FMI Names Mars Among CPG Growth Leaders

McLean, VA — Mars, Inc. was recognized as one of the top five fastest growing CPG companies at the Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI) 2016 Midwinter Executive Conference, the company reports. FMI’s list of CPG growth leaders was complied by Boston…

Total Retail Sales To Grow Around 4% In 2017

Washington — Overall retail sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, are expected to increase between 3.7 and 4.2 percent compared with the year prior, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). The trade group reports the economy is expected…

Natural Colors Market To Hit $2.5B By 2025

San Francisco — Global sales for natural food colors are expected to reach $2.5 billion by 2025, driven by demand for natural products and stringent regulations regarding some synthetic colors, according to Grand View Research, Inc. In addition, growing penetration…

Three Ways To Capitalize On Niche Opportunities

Chicago — CPG manufacturers can uncover short-and long-term growth opportunities by identifying and capitalizing on consumer trends, especially those commanding premiums in niche markets, according to Information Resources, Inc. (IRI). To make the most of these growth pockets, IRI suggest…

Smarties Recognizes Sales Leaders

Union, NJ — Smarties Candy Co. calls out Shankman & Associates, Inc. as its 2016 Broker of the Year. According to the company, the award is given for increasing sales as well as superior sales effort and marketing support within the brokerage…

YumEarth Revamps Packs Across Entire Line

Stamford, CT — Yummy Earth, Inc., manufacturer of YumEarth brand organic candies, has redesigned the pack graphics on its entire line with a cleaner look to better align with the brand identity, the company reports. Julia Lorusso, project manager, tells Candy…

Sweets & Snacks Expo Earns “Fastest 50” Honors

Washington DC — The Sweets & Snacks Expo, hosted by the NCA, has been recognized as one of Trade Show Executive magazine’s fastest-growing shows. The Expo earned a place in three of the magazine’s rankings, being named to the 50 fastest-growing shows based…