Tom Simpson

[Update] Parent Company Of Nabisco And Oreo Wants To Gobble Up Hershey Chocolate

Snack food giant and grocery store staple Mondelez International apparently has decided it needs more chocolate for the s’mores you can make with its Honey Maid graham crackers, and is making a takeover bid for Hershey Foods. [More]

Dunkin’ Donuts Introduces More Co-Branded Sugar Bombs With Almond Joy And Heath Coffees

Dunkin’ Donuts Introduces More Co-Branded Sugar Bombs With Almond Joy And Heath Coffees

For those of us who grew up starting our day with a bowl of Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs, a big sugar rush might be how we need to start to the day. Fortunately, Dunkin’ Donuts will always be here for us, and they have yet another brand-synergized sugar and caffeine bomb for us to try. This time, they’ve partnered with Hershey’s to create Almond Joy and Heath flavored coffees. [More]

Why Hershey Is Betting Its Future On Dried Meat Bars

Why Hershey Is Betting Its Future On Dried Meat Bars

After making untold billions of dollars as probably the brand name most associated with chocolate in America, Hershey is quickly trying to position itself as something other than a purveyor of sweets. After last year’s acquisition of the Krave line of beef jerky products, Hershey is hoping that folks will gobble up its upcoming dried meat bars. [More]

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Judge: Nestlé, Hershey Don’t Have To Put Child Slave Labor Disclosure On Chocolate Labels

While it might matter to some consumers that slave labor was involved in making that chocolate bar on the grocery store shelf, food companies like Nestlé and Hershey don’t have to disclose what kind of workers are involved in the production process on product labels, a judge ruled this week. [More]

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UPDATE: Pepsi Says Organic Gatorade Still Slated For 2016 Release

UPDATE: After an earlier report that Pepsi was pushing back the release date of its new organic Gatorade to 2017, a spokeswoman for the company reached out to Consumerist and said that unfortunately, “the wrong date was shared” in the media outlet’s interview. [More]

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With High Shipping Costs, Online Shopping Is Not Big Business For Chocolate Makers

Sure, shopping from the comfort of your couch can be an easy, convenient alternative to schlepping to the mall or grocery store. But there are just some things that might not be worth the trouble to have shipped. Case in point: chocolate. The sweet treat can be a real pain to transport, for both the company and customer.  [More]

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Makers Of Peeps, Lemonheads, Jelly Belly, Others Promise Not To Advertise To Kids

For years many companies have abided by self-regulation programs that outline how they can and should market their products to children. Today, six candy companies took a step to ensure they also responsibly advertise to often-impressionable — and sweet-toothed — kiddos by creating a new self-regulatory initiative.  [More]

Carrot Cake Hershey Kisses Are An Actual Thing, Available At Walmart

Carrot Cake Hershey Kisses Are An Actual Thing, Available At Walmart

What are the flavors of Easter? We know that the flavors of Valentine’s Day are red velvet and strawberry shortcake, and the flavors of fall are pumpkin spice and caramel apple, but the Easter candy season apparently needs more novelty flavors. That’s why Hershey has brought us white chocolate-based carrot cake kisses. At least they aren’t plain carrot cake flavor? [More]

Market Research Firm: Cadbury Creme Egg Sales Down £6 Million After Recipe Change Outside Of U.S.

Market Research Firm: Cadbury Creme Egg Sales Down £6 Million After Recipe Change Outside Of U.S.

At this time last year, the rest of the world was freaking out over the prospect of a change to the recipe of Cadbury Creme Eggs. Here in the United States, we were safe from the recipe change, with our Hershey’s-licensed creme eggs remaining as inferior as they’ve ever been. However, researchers speculate that the recipe change cost Cadbury £6 million ($8.6 million) in lost sales. [More]

Papa John’s Is Eliminating All Artificial Flavors, Synthetic Colors From Its Menu

Papa John’s Is Eliminating All Artificial Flavors, Synthetic Colors From Its Menu

Now that the anti-everything-artificial train has left the station, it is showing no signs of stopping: Papa John’s says it’s the first pizza chain to eliminate all artificial flavors and synthetic colors from its entire menu. [More]

Advances In Candy Technology Mean More Edible Conversation Hearts

Advances In Candy Technology Mean More Edible Conversation Hearts

Never underestimate human ingenuity. It was just a few short years ago that if you wanted to eat conversation hearts, your only choice was to crunch or suck on some chalky, hard candies. Today, there are even more alternatives available for people who enjoy word-laden sweets, and the latest is conversation kisses from Hershey. [More]

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Pizza Hut Launches $5 Value Menu That Only Applies When You Order Two Or More Items From It

We’re only a few days into the new year and already, companies are showing off what they’ve been planning for 2016 in an effort to hook customers early on. Pizza Hut has a new “value-driven” category it’s calling the “$5 Flavor Menu” that offers a lower price for a variety of familiar items — but only if you order two or more of them. [More]

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Pepsi Is Planning To Launch An Organic Version Of Gatorade Next Year

Whenever you take a swig of Gatorade, you’re probably not thinking about the Riptide Rush tree that bore fruit and provided your drink with flavor. But Pepsi wants to change how customers view Gatorade with a flying leap onto the healthy trend bandwagon, by introducing an organic version of the sports beverage next year. [More]

Eavesdropping Barbie, Books About Famous Brands, Bratz Selfie Sticks Lead List Of Year’s Crassest Toys

Eavesdropping Barbie, Books About Famous Brands, Bratz Selfie Sticks Lead List Of Year’s Crassest Toys

Not all toys are equal; just ask those ungrateful children who will throw a tantrum on Christmas morning for getting a GoBot instead of a Transformer (wait — that was me). But some kid-targeted products cross the line from being blah to being truly terrifying. [More]

Hershey Ditching Artificial Flavors In Some Chocolate Products

Hershey Ditching Artificial Flavors In Some Chocolate Products

The Hershey Co. is hopping on the trend bandwagon and tweaking the ingredients list for of its most two popular products: the candy company is taking artificial flavors out of milk chocolate Hershey’s Kisses and bars. [More]

Online Grocery Ordering And Self-Checkout Still Bad For Candy Companies

Online Grocery Ordering And Self-Checkout Still Bad For Candy Companies

Back in January, we shared the news that Hershey was looking toward the future and thinking about ways to make impulse candy purchases part of consumers’ shopping routines we use more self-checkout options, or have entire orders prepared for us to pick up or have delivered. They’re not alone, it turns out. [More]

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Nestle Announces Another Change To Supply Chain: All KitKat Chocolate Will Be Sustainably Sourced

After saying that “forced labor has no place in [their] supply chain” for Fancy Feast cat food, Swiss conglomerate Nestle SA is now addressing another supply chain area, saying KitKat will be the first global chocolate brand to make all its products with sustainably sourced cocoa. This, as the chocolate industry has come under fire for allegations of child labor. [More]

Red Bull Tries To Block Brewer From Trademarking “Old Ox” Because They Are Both Bovines

We know it's hard to tell the two apart, but the one on the left is probably for Red Bull... we think.

Whether it’s the pizzeria logo that resembles the Garden State Parkway sign, two beers battling over the use of the same three letters, or a bunch of marijuana edibles with humorous takes on famous chocolate brands, even the silliest trademark disputes are usually based in the argument that maybe someone out there might possibly confuse the products. But the folks at Red Bull have a problem with a Virginia brewer who wants to trademark the name “Old Ox” simply because the two brands are bovine in nature. [More]