Industry Trends

Overviews of specific confectionery categories.


Premium Chocolate Trends: Chocolate as culture, as a story

Artisan chocolatiers stand atop the rest amidst cocoa price increases.
Sometimes it’s the smaller, more elegant competitors that rise to the top in turmoil.
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Novelty trends: Category's constantly changing to stay relevant

Category leaders turn to hot licenses, product innovation and seasonal offerings to lure customers.
The thing about novelty candy is that there is no such thing as resting on your laurels.
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How We Snack: A Look At Trends In The Category

Consumers look to healthier, better-for-you, fun snacks, while also watching prices, and grabbing more mid-day meals.
As some snacks become healthier, or at least attempt to, others are becoming better-for-you, while others still are turning to fun and unusual flavors to lure customers.
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Chocolate Bar Trends: Candymakers continue to raise the "bar."

Consumers look for innovation from both mainstream and premium chocolate makers.
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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Extruded snacks food market worth $31 billion by 2019

Asia-Pacific region, followed by Latin America, projected to grow the fastest.
The extruded snacks market is expected to increase to $31 billion by 2019 says a report by MarketsandMarkets, a global market research and consulting company based in the United States.
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Better-For-You Confections Trends: Category continues to grow

Progress in improving flavor profiles is helping fortified confections reach a growing market.
Confections fortified with healthy ingredients help us reach our goal a little faster, easier and in a more tasteful way than ever before.
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Gum & Mint Trends: Getting Gums Going Again

Gum and mint sales decline, category needs innovation.
The gum and mints market is hard up for innovation, and people just don’t seem to be that excited when companies come up with yet one more name for “mint.”
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Chewy Candies Get Big Going Small

Bite-sized candy trend spurs huge growth in the chewy candy segment.
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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Candy Industry previews Sweets & Snacks Expo on Fox News

Editor Bernie Pacyniak discusses several new product introductions from Ferrara Candy Co. and Ford Gum on Fox’s Good Day Chicago morning television program, highlighting some of the trends prevalent at the Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago.
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Hershey’s Learn to Grow program realizing targets

Company looks to expand effort as all participating farmers pass certification audit.
The successful launch and completion of its HERSHEY LEARN TO GROW program in Ghana, which was implemented 18 months ago to help increase the incomes and improve living standards of more than 1,400 cocoa farm families there, has prompted The Hershey Co. to expand the initiative.
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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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