Posts Tagged ‘candy’

Because we all have a sweet tooth …

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

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Throughout the decades, candy has played a prominent role in the food and beverage industry. In the 1960’s, Sugar Daddy, Boston Baked Beans, and Bazooka bubble gum were among the most popular (and of course who can forget the comics on the wrappers of Bazooka. As the years continued, and technology advanced, the candy industry took off like a rocket.  Jelly Bellys were the go to movie snack in the 70’s while they were enjoying first Star Wars movie. Or, you may have been chewing away on your favorite flavor of Bubble Yum like John Travolta’s character in Grease. The 1980’s brought a decade long fixation with Skittles and ‘Tasting the Rainbow,’ as well as introducing the newest flavor profiles with Sour Patch Kids gummy candies- proving that candy doesn’t have to just be sweet, they can be sour as well! The new trend of sour candies continued on into the 90’s with the increasing popularity of Sour Patch Kids, Warheads and Sweet Tarts. Rolling into the new millennium, candy lovers are craving salty and savory candies like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Peanut M&Ms. With flavor preferences continuing to change, Tropical Foods has a candy that will satisfy any candy craving that your customers desire. Here is a list of the Top 10 candy items:

  1. Snickers candy bar
  2. M&M Peanut candy bar size
  3. Jelly Belly Assorted, bulk
  4. M&M Plain, bulk
  5. Hershey Miniatures, bulk
  6. M&M Plain candy bar size
  7. Mars Madness, bulk
  8. Hershey Hodge Podge, bulk
  9. Sour Patch Kids, bulk
  10. Gummy Bears, bulk

Counter-Trends in Snack and Candy Consumption

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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Today we will look at six major trends currently evident in the Confectionary and Snack industry, each accompanied by a distinct countertrend. Both trends and their countertrends are a result of consumers wanting to eat healthier choices, yet believing that their snack choices should also represent a culinary indulgence. Research has uncovered an “80/20″ rule at play when it comes to snack and candy choices. 80% of those who consider themselves healthy eaters opt to indulge in less-healthy choices 20% of the time, while 80% of people who regularly indulge will opt for a healthy snack and candy option 20% of the time. (more…)


Healthier Valentines Day Snacks

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014











Everywhere you turn this month, there are boxes of chocolates, conversation hearts and other sweet confections.

For those looking for a healthier solution, alternative Valentine’s Day treats are a great solution. Sugar-free candy, dried fruits, and especially nuts can be just as festive and delicious this Valentine’s Day. Though this holiday is often associated with rich, decadent foods, you can find plenty of delicious treats to devour without putting your health at risk. The following are some alternatives from Tropical Foods:

1. Nuts
Unlike sugary treats,nuts are one of the most satisfying snack options and they are also a great, flavorful treat to share with your loved one on Valentine’s Day. Nuts are a healthy snack packed with proteins that you don’t have to feel guilty about. Choose from some of our favorite snack mixes or make your own mix of nuts and seeds.



2014 Food Trend Predictions

Monday, January 6th, 2014

2014The Year of the Snack
Bold flavors, interactive packaging, and an increase in snacking lead the food trends for 2014. Consumers are now beginning to associate snacking with better health with nearly 60 percent of all snack foods being positioned as healthy.  Retailers will be capitalizing on the healthier snacking trend, replacing traditional high-sugar, high-fat snacks with healthier on-the-go offerings.

Grab-and-go snacking continues to grow. Food created to enjoy while multi-tasking, such as nuts, snack mixes, and candy will continue to increase in sales. Be sure to check out Tropical’s Grabeez line of grab-and-go products in a variety of flavors.



Holiday Snack Trends

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Tropical_HolidayTrends Love it or hate it, everyone knows the day after Halloween is the official countdown start to the holiday season. Snacks are an integral part of holiday celebrations, accounting for a large percentage of sales for the year. Half of U.S. adults who celebrate Christmas buy candy for the holiday, with 54% of these consumers buying it for themselves or families and 44% buying candy for gifting, according to an NPD Group survey.

The top-selling seasonal candy is:

1. Holiday/seasonal chocolate candy (With over half of sales)
2. Candy canes
3. Snack-size chocolate bars
4. Gift box chocolates
5. Seasonal/holiday non-chocolate candy

The survey finds chips ranking as the second most commonly purchased Christmas snack (bought by 38% of adults), followed by fruit (36%) and crackers and nuts (each at 31%).

It’s important to uncover opportunities to boost sales during the key holiday season…. (more…)