Articles by Bernie Pacyniak

Front and center: Does FOP labeling actually help?

A new study looks at what consumers actually get from Front-of-Pack labels
By Bernie Pacyniak
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Personally, I wasn’t strongly for or against the idea. In the end, if it wasn’t that difficult for manufacturers to implement, why not?
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Technique vs. Technology

The largest triennial packaging exhibition in the world, which also showcases the most comprehensive display of confectionery processing and packaging equipment, is upon us.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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OEE! Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is an acronym I expect to encounter more often than not at the upcoming interpack show in Dusseldorf.
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Grimaldi’s ‘Tipping Point’

A million-dollar investment, coupled with several licensing and contract manufacturing initiatives, has triggered a sales surge for the Florida manufacturer.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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Grimaldi is probably the bestknown and accomplished enrober of potato chips, having staked its claim to this sweet and savory item long before sweet and savory became a national craze.
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Creating a ‘Chocolate Kingdom’: One man's quest to build a chocolate museum in the U.S.

The Schaked father-and-son team refused to give up on their dream. As such, thousands of visitors can now walk away from their chocolate tour better informed.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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Upon arriving at the Chocolate Kingdom in Kissimmee, Fla., co-owner Bernie Schaked immediately asked the visitor if he liked the columns. “They’re painted to look like chocolate pretzels,” he explains answering his own question before the guest could respond.
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Norman Love: Designing a chocolate destination

In building his own confectionery operation, Love has steadfastly held true to his philosophy of creating confections that reflect uncompromising quality, and eyecatching aesthetics.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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"Americans love to eat with their eyes," Love says. "I started my career as a pastry chef, that’s been my life. However, my passion is chocolate. So when it comes to designing new flavors, line extensions, I always think about them as desserts."
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Chocolate to the rescue! Candy company helps animal resuce organizations

Entrepreneur combines passion for chocolate with a good cause, rescuing animals in need.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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The packaging of each vegan flavor of Rescue Chocolate sheds light on a different aspect of the current pet “overpopulation” epidemic. For example, Pick Me! Pepper highlights the advantages of choosing pets from animal shelters instead of breeders or pet stores.
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Obituary

Candy Recycling’s Wim van Doorn passes away

Managing director of Candy Recycling Installations B.V. died last month after a serious illness.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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“Like the ripples in a pond, the work of one man can spread out and touch the lives of many others.” This famous quote from an unknown author certainly applied to Wim van Doorn
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Mars President

Mars Inc. names Mars Chocolate’s Grant Reid as next president

Paul Michaels, president since 2004, announces plans to retire Dec. 31, 2014.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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For the first time since 2004, Mars Inc. will have a new president — and he comes into the role after serving in the company’s sweet spot.
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Tic Tac Fans: Tic Tac Shakeless isn’t such a crazy idea

Company pulls April Fools’ Day prank on its fans
By Bernie Pacyniak
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When Tic Tac mints announced plans to introduce a new “Tic Tac Shakeless” yesterday on Twitter, the company probably wasn’t expecting its fans to actually like the idea.
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Mars

Betting on the nation’s bread basket: Why Mars chose Topeka for its first new plant in 35 years

Find out what convinced the chocolate maker to build in the nation's heartland.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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It’s not often that one gets to visit a spanking new confectionery manufacturing plant in the United States.
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