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September 18, 2012News for the confectionery industry

  Market Trends 
  • Wonderful Pistachios campaign adds characters
    The real Village People and mock Secret Service agents star in new commercials for the Get Crackin' campaign of Wonderful Pistachios. The campaign, in its fourth year, is also launching ads starring Brobee of "Yo Gabba Gabba" and Victor and Sparky of the new Disney movie "Frankenweenie." Drug Store News (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hostess asks unions for relief
    Hostess Brands is asking unions to change their bargaining agreements so the company can remain in operation. The Teamsters have agreed to changes, but the proposal was rejected by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers International Union. CSP (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Diet & Health 
  • Study ties reading nutrition labels to lower weight
    A study in Agricultural Economics found that people who read food labels, especially women, tend to weigh less than those who don't. Researchers found that 58% of men spend time reading nutrition labels, while 74% of women do so. People living in cities and those with a high-school or college education are more likely to read labels, researchers said. HealthDay News (9/17) 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, which NCA created in conjunction with Candy & Snack TODAY magazine, 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. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Reduce and manage energy expenses with APPI Energy
    APPI, an NCA member benefits partner, has provided its most recent energy market snapshot. Learn more about efficient energy programs and how your company can save money through NCA’s partnership with APPI Contact APPI for a no-cost analysis to find ways to trim energy costs and improve company profit. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science & Technology 
  • Weetabix freshens its packaging
    Weetabix says new packaging with paper instead of plastic inner wrapping keeps cereal fresher and is easier to open. "The wrap is not only easier to open and close, but it also helps minimize crumbs from falling onto the kitchen counter," said marketing manager Francesca Davies. (France) (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • EU to vote on sugar quotas
    The European Union is set to vote on whether to continue sugar quotas, which the EU Sugar Users Association said have led to higher prices and restricted supplies. "Sugar users in Europe are confident that the supply chain is sufficiently robust to face more market liberalization," said the association. (France) (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fried Snickers are OK with Mars
    Fiona Dawson, president of Mars Chocolate U.K., said the company won't stop a Scottish chips shop from selling deep-fried Snickers bars, though it won't authorize the product. “This was simply an issue around a patent of origin," she said. "It's a complicated area of intellectual property rights to be honest -- but anything that supports local businesses, local industry and frankly ingenuity has got to be celebrated as well.” The Telegraph (London) (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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