Articles by Bernie Pacyniak

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.
“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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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.
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.”
For 22 years, Larry Graham has been the voice, face and persona of America’s confectionery industry.
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Cloetta acquires The Jelly Bean Factory

Swedish confectioner expands presence in UK.
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.
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 accommodate 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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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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