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6 Candy Products Win National Confectionery Sales Awards

27 Oct

Six candy products savored sweet success as they were awarded top honors for significant innovation and/or sales potential to the candy and snack categories at the National Confectionery Sales Association’s Candy Hall of Fame induction banquet held Oct. 15.

New Product Awards nominations across six categories—chocolate, licensed/limited edition, non-chocolate, premium/gourmet, snacks and seasonal—came from candy and snack buyers, brokers and suppliers, and were narrowed down to 30 items by a panel of industry experts.

In the Chocolate category, the winner was Snickers Peanut Butter Squared, from Mars Chocolate North America, took first place in the Chocolate category, while M&M’s Star Wars Lightsabers from CandyRific LLC took first place in the Licensed/Limited Edition category.

Natural Vines from American Licorice Co. won the Non-Chocolate category, and Cacao de Chuao Origins from Chuao Chocolatier won the Premium/Gourmet category.

In the Snacks category, the winner was Orchard Bars from Liberty Orchards Co. Inc., and Juicy Oozers Gummy Vampires, from Ferrara Pan Candy Co. Inc. won in the Seasonal category.

“Product introductions are a driving force in the candy and snack industry, and we were delighted to honor companies that value innovation, research and development with awards recognizing their hard work,” said NCSA President Alastair Northway.

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That’s What (Facebook) Friends Are For

3 Sep

The first ever M&M'S® Day is taking place across the USA on Saturday 3rd SeptemberMars Chocolate North America announced the first-ever M&M’S® Day on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at participating domestic Six Flags theme parks. The program builds on the three year partnership M&M’S Brand Chocolate Candies has enjoyed with the popular theme park company.

Fans who “Like,” the M&M’S Facebook page – both new and existing fans – can receive $25 off the price of up to two general admission tickets on M&M’S Day at participating Six Flags parks. Fans will be directed to a special tab on the M&M’S Facebook page where unique codes are available to take advantage of the special offer.

“We’re always looking for opportunities to leverage our iconic partnerships to reward our fans,” said Debra A. Sandler, Chief Consumer Officer, Mars Chocolate North America. “Six Flags is a perfect fit for our brand because they’re also all about fun. We hope to see thousands of our fans on M&M’S Day at Six Flags parks throughout the country.”

“Six Flags is excited to partner with M&M’S on this great event, bringing value and thrills to our overlapping fan base,” said David McKillips, senior vice president of corporate alliances and partnership marketing. “Our ability to develop partnerships like this help create unique experiences for our guests and entertain families nationwide.”

Guests who purchase tickets using the M&M’S Day Facebook offer will also have the chance to receive VIP treatment with early admission for exclusive ride time and one free midway game voucher. Fans must bring an eligible medium or large M&M’S Brand Chocolate Candy wrapper with their “Print-N-Go” ticket to receive the M&M’S Day VIP wristband.

M&M’S Day also includes giveaways of special M&M’S and Six Flags branded merchandise throughout the day and at select park locations, guests will enjoy a discount on M&M’S products exclusively at in-park M&M’S-branded M-Porium stores. As a special treat for guests visiting Six Flags Over Georgia outside of Atlanta, the M&M’S Racing Car will be on display inside the park.

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As added support for the event, Six Flags launched the M&M’S MORE FUN with MORE FRIENDS mobile sweepstakes, running August 2 – September 3, 2011. To enter, guests text a short code to a special number to be eligible to win six admission tickets to Six Flags.

The M&M’S Day and M&M’S MORE FUN with MORE FRIENDS mobile sweepstakes participating markets and park locations include:

Atlanta – Six Flags Over Georgia
Chicago – Six Flags Great America
Dallas – Six Flags Over Texas
Los Angeles – Six Flags Magic Mountain
New England – Six Flags New England
New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia – Six Flags Great Adventure
San Antonio – Six Flags Fiesta Texas
San Francisco – Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
St. Louis – Six Flags St. Louis
Washington, DC/Baltimore – Six Flags America

For more information about M&M’S Day at Six Flags, visit facebook.com/mms.

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Development pro Jenkins leaves Go Topeka

17 Aug

Mars Chocolate. Available to buy online in Australia from Moo-Lolly-Bar. To do so just click on this photo!Economic development professional Steve Jenkins, who played a key role in the recent successful effort to bring Mars Chocolate North America to Topeka, has left his job as senior vice president of Go Topeka.

Doug Kinsinger, president and CEO of Go Topeka and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, told Go Topeka board members in an e-mail Thursday morning that Jenkins’ employment ended effective Wednesday.

The e-mail didn’t say why.

“We appreciated his service, and we wish him well,” Kinsinger wrote. “If any board member should have questions, please contact me.”

Jenkins, 63, worked in economic development for 32 years in five other states before becoming senior vice president for economic development for Go Topeka in January 2008.

Attempts to reach Jenkins and Kinsinger were unsuccessful.

Kinsinger responded to a Topeka Capital-Journal interview request with a prepared statement that referenced Jenkins’ involvement in a team effort to secure new industry in Topeka.

“Steve was part of a team consisting of staff, volunteers, and city, county and state elected officials that selected and acquired the site for the new Kanza Fire Commerce Park, the location of the new Mars Chocolate manufacturing facility, the location of Bimbo Bakeries/Allen Foods and the development of a new robotics training program at Highland Park High School in partnership with Topeka Public Schools USD 501,” Kinsinger wrote. “As an example, the team that worked on the Mars project consisted of over 80 individuals who helped bring that project to our community.”

“The chamber and Go Topeka boards and staff members are prepared to continue to implement our comprehensive economic development program,” Kinsinger continued. “We do not have immediate plans to replace this position. However, our commitment to the citizens of Shawnee County who fund our programs through their tax dollars is absolute.”

Jenkins’ previous job was with the Corpus Christi (Texas) Regional Economic Development Corp.

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A chamber spokeswoman said Kinsinger would have no further comment on Jenkins’ departure, saying the matter was a “personnel/employment issue.”

Mayor Bill Bunten called Jenkins’ departure “a big surprise” and said he had heard no explanation for it.

“I think it will be a big loss,” Bunten said. “He came to us with a great deal of experience in economic development and knowledge of what companies were looking for in new sites. He was very knowledgeable about what kind of incentives could be offered, as well as to who our competition was in talking to companies.

“I don’t know why he left. Maybe we couldn’t afford to keep him. I hope that’s what it was.”

Bunten lauded Jenkins’ efforts, most of them conducted out of the public limelight, in landing the Mars plant.

“I think that will be a game-changer,” he said of the first plant the Mars company will build in North America in several decades. “Doug as the president of the chamber is involved in all those activities, but the guy most involved in the day-to-day courting (of new industry) was Steve Jenkins.”

Shawnee County Commission Chairman Vic Miller, who serves as a Go Topeka board member, said he had no insight on Jenkins’ departure, noting that personnel decisions for the chamber of commerce and its Go Topeka arm are Kinsinger’s responsibility and not that of the board.

“I do know that Steve did good work, and everyone on the inside of what he did had nothing but good things to say about his work,” Miller said. “But as to why he left, I really don’t know, and it’s not on my list of things to learn. Personnel decisions are not the bailiwick of the Go Topeka board, nor would I want them to be.”

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