With spring around the corner, it may be difficult to think about Halloween and Christmas 2017, but it’s already time to start planning seasonal merchandise. The upcoming Candy Planning: Christmas & Halloween EPPS is just the place to find out what treats and trends will be hot this holiday season.
Having joined Candy Industry five months ago, I didn’t think I’d attend ISM, the world’s largest trade show for finished confections and snacks, for several years. Editor-in-Chief Bernie Pacyniak, a 30-year B2B news veteran and a 16-time attendee, usually has it covered.
Among the winners were 11 American craft chocolate makers and 18 confectioners, who received their awards before a crowd of about 900 people assembled in the Herbst Theater, a historic landmark that hosted the signing of the United Nations charter in 1945.
The nominees, who were selected based on their accomplishments, activities and contributions to the confectionery industry in 2016, include Shawn Askinosie, founder and ceo of Askinosie Chocolate; Sara Clair, director of product development, Brown & Haley; Steve Genzoli, v.p. of quality assurance/research & development, Ghirardelli Chocolate Co.; and Kirkland Vashaw, ceo of Spangler Candy Co.
Four months ago, I was a small-town newspaper journalist covering city council meetings and community events in rural West-Central Illinois, never dreaming my work would send me beyond the fringes of Northeast Missouri. But last Wednesday I found myself riding a tram out to the edge of the Palm Jumeirah. As the monorail glided past island residences and the city’s ultra-modern skyline, I couldn’t help being in awe.
Mars Chocolate North America has announced the launch of several new chocolate products that premiered at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show held in Atlanta Oct. 18-21. The products will be available in the coming months.
Wrigley has announced the launch of four new products that premiered at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show held in Atlanta Oct. 18-21. The products will be available in the coming months.