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September 20, 2012News for the confectionery industry

  Market Trends 
  • General Mills seizes on healthier snack market
    Grain snack bars are the fastest growing business for General Mills, said president of U.S. Snacks division Jon Nudi, and increasing demand for nutritious snacks is helping boost sales growth for the company that debuted Nature Valley granola bars in 1975. Speaking to analysts, Nudi also noted that the company's popular 90-calorie Fiber One brownies have already generated $100 million in sales since their launch earlier this year. (free registration) (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Snyder's-Lance scores top consumer honors for two brands
    Snack food maker Snyder's-Lance announced that its Cape Cod Waffle Cut Sea Salt potato chips and its Snyder's of Hanover Organic Honey Whole Wheat Pretzel sticks were selected for honors by SHAPE magazine and health and wellness publisher Rodale respectively. The SHAPE Snack Awards recognize the year's top low-calorie snacks while Rodale's included the pretzels in its list of 21 Best Organic Snacks. CSP (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mars introduces goodnessknows snacks to Seattle, Portland
    Mars Chocolate North America plans to begin selling its goodnessknows snack squares in the Seattle and Portland markets for a suggested retail price of $1.49 per single-serving pack. The squares are made from almonds, fruits, oats and chocolate and come in Very Cranberry, Nutty Apple and Peachy Cherry flavors. (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Diet & Health 
  • Purple corn may curb renal disease in diabetes
    Supplementation of purple corn anthocyanins helped prevent glomerulosclerosis in the kidneys of mice with diabetes, according to a study in the American Journal of Physiology -- Renal Physiology. The results suggest that anthocyanin supplementation may help stave off renal vascular disease in type 2 diabetes, researchers said. NutraIngredients (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • NCA members visit Capitol Hill
    Today NCA members will engage in nearly 250 appointments with representatives on Capitol Hill as part of Washington Forum. These meetings allow confectioners to discuss issues important to them, including the impact of the current U.S. sugar program and how their businesses are affected by government regulations. Contact Liz Clark for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • We want to follow you!
    If you or your company maintains a Twitter account, we want to follow you. Either follow us, @CandyUSA, or e-mail Allison Steely your Twitter handle. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science & Technology 
  • Rosemary extracts provide natural antioxidant for cereal
    Rosemary extracts are capable of providing a natural antioxidant alternative for maintaining freshness in extruded cereal without adding the bitter taste usually associated with natural antioxidants, natural-extract-maker Kalsec said. While noting that synthetic antioxidants still remain best for preserving cereal shelf life, Kalsec said tests of its rosemary extracts showed a 79% reduction in the formation of hexanal, an indicator of oxidation. FoodNavigator (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Featured Content 

  • Cocoaland plans $24.1 million production expansion
    Chocolate and candy manufacturer Cocoaland Holdings Bhd says it will spend $24.1 million to expand its production capacity in Malaysia in anticipation of new entries into China and Indonesia. The company will add a second production line for hard candies, a new production line for its fruit gummy products and has plans to build a sixth factory in Rawang. The Sun (Malaysia) (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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