Tony Jacobs recognized with NCA’s Advocate of the Year Award

Tony Jacobs, president and general manager of global confections for Bazooka Candy Brands, a division of The Topps Co., was honored with the National Confectioners Association’s Advocate of the Year Award last week in Miami, Fla. The award celebrates a member of the chocolate and candy industry who has demonstrated unparalleled commitment and leadership in advocacy.

Barry Callebaut’s Jerry Hagedorn Honored with Industry Award

Jerry Hagedorn, executive vice president of business development for Barry Callebaut USA LLC, has been recognized with the National Confectioners Association’s 2018 Distinguished Service Award. Last given in 2014, the award honors individuals who have worked tirelessly throughout their careers to benefit the chocolate and candy industry in a lasting way.

Court Establishes Guidelines for Chocolate Sold in California

Consumer Advocacy Group “As You Sow” and Chocolate Companies Agree to Resolve Longstanding Dispute over Proposition 65 Warnings for Chocolate Products SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today a California Superior Court judge in San Francisco approved a settlement resolving claims that have…

Educational Tracks Set for 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo

The 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo is pleased to announce its educational tracks for this year’s multifaceted program. The tracks, grouped around the themes of How We Shop, How We Eat, and How We Work, will explore consumer behaviors and trends in treating and snacking. Hosted by the National Confectioners Association, the 2018 event will host more than 20 educational sessions addressing various topic areas for the confectionery, snack and specialty categories.

2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo Grows Global Footprint

Confectionery and snacks from more than 25 different countries will be on display at the 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo – the largest number of countries ever to showcase products at the trade show. Hosted by the National Confectioners Association from May 22-24 at McCormick Place in Chicago, the 2018 Expo will house four acres of widespread product innovation, welcoming more than 850 exhibitors.

What Two Billion Pins on Pinterest tell us about Today’s Consumer

Arthur Sevilla, head of vertical strategy at Pinterest, will headline the education program at the 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo, taking place May 22-24, in Chicago’s McCormick Place. Sevilla will use insights from more than two billion pins to demonstrate how consumer intent signals form strategies that result in meaningful brand engagement that drive measurable sales.

NCA Announces 2018 Future Leadership Program Class

Five young professionals within the confectionery industry have been selected for NCA’s 2018 Future Leadership Program. The full breadth of the category is on display in this year’s class as the supply, manufacturing, distribution and retail sides of the industry are represented.

“The Future Leadership Program is a very important strategic initiative that was designed to help build knowledge and leadership skills of young professionals in the confectionery industry,” said NCA President and CEO John Downs. “This program provides a comprehensive experience for our young people to further develop talents and careers within their respective companies.”

Two Retail Leaders to be Recognized for Contributions to Confectionery

The National Confectioners Association is honored to announce that Krisanne Flamini from Wawa, Inc. and Barry Phillips from SpartanNash are the recipients of the 2018 Confectionery Leadership Award. The award celebrates the recipients’ lasting contributions to the industry through their category management best practices, effective business collaboration, innovative in-store merchandising and solid category performance.

2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo Sells Out in Record Time

Booth space for the 2018 Sweets & Snacks Expo is sold out. This is the first time in the trade show’s 21-year history that it has sold out so early in the year. Hosted by the National Confectioners Association, the Sweets & Snacks Expo (May 22-24) welcomes more than 18,000 attendees from 90 countries as more than 850 exhibitors display their most innovative products.