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April 17, 2012News for the confectionery industry

  Market Trends 
  • Chocolate Festival highlights premium treats
    The fifth annual Chocolate Festival at H.E. Butt Grocery's Central Market showcased premium chocolate made with ingredients including wasabi, ginger and goji berries. The show also included candy-making classes and chocolate as an ingredient in popcorn, steak, coffee, bread and other foods. Supermarket News (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Smartfood Select adds snacks
    Frito-Lay is adding puffed corn snacks, popped chips and all-natural popcorn to its Smartfood Select lineup. "Smartfood Selects offer a variety of light-textured and airy snacks with smart combinations of herbs and spices, and all-natural ingredients," said Daniel Naor, senior vice president for growth ventures. Drug Store News (4/16), (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Loyalty grows for private label
    As store brands gain popularity, retailers are increasing offerings and typically carry at least a basic line and a premium line. Steve Rosenstock, Clarkston Consulting's chief of consumer products, said consumers first try store brands because they are less expensive, but "what we've seen is they develop loyalty to store brands that is commensurate with the loyalty they had with national brands." Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.)/The Associated Press (4/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Diet & Health 
  Association News 
  • Greg McCormack urges colleagues to "End Big Sugar"
    Greg McCormack, president of Kencraft, tells the story of Bobs Candies and encourages reform of U.S. sugar policies in this video. NCA plans to leverage the video message on Capitol Hill. Contact Liz Reilly. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Save money on shipping with NCA’s Shipping Program
    NCA Members are now able to combine and coordinate their shipping needs by using the NCA Shipping Program. This allows NCA members to leverage their combined buying power to obtain better shipping rates, share assets in consolidation programs, combine administrative functions such as freight auditing and leverage the use of shared technology. For more information, contact Tracy Thompson or the NCA Shipping Program Administrator, Tom Livernash, at (541) 330-0222. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science & Technology 
  • Report urges innovation transparency
    Companies, including food and drink makers, must be transparent about innovation in order to win and maintain consumer trust, according to a report from U.K. think tank MATTER. "The responsible development and use of new technologies in food, such as nanotechnology, synthetic biology, new biotechnology and genomics applications is the new corporate social responsibility frontier," said MATTER. FoodNavigator (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Update 
  • Editorial: Sugar protections must go
    U.S. consumers and industry pay an estimated $3.5 billion more than necessary because of the current U.S. sugar program, according to an editorial in the Chicago Tribune. "Eliminating sugar protectionism would create jobs here because more food and beverages would be produced domestically rather than imported," the editorial says. Chicago Tribune (4/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ferrero unveils short-term sustainability goals
    As Ferrero works toward 100% cocoa sustainability by 2020, the confectioner has announced short-term goals that start with 20% of cocoa sourced from certified sustainable farms by 2013, and 40% by 2015. "Verification will aim to ensure ... that trafficking, the worst forms of child labor and forced adult labor, will be eradicated from the plantations that Ferraro sources its cocoa from," a spokesperson said. FoodNavigator (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Campco signs distribution deal in India
    Chocolates made by Campco will be sold at 398 milk parlors owned by the MP State Cooperative Dairy Federation in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. "This pact will enable Campco to expand its presence highly valued market that Madhya Pradesh presents to us," said Campco President Konkodi Padmanabha. The Times of India (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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