Articles by Bernie Pacyniak

2014 Global State Of The Industry: Beyond Borders

Emerging and even mature markets hold promise for solid confectionery growth, but primarily for those that show ingenuity, innovation and insight.
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Vintage Confections sells hi-end lollipops for $40 in China — a sweet vignette that helps illustrate the global state of the industry for confections: borders are breaking down.
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Allo! Chocolat: How a riverwalk inspired a chocolate shop.

A love for Friday evening walks and music transforms into a downtown destination for sweets.
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“We produce a series of beautiful colorful artisan meltaways and truffles,” says the owners, Carrie and Roger Igielski.
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Color Trends: Consumers, activists pushing natural

While debate still continues about natural versus synthetic colors use, suppliers and manufacturers aren’t sitting on the sidelines.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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A glance at today’s lineup of candies reveals an unabashed desire to mesmerize us with colors as never before.
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Chocolate Works

Chocolate Works opens first Brooklyn location

Franchisee Shlomi Avdoo looks to transform corner candy shop into interactive chocolate factory experience.
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“Between the residents, tourists, neighborhood schools, churches, and synagogues, the support and enthusiasm we've already received has been tremendous. We are excited to be such a creative part of this bustling community," says Franchisee Shlomi Avdoo.
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Fairtrade

Latest Fairtrade cocoa report: Farmers investing in change

Certification helps farmers improve cocoa quality, productivity as well as communities, but more support needed.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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Fairtrade cocoa farmers in West Africa are investing in their farms, crop infrastructure and communities, but they need deeper, long-term partnerships to drive change.
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Ford Gum’s Big League Chew now ‘official bubblegum’ of Ripken Baseball

Partnership to coincide with attempt to set a world record of people blowing bubblegum bubbles at start of Cal Ripken World Series.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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“This is fun and what baseball is all about,” says Bill Ripken, co-chairman and executive v.p. of Ripken Baseball. “Bring some kids together on a field, throw out a few pouches of gum, some gloves, bats and balls and see what happens. Big League Chew brings out the fun in the game.”
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Sustainability

ADM Cocoa to present details of its cocoa farmer program at World Cocoa Conference

Sustainability efforts have reached more than 60,000 farmers in West Africa and Indonesia.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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Building on the success of the first WCC in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire in 2012, the second edition once again provides a forum for the global cocoa economy to come together and exchange sustainability strategies and discuss opportunities and challenges.
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One-on-One with Larry Graham

Former NCA president reflects on the past and the present as the association’s longest reigning “candy man.”
By Bernie Pacyniak
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For 22 years, Larry Graham has been the voice, face and persona of America’s confectionery industry.
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Acquisition

Cloetta acquires The Jelly Bean Factory

Swedish confectioner expands presence in UK.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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Cloetta found an Irish confectionery connection it hopse will “significantly strengthen” its position in the UK.
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Sweets & Snacks Middle East

USA Pavilion set for Sweets & Snacks Middle East in Dubai

Strong demand for confectionery products within the Middle East and North Africa prompts move.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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The USA Pavilion is endorsed by the NCA, and member companies will have access to reduced rates in the pavilion.
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