Articles by Valerie King

Whimsical Candy: How a Chicago Candy store owners is creating delcious treats

The sweet story of a dream, 40 years in the making.
By Valerie King
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“I love the idea of now being the only practicing candy maker in the loop,” Chris Kadow-Dougherty says.
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Chewy Candies Get Big Going Small

Bite-sized candy trend spurs huge growth in the chewy candy segment.
By Valerie King and Crystal Lindell
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Chewy candy is so perfect for re-sealable bags, that not only are traditionally chewy candy brands appearing in re-sealable bags, but so are brands that are traditionally hard candies.
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Hard Candy Trends: Taking back the reins

Hard candy makers respond to a year of downward sales with new products, expansion and packaging innovation.
By Valerie King
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While there’s no smoking gun to explain the decline in sales, one thing’s for sure, as far as Sally Lyons Wyatt, at IRI is concerned — there is a huge need for innovation.
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Healthy Additives Trends: Guilt-free, from beginning to end

Tooth healthy, high protein reign as top-trending healthy additives.
By Valerie King
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It’s not so much about throwing taste out the door as it is offering a delightful indulgence that simultaneously has a positive impact on consumer health.
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Radz MLB Collection

Radz Brands, Portland, Ore.
By Valerie King
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Fans of all ages will love Major League Baseball Radz, available for all 30 MLB teams.
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PurAgave 100% Pure Dried Agave Products

Island Abbey Foods Ltd., Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
By Valerie King
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PurAgave Agave Delights, the world’s first 100 percent pure-dried agave candy, and PurAgave Lozenges, contain 100 percent pure-dried agave.
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New Halloween Package from Torie & Howard

Torie & Howard, New Milford, Conn.
By Valerie King
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Torie & Howard is introducing a new Halloween-themed package as a healthier option for trick-or-treaters.
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Jelly Belly TABASCO Dark Chocolate Covered Jelly Beans

Jelly Belly Candy Co., Fairfield, Calif.
By Valerie King
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Rich dark chocolate meets sweet heat in the new jelly beans.
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Sunrise Confections' New Fruit-Flavored Snack Line

Sunrise Confections, El Paso, Texas
By Valerie King
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Sunrise is introducing Moon Rocks crunchy fruit-flavored snacks, Farmers Market fruit flavored snacks, and Fruit Shoppe reduced sugar fruit-flavored snacks.
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Cube Gift Boxes with Fair Trade Certifi ed Cocoa and Cane Sugar

Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Co., St. Louis
By Valerie King
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The CUBE line of gift boxes is a collection of America's favorite flavors made with Fair Trade Certified cocoa and cane sugar.
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The September issue features some new chocolate and wine pairings, a preview of ECRM show, and more!
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