Bosco Product Co., which makes Bosco Chocolate Syrup, is teaming with The Praim Group to launch all-natural Bosco chocolate bars for retail sale. The bars will be sold only at Dylan's Candy Bar in New York City and through Candy.com this month, with a national retail rollout in February.
Some 3,300 new candy products were launched last year, the NCA reports. The new products were a mix of chocolate and nonchocolate candies, with gourmet chocolate confections showing some of the strongest sales.
Comfort foods and staples scored highest on brand equity in a recent EquiTrend study that also showed consumers sticking with favorite brands in the down economy. Among the top brands: M&M's, Hershey's Kisses, Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and Campbell's soups.
The Food Safety Working Group, charged with repairing the nation's food-safety system, is collecting ideas on its Web site. Visitors can submit ideas for food-safety reform, as well as questions and comments.
G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers is consolidating several franchises into a new G&J Central Division. The change is part of a long effort to increase communication and decision making in the company, an official said.