August 20, 2014

Mars has appointed Jean-Christophe Flatin as president of global chocolate, effective Oct. 1. Flatin, who is currently global president of Royal Canin, a unit of Mars Petcare, replaces Grant F. Reid, who recently moved into the role of office of the president for Mars.

August 19, 2014

DSN presents a preview of some of the hottest OTC products that will appear on the show floor at NACDS Total Store Expo.

August 11, 2014

Shanghai got a little sweeter recently as the first M&M’s World in Asia opened on East Nanjing Road, joining the city’s main shopping thoroughfare.

August 6, 2014

The summer has brought with it a flurry of new store openings, from both established players and emerging online-offline stars. Check out the five below … and don’t miss the bonus at the end!

July 18, 2014

Lindt and Sprüngli earlier this week celebrated the official opening of Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven at the Jungfraujoch “Top of Europe,”  situated 3,454 meters above sea level.

July 16, 2014

Infirst Healthcare on Wednesday announced the introduction of three new chocolate-flavored cough-cold items called Dr. Cocoa.

July 14, 2014

Lindt & Sprüngli Group announced on Monday that it has reached an agreement to purchase Russell Stover Candies. The Russel Stover and Whitman's brands will complement Lindt & Sprüngli's existing portfolio of premium chocolates, making it the No. 3 North American chocolate manufacturer, the company said.

July 9, 2014

Researchers at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine and Ortek Therapeutics have developed a chocolate-flavored soft chew that is beneficial for teeth.

July 8, 2014

Mars announced that Debra Sandler has been named chief health and wellbeing officer. Tracey Massey will fill Sandler's previous role as acting president of Mars Chocolate, North America.

June 26, 2014

Dippin' Dots, a maker of flash-frozen ice cream and frozen treats, announced that it would be expanding its product line with the introduction of Dot Monster Munch ice cream.

June 20, 2014

Mars Chocolate announced the introduction of a new Combos party bag to help usher in the summer. The 15-oz. bag is ideal for a range of activities — from family gatherings to road trips — according to the company.

May 23, 2014

Mars Chocolate has announced a slew of new products, which range from Mars Bites to Dove Whole Fruit Dipped in Dark Chocolate.

May 21, 2014

Peeps & Co. announced the infusion of gourmet fudge into its products, which include Peeps, Mike and Ike, and Goldenberg's Peanut Chews. The company's retail outlet, located in Bethlehem, Pa., will feature the new fudge creations, as well as an assortment of candy, apparel and merchandise.

May 15, 2014

Retailers have been sweet on the chocolate category, but non-chocolate sales also have been strong. The National Confectioners Association forecasts that while chocolate sales were ahead 4% last year, with $4 billion growth over the next five years, a number of non-chocolate candy segments also had a boost.

May 15, 2014

South Beach Diet recently unveiled a new addition to its family of nutritious and convenient snacks — the South Beach Diet 100 Calorie Smoothie in chocolate truffle flavor.

May 15, 2014

Mars Chocolate North America is launching a number of treats for Halloween 2014. The Halloween chocolate category exceeded $1 billion in sales for the first time in 2013, with an increase of 6.4% over the previous year, according to Mars.

May 1, 2014

M&M's added two new mega-sized confections to its product mix, officially introducing what the company is heralding as "the world's biggest M&M's."

April 22, 2014

Mars Chocolate last week announced the introduction of the "M-Ball," a peanut M&M's-shaped twist on the traditional soccer ball.

March 25, 2014

Now that spring is officially here, Nestlé has unveiled a slew of festive confections in time for consumers to get a head start on Easter.

March 21, 2014

Skinnygirl brand has already made its foray into several categories, including a recent line of water flavor enhancers and a partnership with SodaStream to create new flavors. Now the brand will step into the supplement category with its new Skinnygirl Supplements.

March 18, 2014

Peeps, a brand from Just Born Quality Confections, announced a variety of offerings for Easter 2014, which includes the new Peeps Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow Chicks — vanilla cake-flavored marshmallow chicks decked out with rainbow confetti.

March 12, 2014

Clif Kid, a maker of organic snacks for kids, has announced the nationwide availability of the newest addition to the Clif Kid Zbar line — Zbar Protein.

March 10, 2014

Where would the candy category be without seasonal merchandise?

March 10, 2014

Building on the 2013 introduction of Snickers Bites and Milky Way Bites, Mars Chocolate North America added three new flavors of unwrapped, bite-sized treats: Twix Bites, 3 Musketeers Bites and Milky Way Simply Caramel Bites.