National Confectioners Association

Two Flavors Added To Sports Bean Line

Juicy Pear and green apple have been introduced to the Sports Beans line from Jelly Belly Candy Co.

Specially formulated for athletes, the company claims each 100-calorie serving provides 25g of carbohydrates for energy, electrolytes for fluid balance and vitamins to improve metabolism and protect muscles against oxidative stress.

Scientific research and the American College of Sports Medicine recommend consumption of carbohydrates during at least 60 minutes of exercise to improve performance and prevent fatigue.

Coming in single-serve, one-ounce packs, they have a SRP of $1.29 and ship in 24-ct caddies.

Cinderella Featured On Light, Sound Novelty

Holding 0.53-ounces of microbite candy, CandyRific, LLC is introducing Cinderella Light & Sound Wands to its Disney Princesses novelty line.

The company notes these licensed items are their best sellers and anticipates strong sales for the newest offering in the lead-up to the Cinderella live film being released in March 2015.

With a SRP of $3.99, they ship six 12-ct displays per case.

Single-Serve Dried Cherry Packs Debut

Stoneridge Orchards, the consumer brand of Royal Ridge Fruits, is introducing single-serve bags of several of its top-selling dried cherry items.

Developed to increase the line’s merchandising options, according to the company, products in the smaller packs are Montmorency tart, dark chocolate- and Greek yogurt-dipped varieties, as well as chili lime. The all-natural cherries contain no artificial flavors and colors or hydrogenated oils, the company reports.

"These new, smaller packs enable retailers to offer customers something different in convenience — a healthier snack choice made with whole, all-natural fruit," says Bryce Dorsing, senior vice-president.

Shipping three 12-ct displays per case, the three-ounce bags have a SRP of $2.99.

Eda’s Sugarfree Unveils Smaller Bags

Standup pouches holding 3.5 ounces of hard candy are debuting from Eda’s Sugarfree Candies.

The smaller packs were developed to help retailers hit target price points, Vice-President of Marketing Mike Bernert tells Candy & Snack TODAY, noting the line was previously available only in six-ounce bags.

"We also felt our old packaging was not up to the same quality as the products we make. There was a little brand inconsistency," he adds.

The 3.5-ounce bags have a SRP of $2.29 and ship in 12-ct cases.