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Chewing gum in powder – PISSA (Mexico) 21/06/2017

Filed under: New product — Joan Mestres @ 2:51 PM
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The mexican chewing gum manufacturer PISSA (Productos Industriales del Saltillo S. de R.L. de C.V.) presented during the last Sweets&Snacks Expo in Chicago their “Yummy Sand”. It consists on a box with gum in powder form (resembling sand)  and some moulds to create “sand” castles or buildings.

I always considered PISSA (I’ve been in the factory several times) a very professional, innovative and interesting company. They are one of the main Co-Manufacturers of gum in the Area. Being close to the US, they are naturally oriented to this market., although has customer around the world. PISSA is a joint venture between PEPSICO and some local entrepreneurs, and produces gum for many other companies (including big names in the industry).

It has been a while since they produce gum in powder, but this is the first time that I see this product named “Yummy Sand” which comes under the umbrella of their own brand “Delicrea” (acronym for Delicious-Creativity”). “Delicrea” has range of toy+candy combinations.

 

I leave here a link to the article of www.confectionerynews.com where the news is mentioned,  a link to the website of PISSA and a link to a previous post in this website about this company and its products.

 

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ZED CANDY – IRELAND 05/03/2013

Filed under: Market & Fairs,New product — Joan Mestres @ 10:25 AM
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I had the chance to talk to Mr Brendan Roantree, Managing Director of Zed Candy, during ISM.

This Irish company was established in 1998 and has been growing and expanding since then. Now employes more than 270 people and has production facilities in China and in UK. Even if they produce hard and soft candy, chocolate and jelly beans, what is interesting to us is their production of bubble gum. They are real specialists in hollow ball production. Their designs and powerful image has always surprised me, since I met this company many years ago. I invite you to visit their web-site: www.zedcandy.com

They have one big brand:; JAWBREAKERS which includes hollow balls in different designs and sizes (Mammooth Jawbreaker, Monster jawbreaker, etc). The hollow balls have funny designs, like the ones that resemble an eye (Terror eyes) or a golf ball. There are other brands of bubble gum, such as GUM POWDER (in this case consists on coated nuggets of gum) or ZAPPERS  (small gum squares). All the products from Zed Candy move away from the traditional, conventional, well-known styles and are able to present an innovative and striking look.

During ISM’13 Zed Candy presented a world first, which is a ball with 4 colour print (the logo of the company) on it. Also very powerful is the lollipop consisting on a liquid center, with bubble gum around it and then coated with 3 different layers (colours) of candy. This sophisticated product is called TORNADO POPS.

According to Brendan during last years he feels that the market is asking for higher quality products and that low price/low quality is not selling as much as before. Children are more and more novelty driven. About the future, he is worried about volatile raw material prices, currencies and legislations. As in international business manager he has to deal with those variables and it is a tough challenge. He also feels (and I fully agree with him, but I will discuss about this in another post) that ISM is getting smaller.

Thank you, Brendan, for your time and explanations!