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April 26, 2012News for the confectionery industry

  Market Trends 
  • Whitman's Sampler turns 100
    The Whitman's Sampler was introduced in 1912, and within three years it was being sold at more than 19,000 independent drug stores. Today, the Russell Stover brand sells one box every 2.5 seconds and is marking its 100th anniversary with a Kiss Me I'm 100 giveaway, with prizes including hats and Jumbo Whitman Samplers. (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Adventurous eaters move beyond sweet and salty
    While sweet and salty flavors ranked highest in a survey by Culinary Visions Panel, people who say they are adventurous eaters prefer the less-popular sour, umami and bitter flavors. "Sweet and salty flavors are sure to please mainstream consumers looking for dining comfort and satisfaction," said Executive Director Sharon Olson. "If you want to challenge your customers a bit more, take a cue from what foodies prefer and introduce a bitter or sour note into a favorite menu item like chocolate for dessert." (4/25), USA TODAY (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Diet & Health 
  • Study touts bran-enriched cocoa products
    Cocoa with fiber from cocoa bran can improve regularity, according to research from the Spanish National Research Council published in Nutrition & Metabolism. According to the study, the fiber-enriched cocoa "is an efficacious alternative to increase fiber intake to recommended levels without leading to an increase in body weight." NutraIngredients (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • USDA to increase raw sugar import quota; another increase likely in June
    Last week USDA announced a 420,000 metric ton increase in the amount of raw sugar imported into the U.S., while acknowledging that more increases likely will be needed in June as tight supplies continue. NCA, along with other sugar users, asked USDA for a quota increase in a letter as well as during a meeting with Under Secretary Michael Scuse. NCA and the Sugar Users Association appreciate the efforts of USDA but believe that a much larger quota increase is necessary to increase supplies and prevent exorbitant prices. Contact Liz Clark. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tomorrow: Attend the 2011 confectionery review webinar
    The Year in Review: 2011 Confectionery Category Summary, a complimentary webinar hosted by NCA's Larry Wilson, will be held on Friday, April 27 at 1 p.m. During the 45-minute session, participants will gain insights into trends and influences that affected the confectionery category in 2011, as well as take-aways that could affect 2012 category planning. Register here, and contact Larry Wilson for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science & Technology 
  • Research hub shows consumer ingredient perceptions
    National Starch/Corn Products International has launched with research and insights on consumer perceptions of food labels. It finds shoppers are wary of ingredients that sound like chemicals or that they don't use in their own kitchens, even if they are derived from natural sources. FoodNavigator (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • Think tank issues food safety recommendations
    Conservative think tank The American Enterprise Institute recommends changes to the U.S. system of regulating food, including creation of a single agency, more information about foodborne illnesses, and better market incentives for safe food. The research calls for a standard system of detecting and reporting contaminated food. (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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