It’s been a long journey to and from Cote d’Ivoire, known to some as the Ivory Coast. Having just completed the final leg of a four-day Barry Callebaut press tour featuring 10 journalists, I wanted to share my experiences and thoughts on an incredible journey.
I also believe, given the majority rule in the Congress and Senate by Republicans, that there’s an opportunity for the confectionery industry here, regardless of your political affiliation. If there’s ever a time to revamp our nation’s sugar policy, it’s now.
Four months ago, I was a small-town newspaper journalist covering city council meetings and community events in rural West-Central Illinois, never dreaming my work would send me beyond the fringes of Northeast Missouri. But last Wednesday I found myself riding a tram out to the edge of the Palm Jumeirah. As the monorail glided past island residences and the city’s ultra-modern skyline, I couldn’t help being in awe.
Looking for a nostalgic confectionery brand, something with staying power? St. Paul-based Pearson Candy Co. could be your go-to company. After all, with a product lineup that features Salted Nut Roll, Nut Goodie, Mint and Coconut Patties as well as Bun Bar, consumers can enjoy classic treats, one which even goes back 104 years.
As one would expect, with the popularity of this year’s team, both products have been top performing items in-store and online, says Dave Taiclet, president of the Gourmet Food Group, 1-800-Flowers. As he points out, Fannie May and the Chicago Cubs are two iconic Chicago brands.
Those of us who are in the confectionery business may feel a bit uneasy digesting child obesity figures, perhaps even feeling a little guilty. But let’s get one thing clear, eating candy in moderation doesn’t make you obese, particularly children.
It’s one thing to see honey on supermarket shelves or in favorite snacks and confections, but to taste it fresh from the hive is quite another. I did just that during last month’s Honey Editors Summit, hosted in Chicago by the National Honey Board. The group, which supports honey education and research, took a half-dozen editors around the city to illustrate how honey is used.