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Just Born president talks Peeps, sugar prices | Leatherhead outlines confectionery trends | Zakutney promoted to Hershey chief information officer
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April 11, 2012
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Just Born president talks Peeps, sugar prices
David Yale, president of Just Born, said sales of Peeps, which are "truly iconic for Easter," are growing quickly. But he noted, "What keeps me awake at night is the rising cost of commodities, especially sugar, which is the last commodity, I think in the United States that is artificially subsidized by the government. We're working very closely with the NCA to try to get that subsidy appealed."
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Leatherhead outlines confectionery trends
A Leatherhead Food Research report on global confectionery innovations finds a "move towards larger pack sizes" for social events, and continued strength of launches with nuts and/or caramel. The report also notes "fruit-flavored products, especially those based on exotic and tropical varieties, remain important within the sugar confectionery sector."
ConfectioneryNews.com (France) (4/10) 
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Zakutney promoted to Hershey chief information officer
Joseph Zakutney, previously Hershey's vice president for Global Applications & Infrastructure Services, has been promoted to chief information officer, effective immediately. The job was previously held by George Davis, who retired.
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Report sees growing confectionery demand for lactose
A report finds rising global demand from confectioners for lactose as a source of carbohydrates with a low glycemic index. "Lactose: A Global Strategic Business Report" also notes the ingredient faces competition from corn-based sweeteners and fillers.
ConfectioneryNews.com (France) (4/10) 
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Old-fashioned weight-loss plans work better than fads
A study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine revealed that about two-thirds of obese Americans try to lose weight, with about 40% succeeding. Those who shed pounds did so mainly through the old-fashioned approach -- eating less, choosing healthier foods and exercising more. Researchers found that successful weight loss was not achieved using fad diet schemes, including liquid diets and nonprescription diet pills.
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10 Questions with Larry Graham
ABC News interviewed NCA President Larry Graham for its "10 Questions With..." series last week. Graham discussed innovations in confectionery, the prevalence of small businesses in the category, seasonal candy trends, and the major issues impacting the industry. Graham also speculated about the favorite sweet treats of key political leaders. Contact Susan Smith.
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Register for 2012 Resident Course in Confectionery Technology
The 2012 Resident Course in Confectionery Technology, or "Candy School," will take place July 15-27 in Madison, Wis. Read more about the two-week educational event and register today. NCA members receive a special discounted rate. Contact Laura Shumow.
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Fiber potential seen in flaxseed gum
Research published in Food Hydrocolloids indicates gums produced from flaxseed fiber could be used to provide soluble fiber in foods. "Soluble dietary fiber with low viscosity has the potential to deliver acceptable mouthfeel and texture," the report says. "Soluble flaxseed gum was reported to have low viscosity, and thus has potential in applications as a fiber fortifier."
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Walker Shortbread honors Queen with limited-edition tins
Walker Shortbread is being sold in limited-edition tins that celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth. Katherine Dewar, a 10-year-old from Chester, England, submitted the winning design, which shows images of the Queen. The company chose Dewar's design out of 35,000 entries in a contest hosted by Buckingham Palace and the BBC.
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