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Tic Tac kicks off annual Shake, Share & Care campaign

BY Allison Cerra

SOMERSET, N.J. — Through its annual campaign, Tic Tac once again is supporting breast cancer awareness and a nonprofit organization that provides free support services to people affected by cancer.

Tic Tac said that its seventh annual Shake, Share & Care campaign marks the brand’s partnership and commitment to breast cancer awareness and nonprofit CancerCare by again making a $100,000 donation to the charity. This year, the campaign will be supported by the Tic Tac Extraordinary Caregiver Contest on the brand’s Facebook page, where consumers can nominate and vote for the most deserving caregivers who have dedicated themselves to those affected by cancer.

"Tic Tac is excited to once again partner with CancerCare to support such a worthwhile cause," said Noah Szporn, Tic Tac category manager for Ferrero U.S.A. "This year’s Shake, Share & Care program not only helps raise awareness about CancerCare’s services, but also shakes things up a bit by recognizing the many deserving caregivers who spend their time helping those affected by cancer."

In line with its support of breast cancer awareness and CancerCare, Tic Tac also is rolling out its limited-edition pink grapefruit flavored mints, which are available for purchase at retailers nationwide.

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TruMoo launches nationwide

BY Allison Cerra

DALLAS — Dean Foods has introduced a "better-for-you" chocolate milk to retailers nationwide.

New TruMoo milk contains just 40 more calories than plain white milk per serving and touts 15% to 20% less sugar than other flavored milk products and does not contain high-fructose corn syrup.

Prior to the national launch, TruMoo was sold in schools. 

The flagship TruMoo flavor is chocolate sold as 1% lowfat milk. Depending on regional and retailer variations, other varieties include strawberry, vanilla and coffee flavors, which are available in gallons, half gallons, quarts and single-serve (10-, 12-, 14- and 16-oz.) bottles.

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Spangler gears up for 2012 candy cane season with manufacturing investment

BY Allison Cerra

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.

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