Articles by Bernie Pacyniak

Morkes Chocolates: A third-generation candy maker works to stay competitive.

Rhonda continues to “mix” old-fashioned quality with the latest food and pop trends to sustain a family business in a competitive climate.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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Rhonda Dehn always had a head for figures. Thus, when asked to work Saturdays at the family’s retail candy shop in Palatine, Ill., there were no issues when it came to computing sales taxes on purchases or giving out change.
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Leaders in Innovation: Collaboration begets innovation

A look at some of the most promising new developments in confectionery technology.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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“Innovation does not, of course, mean throwing out the old for the sake of the new," says Mitch Barns, ceo for Nielsen.
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Kettle Winner Profile: A Beamin’ And Beanin’ Bianco

Candy Industry’s 69th Kettle Award Mike Bianco recipient encompasses all the best attributes of a candy maker’s “candy maker.”
By Bernie Pacyniak
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Mike Bianco openly professes that he prefers “talking to machines.”
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Bianco’s Bash: 10 Great Moments from Candy Industry's Kettle Awards

From the committee to the nominees, there was plenty to celebrate at the annual event.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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Once again — as is the tradition at the Kettle Awards — the crowd burst into applause when Crosio read the recipient’s name: Mike Bianco of the Jelly Belly Candy Co.
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Jelly Belly

Jelly Belly’s North Chicago plant to focus on private-label candies, will no longer make Jelly Belly jelly beans

Move eliminates 66 jobs, transfers branded candy production to main plant in Fairfield, Calif.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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"Eliminating positions is a difficult decision to make,” says Bob Simpson, the company’s president and coo. “This move to private-label manufacturing is a forward thinking step for the best deployment of the Illinois facility and the company overall.”
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World Record

Big League Chew event ‘blows up’ previous Guinness World Record

Cal Ripken World Series debuts with hundreds of fans blowing a bubble gum bubble simultaneously.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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It took all of thirty seconds, but an earnest crowd of 721 baseball fans from around the world managed to blow a bubble gum bubble together and hold it for half a minute to break the previous world record.
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Walgreens

Incursions, diversions: Walgreens makes right choice to keep HQ in U.S.

Despite shareholders concerns, ultimately, it was the right long-term decision for the retailer
By Bernie Pacyniak
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Illinois’ Senator Richard Durbin'spithy, “Is ‘the corner of happy and healthy’ somewhere in the Swiss Alps?” quickly became a sound bite with teeth.
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ADM

ADM expects sale of chocolate business by end of third quarter

President and COO Juan Luciano reveals timetable during analysts’ conference call.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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True to its plan, ADM confirmed that it will sell its chocolate business, most likely by the end of the third quarter.
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Snacking gone wild: Nielsen looks at snacking trends

Nine of 10 Americans snack at least once a day, with 78 percent admitting to binge snacking.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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Chances are that most of you reading this article have or will snack on something today. In fact, there’s a good likelihood you’re snacking right now.
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Sailing chocolate’s high seas: Norman Love partners with Princess Cruises

Two to offer “Chocolate Journeys” for the ultimate chocolate getaway.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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Ahoy, chocolate lovers, everywhere! Thanks to a partnership between Santa Clarita, Calif.-based Princess Cruises and master chocolatier and pastry chef Norman Love, your ship has finally come in.
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Since 1946, Candy Industry magazine has recognized leaders in the U.S. confectionery industry with the highest recognition possible, the Kettle Award. The distinguished recipients have captured this most coveted award by not only excelling within their companies, but by contributing to the greater good of the industry. It’s virtually a who’s who of past and present professionals who have left their mark as confectioners and business mavens. Learn more about the voting process as well as the annual Kettle Awards Ceremony by visiting our Kettle Awards Website

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