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September 19, 2012News for the confectionery industry

  Market Trends 
  • Kellan Lutz hosts Stride event
    Kellan Lutz of the "Twilight" movies will introduce Stride's iD gum during an event at the Helen Mills Event Space and Theater in New York City. The gum is marketed for teens and comes in a folding pack with art from young, emerging artists. (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Candy sales up 3.3% in drug stores
    Data from the National Confectioners Association finds drug store sales of candy are up 3.3%, while total category sales are up 2.6%. “Drug stores do a great job with promotion, in-store display and multiple points of interruption," said NCA spokeswoman Jenn Ellek. Drug Store News (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Growth is sweet for premium candy
    Sales of premium candy grew 15.5% between 2009 and 2011 as consumers opted for small indulgences during the recession, finds a report by The National Association of the Specialty Food Trade. "It’s important to have the public understand that chocolate is not just something you buy in a drugstore. A lot of our role is as an educator to the public and to make them understand they are paying a little more for our chocolate, but the tradeoff is significant in understanding what it can be," said Michael Olsen, manager of La Maison du Chocolat's New York boutique. (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Frito-Lay adds "Transformers" twist to Super Bowl contest
    Frito-Lay is ratcheting up the prize of its Super Bowl commercial competition, with the 2013 winner, as rated by USA TODAY's Ad Meter, getting the opportunity to work with movie director Michael Bay on the next "Transformers" movie. Five finalists will be announced in January, and the top two amateur ads will air during the Super Bowl. If a Doritos spot is No. 1 in the Ad Meter's rankings, the creator will also take home $1 million. USA TODAY (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Diet & Health 
  • Obesity study shows fruits and veggies matter
    The annual ranking of states by obesity rates shows that obesity rates are lower in states where people eat more fruits and vegetables, including California, Vermont, New Hampshire and Oregon, and in the District of Columbia. But even in those areas, just 1 in 4 adults consumes five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Washington Forum begins
    Today NCA members from across the country arrived in Washington, D.C., to begin the annual Washington Forum. The event, featuring Washington insiders as keynote speakers, provides an opportunity for members to meet with representatives on Capitol Hill and learn more about NCA’s industry goals. Contact Libby Taylor for more information.
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  Science & Technology 
  • Expanded Hershey factory makes 70 million Kisses a day
    Hershey has invested $300 million to open a 340,000-square foot facility in West Hershey, Penn., keeping some 1,000 workers in the state and boosting productivity to 70 million chocolate Kisses a day. "Today, we are celebrating our proud Pennsylvania heritage, the growing popularity of Hershey products in global markets, our continuing investments in productive technology and our great workers who make it possible to enjoy these iconic products," said John P. Bilbrey, president and CEO of Hershey. The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) (9/18), Convenience Store News (9/18), (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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