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.
No Everyday & Summer Seasonal event would be complete without the Buyer’s Choice Awards, sponsored by Candy Industry Magazine and ECRM. Participating candy companies submitted new products for retail buyers to taste. The buyers also voted for their favorite in each of three categories: Chocolate, Non-Chocolate and Novelty.
Fortunately, the participating sellers, buyers and I won’t be the only people to benefit from the three-day ECRM show. At the end of the event, 300 boxes of unspoken-for candy were donated to Boo at the Zoo, an annual fundraiser hosted by the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans and the nearby Audubon Zoo.