Following the success of its live wallpaper app for Android -- which has been downloaded more than a million times since July -- Jelly Belly has launched a free iPhone app offering recipes and fun facts.
Jelly Belly has introduced stand-up gift boxes and mini candy dispensers with tiny scoops for the travel retail market. Also new: A ceramic Jelly Belly Cupcake Candy Dish and a collectible Jelly Belly Bean Tin.
During a visit to the Solomon Islands, Prince William and Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge sampled Kako chocolate made by New Zealand chocolatier Stu Jordan. "I thought nothing of it," Jordan said. "Next thing I know they are raving about Kako chocolate and asking if I could provide special boxes as ... favors on the VIP table." Jordan's colorful handmade chocolates, produced using new European techniques and cutting-edge machinery, also received praise at this year's NZ Food Awards.
A survey released Tuesday by shopping website PriceGrabber revealed that 88% of holiday shoppers plan to research prices before shopping. As for the factors influencing that decision, 77% cited free shipping, 74% said price cuts, 55% noted coupons and 44% mentioned blowout sales.
Jelly Belly has launched a new mobile commerce site that is easy to update, tracks analytics and allows users to sign up for text messages. "Any time we want to change a promotional banner or want to feature a special product we can go into our dashboard and upload a new banner or product image and the change is made pretty much instantly," said Brandon Finch, director of e-business for Jelly Belly.
Jelly Belly is planning a spring 2012 promotion with photo sharing website Shutterfly. Customers who buy two bags of Jelly Belly jelly beans or Jelly Belly Chocolate Dips are eligible for five free Shutterfly photo cards.