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Kettle Winner Profile: A Beamin’ And Beanin’ Bianco

Candy Industry’s 69th Kettle Award Mike Bianco recipient encompasses all the best attributes of a candy maker’s “candy maker.”
By Bernie Pacyniak
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Mike Bianco openly professes that he prefers “talking to machines.”
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Bianco’s Bash: 10 Great Moments from Candy Industry's Kettle Awards

From the committee to the nominees, there was plenty to celebrate at the annual event.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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Once again — as is the tradition at the Kettle Awards — the crowd burst into applause when Crosio read the recipient’s name: Mike Bianco of the Jelly Belly Candy Co.
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Morkes Chocolates: A third-generation candy maker works to stay competitive.

Rhonda continues to “mix” old-fashioned quality with the latest food and pop trends to sustain a family business in a competitive climate.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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Rhonda Dehn always had a head for figures. Thus, when asked to work Saturdays at the family’s retail candy shop in Palatine, Ill., there were no issues when it came to computing sales taxes on purchases or giving out change.
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Insects as the Food of the Future

Could eating bugs ever go mainstream?
By Crystal Lindell
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The next big thing could be bugs.
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Chocolate Bar Trends: Candymakers continue to raise the "bar."

Consumers look for innovation from both mainstream and premium chocolate makers.
By Crystal Lindell
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These days you can grab a chocolate bar with almost anything inside. In the past year companies have introduced flavors ranging from marshmallows to ginger to hemp seeds.
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Leaders in Innovation: Collaboration begets innovation

A look at some of the most promising new developments in confectionery technology.
By Bernie Pacyniak
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“Innovation does not, of course, mean throwing out the old for the sake of the new," says Mitch Barns, ceo for Nielsen.
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1-800-FLOWERS.COM to accept bitcoin for online transactions

Flower and candy company to begin accepting the popular online currency.
By Crystal Lindell
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“As a customer-centric company, we are always looking for new ways to engage with our customers and enhance their shopping experience for all of their celebratory occasions,” says Jim McCann, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM CEO and founder.


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Twizzlers Mixed Berry Bites

The Hershey Co., Hershey, Pa.
By Crystal Lindell
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New Twizzlers Mixed Berry Bites combine three delicious flavors!
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Juicy Fruit Bubble Gum

Wrigley, Chicago
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The new gum offers the great bubble blowing experience that kids and adults love.
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Lancaster Vanilla and Raspberry Soft Crème Caramels

The Hershey Co., Hershey, Pa.
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These surprisingly soft, rich and creamy Lancaster Soft Crèmes provide a modern caramel taste experience.
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Coco Polo's Sugar-Free Chocolates

Coco Polo Chocolate, Highland Park, N.J.
By Crystal Lindell
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Coco Polo Chocolate’s line of all-natural, sugar-free chocolate bars are sweetened with stevia.
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EXCELLENCE Lemon

Lindt USA, Stratham, N.H.
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Premium chocolatier Lindt USA is introducing the EXCELLENCE Lemon into its dark chocolate collection.
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ADM expands food ingredient offerings with acquisition of WILD Flavors

$3 billion acquisition adds flavor systems to portfolio of specialty ingredients.
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Decatur, Ill.-based Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) will acquire WILD Flavors GmbH in an all-cash transaction valued at $3 billion (€2.3 billion), the move subject to regulatory approvals and expected to close at the end of the year.
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Lindt & Sprüngli buys into Russell Stover’s box of chocolates

Move will make it third largest chocolate manufacturer in North America.
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Months of speculation ended on Monday regarding who was going to acquire Russell Stover’s box of chocolates when Lindt & Sprüngli announced it had reached a deal to purchase the U.S.’s largest family-owned chocolate company for a reportedly $1.5 billion.
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A Venetian Carnival, a Jelly Belly sculpture and gourmet chocolates! Oh my!

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Candy August 2014 Cover

August 2014

August with Candy Industry features Kettle Award winners, jelly beans, and more!
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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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