Lotte Confectionery has found much success with Pepero Day, Nov. 11, since 1994 when "legend" has it that school girls began giving each other the company's Pepero chocolate-coated pretzel sticks. A similar tradition sprang up on the same date in Japan with the Ezaki Glico Co.'s Pocky Day, and since Pocky became available in South Korea this summer, the stage is set for a battle of Pepero Day vs. Pocky Day.
Atkinson Candy Co. has added two senior staff members to new positions that show the company's commitment to safety. Doug Hanks will become director of manufacturing, and Nancy Ballenger will be the company's quality assurance manager.
Researchers found that alternate-day fasting -- eating normally one day, then having much smaller meals the next -- helps make dieting easier for obese and overweight adults, and aids in maintaining a healthier heart as well as lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Though consumers aren't expected to spend on gifts this holiday season, sales of food and beverages are expected to grow 11.7%, a study found. "We feel gourmet product and specialty food stores are in a better position and will have growth this holiday season," an analyst said.