Ferrara Candy and Nestle USA presented their total sales force for the first time during the Sweets & Snacks Expo this week. "We view the merger as bringing together two very strong portfolios and our intent is to combine that with a team that is motivated to grow sales for our customers," said Ferrara CEO Todd Siwak.
Successful licensed goods sales require manufacturers and retailers to pay close attention to current trends, according to experts. Boston America's Nintendo-themed offerings and Jelly Belly's use of the "Jurassic World" and "Harry Potter" brands are examples of how confectioners have incorporated trendy licenses into their products.
Mirzam Chocolate Makers has revealed its Monsters Collection chocolate bar packaging. The special packages include images of mythical sea monsters whose tales were told by Arabian merchants involved in Spice Route trades.
Smaller brands have gained momentum in the dairy industry, as only 20% of dairy spending was on global brands in 2017, according to a recent Kantar Worldpanel report. Once again Danone was ranked the 20th overall global brand, and Yakult held steady at 48.
Breyers will add a new label to its ice cream this summer that claims the use of 100% grade A milk and cream in the products. In addition, Breyers will contribute to a Dairy Farmers of America fund to support dairy farm sustainability.
Obese children who consume two servings or more of cow's milk each day have a greater chance of having lower fasting insulin, according to a UTHealth study. The lesson for parents is "not to be scared of milk, or to limit its consumption, and to encourage children of all ages to keep drinking it freely," said Mona Eissa, a professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.
Nestle is merging its two research and development units to expedite bringing new products to market. The Nestle Institute of Health Sciences and Nestle Research Center will combine as of July 1 and will be known as Nestle Research.
Ferrara Candy and parent company The Ferrero Group are working to update several of the brands acquired from Nestle USA earlier this year, beginning with Butterfinger. The revamped confection will debut by early next year, featuring updated ingredients, new packaging and the biggest marketing push in the brand's history, said Ferrara CEO Todd Siwak.
PepsiCo North America Nutrition has forged a partnership with food and beverage incubator The Hatchery Chicago to help bring more quality products to consumers. "I'm really excited about what we're doing to make sure trusted nutrition choices are always within reach," said Seth Kaufman, president of PepsiCo North America Nutrition.
The NCA has created the Ruby Award for Supplier Innovation and presented it to Barry Callebaut for its ruby chocolate at this year's Sweets & Snacks Expo. The association named the award after the product, recognizing the importance of suppliers in "creating products that enhance confectionery manufacturing," according to NCA President and CEO John Downs.