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March 8, 2012

Jelly Belly has expanded its Gummi Pet line with a new addition.

FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Jelly Belly has expanded its Gummi Pet line with a new addition.

Gummi Pet Cockroach will join Pet Rat, Pet Gator, Pet Dinosaur and Pet Tarantula this June. The candy is created with two different flavors: one for the "legs" and the other for the "body." The Gummi Pet Cockroach candies will be available in blackberry and cherry, grape and lime, and orange and blackberry.

March 6, 2012

Mars Chocolate is getting ready for the holiday season by unveiling its new offerings for winter 2012.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Mars Chocolate is getting ready for the holiday season by unveiling its new offerings for winter 2012.

The new treats include:

February 17, 2012

Mars is extending its popular Dove brand with its new chocolate-covered raisins and peanuts mix.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Mars is extending its popular Dove brand with its new chocolate-covered raisins and peanuts mix. Dove’s new spin on the classic combination of taste and textures will hit retail shelves in April and is packaged in a standup pouch designed to enhance shelf presence.


The “hand-to-mouth” candy segment increasingly is popular with consumers. With $1.6 billion in sales annually, according to Mars, unwrapped bite-sized candy is emerging as a growth segment for manufacturers and retailers.


February 16, 2012

Mars Chocolate is putting its candy bars on a diet, according to published reports.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Mars Chocolate is putting its candy bars on a diet, according to published reports.

The company is said to limit the calories on its well-known candy brands, including Snickers and Twix. According to a Reuters report, candy bars will tout no more than 250 calories by 2013. What's more, the report said, such items as the 540-calorie king-size Snickers bar will be pulled from the market by 2014.

January 26, 2012

Clover Labs, based in Fairview, Tenn., last week announced a new delivery system format — peppermint-flavored gum — for an intimacy supplement presented at the ECRM Vitamin, Diet & Sports Nutrition EPPS conference.

ATLANTA — Clover Labs, based in Fairview, Tenn., last week announced a new delivery system format — peppermint-flavored gum — for an intimacy supplement presented at the ECRM Vitamin, Diet & Sports Nutrition EPPS conference.

Branded Vantage-X, the product is designed to take up to one hour prior to intimacy.

The company has also partnered with Ansell Healthcare and Biofilm with a number of combination packs coupling Clover's Vantage-X with Lifestyle-brand condoms and Astroglide personal lubricants, respectively.

January 25, 2012

Candy is a powerhouse category for the drug channel. Candy and gum represent more than 6% of center-store sales, according to the National Confectioners Association, and contribute $3 billion annually to the channel.

Candy is a powerhouse category for the drug channel. Candy and gum represent more than 6% of center-store sales, according to the National Confectioners Association, and contribute $3 billion annually to the channel.

Chocolate, which has been a strong category, is experiencing sales deceleration since manufacturers and retailers have passed higher production costs onto consumers.

January 24, 2012

Peeps is embracing Valentine's Day with new Peeps marshmallow chicks.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Peeps is embracing Valentine's Day with new Peeps marshmallow chicks.

The Peeps chocolate dipped strawberry creme-flavored marshmallow chicks are available in a 3-count tray in both milk chocolate and dark chocolate.

January 16, 2012

Dove is pairing its chocolate with a new bite-sized candy that combines taste and texture.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Dove is pairing its chocolate with a new bite-sized candy that combines taste and texture.

New Dove chocolate-covered raisins and peanuts is the latest "hand to mouth" candy from the brand, which will debut on store shelves this spring for a suggested retail price of $3.49 for a 5-oz. bag.

The launch will be supported by a creative, multifaceted marketing campaign, including print, broadcast, online/social media, consumer promotions, in-store and shopper marketing.

December 2, 2011

Nestlé Crunch has unveiled a limited-edition chocolate bar that will be available this holiday season.

GLENDALE, Calif. — Nestlé Crunch has unveiled a limited-edition chocolate bar that will be available this holiday season.

Partnering with Paul Frank Industries, the candy is a 2.75-oz. bar tucked inside a colorful gift envelope, which doubles as a holiday card and features characters from the Paul Frank collection, including Julius the Monkey and Clancy the Giraffe.

November 21, 2011

Peeps has introduced chocolate dipped caramel-flavored marshmallow chicks in time for the holiday season, the company announced Monday.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Peeps has introduced chocolate dipped caramel-flavored marshmallow chicks in time for the holiday season, the company announced Monday.

The marshmallow chicks are a creamy caramel flavor dipped in either milk or dark chocolate, the company said. The new flavor is available 3-count packages.

November 16, 2011

Extra has boosted its lineup of Dessert Delights chewing gum with a new addition that was selected by Facebook fans.

CHICAGO — Extra has boosted its lineup of Dessert Delights chewing gum with a new addition that was selected by Facebook fans.

Extra said its root beer float gum garnered 1.3 million votes from Facebook fans during the brand's Fan Flavorite Vote contest, beating out lemon square and bananas foster flavors. The root beer float gum will make its debut in summer 2012 and will join the current lineup of Extra Dessert Delights that includes orange creme pop, apple pie, mint chocolate chip, strawberry shortcake and key lime pie flavors.

November 11, 2011

There is "fair evidence" to support the use of xylitol, a natural sweetener used in gums and mints, to prevent inner ear infections in healthy children, according to a new evidence review.

WASHINGTON — There is "fair evidence" to support the use of xylitol, a natural sweetener used in gums and mints, to prevent inner ear infections in healthy children, according to a new evidence review.

November 1, 2011

YummyEarth has expanded its lineup of organic candy to include sour jelly beans.

LOS ANGELES and RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — YummyEarth has expanded its lineup of organic candy to include sour jelly beans.

New YumEarth Naturals sour beans are made with all-natural ingredients and do not contain artificial colors, flavors or such major allergens as gluten, nuts and dairy. The new candy is in line with the launch of the brand's latest flavor, Perfectly Peach.

YumEarth Naturals sour beans are available in 2.5-oz., 4-oz. and 7-oz. sizes for a suggested retail price of $2, $2.99 and $6.99, respectively.

October 25, 2011

Healthy Food Brands has introduced a new line of fruit snacks and gummies based on a popular Internet game.

NEW YORK — Healthy Food Brands has introduced a new line of fruit snacks and gummies based on a popular Internet game.

New Angry Birds fruit snacks and gummies feature a variety of characters from the gaming application from Rovio Entertainment. Made with fruit juice, both product lines are fat-, nut- and gluten-free, and are available in cherry, lemon, raspberry, apple, grape and strawberry flavors.

October 24, 2011

Certain chewing gum companies are introducing smaller packs that will carry a lower price tag, according to a new report.

NEW YORK — Certain chewing gum companies are introducing smaller packs that will carry a lower price tag, according to a new report.

According to MarketWatch, Kraft Foods is expected to introduce five-piece packs of Trident and Stride gums, which will cost 50 cents. Additionally, confectioner Wrigley, which is owned by Mars, is expected to roll out smaller and more affordable chewing gum in 2012.

Kraft's gum portfolio includes Dentyne, in addition to Trident and Stride. Wrigley produces such brands as Big Red, Doublemint, Extra and more.

September 19, 2011

Peeps has crafted a treat in time for Halloween.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Peeps has crafted a treat in time for Halloween.

The brand has released its chocolate dipped orange marshmallow chicks, which are dressed in a festive orange and dipped in a layer of creamy milk or rich dark chocolate. The latest Peeps candy in available in a 3-count package.

September 6, 2011

Mars Chocolate North America kicked off its 50,000 Mars Random Acts of Chocolate initiative, providing New Yorkers with free samples of the company's chocolate brands.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Mars Chocolate North America kicked off its 50,000 Mars Random Acts of Chocolate initiative, providing New Yorkers with free samples of the company's chocolate brands.

The company said it is delivering the free samples of such candies as M&M's, Snickers, Twix, 3 Musketeers and Milky Way via bike messengers in Manhattan.

How it works:

August 10, 2011

On behalf of its Combos brand, which serves as a sponsor of the Boston Red Sox, Mars Chocolate North America executive Tim LeBel threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Red Sox game last week to benefit two charitable causes.

NEW YORK — On behalf of its Combos brand, which serves as a sponsor of the Boston Red Sox, Mars Chocolate North America executive Tim LeBel threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Red Sox game last week to benefit two charitable causes.

July 22, 2011

Perrigo on Thursday announced that it has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to market a cinnamon-flavored, over-the-counter coated nicotine polacrilex gum USP in 2-mg and 4-mg strengths.

ALLEGAN, Mich. — Perrigo on Thursday announced that it has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to market a cinnamon-flavored, over-the-counter coated nicotine polacrilex gum USP in 2-mg and 4-mg strengths.

The product will be marketed under store-brand labels and is comparable with GlaxoSmithKline's Nicorette Cinnamon Surge coated gum, a stop-smoking aid.

July 5, 2011

Perhaps the most exciting recent development in the multivitamin segment is the success of gummy vitamins. Data from SymphonyIRI show that, while teen and infant vitamin sales are in decline, gummy vitamins for adults are driving growth within the category.


NEW YORK — Perhaps the most exciting recent development in the multivitamin segment is the success of gummy vitamins. Data from SymphonyIRI show that, while teen and infant vitamin sales are in decline, gummy vitamins for adults are driving growth within the category.


June 22, 2011

Post Foods has expanded its Pebbles cereal lineup with a limited-edition flavor.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Post Foods has expanded its Pebbles cereal lineup with a limited-edition flavor.

New Pebbles Boulders Stone Age caramel apple now is available on store shelves nationwide. Each serving of the new cereal, which features caramel-flavored boulders and caramel-flavored dinosaur bones, contains 110 calories and 16 g of whole grains, while providing 10 essential vitamins and minerals, Post said.

Post said it will continue to introduce more delicious limited-edition Boulders flavors throughout the year.

June 20, 2011

ESI Cases and Accessories is encouraging consumers to get a whiff of the company's Jelly Belly candy-scented smartphone and accessories cases.

NEW YORK — ESI Cases and Accessories is encouraging consumers to get a whiff of the company's Jelly Belly candy-scented smartphone and accessories cases.

Through its new product catalog, the company unveiled accessories for iPhone, iPod, Blackberry and gaming devices that smell like Jelly Belly jelly bean candies. The gel cases are available in five scents, including Very Cherry, Licorice, Blueberry, Strawberry Cheesecake and Berry Blue.

June 13, 2011

Lindt is expanding its dark chocolate offerings with two new Excellence bars.

STRATHAM, N.H. — Lindt is expanding its dark chocolate offerings with two new Excellence bars.

The Excellence 70% cocoa almond brittle balances the sweet crunch of almond brittle with dark chocolate, while the Excellence 70% cocoa nut crunch combines the subtle flavor and delicate crunch of of caramelized walnut and hazelnut pieces with dark chocolate. Each bar provides a "delightful dark chocolate experience," Lindt said.

May 24, 2011

Pacific Shore Holdings has added a caffeinated, sugar-free gum to its Energy-X portfolio.

LOS ANGELES — Pacific Shore Holdings has added a caffeinated, sugar-free gum to its Energy-X portfolio.

New Energy-X chewing gum is available in a spearmint flavor and contains 55 mg of caffeine, the company said. The Energy-X line will expand to include a caffeinated gum that features 102 mg of caffeine and will be infused with green tea extract.

The company currently markets Energy-X lip balm products and is slated to launch an Energy-X protein power bar.

May 20, 2011

Mars Chocolate is putting emphasis on its Twix and Snickers candies with two respective campaigns.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — Mars Chocolate is putting emphasis on its Twix and Snickers candies with two respective campaigns.

Twix's Pause Like You Mean It campaign will include the "Pick Your Pause" on-pack promotion, where consumers instantly can win more than 250,000, as well as the chance to win a $50,000 grand-prize sweepstakes called “The Perfect Pause.” The campaign also will be supported through digital promotion on music and gaming websites and social media outreach.