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Candy and Snack Expo 2012 Recap: Adventures in Candy and Snackland

My apologies to any other food industry trade shows out there. Other than, perhaps, the Grocery Aisle Bonanzas 'R Us show, the Candy and Snack Expo is hands-down my favorite trade show of the year. Where else can you find my two favorite food types – snacks and candy? Judging...

Hartman trends for 2012

Here are 12 consumer trends that food/beverage makers should be attuned to in 2012, according to Bellevue, Wash.-based research and consulting firm The Hartman Group. In addition, Hartman's forecasts which foods/ingredients will be hot this year, and which will become passé. Consumer/Cultural Trends include:Meal fragmentation -- Today's households are run as...

Six key consumer trends from Leo Burnett

Leo Burnett Chicago identified six key consumer insights that will have a lasting impact in 2012 and beyond, reports The Food Channel. 

Confection Trends: Not your mother's bonbon

The busiest time of the year for confectioners is upon us, where the results of their innovation and product development show up in holiday party spreads and gifts. This year, expect to see a lot of novel ingredients paired in adventurous flavor combinations; ultra-dark, premium chocolate; cake and truffle pops;...