Articles by Bernie Pacyniak

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.
The USA Pavilion is endorsed by the NCA, and member companies will have access to reduced rates in the pavilion.
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Standing Tall In Topeka: An in-depth looks at Mars' first U.S. plant in 35 years

Designed to accommadate growth for the next 50 years, the $270 million, 500,000-sq.-ft. plant incorporates sustainable design and engeineering elements.
The large plastic M&M’S Characters protruding from the outside walls immediately convey the message that candy is produced here.
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Calm And Culture In Kansas: Mars' new plant manager talks shop

Bret Spangler, site director – Topeka, is calm under pressure.
During my visit to the Topeka facility, I had an opportunity to see the man’s calming demeanor in action; while touring the plant, the SNICKERS line encountered a glitch.
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Life’s So Sweet: A N.Y. State Candy that's scripted to succeed

Couple provides extraordinary case history for opening up a chocolate shop.
It could be the basis for a Hallmark Channel film: Mother and daughter begin making confections and cookies for family and friends together when the daughter’s eight.The daughter continues to refine the mother's recipes, and eventually, a candy store is born. .
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Chocolate Products: Consumers, customers setting the ‘bar’ higher

Be it health benefits, sourcing, flavor intensity or value, chocolate lovers and manufacturers are letting suppliers know that “run-of-the-mill’ won’t pass muster, much less run through a cash register anymore.
"Consumers today are more fractured. What this means is there are many groups with very specific preferences. There is no average shopper," says Rose Potts, of The Blommer Co.
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Kettle Winner

Coffee with Mike Bianco, Candy Industry’s 69th Kettle Recipient

Bianco talks about the award, the affair itself, future plans and more.
In addition to presenting Bianco with the pin, I wanted to sit down with him to get his reaction about receiving the award.
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Impact and Six Flags

Six Flags Entertainment, Impact Confections announce summer partnership

WARHEADS maker to debut candy in digital kiosks, and through in-park experiential program.
The centerpiece of the program revolves around the launch of a custom WARHEADS application for the digital-touch-screen kiosk inside each of the parks.
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Brown & Haley

Brown & Haley promotes senior execs

Candy maker promotes Pierson Clair to vice chairman, John Melin to president.
Clair will become vice chairman but retain his position as chief executive officer, while Melin will take over as president and continue his duties as chief operating officer.
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Reflections for Mother’s Day

Although not quite as big as Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Easter and Halloween, I suspect many confectioners do see an uptick in sales as a result of Mother’s Day celebrations. In looking back at the various ways my family and I have celebrated Mother’s Day, I can attest that we’ve probably run the gauntlet with gifts and ways to celebrate.
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Leading by serving: What type of person makes the best manager?

Gallup data offers glimpse of American workplace, state of American worker.
Clifton believes it all rests with hiring the right managers. “Let’s get rid of the managers from hell, double the great managers and engaged employees, and have those mangers lead based on what actually matters.”
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A Venetian Carnival, a Jelly Belly sculpture and gourmet chocolates! Oh my!

Candy Industry takes you into the French Pastry’s School For the Love of Chocolate event in Chicago, held Feb. 25.

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Natural Food Flavors and Colorants

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Candy Industry's Kettle Awards

Kettle Awards

Since 1946, Candy Industry magazine has recognized leaders in the U.S. confectionery industry with the highest recognition possible, the Kettle Award. The distinguished recipients have captured this most coveted award by not only excelling within their companies, but by contributing to the greater good of the industry. It’s virtually a who’s who of past and present professionals who have left their mark as confectioners and business mavens. Learn more about the voting process as well as the annual Kettle Awards Ceremony by visiting our Kettle Awards Website


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