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Hershey Launches Simple Pleasures Chocolates

13 Jun

Hersheys Simple Pleasures. Hopefully we will soon be able to sell it online in AustraliaGood news for all lovers of Hershey Chocolate with the company proudly announcing the launch of Hershey’s Simple Pleasures chocolates.

Hershey’s first new product launch since 2007, Hershey’s Simple Pleasures chocolates contains 30% less fat than most other milk chocolate products currently on the market. A selling point which is sure to be well documented within a strong advertising and digital media campaign that is planned to go run throughout July.

‘We know people love chocolate and want to live a balanced lifestyle’ said Hershey brand spokesperson Anna Lingeris.

‘With Hershey’s Simple Pleasures chocolates, our goal is to give chocolate lovers a reason to celebrate because they can finally have it all … delicious chocolate they can feel great about loving’.

The new Hershey’s Simple Pleasures chocolates consist of a delicious creme-filled centre within a smooth milk chocolate casing. Available in three varieties, Milk Chocolate with Chocolate Creme, Dark Chocolate with Chocolate Creme and Milk Chocolate with Vanilla Creme, each one is individually wrapped in 24-count 5.6-ounce bags.

Now retailing in supermarkets, grocery and drug stores throughout the USA, the product which is hoped will be as popular as Hershey’s Bliss has become is expected to become available through specialist stores in Australia within the next few months.


Article posted by Spencer Samaroo, Managing Director, Moo-Lolly-Bar. A true chocoholic, Spencer is also chief editor of Sweet Talk.


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Higher prices boost Hershey 1Q results

25 Apr

Buy Hershey Chocolate Online at Moo-Lolly-Bar AustraliaThe first quarter was a sweet one for The Hershey Co.

The candy maker said Tuesday its first-quarter profit rose 24 percent as higher prices and cost cutting helped offset higher ingredient costs. The company raised its sales forecast for the year and its shares rose 3.5 percent in premarket trading.

Most food makers have been increasing prices to offset rising ingredient costs. Last year Hershey, famous for its chocolate bars, Hershey’s Kisses and Reese’s peanut butter cups, raised prices by nearly 10 percent to offset rising prices for raw materials including sugar, fuel and packaging.

The company said higher prices helped offset slightly lower volume and sent revenue up 11 percent. The Hershey, Pa.-based company has also been boosting advertising spending in the U.S. and abroad.

“Hershey’s strong start to the year is the result of our continued strategy of disciplined investment in core brands in both the U.S. and key international markets,” said CEO John Bilbrey.

He said Easter sales were likely “solid,” but since the holiday fell on April 8 and the quarter ended April 1, the total effect was not felt during the quarter.

Hershey said that net income rose to $198.7 million, or 87 cents per share, for the quarter ended April 1. That is up from $160.1 million, or 70 cents per share, a year ago. Excluding one-time items, earnings totaled 96 cents per share. Analysts expected 81 cents per share, according to FactSet.

Revenue rose 11 percent to $1.73 billion. Analysts predicted revenue of $1.66 billion.

Hershey says it expects adjusted net income for the year to rise 10 percent to 12 percent, up from a prior estimate of 9 percent to 11 percent. It expects a 7 percent to 9 percent sales increase. It’s the third time the company has raised its sales forecast for the year — in the prior quarter it said it expected a 6.5 percent to 8.5 percent rise.

Hershey plans to roll out new products in the current quarter including Rolo Minis, Ice Breakers Duos and Hershey’s Simple Pleasures, flavored milk chocolate that has 30 percent less fat than other milk chocolate.

Its shares rose $2.19, or 3.5 percent, to $64.48 in premarket trading. That would top its 52-week high of $63.27 if it carries over into regular trading once the market opens.

Source: Business Week

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Americans hungry for Halloween candy

31 Oct

American Chocolate. Available to buy online in Australia from Moo-Lolly-Bar. To do that just click on this image!The economy may still be scary, but that isn’t cutting into sales of Halloween treats. Consumers are expected to spend 4 percent more on Halloween candy this year, according to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation.

The survey, which was conducted last month, also found more consumers plan to hand out tasty treats, even those who said they have been negatively affected by the economy.

“So far we are seeing increases weekly for the same time period last year and we feel very good about Halloween,” said Nancy Smith, merchandising director for Sweet Factory stores, a bulk candy retail chain mostly found in malls.

“Our assortment is bigger this year. We have more ‘Halloween’ to offer. And the customers are responding.”

The retail federation attributes the increase in spending this year to a change in consumer interest.

“Halloween is expected to be up, which speaks directly to how big the holiday has become for both children and adults,” said Kathy Grannis, director of media relations. “More people than ever will celebrate the holiday this year.”

It also could be related to inflation. The Consumer Price Index, which was released by the government Wednesday, said prices at the retail level were up 3.9 percent in September on an annualized basis.

At Sweet Factory, traditional candy is always a favorite in October but the company also has added new, fun candy that can be worn as jewelry.

“Its got four different designs and it’s doing extremely well. It’s a candy ring that you wear but it’s a wizard head or a pumpkin head…different things,” Smith said.

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Consumer interest in candy toys is another change.

“It seems like there is a bigger turn towards Halloween parties and they’re buying little toys that have Halloween candy in it,” Smith noted.

Smith may be on to some thing. In fact, the retail federation found that 34.3 percent of people plan to attend or throw a Halloween party, an increase from last year.

Hershey Co., the chocolate giant, also is vamping up its Halloween candy offerings. Among its 200 Halloween candy assortments, Hershey has introduced a “Scare n’ Share” mix, a 50-piece bag that includes a variety of its best-known brands.

“Our most popular products range from Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to Kit Kat Wafer Bars to our traditional Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars,” said Anna Lingeris, manager of global brand public relations and consumer engagement for Hershey.

Many shoppers are heading to Target stores to purchase candy.

“At this point in the season, candy corn is our top seller, followed closely by milk chocolate and peanut M&M’s with the seasonal packaging,” said Kristy Welker, a spokeswoman for Target Corp. “This will all change in the next week or so when trick-or-treat candy begins to out-sell all others.”

Target said it expects classic candies such as Twix, York Peppermint Patties, Butterfingers and Paydays to be popular choices for Target customers’ trick-or-treat bowls. That’s the way it has been for the past decade, Welker said.

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