As one would expect, with the popularity of this year’s team, both products have been top performing items in-store and online, says Dave Taiclet, president of the Gourmet Food Group, 1-800-Flowers. As he points out, Fannie May and the Chicago Cubs are two iconic Chicago brands.
Those of us who are in the confectionery business may feel a bit uneasy digesting child obesity figures, perhaps even feeling a little guilty. But let’s get one thing clear, eating candy in moderation doesn’t make you obese, particularly children.
Just when I thought that the presidential campaign had demonstrated how weird a year 2016 could be, the FDA announced yesterday that it was going to tackle the definition of the word “healthy.” Is that nuts or what?
I’m pretty sure Haribo founder Hans Riegel, Sr. didn’t have supplements and vitamins in mind when he invented the gummi bear in 1922. But in case you hadn’t noticed, more and more vitamins and supplements are now available in gummi form, be it a bear, a raspberry, fish or whatever.
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.
There are several positive things to look forward to with fall, such as the baseball playoffs, football season, the advent of crisp, cooler days, and increased chocolate consumption. And that leads me to a news report that was forwarded by one of my fellow BNP Media editors. It centers around a Syrian refugee who — upon getting permission to emigrate to Canada — was able to rekindle his chocolate business in Nova Scotia, albeit on a much smaller scale.
I was working as a staff writer at a newspaper in Western Illinois when I learned earlier this summer that former Managing Editor Crystal Lindell was moving to a new position at Food Engineering. I jumped at the chance to once more join the Candy Industry team - for a variety of reasons.