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LuckyVitamin is a rapidly growing, health and wellness store which has been family owned for three generations. LuckyVitamin has over 1 million customers. Within the last week, LuckyVitamin made their first purchase order (PO) of Tapout products. Their PO consisted of Tapout Muscle Reusable Hot and Cold Packs, Tapout Muscle Instant Cold Packs, Tapout Muscle Pain Relief Sprays, Tapout Muscle Pain Relief Towelettes, Tapout Muscle Extreme Muscle Growth Pre-Workout supplements, Tapout Muscle Extreme Muscle Recovery Post-Workout supplements, Tapout Muscle Turbo Blend Protein Powder Chocolate- 2 lb Tubs, Tapout Muscle Turbo Blend Protein Powder Vanilla- 2 lbs Tubs and Tapout Muscle Extreme Omega supplements. Dr. Bagi, President of Axxess Pharma, stated, “We are honored to provide LuckyVitamin customers with our all-natural Tapout products. There is a strong synergy between our product line and their large, devoted, health and wellness customer base. We anticipate purchase orders from LuckyVitamin to increase on a monthly basis.” Dr. Bagi further stated, “This is yet another sign of our continued product expansion into large on-line retail stores throughout North America.” About Axxess Pharma Inc.: Axxess Pharma Inc. is a Nevada Corporation operating through its wholly-owned Canadian Subsidiary: Axxess Pharma Canada Inc., headquartered in Toronto.Axxess is a specialty Health Care Products Company dedicated to improving health and quality of life by offering select medicines, nutritional supplements and over the counter remedies all across the Americas. Axxess’s goal is to bring additional products to the market and provide new, innovative options for better health spanning areas such as high cholesterol, blood pressure, acute pain, — to optimal health management through improved nutritional supplements. For more information, please visit https://tapoutmusclerecovery.com , or contact Investor Relations at (973) 351-3868. To view all Axxess Pharma social media sites, please click any of the following links: http://facebook.com/tapoutmusclerecovery , http://twitter.com/tapoutmusclerec , http://instagram.com/tapoutmusclerecovery . About LuckyVitamin: For over three generations LuckyVitamin’s family has been dedicated to helping people lead healthy lives. LuckyVitamin started as a pharmacy, transformed into a dynamic health foods store and then exploded into an online movement. A lot has changed over the years, but one thing has stayed the same. LuckyVitamin is here for YOU. They are committed to be your supportive source for products and knowledge, to help you on your journey towards happy wellness. For more information, please visit: http://www.luckyvitamin.com/ Safe Harbor Statement Statements about the Company’s future expectations and all other statements in this press release other than historical facts, are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company intends that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created thereby. The above information contains information relating to the Company that is based on the beliefs of the Company and/or its management, as well as assumptions made by any information currently available to the Company or its management. When used in this document, the words “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plans,” “projects,” and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company or its management, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the current view of the Company regarding future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including the risks and uncertainties noted.

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The Venture Deliberately Aims To Delve Beyond The Candy Apple Collaboration By Merging The Partners Varied Talents, Business Backgrounds And Social Interests.

They came up with the idea to have their customers ring in the weekends with an eatery-wide champagne toast every Friday afternoon. It would be the ultimate place in Jacksonville to socialize to hobnob, so to speak. By late fall, the Cottrills and Earnests longstanding concept, HOBNOB, will open above Unity Plaza at 220 Riverside, an upscale apartment community buoyed by retail stores, restaurants, programmed activities and Unity Park. From the very first dinner club, we said, One day this is going to be a restaurant. And now, here we are, Ellen Cottrill said. The venture deliberately aims to delve beyond the Candy Apple collaboration by merging the partners varied talents, business backgrounds and social interests. Although Candy Apple has been wonderfully successful, the Candy Apple theme is definitely tied to being next to Sweet Petes gourmet chocolate and candy store, Ellen Cottrill said. HOBNOB represents us its our personality coming through, she said. Liz Earnest said she thinks the Candy Apple team is on to something special with its new venture. We want to draw wonderful, inspired and fun people who love trying new foods to our restaurant, she said. Our ideal customers (will) want to celebrate with friends, flirt with new foods, smile, laugh and leave full. HOBNOB will serve lunch and dinner daily; the bar will offer craft cocktails, beer and wine. The 4,560-square-foot, 200-seat gathering spot is expected to employ about 40 people, including about 25 part-timers. Planning and design are being finalized, and construction has just begun. The owners would not provide the projects budget or specifics about the menu, which is being developed under the concept of global inspirations with local intentions. Liz Earnest said they are moving away from the Southern fare at Candy Apple and getting a bit more adventurous with this menu. The restaurants culinary team will be led by Jamey Evoniuk, Candy Apples executive chef, who Alan Cottrill said is especially skilled at simplifying sophisticated food. The HOBNOB business plans finalization was spurred by the development of Unity Plaza as a community-centric, urban gathering spot with daily programmed activities including free yoga classes, art demonstrations and amphitheater concerts. In September, Philadelphia celebrity chef Kevin Sbraga is scheduled to open Sbraga and Company next to HOBNOBs space. Sbraga won the seventh season of Top Chef. In recent years, the HOBNOB teams vacations to places like San Diego and Philadelphia have been parlayed as business trips, during which theyve acquired ideas that build upon their original concept. As it turns out, coming up with the name HOBNOB which deliberately has all capital letters, but is not an acronym was a project, in itself. We really wanted the name to capture the identity of the space, of the concept, and of us, because we feel like this restaurant is an extension of who we are, Jennifer Earnest said. It is a place for diners to come and elevate their spirit, palate and mood by rubbing elbows with friends. The business partners say that they arent sure whats next after HOBNOB.

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Interactive Entertainment To License The Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory Brand For Its Social Casino Games.

Load More The markets finished down on the last session of the week. Friday trading ended with the S&P 500, Dow Jones and Nasdaq Composite down -0.29%, -0.27%, and -0.26% respectively. The Dow Jones closed the trading session today on a 7-day losing streak, and closed at the lowest level since January 30, 2015. On January 30, 2015, the index closed at 17164.95, and today closed at 17373.38. Market data out today in the form of July Nonfarm Payrolls of 215,000 took the market lower at the open and no major index turned green all day. The session ended with relatively light volume, and the week closed with all three major indices down more than 1.5%. Action in the S&P 500 Information Technology index (703.84, +0.32 +0.05%) was dominated today by strong quarterly results from Nvidia (NVDA 22.98, +2.53). The semiconductor company ended the session up nearly 12.4%. As a result, the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index (SOX 636.82, +3.69 +0.58%) and Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH 51.50, +0.13 +0.25%) both ended the session in the green. Weakness was seen in Solar stocks today, as the Guggenheim Solar ETF (TAN 33.29, -0.62) finished the session lower by 1.8%. The TAN retreat was led by weakness in SolarCity (SCTY 52.25, -3.09 -5.58%) and SunEdison (SUNE 14.97, -2.11 -12.38%). Other notable news items among S&P 500 Information Technology components: Motorola Solutions (MSI 64.19, -0.39 +0.61%) commenced a dutch auction tender to repurchase up to $2 billion of its common stock shares between $61 and $66.50 per share. Nvidia (NVDA 2.98, +2.53 +12.37%) signed a licensing deal with Pixar Animation Studios for feature film production. The deal gives Pixar access to NVDA’s quasi-Monte Carlo rendering methods. Elsewhere in technology: Zynga (ZNGA 2.64, +0.19 +7.76%) entered into a multi-year agreement with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to license the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory brand for its Social Casino games. Viavi (VIAV 6.21, +0.09 +1.47%) appointed Amar Maletira as its new EVP and CFO, effective September 9, 2015. AVG Tech (AVG 25.56, -0.28 -1.10%) filed for offering of about 7.1 million shares of ordinary shares by selling shareholders.

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This Means Contributing To A Better Life For Its Employees, Consumers, Communities, And Ultimately, Creating A Bright Future For Children In Need.

Hershey understands people desire more snacking options in addition to confection including wholesome snacks and protein on the go and want the foods to be made with simple, familiar ingredients. Driven by these insights, Hershey is bringing the delicious tastes people love to a new range of snacks offerings. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150804006173/en/ Building on the success of Brookside Dark Chocolates, Hershey is introducing Brookside Fruit & Nut Bars, made with wholesome ingredients including whole roasted almonds, real fruit pieces and delicious Brookside dark chocolate. People love to snack throughout the day and want a broader range of wholesome options, said Tony Tyree, Vice President, Snacks & Grocery for The Hershey Company. They also want to know whats in their food, how its made and where the ingredients come from. Inspired by our consumers wholesome snacking preferences, weve developed Brookside Fruit & Nut bars which are crafted from simpler ingredients to create an extraordinarily delicious eating experience that can be enjoyed at any time of day. In addition to its wholesome ingredients, Brookside Fruit & Nut Bars are gluten free, contain no artificial flavors, are a good source of fiber, a good source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E, made with real fruit, and are low in sodium, cholesterol free, and have zero grams of trans-fat. Packaging for Brookside Fruit & Nut Bars furthers the promise of transparency, boasting a clear packaging window through which consumers can see the texture and ingredients of this latest snacking innovation. Brookside Fruit & Nut Bars come in three delicious varieties: Brookside Fruit & Nut Cranberry with Blackberry Flavor Brookside Fruit & Nut Cherry with Pomegranate Flavor Brookside Fruit & Nut Blueberry with Acai Flavor Each variety will be available in a 1.4-oz. bar (SRP $1.69), while the Brookside Fruit & Nut Cranberry with Blackberry Flavor and Brookside Fruit & Nut Cherry with Pomegranate Flavor are also available in a four-count multipack (SRP $4.99). All three varieties are available in select club stores nationwide and will be found in the wholesome snack bar aisle at select retailers beginning in August. For more information, visit www.brooksidesnacks.com or www.thehersheycompany.com . About The Hershey Company The Hershey Company ( HSY ), headquartered in Hershey, Pa., is a global confectionery leader known for bringing goodness to the world through its chocolate, sweets, mints and other great-tasting snacks. Hershey has more than 22,000 employees around the world who work every day to deliver delicious, quality products. The company, which has more than 80 brands around the world that drive over $7.4 billion in annual revenues, includes such iconic brand names as Hershey’s, Reese’s, Hershey’s Kisses, Jolly Rancher, Ice Breakers and Brookside. Hershey is focused on growing its presence in key international markets while continuing to build its competitive advantage in North America. Additionally, Hershey is poised to expand its portfolio into categories beyond confectionery, finding new ways to bring goodness to people everywhere. At Hershey, goodness has always been about more than delicious products. For 120 years, Hershey has been committed to good business by operating fairly, ethically and sustainably to make a positive impact on society. This means contributing to a better life for its employees, consumers, communities, and ultimately, creating a bright future for children in need. This commitment is exemplified by Milton Hershey School, established in 1909 by the company’s founder and administered by Hershey Trust Company. The children who attend the school receive education, housing, and medical care thriving as direct beneficiaries of The Hershey Company’s success. View source version on businesswire.com: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150804006173/en/

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The Tulane Survey, Which Was Commissioned By The U.s.

The boy was just nine when hetraveled from Burkina Faso to the Ivory Coast, where the two men who organized his journey promised he could get a bike by going to work on a cocoa farm. Describing his experience to the nonprofit Anti-Slavery in 2011, Letiefesso said, On the farm there was a shelter covered with black plastic without a door. That is where we slept. The workers diet was limited to bananas and yams. There was no bicycle. My job was to carry sacks of cocoa on my head. Once I slipped in a hole when I was carrying cocoa and hurt my ankle, he said. This was a few years ago, but my memory of being on the farm is only of suffering. I tell people that I meet that there is only suffering in Cote dIvoire, and that they should not believe what they hear about that country. Awareness of child labor abuses in West Africa, where the Ivory Coast and Ghana produce nearly three-quarters of the global cocoa supply, has increased in recent yearsalong with global demand for chocolate. According to a report published Thursday by Tulane University , the use of child labor has increased in West Africa as well. Researchers counted 2.1 million child laborers working in cocoa production in both countries, an increase of 21 percent over five years. Unlike many global commodity crops, cocoa is predominantly grown on smallholder farms , and sometimes the child labor abuse happens when a young family member is put to work for free instead of hiring a paid employee.And while that might seem relatively benignand not all that different from how farm labor is treated in the United Statesthere are stories like Letiefessos, where children are trafficked into working in the industry, and others where children are doing highly risky labor. As such, theres a shifting definition for child labor that changes with age and the work being conducted. Children between five and 11 cannot work at all under International Labor Organization standards; children between 12 and 14 can do up to 14 hours of light work a week; the maximum number of hours climbs to 43 per weekfor kids between 15 and 17. Then there are the worst forms of child labor, the hazardous and forced-labor scenarios, which are disallowed for children of any age. The Tulane survey, which was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor, found a 46 percent increase in the number of childrenworking in hazardous conditions between 2009 and 2014 in the Ivory Coast alone. The rise is especially disheartening when you consider the extensive efforts that have been made to combat child labor in the industry since 2001, when a public-private agreement called the Harkin-Engel Protocol was established to eliminate the worst forms of child labor from cocoa production. The report notes that reforms focusing on increasing education opportunities in rural farming areasof the Ivory Coast suffered as a result of political violence in 2010 and 2011. Despite such mitigating circumstances, the lack of progress is disappointing to those who monitor child labor issues in the industry. Relative to the size of the challenge, the pace and scale of change is insufficient, Nick Weatherill, executive director of International Cocoa Initiative, told The Wall Street Journal .

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First, Parents Can Look Beyond Nutrition Labels.

Some products that appear healthy are actually high in sugar to make them more tasty, and low in fiber to extend shelf life, said Lustig, who authored the book “Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease.” On average, Americans consume 19.5 teaspoons of added sugar per day, and “kids consume even more,” according to Lustig. Related: WHO sugar guidelines While the World Health Organization recommends a person with a 2,000 calorie diet limit sugar intake to 12.5 or 6.25 teaspoons of free sugars, parents don’t need to be “sugar-terrified,” physician nutrition specialist Dr. Melina Jampolis said. Instead, parents should be aware of hidden sugar content in kid-friendly products. Most labels don’t distinguish between “added” sugars and natural sugars, which naturally occur as fructose in fruit and lactose in dairy, so this could require a bit of detective work. First, parents can look beyond nutrition labels. If “it has 12 grams of sugar then you have to look at the ingredient list. If it just says apple and water, then it has no added sugar,” Jampolis said. In addition, the American Heart Association suggests looking for ingredients ending in “ose” or other names for sugar such as molasses, cane sugar or honey. Parents can search USDA nutrient content online as well as in grocery stores, and while it may be time-consuming for parents to compare sugar between brands, there is good news: “Once you have your arsenal of products,” said Jampolis, “you only have to do your comparison once.” Eating natural, unprocessed, whole foods is the best way to avoid hidden sugars. With an apple, you may decide between organic and non-organic, but you don’t have to deal with labels. “An apple is going to be more satisfying than apple sauce, more satisfying than apple juice,” Jampolis said. Related: Farmers markets In the long run, eating whole foods — and picking products with lower sugar content — could make a big difference for your child. “Even 4 grams of sugar makes a difference. It may be only 7 grams versus 11,” in terms of product comparison “But if you’re making five choices a day, that’s 20 grams of sugar you’re saving,” said Jampolis. Need a place to start your research? Here’s a guide to foods for children that sometimes contain a surprising amount of sugar. Yogurt Yogurt touts benefits such as calcium and contains natural sugar from lactose. But parents should look closely at brands marketed toward kids.

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Remove The Pan From The Heat And Add The Chopped Chocolate And Vanilla Extract.

Others see the word “sorbet” and think only of flavored ice. This chocolate-almond sorbet turns tables on both these ideas. I used mainstays Baker’s cocoa and Ghiradelli bittersweet chocolate and the results were profoundly chocoholic. It may not have any dairy, but it sure has the right recipe for creamy richness. Try making your own almond milk for the base. You’d be surprised how easy and satisfying it can be. 2 cups (18 ounces/510 grams) unsweetened almond milk 2 teaspoons cornstarch cup (6 ounces) firmly packed dark brown sugar, preferably the unrefined muscovado cup (2 ounces/67 grams) unsweetened natural cocoa powder 1 tablespoon light agave nectar teaspoon fine sea salt, plus extra for salting the almonds 4 ounces (113 grams) dairy-free bittersweet chocolate (60-70 percent cacao), finely chopped 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract cup (2 ounces/75 grams) raw almonds, chopped Make thickener: In a small bowl, combine cup of the almond milk with the cornstarch. Whisk to dissolve and set aside. Cook sorbet base: In a large (4-quart) saucepan, whisk together the remaining 2 cups almond milk, sugar, cocoa powder, agave nectar, and salt. Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a low boil. Boil for 1 minute. Thicken the mix: Whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Continue whisking one minute more, until thickened. Remove the pan from the heat and add the chopped chocolate and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. Strain, chill, churn: Set a fine-mesh sieve over a medium heatproof bowl. Pour the sorbet base through the sieve. Cover the bowl with aluminum foil and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 4 hours. Whisk vigorously to smooth out any lumps. Pour into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Prepare almonds: Place a dry, medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the almonds and saute until pale golden in spots and fragrant, 6-7 minutes. Sprinkle with fine sea salt. Cool completely. Mix in nuts: When the sorbet is finished churning, fold in the cooled almonds. Freeze to firm: Pack into an airtight container and freeze until firm.

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Read More Why Are Chocolate Prices Jumping?

By Janine Satioquia-Tan | Special to CNBC.com July 23, 2015 7:41 PM . View photo Jamalrani | istock/360 | Getty Images. Even without allowing Kinder Surprise over U.S. borders, Americans have made their country the world’s chocolate hogs, gobbling down more than all of Asia Pacific combined, data from Euromonitor show. Even without allowing Kinder Surprise over U.S. borders, Americans have made their country the world’s chocolate hogs, gobbling down more than all of Asia Pacific combined, data from Euromonitor show. Americans will eat nearly 18 percent of world’s chocolate confectionery by value in 2015 – or around $18.27 billion worth, according to fresh estimates including June data from Euromonitor – that’s more than all of Asia Pacific, which is expected to enjoy around $14.3 billion worth of chocolate this year. That’s despite a glaring difference in the number of people, with the U.S. population around 321 million dwarfed by more than a billion people each in India and China as well as another around 600 million in Southeast Asia. But that doesn’t mean Americans are the biggest chocolate gluttons globally. That title goes to Switzerland, the motherland of chocolate giants such as Lindt (Swiss Exchange: LIS.N-CH) and Toblerone. The Swiss are expected to binge on around 9.1 kilograms (kg) – or more than 20 pounds – each, the equivalent of eating almost 173 regular Snickers bars (52.7 grams) this year. Read More Why are chocolate prices jumping? Austria and Germany tie at second place with both countries consuming 8 kg of chocolate per capita. By comparison, Americans are almost on a diet, ranking 20th at 4.3 kg each, even coming in below Kazakhstan’s 5.4 kg. Meanwhile in Asia, where chocolate has not traditionally been the sweet of choice, people in China will eat just 200 grams of chocolate each this year, while Indians will eat only 100 grams, Euromonitor estimates. It isn’t certain whether Asia’s chocoholics will catch up to Europe or the U.S. any time soon.

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Hide Caption 5 Of 20 Famous Fathers And Their Famous Kids 20 Photos Ron Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard Many Child Stars Have A Difficult Time Transitioning As Adults.

The results were surprising to the study’s lead author, Dr. Craig F. Garfield, especially given his earlier research that fatherhood motivated men to improve their health habits. “Regardless of what kind of father you were,” Garfield said, “Your weight actually increased. So all fathers ended up increasing their weight as they go through fatherhood.” Garfield serves as associate professor of pediatrics and of medical social sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and attending pediatrician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The study accounted for factors such as race, education, income and screen time as well as marriage status , which has been shown to affect weight. Though all the young men’s BMI showed an increase over time due to age, additional weight gain was shown to be contingent on fatherhood status, according to the study. Famous fathers and their famous kids 20 photos Famous fathers and their famous kids 20 photos Jennifer Aniston, John Aniston Who knew that the veteran “Days Of Our Lives” actor’s only daughter, Jennifer, would follow in his footsteps with a memorable stint on “Friends,” and then blossom to become America’s sweetheart? Hide Caption 1 of 20 Famous fathers and their famous kids 20 photos Bria Murphy, Eddie Murphy With a string of box office hits (“Coming To America,” “Beverly Hills Cop”) and misses (“A Thousand Words”), Eddie Murphy has already had a full career. His eldest daughter, Bria, is trying to make her mark in beauty and fashion. She’s a spokesmodel for the Dark & Lovely hair care brand. Hide Caption 2 of 20 Famous fathers and their famous kids 20 photos Alan Thicke, Robin Thicke Like father, like son? Not so much. The “Growing Pains” actor became a household name with the 1980s sitcom, but son Robin wanted to take on music like his mom, Gloria Loring, who scored a pop hit in the 1980s with “Friends & Lovers” (with Carl Anderson). Hide Caption 3 of 20 Famous fathers and their famous kids 20 photos Ahmad Rashad, Condola Rashad The former NFL star turned sports analyst may have named his daughter, Condola, after his mom but the statuesque beauty surely wasn’t going to pursue a career making touchdowns. Well, maybe. This year, the actress was nominated for a Tony Award for her Broadway debut in the Alicia Keys-produced play “Stick Fly.” Hide Caption 4 of 20 Famous fathers and their famous kids 20 photos Berry Gordy, Stefan Kendal After founding Motown Records and making it one of the biggest record labels in the world, Berry Gordy settled down from the music business and enjoyed the fruits of his labor. His son, Stefan Kendal (Redfoo), teamed up with grandson Skyler Austen (SkyBlu, not pictured here) to form the electro-pop duo LMFAO, who’ve become international sensations with their “party rock” dance club anthems. Hide Caption 5 of 20 Famous fathers and their famous kids 20 photos Ron Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard Many child stars have a difficult time transitioning as adults. But the former Opie Taylor (on “The Andy Griffith Show”) and Richie Cunningham (on “Happy Days”) knew when to quit while he was ahead.

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Over 95 Percent Of Mars Chocolate Products Sold In The U.s.

Footprint to Offer Consumers, Retailers More Product Variety & Choice New $100 Million Investment in Topeka, Kansas Facility to Create 70 Jobs Mars, Incorporated July 16, 2015 9:00 AM Content preferences Done TOPEKA, Kan., July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ –Today Mars Chocolate North America announced that it will invest an additional $100 million in its Topeka, Kansas site, breaking ground on a new state-of-the-art 90,000-square-foot facility in America’s heartland. As part of this expansion, the company will create a total of 70 new full-time, permanent, high-wage manufacturing jobs. “For over a century, Mars has been committed to making our products in the markets where we sell them,” said Tracey Massey, president, Mars Chocolate North America. “We are grateful for the warm welcome and continued support we have received from Topeka and thestate of Kansas, and we are pleased to further invest in the community with additional job creation and economic development.” As the company launches new innovations, it is committed to continuing to make its products in the U.S. Over 95 percent of Mars Chocolate products sold in the U.S. are also made locally by the company’s dedicated team of over 3,500 associates located in its 9 domestic sites. From roasting peanuts in Albany, Georgia to roasting cocoa beans to make our real chocolate in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, we take great pride in the fact that our products from cocoa bean to chocolate bar to bite size M&M’S Brand Candies are made in America. While Mars was the first chocolate manufacturer to reduce single serve products to below 250 calories, in recent months the company has brought to market a range of new product offerings with a focus on introducing more options less than 200 calories. Earlier this year the company brought back M&M’S Crispy at 180 calories per serving and in August will launch nationally goodnessknows Snack Squares, a delicious and satisfying treat at 150 calories. “Our consumers and retailers are demanding even greater choice, seeking more product variety across a range of format, calorie and price options,” added Massey. “By further growing our footprint in the U.S., we will better be able to introduce new treats to satisfy the most diverse consumer appetites.” Mars’ expansion in Topeka follows the grand opening of the facility in 2014, the first new Mars Chocolate North America site built in the last 35 years. With this expansion, Mars’ investment in Topeka totals $430 million, today employing over 200 associates producing a variety of M&M’S Brand Candies and SNICKERS Bars. Named “Plant of the Year” by Food Engineering magazine, the facility is LEED Gold certified and meets Mars’ stringent sustainability standards. “This additional investment does more than create new well-paying jobs for Kansans, it reflects Mars’ continuing commitment to growing its business in America’s heartland,” said Governor Brownback. “In little more than one year after the grand opening of its Topeka facility, Mars is expanding its manufacturing operation with a new state-of-the-art facility. The availability of a talented workforce, along with a strong relationship between Mars and state and local leaders, creates an environment for continued economic growth and opportunity.” “This expansion represents the continued partnership between Mars and the Topeka community; showcasing a key JEDO focus on bringing in additional employment and investment from existing businesses into the community,” said Scott Griffith, Chairman, GO Topeka Board of Directors. “The city of Topeka is excited when existing companies like Mars Chocolate North America select our community to continue their growth and investment,” said Mayor Larry Wolgast. “We’re thrilled that Mars is expanding their partnership in Topeka and look forward to many years of continued growth and opportunity within our community. This latest investment in the U.S. follows recent announcements by Mars, Incorporated of additional expansion across the country. In June Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company announced it would be adding 155 new associates at its Flowery Branch, Georgia facility to support additional sugarfree gum production. In addition, Mars Chocolate North America also shared news of its plans to hire 20 new associates in Albany, Georgia to support the national launch of goodnessknows. About Mars, Incorporated In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the objective of creating a “mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders” this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 75,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.

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