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Editors Bernie Pacyniak and Crystal Lindell share their insights on the latest industry news, product trends and marketing plans.
Cocoa farmers

Hershey sponsors Ghana’s cocoa farmer of the year’s U.S. trip.

More farmers should have the chance to see where their chocolate is sold
By Bernie Pacyniak
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How often have we heard that so many cocoa farmers never get to taste the very “food of the gods” that they grow?
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Candy makers should welcome changes from FDA

Added sugar labels, serving size changes are better than the alternative.
By Crystal Lindell
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Back in the day, when I was but a young college student gaining what is infamously known as the “The Freshman 15,” as in “15 additional lbs.,” I had a revelation about calories.
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Walgreens

Incursions, diversions: Walgreens makes right choice to keep HQ in U.S.

Despite shareholders concerns, ultimately, it was the right long-term decision for the retailer
By Bernie Pacyniak
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Illinois’ Senator Richard Durbin'spithy, “Is ‘the corner of happy and healthy’ somewhere in the Swiss Alps?” quickly became a sound bite with teeth.
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What's the best way to eat M&M'S?

Joe Pawlikowski, of CandyStore.com, explores all the best ways to enjoy the famous chocolate treat.
By Joe Pawlikowski
For a while we thought this was the only way. They're candies. What else can you do but eat those bad boys — preferably as quickly as possible?
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Dollar Stores

Dollar Tree's purchase of Family Dollar could be great for both stores

Each has its own attributes, which hopefully will carry over during integration.
By Crystal Lindell
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You can always tell when someone is writing about dollar stores who has never actually been to a dollar store.
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How will Lindt’s acquisition of Russell Stover change the U.S. premium chocolate segment?

Packaged Facts’ Research Director analyzes the merger
By David Sprinkle
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The acquisition will firmly establish Lindt as the No. 3 chocolate candy manufacturer in the U.S. market—still behind Hershey and Mars, but now firmly ahead of Swiss rival and global food leader Nestlé.
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Lindt and Russell Stover deal

Lindt’s Russell Stover acquisition: Blockbuster or boondoggle?

Questions remain as the chocolate companies join together.
By Bernie Pacyniak
When Forest Gump’s mother pointed out that life, like a box of chocolates, is full of surprises, I don’t think she even expected Lindt & Sprüngli to be the one to acquire Russell Stover Candies.
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Obesity and candy

The two don’t go hand-in-hand as a recent study affirms.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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Each day I receive an electronic newsletter from Advocate Health Care, part of a pro-active program tied to my wife’s health insurance.
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Maria Sharapova’s candy is not the same as cigarettes

Sugarpova, like all food, is fine in moderation.
By Crystal Lindell
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Look, I’m not going to come right out and tell you guys that everyone needs to start preparing for the day when candy sales are restricted to those 18 and over. But I do think we need to be worried about it as a possibility.
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Keeping better-for-you good-tasting

Nature Valley Protein Bars show what a new product can be
By Bernie Pacyniak
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My uncle Felix was a sausage maker. He passed away several years ago, but I’ll never forget seeing him making blood sausage in our kitchen in the early 1970s.
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