Three Emerging Seasonal Chocolate Trends

London — Limited-edition items, personalized products and integrated marketing are among the trends expected to move the seasonal chocolate market in the future, according to research firm Technavio. “The market’s growth rate can be attributed to the increase in individual…

Poppables Join Lay’s Potato Snack Brand

Plano, TX — Lay’s brand Poppables are a new, multi-dimensional, light-textured potato snack from PepsiCo described on-pack as “perfectly poppable crispy potato bites.” “Poppables is more than just a delicious snack; it’s about reminding our fans to enjoy lighthearted and fun moments,”…

Conagra Buying Thanasi Foods

Chicago — Conagra Brands, Inc. has entered into agreement to purchase Duke’s meat snacks and Bigs Seeds maker Thanasi Foods LLC. The transaction is anticipated to close this summer, after which Duke’s and Bigs brands will continue to be operated…

Ferrero Acquiring Fannie May Confections

Carle Place, NY — Ferrero International S.A. has entered into definitive agreement to purchase all the outstanding equity of Fannie May Confections Brands, Inc., including subsidiaries Fannie May Confections, Inc. and Harry London Candies, Inc., from 1-800-Flowers.com, Inc., the company…

Hershey Appoints West SVP, Growth Officer

Hershey, PA — Mary Beth West has been named senior vice-president and chief growth officer for The Hershey Co. Reporting to President and CEO Michele Buck, West will assume her role on May 1. With 30 years of executive and marketing…

Mars Makes Best Company To Work For List For Fifth

McLean, VA — For the fifth consecutive year, Mars, Inc. has been named to Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies To Work For list, compiled by the Great Place To Work Institute. Ranking 50th this year, the list is complied based…

Cargill Launches Identity Preservation GMO Verification System

Minneapolis — Helping manufacturers source and ensure ingredients are GMO free, Cargill, Inc. is introducing the KnownOrigins identity preservation process. KnownOrigins is built on robust testing, approval and evaluation protocols, ensuring ingredients meet agreed-to non-GMO standards, Cargill reports. In addition…