When Editor-in-Chief Bernie Pacyniak asked if I’d be interested in shadowing the caramel portion of a Caramel, Fudge and Toffee course hosted by the Professional Manufacturing Confectioners Association (PMCA) at Savage Bros. in Elk Grove, Ill. last week (Nov. 7), I said what any reasonable person would: Absolutely.
CocoaAction began collecting data and rolling out community development and productivity practices last year. And they’ve made progress, according to the program’s new annual report, but there’s still a long way to go.
First off, I don’t have any insider info. This is purely a speculative piece. And really, who else but Nestlé really knows, and they probably haven’t decided on whom or whether either. But let’s consider the candidates: Hershey, Ferrero, Mondelez International, Mars, Perfetti Van Melle, Leaf Brands and perhaps even Tootsie Roll? And then there’s the recent comment made by Just Born’s Matt Pye about buying select brands.
I admit it; it’s been a while since I had the opportunity to attend a Retail Confectioners International Regional Conference. As often is the case, I have plenty of excuses, beginning with budget restraints, scheduling conflicts and never-ending deadlines.
Several of my BNP Media colleagues and I attended PACK EXPO, staged by PMMI at the Las Vegas Convention Center last week. More than 2,000 exhibitors displayed their processing and packaging capabilities and equipment for thousands of attendees from across the globe — attendees who undoubtedly hit the Strip to blow off steam after long days at the show.
On July 1, consumers living in Cook County, a good chunk of Chicagoland, were greeted with a new tax, one that slapped a penny surcharge on every ounce of sweetened beverage, which included items such as soda, sports drinks, flavored water, energy drinks, pre-made sweetened coffee and tea with less than 50 percent milk content, among others.
It’s safe to say that nobody wants to “suck” at what they do. Generally, having that verb assigned to your work or operation means change is in order. But Jolly Rancher, a Hershey brand that was experiencing a period of sales decline, decided to put the term — and both its meanings — to good use.
On what may eventually come to be known as “Ruby Tuesday”— Sept. 5, 2017— industry giant Barry Callebaut introduced what they claim is a fourth type of chocolate, joining dark, milk, and white ... Ruby chocolate.