Industry Trends

Hard Candy Trends: Taking back the reins

Hard candy makers respond to a year of downward sales with new products, expansion and packaging innovation.
April 16, 2014
While there’s no smoking gun to explain the decline in sales, one thing’s for sure, as far as Sally Lyons Wyatt, at IRI is concerned — there is a huge need for innovation.
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Snack bar trends: Sweet, segmented, sustenance

Snack bar consumers demand healthier, more functional options.
March 14, 2014
Serving a society that’s increasingly obsessed with ingredients has led the snack bar industry to embrace more healthful, functional products for unique subgroups.
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Licorice Trends: Soft and healthy

Licorice consumers demand healthier choices and authenticity.
February 19, 2014
As the world grows more obsessed with watching what’s in their food and how much of it they eat, licorice manufacturers are listening, responding
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Sugar-Free: Sugar-Free Candy Sales Level Off, Consumers Demand Variety.

More and more candy companies are making fake sweets — or at least sweets with fake sweeteners.
January 23, 2014
“The ‘secret’ to our success is taste; we are acknowledged as having the best tasting sugar-free [candy] available in the marketplace,” says Mark Sesler,of Russell Stover.
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Serving up chocolate every which way

Candy manufacturers have become creative in providing consumers with a broad range of choices in how they consume their beloved chocolate.
December 11, 2013
Chocolate as a dessert? Perhaps consuming it akin to having a flight of wines? How about bite-sized portions for sharing?
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Showering our orphan crop with more love, science

There's a pending cocoa deficit.
December 11, 2013
We need to put farmers first and offer some long-term solutions.
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Novelty Trends: Novelty hasn’t worn off

From interactive connections to licensed confections, the category continues to demonstrate depth and breadth.
November 14, 2013
It's all about innovation and re-invention when it comes to appealing novelty candy ideas.
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India poised for double-digit growth in confections

UK market research group projects growth for all categories, with chocolate leading the way
October 30, 2013
In its The Future of the Confectionery Market in India to 2017 report, Canadean, a UK-based market research group, predicts the Indian confectionery sector will post strong double-digit compound annual growth rates (CAGR) for both value and volume — 18.2% and 14.5% respectively — between 2012-2017. The category is the expected to be the third fastest growing segment of the 15 food sectors monitored by Canadean in the country, but will remain as the fourth largest market sector.
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NCA Survey: America's favorite Halloween treat is chocolate

Survey also finds that brands matter, parents are the gatekeepers and Americans believe there is a right way to eat candy corn.
October 23, 2013
“Trick or treat, give me something chocolate to eat.” That’s what nearly three-fourths (72 percent) of Americans are saying this Halloween.
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Bringing Out The Salty Side Of Sweets

Candy makers turn to salt to enhance flavors, create premium products.
September 19, 2013
How does maple pecan buttercrunch with bacon and more pecans drizzled with milk chocolate sound?
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April 2014

In this issue of Candy Industry, Editor Bernie Pacyniak reports on three candy manufacturers from his visit to Florida, hard candy is making a comeback, interpack, and more!
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