Mars Chocolate North America this week unveiled a number of new products, along with some new consumer promotions and merchandising displays at the National Confectioners Association Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago.
Mars Chocolate on Thursday announced a plethora of new products that will appear on retail store shelves in the coming months, with two of the items — M&M's Crispy Chocolate Candies and Snickers Xtreme Bar — making a return due to popular demand.
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.
On behalf of its Combos brand, which serves as a sponsor of the Boston Red Sox, Mars Chocolate North America executive Tim LeBel threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Red Sox game last week to benefit two charitable causes.
New twists on classic candy brands helped propel dollar sales in the chocolate candy segment ahead nearly 10%. An increase in prices contributed to the dollar sales gain, but a big boost came from line extensions and limited-edition flavors.