Snacks & Candy

Snacks and candy category news for the convenience store retail industry.

Helped grow 'small' candy company into global corporation

MCLEAN, Va. -- Forrest E. Mars Jr. died at age 84 on July 26, candy maker Mars Inc. has announced. He was born in 1931 in Oak Park, Ill., to Forrest E. Mars Sr. and his wife, Audrey. With his brother, John, and sister, Jacqueline, he inherited a significant business and grew it into one of the...

Defrauded snack maker out of $1.4 million

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A former executive of snack maker Utz Quality Foods Inc. has pleaded guilty to charges that he defrauded Utz out of approximately $1.4 million, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has announced. Kevin Myers, former director of purchasing for Utz,...

Will join original Peanut variety on shelves

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. -- In honor of the brand's 75th anniversary, M&M's asked consumers to choose the brand's newest peanut-flavored variety to join original Peanut on store shelves. With more than 1 million votes cast in the " Vote for Your Favorite Peanut " promotion, M&M's has announced...

This year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo yielded its usual bounty of trends. Here are 10 that sparked the curiosity of the CSP editors who attended.

Spices up limited-time chip rollout with travel-related prizes
Three in four Americans willing to pay extra for snacks with high-quality ingredients
Private-equity firm targeting opportunities in healthy-snack sector
Snack maker adding ‘The South’s Original Potato Chip’ to its portfolio
Retailers boost snack sales with better-for-you-items
Many millennials shunning three-meals-a-day habit in favor of snacking