The National Confectioners Association released a really nice press release about the 2010 Sweets and Snacks Expo that several news agencies used to write about the Expo. One of the highlights of the press release was a section called "New Product Releases Drive Trends". Here is the list of trends they identified in this year's show:
This is a great list, I think it does a fantastic job summarizing the show overall. One additional trend that i noticed was the availability of solid color candy to buy in bulk. This has become a sought-ofter item due to the popularity of "candy buffets" at weddings. Jelly Belly has been doing this for some time and M&Ms are available in single color packages and by on-line order (see green M&M's in a Spring mix). Now many other companies are getting into this trend. New Decorator Sixlets was one example at the Expo of this trend. Two great places to look for solid candy for a wedding or other special occasion where a "candy buffet" will be used: Candy.com has a page where you can sort candy by color, Candy Warehouse has page dedicated to Weddings and candy buffets.
Here are two other sites to follow for Sweets and Snacks Expo 2010 related news:
If there are other sites with coverage, please add a link in the comments and I will add them to the list. I should have more news posted tonight and this weekend is a 3 day weekend so I'll have some actual reviews of new products ready to go.
News Stories about the Sweets and Snacks Expo 2010:
For Christmas 2010, we will once again see the Ritter Sport Dark Peppermint. Also, Trader Joe's is the #1 seller of Ritter Sport Bars in the U.S. I've found the mini-Ritter Sports at Aldi, apparently that's a test market to see how they sell. Oh..Cornflakes was pushed way way up because they were offering it at Wal-Mart for a limited time. I sure hope they put it back in there, my guess is that it would be pushed into the top 5 easy.
Since 1902 the New England Confectionery Company's (NECCO) Sweethearts conversation hearts have delighted the nation, and will now delight the fans of the popular Twilight series books and movies with New Moon Sweethearts Fire and Ice featuring intensely cool flavors for Team Edward fans and intensely hot flavors for Team Jacobs fans.