Articles by Bernie Pacyniak

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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Elaine Gonzalez succumbs to illness

Long-time chocolate instructor and Peter’s chocolate brand ambassador dazzled professionals and chocolate lovers with her passion and skill.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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Elaine (nee Garcia) Gonzalez, known as the "Chocolate Goddess" to confectionery and food professionals, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 25, after a lengthy illness at the age of 79.
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Cavanna Packaging USA names Graham Nice sales and marketing manager

Nice brings nearly 30 years of experience with him.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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Graham will be responsible for the company’s packaging systems to producers of cookies, crackers, confectionery, snacks, bread, pharmaceutical and pet food.
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Nutrition bar manufacturer marks 25-million sold milestone with giveaway

Extend Nutrition promises year’s supply to lucky consumer.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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Invented by Dr. Francine Kaufman, the brand began as a mail-order company in the 1990s, eventually launching an e-commerce website.
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Mars

Mars also sets in motion 7% price hike

Move follows recent announcements by Nestle, Hershey.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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Mars Chocolate North America confirmed that it, too, is raising prices for many of its confectionery products, bumping them up an average of 7 percent.
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