Americans are better informed than ever about food. They’re also sorely misinformed. It’s almost a parallel universe to what the public is experiencing with real and “fake” news. More importantly, according to findings from the International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC)’s 12th Annual Food and Health Survey, America’s nutritional literacy is sorely lacking — and the nation’s health may be suffering as a result.
And this year, they even have machines talking to themselves. It’s dubbed Industry 4.0. As Wikipedia explains, “Industry 4.0 is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things and cloud computing.”
And although Atkins does quote several analysts and trots out dire statistics to make his case, this call to alarm could be called a bit of a stretch, somewhat akin to the sensational headlines last year indicating a looming chocolate shortage.
With all the recent gyrations going on in the confectionery industry, I thought it might be wise to get some outside perspective. Periodically I get a publication called U.S. Talking Points from Rabobank, written by senior analyst Nick Fereday. It’s essentially a brief on recent events affecting the food and beverage industries, peppered with Fereday’s observations.
pladis is a London-based global biscuit and confectionery company founded in 2016, which brings together Yildiz Holding’s iconic brands Godiva, McVitie’s and Ulker under one umbrella. Candy Industry chats with its new ceo,Cem Karakas, about goals and strategies.
Sugarpova, the premium candy and chocolate company owned by tennis champion Maria Sharapova, is expanding distribution of its Sugarpova Premium Chocolate line to select 7-Eleven and Kroger stores throughout the United States.
New York City-based The Topps Co. Inc., a leading creator of confectionery, sports cards and entertainment products, has promoted Tony Jacobs to president of Topps’ Global Confectionary Brands Division.
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.