Yakisoba: A Festival And Street Food Classic

Ask a Japanese person to think of popular street foods, and many of them will answer yakisoba (Japanese stir-fried noodles). And it’s definitely earned its place in that spot by being both delicious and light enough to enjoy with other street foods. Today, let’s learn more about this iconic Japanese festival food favoriteincluding its origin … Read more

California Milk Advisory Board seeking dairy innovators ‘to create a meaningful difference’

Created in partnership with VentureFuel, this year’s Real California Milk Excelerator, has a ‘new, expansive focus’ on accelerating innovation and dairy-based products – from traditional consumer food and beverage items to textiles, haircare, and beyond. The open innovation challenge hopes to engage innovation across product categories, leveraging the ‘versatility’ of the dairy ecosystem. CMAB said … Read more

‘The growth trajectory of chocolate and candy over the last two years … is quite a story’

We meet in the executive lounge in the McCormick Place Conference Center, which the NCA has taken over for the week with the Sweets & Snacks Expo 2022 taking up almost four-and-half acres of floor space, which signifies the biggest confectionery show in the North America is back to almost full strength after two years … Read more

‘On a run rate basis, we’ll hit $1bn in US retail sales in the next couple of months’

“We​ serve less than 20% of US households, but we know that great tasting, natural foods are relevant to a lot more than 20% of the population,” adds Stokes, who joined Mars in June 2019, moved to KIND (as chief growth officer) in spring 2021, and took the helm of its North American business in … Read more

Ferrara Very Berry Nerds wins innovation award at Sweets&Snacks 2022

Ferrara Very Berry Nerds wins innovation award at Sweets&Snacks 2022 Ferrara, one of North America’s most popular candy brands is showingcasing 12 new innovations at Sweets & Snacks this year. The Chicago-based company also picked up a Most Innovative New Product Award at the Expo in the Non-Chocolate category, for its Very Berry Nerds, a … Read more

Sweets & Snacks Expo 2022 returns to Chicago for its 25th birthday party

Chris Gindlesperger, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs & Communications at the National Confectioners Association (NCA) said attendance was almost back to 2019 levels when the expo was last held in Chicago. It missed a year in 2020 and then was held in a reduced capacity format in Indiana in 2021 because of the Covid-19 … Read more

Walking the floor to root out the top trends

This year, the mega trade show celebrates 25 years of innovation and trendsetting at Chicago’s McCormick Place from 23-26 May. “For 25 years, the Sweets & Snacks Expo has been the most significant driver of candy and snack flavor and product trends in North America, and 2022 is no different.”​ said John Downs, president & … Read more

‘Importantly, we’ve seen less elasticity in the most-premium products in our portfolio’

Speaking on the firm’s Q1 earnings call Friday, CEO Ryals McMullian said: “Most encouragement is the fact that with a significant amount of price increases in January, we actually grew our units as well with our top brands, Nature’s Own, Dave’s Killer Bread, and Canyon Bakehouse.​ “Despite higher prices and supply chain headwinds, volumes for … Read more

Why consumers lie about what’s on their plate

Consumers are adopting healthier and more sustainable diets. Or so they say. According to 2021 data from IGD, nearly one-fifth of consumers now list the environment as their main motivator for healthy and sustainable eating. The same data suggest more than three-quarters of consumers have increased, or are thinking about increasing, their fruit and vegetable … Read more