CBD Snacks and Candy: Boom or Bust?

This question answered, plus more news from around the industry
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CHICAGO —Cannabidiol (CBD)-infused snacks and candies, such as chips, gummies and cookies, have emerged amid a glut of oils, creams and tinctures. But retailers still wonder how to approach the budding category, with state and federal regulations for the ingredient—especially for food products—as hazy as ever.

If the supplier is legitimate and the products are accurately labeled, c-store retailers should stock CBD-infused snacks on shelves, Leo Vercollone, CEO of VERC Enterprises, Duxbury, Mass., a regional independent chain of c-stores in eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, told CSP Daily News.

“C-stores are a leader for snacks,” Vercollone said. “If there’s going to be a broad acceptance of CBD snacks, it’s going to be in our space.”

Despite the hype, stocking CBD-infused snacks and candies will take time. It’ll require patience and diligence from all participants, including retailers, suppliers, consumers and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). This curated list—featuring original content from CSP as well as news from around the industry—aims to provide retailers with the latest trends, stories and insights on CBD, including regulation updates and new-product trends. The list is part of CSP’s CBD-focused newsletter and offers updates every month.

Here’s a rundown of CBD stories from the past four weeks:

An exciting new category presents classic merchandising challenges.

Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), urges the agency to act fast regarding the budding ingredient in an op-ed published in the Washington Post.

Leading grocery retailer plans to roll out the distributor’s CBD-infused gummies, oils, capsules and pet snacks in 1,350 stores in 22 states.

Law enforcement will incorporate an examination that turns distinct colors when a material contains more marijuana than the legal amount in CBD.

Law frees all embargoes on CBD and moves hemp-derived cannabidiol off Ohio’s controlled substances list.

FDA addresses various claims surrounding the ingredient, including the notion that it’s a risk-free drug.

Former CPG executive Paul Norman believes cannabidiol market will explode within the next five years

Is CBD as effective for pets as it is for humans?

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