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September 5, 2012News for the confectionery industry

  Market Trends 
  • Quinn family acquires Darrell Lea Chocolate Shops
    The Quinn family, which owns V.I.P. Petfoods, has purchased Darrell Lea Chocolate Shops, and more than two dozen Australian shops will be closed as a result. “This sale represents the best outcome for Darrell Lea and it ensures that this iconic Australian brand and its manufacturing operations can continue to operate locally and stay Australian-owned." said Mark Robinson, financial consultant at PPB advisory. (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why millennials will forever change the food system
    Millennials' grocery-shopping priorities differ from those of baby boomers. While cost is still a critical concern, millennials justify higher prices for fresh and healthy food. Also, a lack of brand loyalty leads them to explore specialty products and buy products online. Forbes (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Diet & Health 
  • Organic food isn't healthier or safer, study finds
    A Stanford University study of four decades of research found no evidence that meat, fruits and vegetables labeled as organic contain more nutrients and a lower risk of contamination with E. coli or other harmful bacteria. "When we began this project, we thought that there would likely be some findings that would support the superiority of organics over conventional food," said senior author Dena Bravata, a senior affiliate with Stanford's Center for Health Policy. "I think we were definitely surprised." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Confectionery Leadership Awards nomination period begins
    The nomination process for NCA's 2013 Confectionery Leadership Awards has opened. This program allows manufacturers and brokers to honor trade customers who act as pioneers in the confectionery industry. NCA will accept nominations through Friday, Oct. 5. Contact Jenn Ellek.
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    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 
  • Invisible Sentinel hopes to begin supplying pathogen detection system
    Invisible Sentinel has established a manufacturing facility at the University City Science Center in Pennsylvania where it plans to make its new pathogen detection system. "We anticipate receiving regulatory approval this fall and look forward to supplying our customers with some of the fastest and most sensitive tests for the detection of foodborne pathogens," said CEO Benjamin Pascal. (France) (9/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • Colo. city passes candy tax ordinance
    The city council of Lakewood, Colo., has passed a revised ordinance that imposes a 3% sales tax on candy items. “This tax hurts confectionery companies and the 1,000-plus jobs that depend on the growth of a healthy industry in Colorado,” NCA said in a statement. (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nestle decreases package size of Quality Street product
    Although it recently cut down the size of its Quality Street product, Nestle does not intend to reduce other product sizes, according to a company spokesperson. "We are now bringing our standard Quality Street tin in line with other tins of sweets which have reduced in size over the last few years," the company said. (France) (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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