Hershey prevailed in a case against U.K. candy importer Posh Nosh on Tuesday after a California judge upheld an injunction to prevent the importer from selling a range of products that infringe on the Hershey's trademark and licensing rights. Hershey filed suit against Posh Nosh after it was found to be importing, advertising and distributing Maltesers, Yorkie, Cadbury, Kit Kat and Nestle Toffee Crisp products in the U.S.
Value supermarkets and convenience stores are leading confectionery sales growth, Todd Hale, senior VP of consumer and shopper insights at Nielsen said during the NCA State of the Industry Conference. An NCA Custom Shopper Panel Survey conducted in January supports Hale's conclusion that shoppers are seeking out lower prices, with 28% of respondents saying they have changed confections purchases because of the economy.
Barry Callebaut is seeking a patent for a process to make high-cocoa chocolate less bitter by adding green coffee. The coffee beans reduce the bitter taste and serve as a less-expensive filler without adding a coffee flavor, the company said.
A variety of manufacturing factors ranging from the use of neodymium batteries and more copper wiring to better aerodynamic efficiency in cooling fans can produce significant energy savings in industrial electrical motors. These add to the initial cost, but "the motor's purchase price is only about 2% of its life cost based on a 20-year life. When compared to a motor’s purchase price, electricity to run the motor continuously is about 11 times the purchase price," said John Malinowski, senior product manager for AC motors with Baldor Electric.
With sugar farmers on one side and confectioners and other food and drink-makers on the other, a fierce floor fight is expected as lawmakers consider whether sugar reform should be part of this year's farm bill. "We are not trying to put the [sugar] growers out of business. We are trying to have our own businesses survive," said NCA's vice president of government affairs Liz Clark, who participated in a congressional briefing with lawmakers’ staff last week to discuss the Sugar Reform Act.