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Gallery: Candy trends from NCA Sweets & Snacks Expo

The 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo presented by the National Confections Association was held this week in Chicago, bringing together 650 manufacturers from around the world displaying their hottest new products and continuing favorites.

The following photo gallery highlights a few of the trends in the candy and sweets category.

See more photos from the show: Snack trends

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Captions and photos by Cora Weisenberger

Supermarket News

Advocacy group faults Whole Foods for candy at checkout

TGF-FruitImageConsumer advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest has recently focused its attention on unhealthy snacks and drinks in checkout aisles by putting together a Pinterest board of good and (mostly) bad examples at supermarkets and other retailers.

Today, CSPI specifically called out Whole Foods Market on Twitter for stocking chips and candy at checkout. The retailer responded by touting its quality standards and thanking the group for its feedback. See the full exchange below.

Certain retailers have replaced some or all of their checkout products with better-for-you items. Harmons installed healthy checkout lanes at each of its stores last summer, while Martins traded candy for fruit in certain lanes in 2012. A few Hy-Vee and Fareway stores in Iowa have created special checkout aisles as part of the state’s Blue Zones initiative.

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