A newly released report from the Hartman Group, Organic & Natural 2016, confirms what many retailers already know: organic and natural food sales are continuing to grow. This year, 82 percent of U.S. consumers indicated they use organic food and beverage products, a 9 point jump from two years ago.
Those of us who are in the confectionery business may feel a bit uneasy digesting child obesity figures, perhaps even feeling a little guilty. But let’s get one thing clear, eating candy in moderation doesn’t make you obese, particularly children.
Just when I thought that the presidential campaign had demonstrated how weird a year 2016 could be, the FDA announced yesterday that it was going to tackle the definition of the word “healthy.” Is that nuts or what?
Last night, during the American Association of Candy Technologists’ (AACT) National Technical Conference, the organization presented Randy Hofberger of R&D Candy Consultants the 2016 Stroud Jordan award.
I’m pretty sure Haribo founder Hans Riegel, Sr. didn’t have supplements and vitamins in mind when he invented the gummi bear in 1922. But in case you hadn’t noticed, more and more vitamins and supplements are now available in gummi form, be it a bear, a raspberry, fish or whatever.
There are several positive things to look forward to with fall, such as the baseball playoffs, football season, the advent of crisp, cooler days, and increased chocolate consumption. And that leads me to a news report that was forwarded by one of my fellow BNP Media editors. It centers around a Syrian refugee who — upon getting permission to emigrate to Canada — was able to rekindle his chocolate business in Nova Scotia, albeit on a much smaller scale.
“Our fans were the inspiration for the new Everyday line,” says Marjolaine de Claviére, v.p. of marketing at Russell Stover. “They’ve been telling us that they want to enjoy our chocolates year-round."