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History and News of Candy Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers

As a leader in the Candy Distribution Industry as a retail and candy wholesaler we would like to share our experiences and knowledge regarding the worlds leading candy manufactures, the candy they manufacture and we all love. Below we are providing an overview of the worlds leading candy manufacturers their products and a candy history time chart. I hope you enjoy the material we have prepared. We will continue to add to this material on a regular basis. Portions of this document are in a brief outline format to identify future expansion areas. Please feel free to write us about your candy experiences so we can share with all our customers.

WM Wrigley Jr. Company

The Wrigley WEB http://www.wrigley.com has a great history and its founder. William Wrigley Jr. came to Chicago from Philadelphia in the spring of 1891. He was 29 years old, had hardly any money but incredible drive, enthusiasm and energy. He was a great salesman and highly motivated.

His father manufactured soap. When the business first started in Chicago, Wrigley sold Wrigley's Scouring Soap. As an extra promotion to customers, Mr. Wrigley offered premiums. He knew his customers would have incentive to buy Wrigley's soap if they received a little "something for nothing." One of these bonus items was baking powder. Eventually baking powder became more popular than soap, and he switched to the baking powder business.

In 1892, Mr. Wrigley brain storming one day decided to offer two packages of chewing gum with each can of baking powder. The offer was a huge success. The premium - chewing gum - looked more promising than the baking powder it was supposed to sell.

In the late 1800s, there were at least twelve chewing gum manufacturers in the United States. The chewing gum industry was undeveloped. Wrigley made the decision that chewing gum was a product with great potential. It was the product he had been looking for. Mr. Wrigley began marketing the gum under his own name. His first two products were Lotta and Vassar. In 1893 the classic Wrigley Juicy Fruit chewing gum was introduced, and the Wrigley Spearmint was introduced later that year.

The chewing gum business was not easy to get into. In the early days the company almost went under, but with hard work the team overcame difficulties and met challenges as opportunities.

At first William Wrigley Jr. personally did much of the selling. He had a gift for providing customer satisfaction and adapting himself to their needs. Mr. Wrigley was a great leader and inspired the people that worked with him.

William was also one of the first to use advertising to promote the sale of branded merchandise. He advertised the benefits of the product through newspaper and magazine ads, outdoor posters and other forms of advertising. He found this the best way to communicate with potential customers. The storekeepers would keep a significant stock of Wrigley brands on hand as more and more consumers began to ask for and buy Wrigley's chewing gum.

The business was very quality focused. As it continued to grow, it steadfastly applied this basic principle: "Even in a little thing like a stick of gum, quality is important.""

Our wholesale candy business carries a very extensive line of gum products manufactured by the WM Wrigley Company.

The most popular chewing gum types are Freedent, Wrigley Twin, Plentipack, and Orbit gum.

Freedentgum is a soft chewing gum that many people enjoy. It is long lasting in flavor. Peppermint and spearmint are the most popular flavors. The traditional tasting Wrigley Plentipack comes in the following flavors, Big Red, Doublemint, Juicy Fruit, Spearmint, and Winterfresh. The Wrigley Twin pack comes in Big Red, Doublemint, Juicy Fruit, Spearmint and Winterfresh. We also have great tasting Juicy Fruit in Grapermelon and Strappleberry flavors. Wrigley Orbit gum is new product offered by Wrigley. Orbit gum is very popular and one of our customers favorites. Wrigley Orbit gum comes in Bubblemint, Cinnamint, Peppermint, Spearmint, Sweet Mint, Wintermint, White Bubble, and White Spearmint.

Warner-Lambert

Pfizer Inc. on February 7 agreed to buy Warner-Lambert Co. This will create the No. 1 US drug maker and the second largest in the world. The purchase brings together the industry's two fastest-growth companies. The good news is this pharmaceutical powerhouse is manufacturing cough drops and Trident gum for us to enjoy.

Halls cough drops are a very popular product of Warner Lambert’s. These cough drops have satisfied customers providing relief to those with scratchy throats. The most popular flavors are Black Cherry, Cherry, Mentho-Lyptus, Vitamin C Citrus, and Honey Lemon.

Warner-Lambert also manufactures Trident gum. The main types of Trident gum are Fusion, Strawberry and Wintergreen. The classic Sugar Free Trident products are Sugar Free Bubble Gum, Sugar Free Cinnamon, Sugar Free Original Flavor, and Sugar Free Spearmint. Trident also has a complete Value pack product line. Trident Value Pack Bubble Gum, Value Pack Cinnamon, Value Pack Cool Rush, Value Pack Original, Value Pack Spearmint and Value Pack Tropical Twists are favorite flavors of our customers. Another terrific product line offered by Warner Lambert is the Trident White gum. We carry all the most popular flavors, which include Cinnamon, Cool Rush, Peppermint, Spearmint and Winter Mint.

The third line of products manufactured by Warner Lambert that we sell is Certs mints. Certs mints are a very refreshing mint. We carry a full range of flavors including Cinnamon, Freshmint, Peppermint, Mixed Fruit, Peppermint, and Spearmint.

Topps Company

The Topps Company was started in 1938 as Topps Chewing Gum. In the early years (I remember as a kid) Topps was famous for producing a popular penny "Topps Gum" from a factory in Brooklyn, N.Y. After World War II, the Topps manufactured Bazooka Bubble Gum, in 1950, the company added trading cards to its product line. In 1951 Baseball cards appeared and became a necessary part of pop culture. This tradition continues today, and includes football (both American and European) and basketball. Other items include entertainment cards, stickers and albums. Topps purchased WizKids, LLC. in July 2003. WizKids are designers and marketers of collectible strategy games. Topps maintains offices in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Brazil, and Argentina, in addition to the U.S. Topps also manufactures the popular lollipop brands marketed as Ring Pops, Push Pops, Baby Bottle Pops and other novelty candy and gum products. The corporation is now headquartered in New York City, and has worldwide distribution, annual revenues in F' 2004 of $ 297,338,000, and $295,865,000 in F' 2005, and employs over 420 people worldwide.

Topps corporation the manufacturer of the classic Bazooka bubble gum is a long time candy manufacturer. They also manufacture Twisted Push Pops, and Ring Pops.

Tootsie Roll Industries Inc

In 1896 an Austrian immigrant Leo Hirshfield brought to the U.S. a recipe for Chocolate. Hirshfield began manufacturing in a small candy store in New York City. Leo named the candy after his five-year-old daughter, whose nickname is "Tootsie." In 1905 the company opened operations and began manufacturing in a four-story candy factory in New York City. The name of the company was changed in 1917 to Sweets Company of America. The company began to advertise nationally and in 1922 is registered with the New York Stock Exchange.

In 1931 the hard candy on the outside and chocolatey, chewy Tootsie Roll on the inside, "The Tootsie Pop" is invented. In the late 1930’s the company’s sales continued to grow as the country emerged from the Depression. The company made an upgrade in their facilities. The moved from a 35,000 square-foot space in New York City to a 120,000 square-foot plant in Hoboken, NJ. A modern manufacturing advancement, the conveyor belt system was installed. This was the first appearance of mass production techniques at the company. In 1941a 50,000 square-foot addition was added to the factory. During World War II in 1942 the candy was a favorite as it gave the troops energy and it was able to withstand harsh conditions and still taste great. The candy was included in rations and was highly valued by the armed forces.

As raw materials became available in greater quantities, quickly surpassed pre-war levels. In 1948 William B. Rubin becomes President of the Company and in the 1950’s the company got involved with promoting children’s shows including Howdy Doody, Rin Tin Tin and Rocky & Bullwinkle. In 1960s the company's name was changed to Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc.

The Tootsie Roll really took off and began expanding rapidly. The opened a facility in Chicago's and in 1968 expanded operations to include the Philippines and other areas of the Far East. They also expanded operations into Mexico and in 1970 to Canada.

In the 1970’s the company began to expand its product base through acquisitions such as the Mason Division of Candy Corporation of America. The acquisition adds two famous candy names -- Mason Dots. Later the company acquired Cellas' Confections, Inc., a chocolate covered cherry manufacturer. In 1988

Tootsie Roll acquired the Charms Company. This combination of production techniques led to the Tootsie Pop, Blow Pop, and the Charms line of lollipops. This makes Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc. the world's largest lollipop producer.

The company the acquired in the late 1980’s the caramel and chocolate brands of Warner-Lambert Company, including Junior Mints, Sugar Daddy, Sugar Babies and Charleston Chew.

In 1996 the Tootsie Roll Company celebrated its 100th anniversary. Tootsie Roll Industries is a company with a classic name in the candy industry. Cella’s Cherry Milk Chocolate, large and small Junior Mints Tootsie Rolls and Tootsie Pops are all great products that we sell.

Tootsie Roll Industries is also a company with a classic name in the cany industry. Cella’s Cherry Milk Chocolate, large and small Junior Mints Tootsie Rolls and Tootsie Pops are all great products that we sell.

Storck USA LPGive company info from WEB with a link typical for all below.

BW Clifford carries the Werthers Butter Scotch candy. They are great butterscotch tasting hard candy.

RicolaGive info from WEB with a link typical for all below.

Ricola cough drops compliment our line of cough drop products very nicely. The Ricola cough drops we carry are Honey Herb, Lemon Mint and original Herb.

PfizerGive info from WEB with a link typical for all below.

Lucky for the over indulging in candy we have the Pfizer Company to manufacture Rolaids. We carry cherry flavored Rolaids.

 

Perfetti Van Melle USA IncGive info from WEB with a link typical for all below.

Perfetti Melle is the manufacturer of Airheads. Airheadsare a delicious chewy candy that is full of flavor and very popular with our customers. We carry Blue Razzleberry, Cherry, and White Mystery.

 

Nestle Foods CorpGive info from WEB with a link typical for all below.

The Nestles Food Corp is a giant in the candy industry. We carry many of there products. Some favorites are the 100 Grand Bar, Baby Ruth Bar, Butter Finger Bar, Fun Dip, Goobers, Raisinets,a Butter Finger Changemaker, and Laffy Taffy in Banana, Cherry, Grape and Watermelon flavors. These are great candies that kids and adults have been enjoying for years and tears.

M & M Mars/MasterfoodsGive company info from WEB with a link typical for all below.

M & M Mars is also a giant in the candy industry. Many of the store most popular candy mars are manufactured by M & M Mars. We carry many of the most popular products. Some of these favorites are the 3 Musketeers Bar, Skittles Original, Skittles Original Kings size, Skittles Smoothie Mix, Skittles Tropical and Skittles Wild Berry.The number one seller for use is the classic Snickers bar. We sell the Snickers bar in regular and in king size. We also have a Snickers Almond  bar. Non-chocolate favorites are Starburst candies. We carry Starburst California Fruit, Original and tropical fruit. A classic chocolate covered cracker candy is the Twix Bar. We carry Twix Caramel, Peanut Butter and Caramel King.

 

Kraft FoodsGive info from WEB with a link typical for all below.

Kraft Foods bring us a great snacking product the classic salted peanut snack. Kraft also brings to the market the powerful Altoids mints. We carry cinnamon, peppermint, spearmint and wintergreen and sour tangerine flavored Altoids mints.

Jaret International IncGive info from WEB with a link typical for all below.

We offer the Sour Patch Watermelon and Red Fish products from the Jaret International company.

 

Hershey Chocolate CoGive Company info from WEB with a link typical for all below.

Hershey is a fantastic manufacturer of some of the worlds best and most popular candy products. In fact Hershey Park is near buy our main warehouse and offices. We carry many of the Hershey candies that you all love. Almond Joy, Good & Plenty, Hershey Almond, Hershey Almond King, Hershey Kisses, Hershey Milk Chocolate, Hershey Milk Chocolate, Hershey Smores, Hershey Special Dark Chocolate, Kit Kat, Kit Kat Bigkat, Payday Bar, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Reese's Fastbreak, Reese's Pieces, Reesesticks, Rolo, Skor Bar, Twizzler Cherry Nibs, Twizzler Strawberry, Whatchamacallit, York Mint, York Mint Changemaker, Breathsaver Peppermint, Breathsaver Spearmint, Breathsaver Wintergreen, are all Hershey favorites we carry.

Ferrero U.S.A. IncGive company info from WEB with a link typical for all below.,

Ferrero brings us the great little mint. The Tic-Tac mint. We carry all the favorite flavors including Tic-Tac Lime, Tic-Tac Orange, and Tic-Tac Wintergreen. They are a great mint to take with you through the day. The packaging is particularly convenient.

Ferrara Pan Candy CoGive info from WEB with a link typical for all below.

The Atomic Fireball is a hot little candy from Ferrara. Kids just love the hot fire sensation you get from an Atomic Fireball.

Farley/SathersGive info from WEB with a link typical for all below.

Amazin' Fruit is one of the best sellers in our store. Folks love them. Thanks to Farley/Sathers for a great tasting product.

Dorval Trading Co Ltd.Give info from WEB with a link typical for all below.

If you like sour tasting candy then you will love the Sour Power Strawberry Apple and Sour Power Strawberry candies manufactured by Dorval Trading. This is a product that is very sour so if you like sour candy try this. Well now that you know some history you can see how we have grown with the industry as a candy and snack wholesaler.

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