Articles by Bernie Pacyniak

Madecasse Toasted Coconut Bar

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Toasted Coconut features a 70 percent cocoa dark chocolate bar base.
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Sharing a little candy history on Thanksgiving

The colonies’ first candy makers were quite sweet
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When her neighbors learned that Spencer knew how to make candy, they all got together and purchased a barrel of sugar for her. Little did they know that this single act of kindness would produce the "Salem Gibralter," the first candy made and sold commercially in America.
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Dynamic Russian confectionery market prelude to Upakovka 2014

Growing middle class fuels nation’s love for chocolate.
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With 143 million consumers, Russia is one of most important markets for confectionery worldwide — and the largest market in Europe.
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Wire Belt Co. expands N.H. headquarters/manufacturing facility

Fourth-generation family-owned company adds 12,000 sq. ft.
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The new addition adds close to 25 percent more floor space, which will expand both office and manufacturing areas.
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Candy Factory: Full circle for Hollywood’s candy maker to the stars

Creativity and flexibility keep celebrities, caterers and consumers coming back to the Candy Factory for their confectionery fix.
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The next big idea. That's what Frank Sheftel thought he had back in 1984 when the Summer Olympics came to town.
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Impact Confections: Making a sweet n’ sour Impact

A strategic shift, successful product launches and a new manufacturing facility have set the stage for double-digit growth for this midsized candy company.
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As with every "overnight success," the road to become the fastest growing sour brand in America took a few years.
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‘Eye of the Tiger’: Women cocoa farmers deserve the chance to ‘roar’

Given the chance, women can and will transform the cocoa fields
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The majority of work done in many key agricultural areas falls on the hands and backs of women.
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How does one define a confection?

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This topic came up recently amongst colleagues, one that’s certainly been debated over the years. For many veterans in the industry, there’s no debate…it’s all about candy. It is simply a sweet treat. But as we all know, things change.
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Wrigley garners Vision for America award

Keep American Beautiful recognizes gum company’s environmental efforts.
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Keep America Beautiful (KAB) honored the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. with its 2013 Vision for America Award.
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Dominck's and Chicago: The 'Checked out' lane

In the end, Chicago’s Dominick’s stores were just corporate
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Dominick’s parent company, Safeway has announced it is checking out of Chicago, literally
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Candy Industry takes you into the French Pastry’s School For the Love of Chocolate event in Chicago, held Feb. 25.

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September 2014

September 2014

The September issue features some new chocolate and wine pairings, a preview of ECRM show, and more!
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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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