Many years ago I covered commodities for a weekly bakery newsletter known as “The Orange Sheet.” It was so named because the four-sheeter actually was printed on bright, Halloween orange paper, the publishers reckoning that the background would prevent anyone from photocopying the contents and passing it on without subscribing.
I’ll admit it, I was initially skeptical about the impact of climate change on the world. No doubt, it stemmed from my cynical and contrarian nature, one that prevents me from immediately joining a bandwagon.
Recently, the existing U.S. sugar program has been getting much more scrutiny by not only those paying higher prices â consumers as well as the confectionery and baking commodity buyers â but from our politicians as well. Oh wait, is there an election coming up?
Continuous improvement works for allYesterday, I spent most of my time attending the American Association of Candy Technologists’ (AACT) National Technical Seminar in Lincolnshire, Ill., a northern suburb of Chicago
Last week, I came across two food stories that made me stop and think about what role confectioners have in the “grand scheme” of things. The great “candy’s role in the diet and nutrition” question came about as a result of seeing Time magazine’s cover story (Sept. 12, 2011 issue) on “What to Eat Now” as well as watching a news clip on Plumpy’Nut being produced by Edesia in Providence, R.I.
I’ll never forget how Larry Hassler described Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll to me when I visited the company back in June 2007. “It’s like eating a salad,” he smiled, noting that the peanuts, nougat center and caramel provided similar components found in a salad (legume, dairy product, sweet dressing). Although peanuts are technically a legume, I don’t think even Hassler could get away with a labeling change, even if he were to call the famous Salted Nut Roll “salad-like.”
The news broke early in the morning. I was just taking another sip of coffee and flipping through the sports section of the Chicago Tribune (one has to have priorities in the morning) when I heard about Kraft Food’s decision to split its business into two separate entities, snack and grocery.
I found myself trying to come up with an appropriate term for an that ran on SmartMoney’s website this past Monday. The terms “yellow journalism” and “tabloid journalism” were a bit too harsh, although the misleading headline had me leading toward those descriptors.
One of the first lessons about the confectionery industry I learned upon taking over the editorial reins of Candy Industry 10 years ago involved the inherent mission of anyone producing candy, be it a sugar, chocolate or gum confection. In brief, it’s about bringing joy to the consumer.
It was one of those days at the office, you know, a grind. Anyway, when I typically arrive home from work, after battling ninnies who drive while speaking on their cell phones â or worse yet â texting as opposed to concentrating on the road, I’m looking for some down time.