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October 30, 2012News for the confectionery industry

  Market Trends 
  • First retail store on tap for Gunther Grant
    Gunther Grant has secured a lease in Oakdale, N.Y., to open its first retail outlet, which will be called Chocolates and Treasures. "Over the years we found that many women would come into our stores to purchase chocolates while their husbands sat in the car," said CEO Grant Newsteder. "We wanted to create a concept that attracted men into our stores as well." The new location will sell gifts and collectables in addition to candy. (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kashi adds to cookie line
    Kashi has expanded its line of soft-baked cookies with a Chocolate Almond Butter variety. The cookies are made without artificial flavors, preservatives or colors, and contain 10 grams of whole grains, four grams of fiber and three grams of protein. (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mondelez launches coffee farmer program
    Kraft spinoff Mondelez International announced it would invest at least $200 million by 2020 to help small-scale coffee farmers through its Coffee Made Happy program. "This is the right thing to do for farmers, for the environment, and for our business," said Hubert Weber, president of Global Coffee. "Together, we can help make coffee farming an attractive profession for generations to come." Drinks Business Review (10/30), Progressive Grocer (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flowers Foods buys assets of bakery brands
    Flowers Foods is acquiring certain assets and licenses from Grupo Bimbo unit BBU, including Sara Lee and EarthGrains Baking bread in some markets. The deal includes EarthGrains baked goods in the Oklahoma City market and Sara Lee and EarthGrains sliced bread, buns and rolls throughout California. CSP (10/30), Consumer Goods Technology News (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Diet & Health 
  • Obesity researchers focus on sense of smell
    Scientists who study obesity are turning their attention to olfactory bulbs, which relay smell information and are dense with insulin receptors. Research indicates that mice bred to have a better sense of smell are resistant to obesity, but they lose that resistance if olfactory bulbs are removed. The Wall Street Journal (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Find the right candidate with NCA's Job Center
    Looking for that perfect candidate? 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. To quote Rick LaRue of Sandamiri and Associates, "Given the cost of the Job Center ad versus the alternative of hiring a recruiting firm, there is no question that the better way to begin your search for an employee in the confectionery industry is to utilize the NCA's Job Center website." LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • Organizations tackle eco-label overload
    While the international Ecolabel Index tracks 432 logos, groups including the United Nations and the European Commission are seeking standardization. Meanwhile, Danish officials are studying the most commonly used eco-labels, aiming to create a system with a single, easily conveyed standard. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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