Although Valentine’s Day spending is expected to level off after a decade-long rise, American consumers are projected to spend the same amount on candy, according to a new survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.
If you missed the column, which appeared in Sweet & Healthy Issue 1, it dealt with a mother’s proposal to create candy- and tabloid-free checkout aisles for parents who are shopping with their children.
As Judy Putnam, Lansing State Journal columnist put it, “If you have a kid, you know the moment.” Putnam was referring to the checkout drama that occurs when children tug at their parents’ sleeves and ask for candy, which is conveniently placed at eye level.
Runamok Maple, a Cambridge, Vt.-based maker of all-natural, organic maple syrup, has acquired the maple candy and butter operations of Battleboro, Vt.-based Bascom Maple Farms, the largest independent supplier of pure maple syrup, maple sugar and maple candy in the country.
Pack your bags and prepare for a sweet adventure. The Confectionery Foundation, a division of the National Confectioners Association (NCA), has developed an online map of candy outlet stores and factory tours that encourages travelers to experience American confectionery companies and brands.
Last Wednesday I was to head to Chicago’s River North neighborhood, check out Sugar Factory’s new brasserie and store, and make eye contact with Backstreet Boy Nick Carter long enough for him to fall in love with me and propose on the spot. Sounds easy, right? Well, two-thirds of it was.
Las Vegas-based Sugar Factory American Brasserie, a restaurant and retail confectionery operation, has opened a new store in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, which is just off Michigan Ave., a stretch commonly referred to as the Magnificent Mile.
The 2,400-sq.-ft. store, located at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, now features an open floor plan and simple, elegant décor meant to draw new and repeat customers to the iconic Chicago brand, owned by 1-800-Flowers.