Spangler gears up for 2012 candy cane season with manufacturing investment
BRYAN, Ohio — Spangler Candy Co. is gearing up to expand its candy cane manufacturing capacity.
The company, which is known for its various seasonal candies and Dum Dums lollipops, said it would invest about $400,000 to upgrade and install two candy cane production lines in its Bryan, Ohio-based plant. The upgrade is slated for completion in 2012, ready for part of next year’s candy cane season. With this investment, the new lines could create 20 to 30 jobs.
Spangler’s president and CEO Kirk Vashaw said that the expansion marks the company’s desire to increase capacity at the company’s Bryan facility, versus its manufacturing facility in Mexico, where the company produced its commodity candy canes.
Spangler noted it currently is in the process of it 84th and largest expansion of its Bryan plant and already is in the midst of a major expansion of its Dum Dum Pops capacity.
Fiery Fusion brings heat, flavor to Doritos, Cheetos brands
PLANO, Texas — Frito-Lay has introduced Fiery Fusion snacks for its Doritos and Cheetos brands.
The Fiery Fusion line amps up Frito-Lay’s spicy snack portfolio, offering a unique combination of heat and flavor, the company said. The Fiery Fusion flavor blends cheese, herbs and spices, followed by a slow-burning heat derived from a combination of cayenne pepper, vinegar and paprika.
"Now more than ever, Doritos and Cheetos brand lovers are asking for really intense flavor experiences and spicy snacks that can offer more than just pure heat," Frito-Lay VP marketing Tony Matta said. "New Fiery Fusion snacks deliver both — a truly unique flavor built around a delicious fusion of different herbs, spices and cheese, followed by a tremendous surge of heat that sneaks up on you at just the right moment."
Cheetos Fiery Fusion snacks are available in 3.75-oz. bags, while Doritos Fiery Fusion snacks are available in 3.375-oz. bags. Both are offered at a suggested retail price of $1.49 each.
Starbucks packs coffee, tea into K-cup portion packs
SEATTLE — Starbucks is slated to roll out K-cup portion packs this fall in stores nationwide.
The portion packs, which are designed for the Keurig single-cup brewing system, will launch in food, drug, mass, club, specialty, and department store retailers in November. The K-cups portion packs will roll out in Canada, Starbucks stores and direct-to-consumer websites next year.
Jeff Hansberry, president of Starbucks Global Consumer Products Group, said it expects the new venture to garner sales of $1 billion over time.
Starbucks coffee K-cup portion packs will be available in Starbucks most popular coffee varieties, including: Breakfast Blend, Pike Place roast, house blend, Sumatra and French roast. In addition, two selections of Tazo tea will be available, including Tazo tea Awake and Tazo tea Zen.
Starbucks coffee K-cup portion packs will be available in 10-count, 16-count, and 54-count packs, while Tazo tea K-cup portion packs will be available in 10-count and 16-count packs.