9 New Fruit Candy Launches

chewy fruit candies

Nonchocolate confections registered 4.4% dollar growth in convenience stores and 9.9% growth in grocery in 2020, according to data from Chicago-based IRI.  

The bulk of that growth came in chewy and fruity candies, and often in bulk package sizes.

“The peg [bag] segment was a bright spot for us, particularly nonchocolates,” says Tim Young, category manager, center store for Newcomb Oil’s FiveStar c-store chain. At the Bardstown, Ky.-based chain of 80 stores, nonchocolate brands such as Haribo, Hi-Chew and Jolly Rancher came up big, while FiveStar also saw success merchandising 2-pound bags of Swedish Fish and Sour Patch Kids brands.

Click through for a look at nine fruity confections hitting store shelves.

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CandyRific

candyrific Loki

CandyRific is bringing Marvel Avenger’s new Loki Character Fans to the portfolio, joining the assortment with Black Panther, Black Widow and Spider-Man. Each Loki fan comes with 0.53 ounces of assorted fruit flavored dextrose candies (natural flavors and colors) and provides a burst of fanned air when the button is pushed. It’s available for an SRP of $5.99, shipping as six, 12-count displays per case.

Photograph courtesy of CandyRific

Hi-Chew

Hi-Chew Plus Fruit

Morinaga America Inc. expands its portfolio with Hi-Chew Plus Fruit in two fruity flavor combinations: Orange & Tangerine, and Red Apple & Strawberry. Containing real fruit pieces, the candy chews combine two flavors into a single taste. Hi-Chew Plus Fruit is offered in a 3-ounce peg bag for an SRP of $2.59.

Photograph courtesy of Morinaga America Inc.

Hilco

Kool-Aid Dipping Candy

Hilco is teaming up with Kraft Heinz in the debut of Kool-Aid Dipping Candy. Each pouch includes powdered candy in Blue Raspberry and Cherry flavors and edible dextrose candy sticks. The variety is available for an SRP range of $1.49 to $1.99 per 2.1-ounce package, shipping as two, 12-count displays per case.

Photograph courtesy of Hilco

Bazooka

Bazooka Candy Brands

Bazooka Candy Brands added Dragons and Unicorns Gummies to its Totally Awesome portfolio. The soft, chewy gummies are shaped like characters that represent magical powers and come in four flavors: Strawberry, Grape, Watermelon and Blue Raspberry. Totally Awesome Dragons and Unicorn Gummies are available for an SRP of $1 per 3.8-ounce peg bag.

Photograph courtesy of Bazooka Candy

American Licorice Co.

American Licorice Co.

American Licorice Co. rolled out four new Sour Punch varieties: Sweet Bites, Fan Favorites Bites, Sip-N-Chew and Grape Straws. Both Sweet Bites and Fan Favorite Bites come in a 9-ounce standup bag with an SRP of $2.99-$3.49 and a 5-ounce hanging bag (SRP $1.39-$1.69). Sweet Bites come in Dream Berry, Passion Punch, Grateful Grape and Cotton Candy flavors, and Fan Favorite Bites feature four flavors: Grape, Tangerine, Fruit Punch and Lemon. New Sip-N-Chew Straws are sweet and sour edible drinking straws that come in Blue Raspberry and Cherry flavors with an SRP range of 89 cents to $1 for a 0.9-ounce straw. Grape Straws come in a 4.5-ounce tray for an SRP of $1.29-$1.79 and a 2-ounce tray for an SRP of 99 cents to $1.39.

Photograph courtesy of American Licorice Co.

Red Vines

Red Vines

Red Vines reintroduced its SuperStrings pull-apart red licorice twist. Most recently only found in the Red Vines California Collection, SuperStrings are available in a 14-ounce resealable bag for an SRP range of $2.69 to $3.49.

Photograph courtesy of Red Vines

Laffy Taffy

Laffy Taffy

Ferrara Candy Co. added Laffy Taffy Laff Bites to its Laffy Taffy portfolio. The bite-sized, dual-textured candies have a crunchy shell and a taffy center. Four flavors come in a bag: Cherry, Strawberry, Green Apple and Blue Raspberry. Package sizes include 2-ounce single-serve pegs (SRP $1.29), 4.2-ounce pegs (SRP $1.49) and 6-ounce pegs (SRP $1.69).

Photograph courtesy of Ferrara Candy Co.

Starburst

Starburst’s All Pink

Starburst’s All Pink pack from Mars Inc. shifted from a limited-edition offering to a permanent fixture in the brand’s lineup. Starburst All Pink packs are available in 2.07-oounce single sticks, 15.6-ounce standup pouches and 50-ounce standup pouches.

Photograph courtesy of Mars Inc.

Jelly Belly

Jelly Belly Candy Co.

Jelly Belly Candy Co. expanded into the gummies segment with Jelly Belly Gummies. The new products are shaped like classic Jelly Belly beans and come in Sweet and Sour mixes that feature the brand’s most popular flavors. The gummies are vegan (contain no animal gelatin), non-GMO and made with colors from natural sources. Both mixes come in 4- and 7-ounce bags and 3.5-ounce grab-and-go bags.

Photograph courtesy of Jelly Belly Candy Co.