Hershey’s announced plans to sell off once high-flying jerky brand KRAVE, along with artisan chocolate brands Scharffen Berger and Dagoba, during a quarterly earnings call that reflected a few months of dramatically-shifting consumer habits toward the confection company’s chocolate products.
When it comes to snacks, consumers want meats, sweets and salt — preferably with a better-for-you label. In a presentation last week at the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago, SPINS and UNFI reviewed trends driving natural and specialty candy and snacks, segments that comprise a 19% share of dollar volume and 42.8% share of dollar gains in the overall snacking industry.
Finland-based premium chocolate maker Goodio will be bringing its newest innovation, ChocOats, to the U.S. this summer.
OCHO Candy™, a fun, organic alternative to traditional chocolate bars, is following last year’s successful introduction of peanut butter-filled chocolate eggs for Easter with the addition of caramel eggs.
Loving Earth has led the way in developing deliciously dairy-free chocolate using non-dairy coconut milk, cashew and cacao butter to create the creamiest vegan chocolate available. Loving Earth bars come in eight delicious flavors: Salted Caramel, Creamy Coconut Mylk, Dark, Crunchy Mint, Raspberry, Lemon Cheesecake, Berry Crunch and Turkish Delight.
Satisfying consumers’ growing appetite for “better for you” snacks and confections, the Dark Chocolate Thins pair dark chocolate containing 54 percent cacao with fruits, nuts and grains to provide a unique flavor punch with a crunchy mouthfeel. The first Dark Chocolate Thins assortment flavors include: raspberry & quinoa; strawberry; blueberry & almond; and pineapple & toasted coconut.
Introducing Passion in the Dark: a creamy tart center of passionfruit kissed with lime and surrounded by a 70% Peruvian organic dark chocolate.
This month chocolate brand Taza Chocolate launched its first snacking product, Dark Bark, in Whole Foods Markets nationwide. The brand will highlight the bark at this week’s Sweets and Snacks Expo.
Emphasizing environmental and nutritional transparency for the labels and ingredients in both its chocolate and snacking lineups, the confectionary giant announced a sweeping set of changes from sourcing to packaging that the company hopes will give consumers more choices.
Natural brands are on the hunt to replace the mainstream confectionary in consumers’ Easter baskets this year. As the desire for cleaner, better-for-you products has become more mainstream and gained traditional retailer support, natural candy companies have hopped to capitalize on seasonal holidays.