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.”
If you missed the column, which appeared in Sweet & Healthy Issue 1, it dealt with a mother’s proposal to create candy- and tabloid-free checkout aisles for parents who are shopping with their children.
Earlier this week, Sioux City, Iowa-based Palmer Candy Co. issued a limited recall of certain chocolate products after being informed by Valley Milk Products, a Maryland-based cooperative, that the milk powder used in a compound chocolate coating supplied by Blommer Chocolate Co. to Palmer Candy Co. has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
As Judy Putnam, Lansing State Journal columnist put it, “If you have a kid, you know the moment.” Putnam was referring to the checkout drama that occurs when children tug at their parents’ sleeves and ask for candy, which is conveniently placed at eye level.
Parker Products, a Fort Worth-based supplier of inclusions and other specialty ingredients for the baking, beverage, confectionery, dairy, ready-to-eat and snack industries, on Monday broke ground on a new 90,000-sq.-ft. facility.
Westchester, Ill.-based Ingredion Inc., a leading global supplier of ingredient solutions, signed off on a $400-million stock purchase agreement Tuesday to acquire all of the outstanding shares of TIC Gums Inc., a privately held, U.S. company that provides advanced texture systems to the food and beverage industry.
I do see two issues looming ahead, however, and those are sugar taxes and legalized marijuana, both of which have major implications for the confectionery industry. But let’s focus on something all confectioners should do well to monitor: sugar taxes.
Lenexa, Kan.-based Corbion sold its Breddo-Likwifier division to Ensight Solutions LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AmProd Holdings LLC based in Strafford, Mo., last Friday, a move which will enable greater focus on high value-added food ingredients.