childhood and we try to make them happy," said owner Jon Nething of the store, which sells nostalgic and novelty candy. The Indianapolis Star (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Get It Right: Pricing Strategies That Work
Many entrepreneurs hope for success by offering low prices, while in fact most world-class entrepreneurs succeed by setting higher prices. If you're not exactly sure which pricing strategy will work for your business, these 6 steps can help you set your company's prices for success. Read the exclusive article now.

  Association News 
  • Reduce and manage energy expenses with APPI Energy
    Wind farms in the U.S. have avoided 62 million pounds of air pollutants. Learn more about efficient energy programs and how your company can save money through NCA's partnership with APPI. Contact Linda Jamie. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NCA urges market access to Vietnam
    NCA has signed a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to express concern over the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiation regarding market access to Vietnam and to encourage full access to the agricultural market. Vietnam holds the largest greatest market potential for U.S. food and agricultural products, and is a key growth market for U.S. producers and exporters. Contact Kelsey Freeman. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science & Technology 
  • Kraft seeks shelf-life solutions
    Kraft is asking third-party organizations to propose ingredients solutions that would reduce water activity in food, thereby increasing shelf life, without increasing sodium or sugar. The posting on Kraft's open innovation site specifies that the ingredient "must not add too much sweetness or any other undesirable off flavor such as bitterness and must be safe for consumption." FoodNavigator (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Edible packaging developer attracts investors
    WikiCells said the edible packaging it is developing will be ready for launch in 2013, now that it has secured $10 million from investors. CEO Robert Connelly said early launches will likely involve yogurt, ice cream and cheeses. FoodNavigator (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Featured Content 

  Regulatory Update 
  • FDA change could mean more vitamin D in bread
    Bakers can increase the amount of vitamin D in bread using D2 bakers' yeast, and add related claims of "rich source of," "high in" and "rich in", under new Food and Drug Administration regulations. "The baking industry is very interested, but until this change in the FDA regulations, the cost of changing the Nutrition Facts on their packaging for a nutrient content claim 'source of' did not seem to be worth it," said Jacinthe Cote, corporate communication manager at Lallemand. (France) (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
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