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ARI claims global travel retail first with candy printing at Dublin Airport

23 March 2016

Katjes Fassin UK Managing Director Melissa Snover, The Loop Confectionery Buyer Christine McNamara and ARI Retail Deputy Category Manager Confectionery Robert Kennedy

ARI has announced the global travel retail launch of the Katjes Magic Candy Factory’s 3D Gummy Candy Machine.

Customers can sample personalised jellies from The Magic Candy Factory pop-up shop in the Candy Cloud store at The Loop in Dublin Airport.

The Loop is the world’s first airport retailer, and the first retailer anywhere in Europe, to welcome the “next generation of 3D food printing”. Ahead of its official opening in April, The Loop is previewing the confectionery concept at The Magic Candy Factory pop-up shop from 17 until 27 March.

According to The Loop, The Magic Candy Factory uses 3D design and printing technology to let customers create their own gummy candy by choosing their shape, colour and flavour. Using vegan, gluten and dairy free ingredients, and colouring derived from plant extracts, the gummy candy is manufactured using a food safe 3D printer. Quick drying gummy filament ensures the candies are quickly ready to eat, The Loop stated.

The Loop Confectionery Buyer Christine McNamara said: “We are thrilled to bring the Magic Candy Factory to Candy Cloud in Terminal 1. Designing your own sweets and seeing them being made in a matter of minutes offers something new and exciting for all our passengers that they can’t get anywhere else in Europe.”

Katjes Fassin UK Managing Director Melissa Snover added: “We’re proud to be launching our truly delicious and ground breaking concept with ARI, who has always championed the importance of innovation and retail theatre in enhancing the customer experience. We’re confident that Candy Cloud customers will enjoy a memorable experience when creating their own Magic Candy masterpieces. We hope to open up many more airport locations in the future as these novel products make for a really unique souvenir for travellers to bring home to their friends and family.”

The Loop Head of Buying Max Smyth commented: “This is a real game changer for confectionery, it’s the next step from having your name on your favourite product. From creating your own gummy masterpiece to designing gifts for friends, it’s a really novel and very welcome addition to the hugely popular Candy Cloud confectionery store here at The Loop in Terminal 1. Who doesn’t want to see their design come to life right in front of their eyes?”

Candy creations are made by uploading or drawing a picture on an instore iPad. There are eight choices of colour/flavour combinations including Raspberry Pink, Strawberry Bright Red, Mango Orange, Lemon Yellow, Apple Green, Tropical Blue, Purple Blackcurrant and Rainbow. Finishes include Sour, Glitter, Fizzy or Smooth and customers can design their own label.

Candy Cloud Retail’s Amanda Ruigrok with Magic Candy Factory Reis Hill and ARI Retail Category Manager Confectionery Damian Flynn

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