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All-Natural Sweeteners Becoming a Candy Land Demand
Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Sweet-toothed consumers are looking for all-natural sweetening alternatives in their candy, and according to, sweetener suppliers are listening.

Philippe Levresse, head of Roquette’s Confectionery Technical Services, says that the top nutritional claim for new confectionary products is sugar-free. Reduced-calorie confections also are high on the demand list.

Sweeteners such as honey are being used as alternatives in candy, especially chocolate. Levresse says that even though naturally sweetened confections still are a niche market, it’s definitely a growing one.  Since honey has a long history as an all-natural sweetener, it’s an easy choice to add to candy.

According to a National Honey Board survey of 423 consumers, 44% said they have bought lozenges sweetened with honey, and 27% would buy honey sweetened lozenges in the future. Hard candy ranks a quick second at 24%, but has more room for growth with 36% of those surveyed saying they would buy hard candies sweetened with honey.

Filling the body with natural energy, honey has 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon, which makes it an ideal way to satisfy candy lovers’ sweet cravings.

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2013 Candy Industry Kettle Award Nominees Announced
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

There were four nominees for this year’s Candy Industry Kettle Award, selected by the magazine’s Kettle Committee. Patrick Huffman, president and COO of the Warrell Corp., is a retail owner of Pennsylvania Dutch Candies and a nominee.

Two of Pennsylvania Dutch’s treats, Honey Nut Crisps and Honey Toasted Cashews, are part of the line nominated for the award meant “as recognition of the contribution for ‘great or good’ of the industry, not only on the part of the person selected for the distinction, but of every member of the confectionery field who has devoted himself in whatever measure to make the business of candy making and selling a more profitable and happier one.”

Candy Industry readers and confectionery industry professionals can vote for their favorite nominee by vising the Kettle Awards Web site or by mailing or faxing the ballot in December’s issue of Candy Industry.

Other nominees include Bill and Jeff Birnn, co-owners of Birnn Chocolates of Vermont, Inc.; Joseph Zanetos, president and owner of Anthony-Thomas Candy Co.; and Greg McCormack, president of Kencraft Candy Co.

The 2013 Kettle Awards reception will be held in May during the Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago.

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