Cadbury Adams Joins Effort to Protect Health of Kids
Without Access to Dental Care
At least 4,000 children
who otherwise would not have access to dental care will receive it under a
program launched by Cadbury Adams USA LLC at a recent press conference in
Trident Smiles Across America, which Parsippany,
N.J.-based Cadbury is supporting with a $176,000 contribution, is joining
with Chicago-based Oral Health America (OHA), a 50-year-old not-for-profit
public benefit corporation that develops, implements and facilitates
educational and service programs to promote and protect oral health.
Cadbury Adams’ Brand Manager Lauren
Zucchi-Alfano presented the contribution to OHA President and CEO Robert
Klaus. It will fund services and programs for Chicago and Minneapolis/St.
Paul schoolchildren over the next year.
Smiles Across America is an oral disease prevention
and health promotion initiative that OHA embarked on three years ago. It
links corporate, government and community support to advance school-based
and school-linked oral health programs for families without access to
routine dental care. The program will provide underserved and uninsured
children with oral exams and disease prevention services such as protective
A survey of 1,165 adults with children in their
households, commissioned by Trident and Cadbury Adams, revealed that 19.7
million such families—or one in four—do not have dental
coverage. International Communications Research conducted the survey.
Untreated oral disease can cause pain and impose
far-ranging health consequences on a young person’s development,
including difficulty eating, sleeping and concentrating in school,
according to OHA, which estimates that more than 51 million school hours
are lost each year due to dental illness.
“Kids in grade school go to bed every night with
dental pain that no adult would tolerate,” said Klaus. “Access
to dental as well as medical care,” he added, is a matter of
Farley’s & Sathers
Buys Bobs Candies
Albany, Ga.-based candy cane maker Bobs Candies has
been acquired by Farley’s & Sathers Candy Co. Inc., Round Lake,
Minn., a leading marketer of general line candy. Terms of the transaction
were not disclosed.
An 80-year-old company, Bobs had closed briefly due to
financial problems in 2002, but soon re-opened and quickly made a comeback.
In addition to candy canes, Bobs is known for its Sweet Stripes candy
brand, which was included within the acquisition.
The company will reportedly continue to operate its
plants in Albany and Reynosa, Mexico.
According to Dennis Nemeth, president of
Farley’s and Sathers, the Bobs’ acquisition was part of a
three-year plan to acquire companies with traditional, nostalgic brands.
According to news reports, Bobs president, Greg
McCormack, and his sisters and business partners, Julie Roth and Mary Helen
Dykes, opted to sell the company in the face of increased competition from
imported candies and pressures resulting from retail consolidation.
Movie Gallery Now
Owns Hollywood Video
Movie Gallery Inc., Dothan, Ala., has completed its
acquisition of Hollywood Entertainment Corp. The transaction is valued at
$1.25 billion and makes Movie Gallery the nation’s second-largest
home video retailer.
Hollywood is now a subsidiary of Movie Gallery but
will continue to operate under the Hollywood brand name and will remain
headquartered in Wilsonville, Ore.
“The acquisition increases our geographic
presence and will greatly improve our distribution capabilities, making us
a stronger competitor, well positioned for continued profitable
growth,” said Joe Malugen, chairman, president and CEO of Movie
Georgia Nut Acquires
The Chocolate House
Skokie, Ill.-based Georgia Nut Co. (GNC), has
announced the acquisition of The Chocolate House, Milwaukee, Wis.
The Chocolate House manufactures upscale enrobed
chocolate products, including caramels, English toffee, mint meltaways,
crème eggs and fudge. In addition to The Chocolate House, its brands
include Positively Pecan, Absolutely Almond, Fudgie Bear and Fudgie Rabbit.
The company has been in business for more than 57 years.
The Chocolate House acquisition will allow Georgia Nut
Co. to compete more effectively with larger companies that are more capable
of introducing a steady flow of new products, according to Rick Drehobl,
Georgia Nut CEO.
“One of our strategies to offset this challenge
is to acquire existing brands that have strong growth potential,”
said Drehobl in a statement released at the time of the announcement.
“The Chocolate House fits that criterion,” he said. “In
addition to its products and manufacturing capabilities, The Chocolate
House’s retail store supports GNC’s retail and consumer direct
This is Georgia Nut Co.’s second acquisition
within the past year. In September 2004, the company acquired Sophie Mae
Candy Co., maker of Sophie Mae brand peanut and cashew brittle and honey
roasted peanuts, as well as a number of nostalgia candy brands.
Kraft Exec Buck Heads to Hershey
Michele Buck, formerly senior vice president and
general manager of Kraft Confections, has joined Hershey Foods as senior
vice president and president of its recently formed U.S. Snacks Group. In
this capacity, she will serve as an officer of the corporation and will
report to Richard H. Lenny, chairman, president and CEO.
At Kraft, Buck had responsibility for the Kraft U.S.
confections business including its LifeSavers, Altoids, CremeSavers and
Toblerone brands. Her previous positions with Kraft include vice president,
marketing - confections, and vice president, marketing - Planters snack
nuts. She has also held marketing positions with Frito-Lay and Kraft
A native of central Pennsylvania and a graduate of
Pennsylvania’s Shippensburg University, Buck and her family are
relocating to the Hershey area.
Hershey announced the creation of the new U.S. Snacks
business group, along with a U.S. confectionery business group, earlier
Hershey Okays Name Change
The Hershey Co. announced last month that stockholders
had approved the company’s name change and an increase in the number
of authorized shares.
Of the name change, Richard H. Lenny, Hershey
chairman, president and CEO, said, “We look forward to opening a new
chapter in our history as The Hershey Co. This new name reflects our
company’s exceptional heritage and is how our consumers and customers
best know us. It also conveys Hershey’s promising future as we
continue to focus on building momentum in the confectionery and broader
Lenny also noted that the authorized shares increase
will provide the company with “the flexibility and tools necessary to
further support our value-enhancing strategy and build upon the marketplace
strength we’ve achieved over the past several years.”
Names in the News
Brad Maslan, a marketing
executive with Ferrero USA Inc. since 1991, has joined Guylian USA Inc. as
vice president of sales and marketing. In this newly created position he
will be responsible for strategic planning and day-to-day sales and
marketing operations for the Belgian chocolate maker.
Frank Klimovitz has
joined Butterfields Candy Co., Nashville, N.C., as executive sales
director. He most recently served as bakery director for Kencraft Candy,
Spangler Candy Co., Bryan, Ohio, has announced two
appointments. Christina Farrar has joined the company as western region sales director
after spending three years with Newell Rubbermaid in sales and
Piecuch has assumed the role of sales
director-convenience stores, moving from his previous position as a brand
manager with the company.
Supermodel Heidi Klum
Promotes Candy Line
Heidi Klum made a guest appearance recently at New
York City’s Duane Reade, a pharmacy chain based in the Big Apple.
Klum has entered the candy business with her 100 percent fat-free line of
My Favorite Candies, a yogurt-based gummi line produced by Katjes and
distributed by Hillside Candy Co. in the United States. All of the candies
were enjoyed by Klum as a child growing up in Germany.
For the launch, a customized, life-size sculpture of
Klum was created entirely of candy. Couture designer Nicolas Putvinski
worked on the sculpture for more than 60 hours.