National Confectioners Association


Chocolate Lovers Crave Almonds

Of the four attributes consumers want in chocolate bars, almonds outperform every other nut. Great taste, high quality, satisfaction and comfort—that’s how almonds stir up passion in chocolate lovers everywhere. Learn more here.

Roca Brand Gets ‘Snacking Chocolate’ Treatment

New from Brown & Haley, Roca Thins are flat, bite-sized chocolate pieces with inclusions of the brand’s Buttercrunch toffee.

Available in milk and dark chocolate varieties, the items contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and are Kosher and gluten free, according to the company.

"We've been intrigued by the growing consumption of premium chocolate in small portions as an everyday luxury," says President John Melin. "Roca Thins are a perfect product to meet everyday cravings, while staying true to our tradition of high-quality ingredients and the Roca brand.”

Roca Thins come in 5.3-ounce reclosable bags with a SRP of $3.99. They ship in eight-ct cases and 36-ct shippers. The company reports a club pack will be launched at a later date.

Salted Burnt Caramel Bars Are Organic

Dark Salted Burnt Caramel organic chocolate bars have been added to the Salted 70% Cacao line from Alter Eco.

Made with Ecuadorian chocolate, raw cane sugar, organic cream, Fleur de Sel de Guerande sea salt and heirloom butter, the company reports the items are free of gluten, emulsifiers, artificial flavors and soy.

The 2.82-ounce bars are certified USDA Organic, Fair Trade and Carbon Neutral as well as being Non-GMO Project Verified. With a SRP of $3.99, they ship a dozen 12-ct trays per case.

First Non-GMO Verified Beef Jerky Launches

The first Non-GMO Project Verified beef jerky in the U.S. is being introduced by New Zealand Jerky, Inc. in original, peppered and teriyaki varieties.

Made from free-range, grass-fed cattle raised in New Zealand, the meat snacks are free of gluten, additives, preservatives, MSG and nitrates, the company reports.

Steve McKee, CEO and co-founder of the jerky company, says: "We know consumers in the U.S. are becoming increasingly concerned about what goes into their food, and we wanted to offer a clean option for one of America’s favorite snacks. By sourcing premium, grass-fed cattle roaming the lush, green fields of New Zealand, we’ve gone back to the old ways and made jerky as clean and nutritious as can be.”

Coming in three-ounce bags with a SRP range of $6.99 to $7.99, the jerky ships in eight-ct cases.