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Candy maker Necco is expanding the definition of "sweetheart" to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its heart-shaped confections stamped with messages of love and affection. A new campaign from Hill Holliday seeks to give the brand a modern makeover by plugging into social themes, including marriage equality. That's a novel approach for the confectionery category and a new recipe for this historically conservative marketer, which produces some 2.5 billion—yes, that's billion—of the candies each year.
"Our communities are becoming bigger and more connected," said Necco CEO Michael McGee.