The candy industry lost an icon this week with the passing of Haribo's Hans Riegel. Anyone who has ever held a gummy bear has him to thank for the pleasure, and he will be missed by many as a result.
Confections showed up in other popular reads this week as well, with new product launches for Halloween and a petition to get Mars to swap out M&M's dyes also making our most-read list. Have a look at those stories and more at the links below. You won't regret it.
- Mars rejects 'neurotoxic chemicals' complaint over M&M's: A Change.org petition calls the dyes used to color M&M's "harmful," but Mars maintains it is compliant with current laws and safety requirements.
- Haribo co-owner, gummy bear king Riegel dead at 90: Riegel was responsible for gummy bears becoming a globally-recognized candy icon.
- Chocolate factory may start producing marijuana: A shuttered Hershey plant in Canada may be converted to growing the plants for medicinal purposes.
- Food stamp glitch results in free-for-all spending, empty Walmart shelves: The problems impacted retailers in 17 states, but two Walmart locations experienced Black Friday-like crowd issues.
- Halloween candy's new look: Get ready for trick-or-treat disruption: Kids aren't the only ones dressing up in 2013. Classic sweets have new costumes, and new launches could change what parents toss into this year's bags.
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