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CandyRific readies for Halloween with M&M’s dispenser

BY David Salazar

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Candyrific is rolling out new products, including a collectible candy dispenser just in time for Halloween. Among the company’s latest offerings is a candy dispenser featuring the M&M’s Blue Character wearing a skeleton costumes. M&M’s are one of the most popular brands purchased around Halloween, according to Mars. 
 
“This M&M’s Brand Collectible Halloween Dispenser has been extremely popular,” CandyRific VP sales Clark Taylor said. “There are thousands of M&M’S® Brand collectibles online, and this is the perfect addition to every collection.”  
 
In addition to its new M&M’s offering, CandyRific has also been granted rights to create candy novelties featuring characters from the film “Minions,” which was one of the summer’s biggest movies. Among the minions offerings is a fan that holds candy and features Kevin, one of the movie’s main characters. 
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Latest in fall flavors now hitting market

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO – Pumpkin spice and apple cinnamon reigned supreme in new consumable items from Archer Farms, Coffee-Mate and Kellogg's according to the September edition of Instantly Shelf Score. 
 
Also in this month's top 10, Gerber introduces lil' Pastas with Hidden Veggies. 
 
Instantly Shelf Score is a monthly ranking of the newest CPG products by consumer purchase intent. Each product is evaluated using Instantly Concept Test, a rapid product concept testing tool that collects consumer feedback on key success indicators such as purchase intent, differentiation, need and value. 
 
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SABMiller rejects AB InBev’s 3rd acquisition offer

BY David Salazar

BRUSSELS — Anheuser-Busch InBev’s plan to acquire fellow-beer maker SABMiller and form the “first truly global beer company” is once again stalled, as SABMiller’s board rejected the company’s latest acquisition offer on Wednesday.

AB InBev — which produces Budweiser and Corona, among other brands — offered SABMiller about 68 billion pounds ($108 billion), or about 42.15 pounds per share of the company on Wednesday in its third offer for acquisition. SAB Miller also rejected the previous two offers — one for 38 pounds per share on Sept. 22 and 40 pounds per share on Oct. 5.

“The Board of SABMiller has now met formally to consider the new proposal announced by AB InBev today,” SABMiller, which produces Coors and Miller brands of beer, among several others, said. “The Board, excluding the directors nominated by Altria Group Inc., has unanimously rejected the … proposal as it still very substantially undervalues SABMiller, its unique and unmatched footprint, and its standalone prospects.” 

When it announced its offer, AB InBev was optimistic about its appeal to the SABMiller shareholders.

“We have the highest respect for SABMiller, its employees and its leadership, and believe that a combination of our two great companies would build the first truly global beer company,” AB InBev CEO Carlos Brito said. “By bringing together our rich heritage, brands and people we would provide more opportunities for consumers to taste and enjoy the world’s best beers. … Put simply, we believe we can achieve more together than each of us could separately, bringing more beers to more people and enhancing value for all of our stakeholders.”

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