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Long Ball Black Licorice hits home run at Kookaburra exhibit
Andre Chiavelli, ceo, introduces Babe Ruth’s Long Ball TM Black Licorice at #SSE17, showing how the plug-style, 3.5-ounce (100-gram) pack saves the health of ball players. Formerly served up as plugs of tobacco, such chewy habits caused cancer and littered the ball parks; now, Long Ball Black Licorice tastes great in a safe format, while helping tamp down anxiety on the field. It’s also available in Round Tripper Red Raspberry flavor.

“It will be in stadiums soon, and the Baseball Hall of Fame,” Chiavelli says. For more information, please contact

Andre Chiavelli introduces Babe Ruth's Long Ball Black Licorice.
Kookaburra Liquorice’s other new product is Black, and Red 1.0-ounce Mega Licorice Wheels (see photo below) with 60 wheels in a gravity feed display. Each wheel is individually wrapped and Barcoded. For info, please contact
Phillip Cook of Kookaburra Liquorice introduces his company's Mega Wheels. 

Osmanli imports Turkish chocolates along with coffee
Another exhibit that caught our eye and taste buds – Osmanli Coffee – from Turkey, produces chocolate bars filled with regional hazelnuts as well as its namesake coffee formats. Osmanli brings the important Turkish market to US buyers from its Chicago office. For more information, contact

Above, Pat Magee reviews chocolate bars with Turkish hazelnuts from Osmanli team.

In Good Company


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A few of our clients include: 
  •   AMP Rose Ltd., UK
  •  Adams & Brooks, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
  •  Baker Perkins, Peterborough, England
  •   Blommer Chocolate Company, East Greenville, PA
  •   Carle & Montanari USA, Inc., Raleigh, NC / CM-OPM
  •   Centerchem, Inc., Norwalk, CT
  •   Chocolate Artistry, Northbrook, IL
  •  Gimbal Brothers Candy Co., So. San Francisco, CA 
  •   Hilliard's Chocolate System, MA
  •  Kookaburra Liquorice, Sydney, Australia
  •   Multifilm Packaging Corporation, Elgin, IL
  •   Savage Bros. Co., Elk Grove Village, IL
  •   Seattle Chocolate Co., Seattle, WA
  •  Sollich N.A. 
  •  Varick Enterprises
  •  Veritas Chocolatier, Glenview, IL


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With a wide range of experience in public relations, advertising, sales, and the international confectionery field, our intent is to help your company enhance its strategy for growth.
  • press releases
  • custom published materials
  • articles and story ideas
  • placements for your news 
  • social media
  • open houses for special events and trade shows
  • advertising products

Shown at Pack Expo Las Vegas, above, is Sollich's new blower assembly in the Enromat M6 enrober.
Pack Expo review:
PACK EXPO Las Vegas features confectionery equipment, packaging suppliers during ‘largest PELV in history’

According to PMMI, “Capping off an unprecedented year of record-breaking events in the PACK EXPO Portfolio of Trade Shows, PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2017 welcomed nearly 1,000 more attendees than 2015, making it the largest PACK EXPO Las Vegas in history. Preliminary numbers reveal 29,500 attendees and 2,000 exhibiting companies convened over almost 900,000 net square feet of the Las Vegas Convention Center.” The show took place September 25 - 27.
Additionally, many equipment and packaging manufacturers relevant to confectionery drew focus to sweets and snacks products . . . For example:

Sollich KG of Germany, a leading global supplier of enrobers, tempering systems, cooling tunnels, and bar forming equipment exhibited these plus a complete line of optional supplementary equipment. At Pack Expo Las Vegas 2017, Sollich displayed their Enromat® M6 1050 CIP enrober and a new Thermo-Flow 1050 KK cooling tunnel re-designed with Gullwing PU-Covers at the Sollich NA booth.

Sollich’s Enromat® M6 1050 CIP enrober boasts innovative design and incorporating the latest components available in building this state-of-the-art machine.

The Sollich NA booth was staffed by Bob Limburg, John Holland, Danila Daniloff, Sean Burns and Amanda Youngers of Sollich North America, Peter Koch and Klaus-Dietrich Franzmeier of Sollich KG, Martin McDermott and Andreas Janko of Chocotech GmbH and Tony Puchtinger representing Sollich KG’s service department.

 Mark your calendars for Pack Expo International, Chicago, October 14 – 17, 2018.


Coming events – 
Congratulations Class of 2017
NCSA Candy Hall of Fame Inductees

The following individuals will be inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 14, in Tampa, FL, joining a list of industry stars who have been bestowed with the highest honor for leadership in the confectionery industry. 
Peter Blommer, Blommer Chocolate Co.
Rick Brindle, Mondelez International, Inc.
Sara Clair, Brown & Haley
Ray Cote, American Chocolate Mould Co.
Basant Dwivedi, The Promotion In Motion Cos., Inc.
Mary Beth Geraci, Carlin-Group
Richard Hartel, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Scott Hartman, Rutter's Holdings Inc.
Rob Nelson, Elmer Chocolate
Dave Taiclet, May Confections
Mary Villa, URM Stores Inc.

The Candy Hall of Fame weekend will take place during the National Confectionery Sales Association’s (NCSA) 118th Annual Meeting at the Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, October 13 to 15, 2017.
The induction ceremony will be preceded by a gala dinner featuring audio/visual presentations highlighting the honorees’ professional and personal lives. The weekend also includes the announcement of the NCSA Scholarship winners during Friday’s Welcome Reception.  
The Association will host the five participants in the 2017 NCA YPN Future Leadership Program. As a sponsor of this worthy program, the NCSA will recognize the five individuals during the Friday evening reception. 
The Candy Hall of Fame weekend draws hundreds of industry leaders, family members and friends from around the globe to celebrate the candy category’s best and brightest.
To be eligible, nominees must be at least 50 years of age and have worked in the business for more than 20 years. Individuals from all disciplines are considered for this esteemed award, including scientists, manufacturers, salespeople, brokers, retail confectioners, suppliers to the category and wholesalers.
For more details about the NCSA and the Candy Hall of Fame, visit

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As we create press releases and custom published materials, develop story ideas, place articles in local and/or business media in print and on-line, write freelance articles for web- or print-based media, our services help you develop first-time or long-term publicity vehicles for the business-to-business confectionery market. Let us do the leg work!

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For example: If you want parrots, we'll find a pair of macaws made of Jelly Belly jelly beans!
(with approvals, of course).

Courtesy, The Jelly Belly Candy Company.