Chewy candies, gummies and sours led the non-chocolate candy category to a booming 3.6% sales increase in 2013, with sales growth hitting $10 billion, the NCA said. The confections are projected to grow $1.8 billion more by 2019. "Non-chocolate has been on fire through all of 2013 and now in 2014 both in seasonal and everyday sales,” said Jenn Ellek, NCA’s director of trade and marketing communications.
Two Connecticut state lawmakers have submitted testimony to the New York state legislature urging it to support legislation requiring labels for genetically modified ingredients. A GMO measure in Connecticut can only move forward if similar rules are passed by other states in the region.
Zego has introduced bars with 10 grams of protein that contain no gluten, dairy, nuts, soy, or genetically modified ingredients. "We've really been embraced by a few different communities. One is the allergy-free world -- anyone who's avoiding nuts, gluten, soy and dairy, and athletes and people who are active," said Jonathan Shambroom, CEO and co-founder of Zego.
Data from Leatherhead Food Research shows Switzerland leads the world in chocolate consumption, with residents eating an average of 11.9 kg per year. Ireland, Germany, Russia, the U.S. and France are also in the top spots.
Shanghai Chocolate Happy Land, the only chocolate-themed park in China, opened in January and offers family events for the summer. Events include a chocolate weightlifting contest, "candy grab" competitions with chopsticks, and a chocolate castle-building challenge.