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Hammond’s Introduces New Cotton Candy

 Hammond’s Candies has taken a legendary fairground and circus treat and made it simple to enjoy anytime. Hammond’s Cotton Candy stays melt-in-your-mouth fresh in the company’s signature, award-winning packaging, making it easy to grab from store shelves. Each package includes three unique, distinct flavors — banana, cherry and blue raspberry – carrying on Hammond’s tradition of applying a modern twist to a nostalgic candy.

“Everyone loves cotton candy and we thought it was about time to make it available without a ticket to the circus,” said Andrew SchumanHammond’s President and CEO. “The flavors are rich and fun and it’s all wrapped up in great-looking packages. We think it’s just the right amount of reinvention of a classic.”

Denver staple since 1920, Hammond’s is renowned for its beautiful, high quality and inventive candies that pay homage to tradition, but wake up taste buds with fun flavors and formulas. Hammond’s Cotton Candy joins a diverse selection of candies that includes the classic Mitchell Sweet (caramel-wrapped marshmallows), award-winners such as the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Chocolate Bar and the company’s signature stunning, hand-pulled lollipops and candy canes. All are available inHammond’s award-winning packaging that showcases the “specialness” of candy. Hammond’s Cotton Candy is packaged in 3-ounce bags (about three paper cones-worth) with a suggested retail price of $1.99 to $2.99.

Hungry for more? Visit Hammond’s in May at the Sweets and Snacks Expo in Chicago to try all of Hammond’s new products including not only cotton candy, but new flavors of brittles and chocolates bars, too. More information is available atwww.hammondscandies.com, or by calling 1-800-CANDY-99 (1-800-226-3999).  Follow Hammond’s Candies on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/hammondscandies and now on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/hammondscandies/.

Torie & Howard Names Chris Lockwood Inside Sales Manager

Torie & Howard, a producer of organic, Non GMO and kosher hard candy, has named Chris Lockwood as the company’s inside sales manager effective immediately.

Lockwood is responsible for in-house sales management, assisting National Sales Manager Rod Bambach, and handling independent accounts and Torie & Howard’s marketing and advertising programs, said Torie Burke, company Co-founder.  “His experience with food and supply sales, catering, hospitality, and foodservice along with his training as a chef give him an in-depth understanding of the needs of the specialty food and foodservice industries,” Burke said.  “We’re happy to have him on board as we continue to grow in those areas.”

Lockwood most recently was a territory manager for U.S. Foods of Norwich, Conn., for three years with responsibilities for managing customer accounts and new business development.  Previously, he was director of purchasing and handled accounts receivable for Embassy Suites Hotel for two years and also served as assistant purchasing manager for Myriad Restaurant Group, both in New York City.  Lockwood also has a Grand Diploma in Culinary Arts from the French Culinary Institute of New York and has worked as a chef for Riverbank Farm in Roxbury, Conn., as a cook for Match Catering & Event Styles in New York City, and completed an internship with Gramercy Tavern in New York City.  Lockwood has a master’s degree in food systems from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

Torie & Howard organic hard candy is available in four flavors: California Pomegranate and Sweet Freestone Nectarine, Italian Tarocco Blood Orange & Wildflower Honey, D’Anjou Pear & Ceylon Cinnamon, and Pink Grapefruit & Tupelo Honey.  The candy is USDA organic and kosher certified and contains no GMOs, preservatives, artificial dyes, casein, soy or gluten, Burke said.  The 2-ounce recyclable steel tins have a suggested retail price of $3.99 to $4.99 and the handbag gift package is $7.99 to $8.99.  A new 10-ounce Halloween package of assorted, individually wrapped candy has a suggested retail price of $7.99 to $8.99.  The candy also is sold in bulk.  More information is available by calling 1-888-826-9554 or online at www.TorieAndHoward.com.

Brownie Brittle Creator Nominated for Palm Beach Business Award

Creating a brownie empire is no easy feat, but Sheila G. Mains, CEO and Founder of Brownie Brittle, LLC, has taken her celebrated brownie products from door-to-door to a multimillion-dollar brand. Her hard-won success hasn’t gone unnoticed.

The South Florida Business Journal has just announced that Sheila G (as she’s known in the food industry) will be honored at its 2014 Palm Beach Ultimate CEO Awards. The awards recognize the top 10 business leaders of Palm Beach County for their achievements, vision, and dedication to excellence. Sheila G and other nominees will be honored alongside top executives from Broward and Miami- Dade counties on October 23 at an awards ceremony held at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood.

In the early ’90s, after losing her executive position with an industrial advertising agency, Sheila G refused to be another Friday afternoon casualty and embarked on her “Plan B for brownies.” After selling small batches of brownies to local stores, her notoriety as a brownie maven spread, and Walt Disney World’s parks and resorts began featuring Sheila G’s signature brownies.

Nibbling the rich chocolate drippings from the sides of the sheet pans while her brownies were cooling inspired Sheila G to come up with a recipe that would bring the “best part of the brownie” to market. The result: Brownie Brittle, a thin, crispy chocolate snack made from natural ingredients. In 2012, Sheila G partnered with Jerry Bello, founder and CEO of Keen Marketing, and in just 18 months, took Brownie Brittle from $500,000 in sales to over $38 million.

Sheila G has crafted specialty desserts featuring Brownie Brittle for Hollywood’s star-studded elite at The Weinstein Company’s Golden Globe Awards After-Parties in 2013 and 2014, and its 2013 Oscar Party. Brownie Brittle also received Fitness magazine’s 2013 Healthy Food Award, Self Magazine’s Healthy Food Award, the “Editor’s Pick” award from The Gourmet Retailer Magazine, and more.

At only 120 calories per ounce and in four award-winning flavors — Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel, and Toffee Crunch — Brownie Brittle is available at major retailers and online at BrownieBrittle.com.

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