Hershey Completes Acquisition Of Lily’s Confectionery Brand

Hershey, PA — The Hershey Co. has completed its acquisition of Lily’s Sweets, LLC Inc., maker of low-sugar, better-for-you (BFY) confectionery products, for a purchase price of $425 million. “Lily’s is a great addition to Hershey’s growing portfolio of better-for-you snacking brands, and we…

Banks Unveils Current Macro, Micro Flavor Trends

Indiana Convention Center — Identifying macrotrends is key to understanding consumer flavor preferences, according to David Banks, director of marketing for Bell Flavors & Fragrances. Banks identified five macrotrends influencing consumers during an interactive educational session Wednesday afternoon titled Taste…

It’Sugar Emerges From Bankruptcy With Expansion Plans

Miami — Specialty candy retailer It’Sugar has opened 10 new stores in the past six months including a two-story, 10,000-square-foot location at Faneuil Hall in Boston and its second candy department store in the U.S. at the Ala Moana Center…

Dignitaries Kick Off Sweets & Snacks Expo

Indiana Convention Center — The Sweets & Snacks Expo, the first convention held in the city of Indianapolis in 18 months, opened with jubilation Wednesday morning and a welcome by both Indianapolis and Indiana dignitaries. “Well look at us, we’re…

Taylor Earns First Woman Of Influence Award

Indiana Convention Center — Libby Taylor, former NCA vice-president of meetings and membership, is the first recipient of the NCA Women’s Leadership Group (WLG) Woman of Influence award. Taylor, who retired in August 2020, said a highlight of her career…

Boes, Phegley Honored With NCA Candy Dish Awards

Indiana Convention Center — Doug Boes and Katherine Phegley were honored last evening during the 2021 Sweets and Snacks Expo awards ceremony with NCA’s Golden and Silver Candy Dish Awards. Boes, a senior vice-president with Shankman & Associates, received the…