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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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Extruded snacks food market worth $31 billion by 2019

Asia-Pacific region, followed by Latin America, projected to grow the fastest.
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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.
By Carla Zanetos Scully
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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.
By Crystal Lindell
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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.
By Valerie King and Crystal Lindell
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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

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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.
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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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Mondelez affirming women’s rights in cocoa-growing areas

Company to promote gender equality in its Cocoa Life sustainability program.
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In Ghana, female cocoa farmers earn 25-30 percent less than their male counterparts; in Cote d'Ivoire, women in cocoa communities earn up to 70 percent less than men.
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Hard Candy Trends: Taking back the reins

Hard candy makers respond to a year of downward sales with new products, expansion and packaging innovation.
By Valerie King
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While there’s no smoking gun to explain the decline in sales, one thing’s for sure, as far as Sally Lyons Wyatt, at IRI is concerned — there is a huge need for innovation.
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Snack bar trends: Sweet, segmented, sustenance

Snack bar consumers demand healthier, more functional options.
By Valerie King and Curtis Vreeland
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Serving a society that’s increasingly obsessed with ingredients has led the snack bar industry to embrace more healthful, functional products for unique subgroups.
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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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