With more than 30 years experience in B-to-B reporting, writing and editing — the bulk of which was dedicated to covering the bakery, confectionery and snack industries — Pacyniak has chronicled changes within the food industry since the early 1980s. A Boston University journalism degree graduate, he worked for a variety of publications before joining BNP Media in 1994 as editor of Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery magazine. In 2001, he took over as editor-in-chief of Candy Industry and relishes his role as the magazine’s “Candy Man.”
Last night, during the American Association of Candy Technologists’ (AACT) National Technical Conference, the organization presented Randy Hofberger of R&D Candy Consultants the 2016 Stroud Jordan award.
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.
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.
“Our fans were the inspiration for the new Everyday line,” says Marjolaine de Claviére, v.p. of marketing at Russell Stover. “They’ve been telling us that they want to enjoy our chocolates year-round."
“I was born in Baton Rouge, and my family loved to eat. My grandmother spent a lot of time in New Orleans, so there was that connection," says Jennifer Strickland. "In addition, we’d have one customer that would come in daily to purchase one packaged praline that we sourced for the shop. It led us to think we should do it ourselves.”