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    NCSA Awards New Products for Innovation, Sales Potential

    The Hershey Co., M&M’s, Jolly Rancher among top winners

    The National Confectionery Sales Association recently presented this year’s New Product Awards to company representatives attending the Candy Hall of Fame in Tampa, Fla., whose products offer significant innovation or sales potential to the candy and snack categories.

    Products were nominated across six categories from candy and snack buyers, brokers and suppliers, and were narrowed down to 30 items by a panel of industry experts. The event was attended by more than 300 guests from the confectionery and snack industry.

    In the Chocolate category, the winner was Air Delight Kisses and Bars, from The Hershey Co., while certificates were awarded for PB&J Sandwich from Hammond's Candies; Snickers 3X Chocolate from Mars Chocolate North America; Tuxedos Chocolate-Covered Almonds from The Promotion In Motion Cos., Inc.; and Cocktail-Flavored Truffles from Seattle Chocolates.

    The winner in the Licensed/Limited Edition category was the Crunch Girl Scouts Line from Nestlé USA, Inc., while certificates were awarded to Welch's Filled Licorice from Frankford Candy LLC; Snapple Mix Bottles from Jelly Belly Candy Co.; Country Time Chewy Candy Lemonade Chews from Sorbee International LLC; and Mamba Duo from Storck USA, L.P.

    Jolly Rancher Crunch 'N Chew from The Hershey Co. won the Non-Chocolate category, while certificates went to Neapolitan Coconut Candy from Atkinson Candy Co.; Ginger-Lemon Gummi Candy from Haribo of America, Inc.; Celebration Line from SweetWorks, Inc.; and Starburst FlavorMorph from Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.

    Taking the trophy in the Snacks category was Brownie Brittle from Sheila G Brands, LLC, while certificates were awarded to PBthins from Bell Plantations, Inc.; Plentils from Enjoy Life Natural Brands, LLC; M&M's Brand Snack Mix from Mars Chocolate North America; and Greek Yogurt Bars from Rickland Orchards.

    In the Premium/Gourmet category, Dark Roca from Brown & Haley took home the trophy, while certificates went to the All Natural Chocolate Bar Line from Chuao Chocolatier; Premium Collection Crispy Chocolate Thins from Dorval Trading Co., Ltd.; Simple Squares from Simplified Foods; and Organic Hard Candy from Torie & Howard, LLC.

    The winner in the Seasonal Category was M&M's White Chocolate Candy Corn from Mars Chocolate North America, while certificates went to Blood Orange Candy Canes from Hammond's Candies; Gourmet Candy Corn Tins from Jelly Belly Candy Co.; Chocolate-Dipped Caramel-Flavored Peeps from Just Born, Inc.; and Choxcard from Praim Group, LLC.

    The Cleveland, Ohio-based National Confectionery Sales Association is dedicated to furthering positive growth and acceptance of confectionery products, and recognizing the achievements of category leaders from all sectors of the international industry.

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