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Hershey

Hershey acquires iconic Canadian candy maker Allan Candy Co.

Deal extends Hershey’s Sweets & Refreshment manufacturing capacity in North America, adds famous Canadian confectionery brands to the Hershey portfolio.
The Allan Candy Co. is well known across Canada for its iconic confectionery brands, including Allan, Big Foot, Hot Lips and Laces.
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Fannie May

Thanksgiving fire destroys Fannie May warehouse and distribution facility

Candy maker rallies around the clock to stay on track for holiday orders.
On Thanksgiving Day, a fire destroyed Fannie May Fine Chocolates’ warehouse and distribution facility in Maple Heights, Ohio.
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One-on-one with Justin Gold from Justin’s

Nutty innovation spreads health, profitable snacking options
"To be honest, the business was failing [at first]. You can’t sell enough jars; you can’t have a big enough margin; not enough product differentiation," Gold says.
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Recchuiti Confections: Still driving (flavors) hard

Candy Industry Magazine revisits this heralded San Francisco-based confectioner after a 10-year hiatus to discover evolutionary changes, all revolving around a singular commitment to excellence.
“I never settle, which drives people crazy,” Recchuiti asserts. “I have a difficult time being comfortable, so I throw myself into uncomfortable situations.”
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Raaka Chocolates: Raw flavor powers growth

Brooklyn-based bean-to-bar operation finds following for its minimally processed chocolates that emphasize maximizing cocoa bean flavors.

Meet Nate Hodge, a political speech major and onetime songwriter and vocalist for the alternative folk/ rock band, Tall Stranger. These days, however, he’s writing lyrics for a different life chapter, one that involves overseeing development and production of “virgin” chocolate products at Raaka Chocolate in Brooklyn, N.Y.


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Dandelion Chocolate: On a mission

Former Silicon Valley entrepreneurs embrace bean-to-bar chocolate making, and find themselves delightfully overseeing a growth engine called Dandelion Chocolate.
One of the first things a newcomer stepping into Dandelion Chocolate’s café and production area on Valencia St. in San Francisco experiences — besides the obvious hipster din and energy — is the large welcoming chalkboard.
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Healthy Foods Brands Has Candy Flying Off The Shelves

Russ Asaro and Rob Kowitt of Healthy Food Brands may be known for their Angry Birds and Candy Crush lines, but the company is looking to the future with a new Welch’s fruit line, a bigger focus on private label and an expansion of its Simply Lite brand.
These days, when people in the candy industry hear the name Healthy Food Brands, they most likely think of Angry Birds or Candy Crush gummies and fruit snacks. And then, their next thought is probably something along the lines of, “What’s so healthy about those two brands?”
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Original Gourmet: No Choice But To Smile!

Original Gourmet Foods has redefined the lollipop category, creating a premium line that provides longlasting taste and value. Investments in merchandising and automation have helped fuel the growth.
Can Original Gourmet Foods’ Richard Alimenti do for the lollipop category what actor Telly Savalas did for the Kojak television series?
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Closure

Ferrara Candy closes Chattanooga plant

Candy company plans to consolidate production, lays off manufacturing workers at plant.

Ferrara Candy Co. announced another closure last month, this time affecting its Chattanooga location.


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Seasonal Candy

Hershey extends lucrative Halloween season through 'harvest' tie-in

Candy maker expands its fall offerings, connecting them to its Halloween products in attempt to benefit both themes.
Halloween has gradually taken over the fall season, with witches and ghosts haunting storefronts as soon as September hits.
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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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November 2014

The November issue showcases Healthy Foods Brands and the ECRM Buyer's Choice winners.
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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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