Amidst Russian meddling in the presidential elections, North Korea’s saber-rattling, the horror in Syria and attempts to replace Obamacare, there’s another crisis President Trump will soon face: the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
Lufkin, Texas-based Atkinson Candy Co. and its packaging design partner, The Vital Design Group, have been selected from more than 2,000 entries as winners of the annual Graphic Design USA 2017 American Package Design Awards.
Ever since 1937, when movie director Frank Capra used the sweeping mountain vistas of the valley as Shangri-La in his film Lost Horizon, Ojai and its famous resort have captivated Hollywood’s movie stars and movers and shakers. This year it proved to be the setting for confectionery glitterati.
What I find most interesting about these latest deals, however, is that this marks the first time that these two companies will be producing confections on U.S. soil, particularly since both of these involve giants who have production facilities scattered throughout the world.
Wana Brands has been an innovator in the cannabis infused-products industry in Colorado since 2010. As one of the state’s original infused products manufacturers, the Boulder, Colo.-based company has developed a broad range of artisan, made-from-scratch edibles, concentrates and medicinal products, including the state’s most popular sour gummies.
At this month’s State-of-the-Industry Conference organized by the National Confectioners Association, several speakers reinforced the health and wellness trend as it applies to confections and snacks. At an early morning supplier member meeting featuring executives from Mondelez International, it became clear that this multinational’s focus rests on “well-being snacks.”