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October 25, 2012News for the confectionery industry

  Market Trends 
  • New Hershey facility focuses on operators' needs
    Terry O’Day, senior vice president for global operations at Hershey, said the company's new manufacturing facility was "designed for people, not machines." He said the company took a "participatory" approach, with engineers analyzing how operators use the machines and what they need for optimal performance. (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • White House trick-or-treaters will get candy this year
    Trick-or-treaters to the White House last year were given fruit at the request of Michelle Obama -- but this year they'll be getting candy, President Barack Obama told Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" on Wednesday. "It is an election year, so candy for everybody. If anybody comes from Ohio to the White House, they will get a Hershey bar," the incumbent candidate told Leno. TODAY/The Clicker blog (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rocky Mountain Popcorn to debut Poplets
    Rocky Mountain Popcorn is introducing Poplets, baked corn kernel snacks that are made by halting the popping process to achieve a specific texture. The all-natural and gluten-free snacks will debut in January in Chile Picante, Sea Salt & Butter, and Asiago Ranch flavors. (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Another flavor is added to Clif Shot Blocks
    Clif Bar added Chocolate Cherry flavor to the Clif Shot Blocks line of energy chews. "We are excited to expand our lineup with an innovative chocolate-flavored energy chew that provides 50 [milligrams] of caffeine per serving," brand manager Chris Randall said. Drug Store News (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Diet & Health 
  • Gluten-free sales could surpass $6.6B by 2017
    The market for gluten-free food has grown at a compound annual rate of 28% since 2008, reaching $4.2 billion this year, and could pass $6.6 billion by 2017, according to Packaged Facts. This year, 18% of adults are avoiding food with gluten, up from 15% in 2010, the market researcher said. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/24) 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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  Science & Technology 
  • New film changes color if food quality changes
    Researchers at Rice University and MIT have created a film that can be used for food packaging and will change color if the quality of the food changes. "If it's inside a sealed package and the environment in that package changes because of contamination or aging or exposure to temperature, an inspector would see that sensor change from blue to red and know immediately the food is spoiled," explained Ned Thomas of Rice University. (France) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Gathering will focus on cocoa sustainability
    The World Cocoa Foundation and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs are hosting a gathering in Zurich Oct. 24-25 to promote cocoa sustainability. Speakers will include representatives from Mars, Hershey, Nestle, Cargill and Mondelez International. (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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