The rain was coming down hard. Traffic was horrific. And it was hard to find the buses. But they came. Candy Industry’s 72nd Kettle Awards reception continues to be the premiere event of the U.S. confectionery industry and a powerful draw.
It’s an impressive resume: Chocolatier; entrepreneur; political activist; consultant; new product developer; foundation chairman; industry volunteer; philanthropist. Of course, let’s not forget wife, mother and foodie.
What does it take to make Italy’s fourth largest mineral water company effervescent? Acquiring Tuscany-based chocolate maker Amedei, known for its gourmet chocolate bars, truffles and chocolate products, would certainly make anyone bubbly.
As I sipped my coffee this morning, taking in the “fire and fury “ headline from the Chicago Tribune, I happened to notice a teaser headline in the Food & Dining section of the paper. “This is how much candy you can get for $5.”
Deerfield, Ill.-based Mondelez International has turned to a French fry food executive to create some sales sizzle as Irene Rosenfeld, chairman and ceo of the confectionery and snack multinational, opts for retirement.
Not many confectionery companies have their grand opening attended by the Duke of York. However, U.K.-based Champion & Reeves isn’t just any sweets supplier. Thus, earlier this year, on March 17, Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s second son, paid a visit to the fledgling manufacturers of nougat, butterscotch and cream toffees.
As I’ve come to realize over the years, my crystal-balling powers haven’t earned me any plaudits. Hence, it’s one of the reasons I stay away from speculation regarding who’s going to buy whom. But there are always exceptions to the rule.
When President Donald Trump announced he was going to showcase American-made products at the White House during the “Made in America” week, the obvious question soon sprung up. How were the companies to be selected?
When Todd Siwak, ceo of Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based Ferrara Candy Co. shared his vision about helping “improve the lives of employees” with Mike Goldwasser, the company’s chief human resources officer, the idea of providing scholarships surfaced soon afterwards.