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

Kickstarting help for Belizean cocoa farmers

Maya Mountain Cacao creates demonstration farm, hopes to boost output by 50 percent.
Just outside San Pedro Columbia, a traditional Q’eqchi Maya village in southern Belize, lie 120 acres of pristine jungle where lush rainforest vegetation has grown wildly, taking advantage of the fertile soil.
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Midsized businesses still struggling with change

ADP’s Midsized Business Owners study documents concerns.

On a day when the stock market drops more than 460 points, I’m here to hold your hand and to let you know that “All will be well.” At least all of us Baby Boomers with retirement savings tied into 401(k) plans certainly hope so.


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Healthy Food Brands: My favorite kind of candy people

Russ Asaro, Rob Kowitt exemplify everything I love about the confectionery industry.
It’s hard to spend time with Russ Asaro and Rob Kowitt of Healthy Food Brands and not leave with a smile on your face.
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Snacking

How to reach the three types of snackers — the planner, the purposeful and the spontaneous

Snacks are no longer just in-between meal treats — for many, they are the meal.
The global snacking industry generated $374 billion in annual sales in the year ending March 2014, according to Nielsen sales figures — and it's growing.
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New app helps you bake the perfect cake every time

Will kitchen apps replace cookbooks?
“[Perfect Bake] hand-holds the user throughout the entire baking process, from recipe selection, scaling and prep, measuring and adding ingredients, mixing and portioning, to baking and cooling,” says Pure Imagination, the company that makes the app.
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Chocolate teapot

Chocolatier to the rescue: Nestlé proves you can make a chocolate teapot

British chocolate teapot idiom shattered by Nestlé’s John Costello.
On a day when the world’s headlines weighs heavily on everyone’s shoulders, it’s good to know that chocolate can not only prove tasty, but incredibly inspirational.
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Candy drones

Google drones could one day deliver candy bars

Google’s Project Wing debuts drone prototypes.
“As part of our research, we built a vehicle and traveled to Queensland, Australia for some test flights,” Google explains. “There, we successfully delivered a first aid kit, candy bars, dog treats, and water to a couple of Australian farmers.”
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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
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.
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
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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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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October cover

October 2014

Lollipops, candy subscriptions, and more await you in the October issue!
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Natural Food Flavors and Colorants

Although many foods are appealing, and even perceived as natural, in spite of containing synthetic additives, consumer increasingly prefer food products which are fully natural.

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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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