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September 13, 2012News for the confectionery industry

  Market Trends 
  • Confectionery merger began with an airport encounter
    The June 2012 merger of Ferrara Pan Candy Co. and Farley’s & Sathers began when the chief executives of the two companies bumped into each other at an Arkansas airport. The longtime friends Sal Ferrara and Liam Killeen chatted throughout their flight, then visited a tavern. "A few beers later, we were both resolved to go forth with a merger strategy," Ferrara said. "It really wasn’t rocket science. We knew what both companies brought to the table." (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Officials cut ribbon on Pepperidge Farm innovation center
    Campbell CEO Denise Morrison and Richard Moccia, mayor of Norwalk, Conn., were among the officials present at the official opening of a 34,000-square-foot Pepperidge Farm innovation center at Pepperidge Farm headquarters in Norwalk. "Our investment in the new Pepperidge Farm innovation center will help accelerate the rate of new product development across our baking and snacking portfolio," Morrison said. CSP (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Diet & Health 
  • Cranberry juice might protect children from UTI
    In a study of 40 children with at least two urinary tract infections in the previous two years, those who drank cranberry juice with a high concentration of proanthocyanidins reduced the risk of another infection by two-thirds. While adult women have turned to cranberry juice to fight UTI, research on cranberry juice's benefit to children has been minimal. NutraIngredients (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • NCA Journal Live launched
    Stay up-to-date on the latest from NCA and the confectionery industry with NCA Journal Live, featuring regular news stories and videos. Contact Susan Whiteside. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science & Technology 
  • Research looks at chocolate-beverage pairings
    Scientists who asked 80 chocolate-lovers to rate pairings of three kinds of Lindt chocolate with 18 beverages say cocoa content influences consumer preferences. "Some beverages, including balsamic vinegar, coffee, liqueur, and port wine, were more popular and versatile partners for chocolate than others," the researchers said. (France) (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Featured Content 

  • Thorntons says turnaround is reaping results
    Thorntons said a three-year turnaround plan is starting to show results, topping expectations with steady sales for the 53-week period and a 9.8% increase in online sales. "A full review of our brand identity has been completed and will start to become visible over the year ahead," the company said. (U.K.) (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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