Big Candy is Expanding and Adding Jobs

“American candy maker Mars Wrigley Confectionery recently broke ground on a $30 million expansion project at its Waco, TX plant that will add on 65,000-sq-ft of product distribution space to the site, local news organizations reported.”
Power & Bulk Solids

“Albanese Confectionery in Hobart, Indiana, will get a 10-year tax break on its $33 million expansion, which will include “a fourth production line, packaging line, bulk sugar system and other production plans,” according to the Chicago Tribune. The company, which makes Gummi Bears and other candies, will hire about 150 people as a result of the expansion and expects to have more than 550 employees by 2019.”
Chicago Tribune

“Mount Franklin Nutritionals, a manufacturer of gummy nutritional supplements, organic gummies and fruit snacks and a subsidiary of El Paso, Texas-based Mount Franklin Foods, says its new 100,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Sumter, S.C., is primed to serve the ‘rapidly growing’ $2.7-billion nutraceuticals industry. The facility, which can produce 11 million gummies per day, was built to deliver top-quality nutritionals for private-label and co-manufacturing customers in the United States and internationally, the company says.”

“Nassau Candy has won tax breaks for an expansion project in Hicksville that will add 15 people to its local payroll of 435, officials said. The Hicksville-based manufacturer plans to construct a 7,210-square-foot addition to its headquarters at 300 Duffy Ave. The building is 127,000 square feet.”

“Virc LLC, a Mexican-owned manufacturer of gummy candy, is building a manufacturing plant in Selma, officials said Thursday. Construction of the plant, which will span about 25,000 square feet and cost about $3 million, is set to wrap up in March. The plant will have 12 to 15 employees, said Mario Hernandez, president of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation.”
San Antonio Express-News

“Double-digit growth prompts Sanders Candy to remodel [Mich.] headquarters.”
Confectionery News

“A $70 million investment in Mars Chocolate North America’s U.S. supply chain demonstrates the candy giant’s long-standing commitment to American manufacturing and innovation, and shows just how important the confectionery category is to the U.S. economy. The company says the move will add an estimated 250 jobs to chocolate product manufacturing sites across the U.S.”
Candy & Snack Today

“Hickory Harvest Foods has added 17,000 square feet of manufacturing space to its Akron, OH facility.”
Candy & Snack Today

“Abdallah Candies invests $14m in new Minn. Facility.”

“The Mentos maker Perfetti van Melle USA will expand its manufacturing plant near Erlanger, Kentucky, with an $11m investment, adding 70 new full-time jobs to the state.”
Confectionery News

“Mars Chocolate North America announced Thursday a $70 million reinvestment in its U.S. supply chain…. This latest investment will add approximately 250 new jobs to sites across the country.”

“Gummy bear giant Haribo to build first North American plant in Pleasant Prairie [Wis.] with 400 jobs.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Gummy bear giant Haribo to build first North American plant in Pleasant Prairie [Wis.] with 400 jobs.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“The announcement this week that the Hershey Chocolate Company plant in Stuarts Draft [Va.] will add 69 new jobs and spend millions on new equipment bodes well for the future of the plant, officials say.”
The Roanoke Times

“A company that makes flavors and oils for the candy and baking industry will be expanding its Lansing headquarters. LorAnn Oils…plans to spend about $1.5 million to expand its office and production space. The roughly 7,000-square-foot expansion will add nine jobs.”
Lansing State Journal

“M&Ms maker Mars has announced it will invest $900m in its U.S. supply chain in addition to the recent $1bn investment aimed at boosting its domestic manufacturing capabilities.”
Confectionery News

“Nestlé to move U.S. headquarters to Arlington [Va.], bringing 750 jobs.”
Washington Post

“Smucker’s to build factory in Longmont [Colo.] and could spend up to $340 million.”
Denver Business Journal

“Leclerc Foods, a maker of cookies, snack bars and crackers, has unveiled plans to invest $49 million to establish its U.S. headquarters in Kingsport, Tenn., and expand production operations.”
Food Business News

“Mount Franklin Foods, L.L.C., a North American manufacturer of confections and nut products, has acquired its first candy making facility in the United States… The company plans to invest $10 million in equipment for the Sumter, S.C., facility.”
Food Business News

“Barry Callebaut invests $20 million in U.S. West Coast factory. Barry Callebaut plans to up capacity at its American Canyon facility in California as it anticipates growing demand for chocolate and compound products.”
Confectionery News

“General Mills is increasing its cereal production in western New York. A $25 million expansion project includes the purchase of new packaging equipment, upgraded ingredient systems, and the addition of Corn Chex and Honey Nut Chex at the Buffalo plant.”
Associated Press

Mondelez plans to spend $65 million to open or improve nine research and development labs across the globe. The centers will be located in key markets for the company like East Hanover, N.J.
Chicago Tribune

“Enjoy Life Foods opens a new [200,000 square-foot] manufacturing plant in Indiana.”
Food Business News

“A $2 million renovation of Ether M’s chocolate factory store in Nevada is expected to [be] complete in October this year.”
Confectionery News

“Wolfgang Candy plans multi-million-dollar factory [in Penn.] amid substantial growth.”
Confectionery News

“Nestle has expanded its Dublin, Ohio, quality assurance center, investing $31 million to upgrade the facility.”
Confectionery News

“One of York County’s best-known businesses is expanding into the southern part of the county. Wolfgang Candy Co. will open a new production facility by the end of the year in Loganville… Wolfgang expects to add about 30 additional employees at the Loganville plant.”
Central Penn Business Journal

“When Tom Scheiman was looking to expand B.A. Sweetie Candy Co. Inc., he was thinking big. His ambitions became reality this past year with the purchase of warehouse space where the store’s square footage doubled and its shelving capacity grew monumentally… The decision to go from 20,000 square feet and 12-foot ceilings to a 40,000 square foot building with 22-foot ceilings just down the road was predicated on Scheiman’s strong belief that candy sales are not slowing down.”
Candy and Snack Today

“Elmer Chocolate has completed a $40 million manufacturing expansion in Ponchatoula [La.] to make its chocolates, caramels, truffles and crèmes, along with its seasonal holiday Gold Brick, Heavenly Hash and Pecan Eggs… The 70,000-square-foot expansion…lifts employment to 230.”
Baton Rouge Advocate

“Production of Skittles, the colorful fruit-flavored treat, will expand to Yorkville [Ill.] starting next week thanks to a $50 million plant expansion sweetened by state and local incentives… There are 75 new workers at the facility as a result of the Skittles line addition, adding to the 300 employees that already made gum and mint brands like Juicy Fruit, Doublemint and Life Savers.”
Chicago Tribune

“Chocolatier Kelly Smith…is one of many specialty chocolate merchants taking root in Central Florida, with new shops in Maitland, Orlando and Disney Springs. That’s on top of a chocolate-themed restaurant slated for Universal CityWalk and other tourism destinations such as Chocolate Kingdom and World of Chocolate.”
Orlando Sentinel

“A new Mast Brothers Chocolate factory and shop will open in mid-April in downtown Los Angeles.”
Los Angeles Times

“The Barry Callebaut Group announced the completion of an expansion in its American Canyon, Calif. factory.”

“ Inc…has purchased a warehouse in Charlotte, N.C., for an undisclosed price. The move allows the Southern California-based online retailer to reach most of the country—80%—in two days via standard ground shipping… has grown by an average rate of 11.71% over the past five years.”

“Krusinski Construction Company has completed a 250,000-square-foot expansion for Ferrara Candy Company in Bolingbrook, Illinois, adjacent to the firm’s existing 750,000-square-foot distribution facility.”
Real Estate Journal

“Retired Carol Stream cop opens candy shop in Bloomingdale [Ill.].”
Daily Herald

“Arizona-based Lulu’s Chocolate plans West Asheville [N.C.] location.”
Mountain Xpress

“Royal Candy Co. begins [N.J.] expansion. Company has doubled its office staff to accommodate increased orders.”

“Grimaldi Candy’s sweet success means [Fla.] expansion, jobs.”
Bay News 9

“Abdallah Candies is getting $170,000 from the state of Minnesota to help finance its $12 million expansion in Apple Valley.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Confectionery and bakery equipment supplier, Savage Bros. Co., is moving into a larger manufacturing space. The Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based company is combining its present 30,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing building and 13,900-sq.-ft. assembly building into a single 81,500-sq.-ft. building with state-of-the-art electric, lighting and communications.”

“Nassau Candy plans $4.3M expansion in Hicksville [N.Y.].”

“Famously irreverent candy retailer IT’SUGAR is opening up a 3,700-sq.-ft. ‘mega-shop’ at the largest retail and entertainment complex in the nation, Mall of America.”

“Grimaldi Candy Co. expanding to major national retailers…company expects to see continued growth into 2016 and beyond.

“Virc, LLC has broken ground for a 25,000-square-foot facility in Selma, TX…marking the confectioner’s first U.S. company with Mexican investment.”
Candy & Snack Today

“Groundbreaking is set for next week on a $41 million expansion at DeMet’s Candy in Big Flats [N.Y.] that is expected to add 70 jobs at the plant.”
Corning Leader

“Sugarfina, a Los Angeles-based candy seller, is opening two stores [in New York City] this fall. The three-year-old brand will open a 250-square-foot shop on the first floor of the Time Warner Center, replacing Tesla, according to a spokeswoman. Sugarfina also plans to open a roughly 1,000-square-foot space on upper Madison Avenue.”
Crain’s New York Business

“Florida-based Sweet Pete’s Candy kicks off a national expansion with its first Chicago-area location.”
Chicago Tribune

“Candymaker [Marini’s Candies] looks to build on 100-year legacy with new Westside location [in California].”
Santa Cruz Sentinel

“Mars Inc. announced plans Wednesday for a $100 million expansion of its candy-making plant in Kansas…After constructions wraps up in late 2016, the company will add 70 full-time employees to the 200 already working in the Topeka area.”
Associated Press

“Barry Callebaut Center Expands, Adds Applications Lab”
Candy & Snack Today

“Ghirardelli Chocolate Co. will open a new Chicago location this weekend, unveiling a 7,000-square-foot space in the historic Wrigley Building… The San Francisco chocolatier hired more than 100 employees for the new store.”
Chicago Tribune

“Candy giant Mars adding 175 jobs in Georgia, ramping up production.”
Atlanta Business Chronicle

“Piedmont Candy marks 125 years by expanding to Duracell building.”
The Dispatch

“Bimbo Bakeries USA is expanding its operation in Orangeburg [S.C.] and will add 30 jobs… The company said Tuesday it is investing more than $9 million in its plant and will add the jobs during the next five years.”
Associated Press

“The rows and rows of homemade chocolates nestled behind glass cases at Schimpff’s Confectionery soon will double. The 124-year-old candy business is expanding its [Indiana] retail and manufacturing space into the building next door that has been largely unoccupied for two decades.”
News and Tribune

“This spring, Edward Marc opened a new 50,000-square-foot food production facility on 38th Street in Lawrenceville that eventually could see five production lines turning out 17.5 million pounds of chocolate annually….the company’s sales in 2005 were $179,000. He said they’re projected to hit $25 million this year.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“CNBC’s ‘The Profit’ Marcus Lemonis has verbally agreed to purchase two buildings off Hogan Street [in Jacksonville, Fla.] for the expansion of Sweet Pete’s Candy and The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails.”
Jacksonville Business Journal

“Goya Foods… has opened a new sustainable corporate headquarters in New Jersey as part of a $500 million global expansion over the past 10 years. The opening of the new facility ensures the retention of more than 500 existing local jobs and offers 100 new positions, Goya said.”

“Brazil-based candy-confectionary products manufacturer Mavalério opens U.S. production hub in Virginia.”
Area Development Online

“The Ferrara Candy Co. is expanding two plants in the Chicago area. The plants are located in Bellwood and Bolingbrook, Ill.”
Food Business News

“Flowers Foods expands operations at Ensley [Ala.] facility.”
Birmingham Business Journal

“Clif Bar & Co. broke ground Thursday, March 12, for the Clif Bar Baking Co. in Twin Falls, Idaho… The new $90 million, 270,000-square-foot bakery will help the company meet growing demand worldwide and bring more than 200 jobs when it opens in the spring of 2016, company officials said.”
Capital Press

“Hamtramck’s [Mich.] most popular chocolate shop is expanding… Alexandra Clark, owner of Bon Bon Bon in Hamtramck, Friday confirmed that she’s expanding.”
MLive Media, Detroit

“St. Croix Chocolate Co. buys building, plans expansion [in Minn.].”
Country Messenger

“Big Flats [N.Y.] candy maker looks to expand.”
Star Gazette

“Elmer Chocolate will expand its Ponchatoula production facility by 70,000 square feet in a $40 million project, the company said Tuesday. Elmer Chocolate, which started in New Orleans in 1855 as the Miller Candy Corp., will also add 10 new jobs to its roster of 164 employees, according to a news release.”
New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Chocolatier Jacques Torres – or Mr. Chocolate – is one of Santa’s sweetest helpers… Fourteen years and eight shops later, this modern-day Willy Wonka has opened up a chocolate factory of his own… Inside his “cool” 40,000 square-foot space, Torres and his team make almost everything they sell.”
CBS News

“The Barry Callebaut Group has completed the expansion of its Mona Lisa Chocolate Decorations factory in Hendersonville, N.C. The company hopes the expansion will help it become more prominent in the U.S. chocolate decorations market.”

“Ferrara Candy Company’s 747,152-square-foot, full-building commitment at Heitman’s 901 Carlow Drive in Bolingbrook not only ranks among the largest Greater Chicago-area industrial leases of 2014 but also represents one of the year’s most impactful commercial real estate transactions.”

“To date, at least a half-dozen small-batch chocolate makers have set up their own roasting, molding or processing operations in a stretch of western Brooklyn extending from Williamsburg down to Sunset Park.”
Crain’s New York Business

“Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier has moved into a new 220,000-square-foot building that will house its corporate offices, production facilities an event space — The Caramel Room.”
Candy & Snack Today

“While many U.S. food companies are closing factories and cutting staff, Mars Inc. recently opened its first new chocolate factory in the country in 35 years to feed Americans’ seemingly boundless hunger for sweets….. The factory’s 500,000 square feet…include space for another three production lines so Mars can expand.”
Wall Street Journal

“North Las Vegas — Snack maker RW Garcia Co. Inc. has begun operations in its newly opened 63,000-square-foot facility, which the company claims will expand production capacity sixfold, the company reports.”
Candy and Snack Today

“Mars Inc. plans to invest $31 million and add a research and development application center to its plant in Greenville [Miss.].”

“A giant chocolate factory and retail space is coming to Sunset Park’s Industry City, a sprawling 30 acres on the Brooklyn waterfront…. Under master chocolatier Anwar Khoder, Li-Lac will be both a factory and a destination as its chocolate production will be ‘completely visible’ to the public.”
New York Post

“This month, [Nestle’s quality-assurance] lab celebrated the opening of an $11 million, 35,000-square-foot addition [in Dublin, Ohio] that dramatically increases the facility’s capacity.”
Columbus Dispatch

“Abdallah Candies has struck a tentative deal to buy land in Savage [Minn.] and build a $7.8 million manufacturing facility that’s twice as large as its current location. The Burnsville-based chocolate manufacturer has outgrown its 60,000-square-foot headquarters… The company has enjoyed steady sales increases since it moved there 13 years ago, even during the recession.”
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

“Kellogg Company will invest $15 million to expand its production facility in Muncy, Pennsylvania…  The investment will result in the retention of 323 manufacturing jobs in Lycoming County.”

“Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprungli announced acquisition today of a 400,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in the Carlisle (PA) area.”
Central Penn Business Journal

“Hoffman’s Chocolate opening on Las Olas Boulevard.”
Sun Sentinel

“VernDale Products bets $20M on love of chocolate; Company’s new Detroit plant to expand dried-milk output.”
Crain’s Detroit Business

“Studebagels and South Bend Chocolate Co. plan to finalize Wednesday a joint venture that will both expand the product line at Studebagels and provide the local chocolate company with a new location near the University of Notre Dame.”
South Bend Tribune

“The nation’s third largest chocolate manufacturer [Russell Stover] tore down its 10,500-square-foot outlet in April and recently unveiled an approximately 12,700-square-foot expanded facility, the only one it operates in Florida.”
Daily Commercial

“Emporia, Kan., could have bragging rights as the Twinkie capital of the world.  Its Hostess Brands plant, reopened last year and expanded this year, has added $30 million worth of improvements, including a $25 million bakery line to churn out more snack cakes.”
Kansas City Star

“Over the past couple of weeks, the already larger-than-life Las Vegas has gotten a big dose of candy, in the form of an 18-foot Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and a 64-foot Hershey’s Chocolate bar tempting visitors on the Strip. The whole town gets a little bit sweeter with today’s grand opening of Hershey’s Chocolate World at New York-New York Hotel Casino.”
USA Today

“Thursday morning is the groundbreaking ceremony for Morinaga, a Japanese candy company establishing its manufacturing presence in Orange County [N.C.]”
Triangle Business Journal

“Wrigley plans to start making Skittles in Yorkville (Ill.), expanding its plant there and adding 75 full-time manufacturing jobs, the candy maker plans to announce on Wednesday.”
Chicago Tribune

“‘Mars has certainly grown the business and the major reason to build this new facility was capacity,’ Spangler says. ‘We’ve exceeded capacity at all our nine other facilities in North America. We wanted to address current needs as well as those for the next 50 years.'”

“In 2011, [Nassau Candy Distributors] planned a $2.25 million project to expand. Then, in 2013, the company planned a $14.7 million project to open a regional warehouse to free up space for more manufacturing. In both cases, New Jersey and Long Island vied for the business.”

“When [Whimsical Candy] was launched [in 2008], Kadow-Dougherty sold exclusively wholesale.  Within two years she expanded to include caramels and an e-commerce site.  Last year she opened her first retail shop, which is also the production kitchen for wholesale. Now, she’s sharing La-Dee-Dahs with more than 70 specialty shops across the country.”

“With a waiting list of over 300 potential wholesalers, San Francisco’s Dandelion Chocolate is in big-time expansion mode. Dandelion will open a second, much bigger chocolate factory in the Mission, and will also roll out a kiosk at the Ferry Building next door in early June.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Krause’s Homemade Candy expanding to Glenville, NY.”
Albany Business Review

“Mondelēz to invest $40 million in Virginia bakery.”

“The Plan Commission approved the site plan review for the expansion of Albanese Confectionery that could double the size of the facility.”
The Times

“Sweepy Group Products, which was incorporated in 2013, has announced plans to open a new 32,000-sq.-ft. factory in Miami Lakes, Fla. The plant is slated to manufacture snack packs featuring breadsticks and confectionery dips starting in the second quarter of 2014.”

“Keebler Co., a division of Kellogg Co., has been approved to receive $2 million in tax incentives from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority to purchase new equipment and add manufacturing capacity at its Florence, Ky., facility.”
Food Business News

“IT’SUGAR has 64 stores nationwide, including 13 in Florida… By the end of the year, [CEO Jeff Rubin] expects to have 80 shops in all.”
Miami Herald

“The Dunmore Candy Kitchen is expanding to Scranton [Penn.], opening a new retail shop and kitchen on Davis Street in the fall.”
The Times-Tribune

“A Swiss chocolate manufacturer with an eye toward North American expansion has acquired the majority of stock in a Buffalo-area candy maker.”
Buffalo Business First

“The [Hobart, Ill.] City Council took a preliminary step Wednesday toward granting two tax abatements for Albanese Confectionery as it looks to expand its candy-making and retail business. …At a previous meeting, [Albanese CEO James] Dragon told the City Council the business is looking to expand its current building from 122,000 to 190,000 square feet. Dragon said the company grew almost 25 percent during the recession.”
The Post-Tribune

“Pearson Candy Co., which has been making candy in Minnesota for more than 100 years, is expanding its St. Paul operations in a move that will create at least 40 local jobs.”
Minnesota Dept of Employment and Economic Development

“Flowers Foods, Inc. will open a bakery in Knoxville, Tenn., in late May…The bakery initially will employ about 60, but the number is expected to increase to more than 100 as more production shifts are added, Flowers said.”
Food Business News

“A South Bend Chocolate Cafe is scheduled to open in mid- to late May in the heart of downtown Mishawaka… South Bend Chocolate has 18 stores (14 company owned) and four franchises in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.”
South Bend Tribune

“Rising demand for premium chocolate has spurred Lindt & Spruengli to boost production at its U.S. headquarters by 8 to 10 percent, where it will start making high-quality treats for China for the first time…”

“Confection affection: $270M plant shows Mars Inc. confident in Americans’ love of chocolate.”
Associated Press

“The long-standing chocolate company [Bissinger’s] is in the midst of spending $15 million renovating a 223,000-sq.-ft. building that will serve as its new headquarters in downtown St. Louis employing 100 people.”

“Construction of a new candy factory near Mebane [N.C.] will begin in a few weeks, Orange County’s economic development officer says.”
Chapel Hill News

“The company plans to build a 108,261-square-foot addition to its headquarters…The expansion is intended to add additional production lines for Lindt products and for Lindt’s sister company, Ghirardelli Chocolate.”

“A spokesman for Albanese Confectionery revealed plans Wednesday to double, maybe even triple, the number of production lines at the candy maker’s facility. … the business is looking to expand its building [in Indiana] by 122,000 to 190,000 square feet.”

Blommer Chocolate Co. saw demand increase by double-digits last year and as a result, the company is expanding its processing capacity.
The Wall Street Journal

“Snack maker Leclerc Foods USA has snapped up a building in Arizona and plans to invest $50m to expand its operations.”
Food Production Daily

“Lindt & Sprungli chocolate plans big expansion in Stratham, [N.H.]”

“Mars Chocolate North America will make $11.7 million in capital improvements to its Waco candymaking plant…”
Waco Tribune

“Nutkao USA…plans to invest $7.3 million in a plant in North Carolina for the manufacture of hazelnut butter spreads, cocoa and cocoa/nut spreads, milk and dark chocolate spreads.”

“Olive & Sinclair opens its doors at new factory on Thursday.”
The Tennessean

“North Carolina trio open bean-to-bar chocolate factory, providing locals high-end tastings and personalized tours.”

“Sugar Factory grows exponentially in four years.”

“Pearson’s Candy Co. is looking to add 35 to 40 full-time jobs as the candymaker moves production of its newly acquired Bit-O-Honey line to St. Paul.”
St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Thanks to a recent influx of upscale candy stores, the West Village is fast turning into a real-life Willy Wonka Land…. In the past seven months alone, more than three sugar-centric shops…have opened on Bleecker Street near Seventh Avenue, with even more expected in the neighborhood next year.”
Crain’s New York Business

“Kailua-based Madre Chocolate has opened its second Hawaii location, in Honolulu’s Chinatown, and has big plans for the new year.”
American City Business Journals

“The $10 million investment primarily involves the facility’s current expansion of its Twix production lines, which is scheduled to be completed by December 2014 and is expected to create four new part-time positions, according to a Mars Chocolate document.”
Chattanooga Times Free Press

“Inventure invests in Indiana snack plant.”
Food Business News

“Seattle Chocolate expands line, distribution.”
Candy & Snack Today

“McKee Foods made headlines when it bought Drake’s Cakes and added about 300 jobs in Collegedale. That company has hired nearly 800 workers since Nov. 2012.”
Chattanooga Times Free Press

“Chocolate maker Bissinger’s secured $1.5 million in financing for the renovation of its new headquarters in north St. Louis.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Morinaga, an international confectionary company, will invest $48 million to locate a new facility in Orange County, North Carolina, with plans to create 90 jobs over the next three years.”

“Wythe Will Tzetzo to build $17m [310,000 square-foot] plant.”
Buffalo Business First

“Lindt & Sprüngli intends to invest CHF 200m ($217m) in new production lines at existing plants in the US and Europe in response to rising demand in developed markets.”

“A Janesville candy maker needs more room and will soon move part of its operation into a neighboring building.  Melster Candies, a subsidiary of the Denver-based Impact Confections, moved from Cambridge to Janesville in 2011, leasing the 104,000-square-foot building… The company now needs more space and will lease a 40,000-square-foot building…”

“This winter, the Hershey Co. will unveil a Chocolate World in the [Las Vegas] strip…Chocolate World stores already exist in Times Square and Chicago in the U.S., with the flagship location in Hershey.”
The Patriot-News

“Hostess Brands LLC said Monday that it will open bakeries in Indiana and Illinois, following announcements last week that it will reopen bakeries in Georgia and Kansas in its effort to bring back some of its snack brands.”
Associated Press

“Mars expands: Candymaker marks $67 million growth project…50 more workers were hired due to expansion.”
Chattanooga Times Free Press

“Theo Chocolate recently spent more than $1 million on new and refurbished equipment to quadruple its production…Sales have risen 40 percent annually for the past two years.”
The Seattle Times

Fine & Raw, which has been making chocolate since 2007, has opened a bean-to-bar factory in Brooklyn that is open to the public.
Daily News

“Jacques Torres Chocolate to open new manufacturing facility.  Chocolatier signs lease for nearly 40,000-sq.-ft. space in Brooklyn.”

“US-based candy manufacturer American Licorice is set to invest $10m to expand its manufacturing facility at La Porte, Indiana… The company is planning to create additional jobs in the forthcoming year.”
Food Business Review

“Bimbo Bakeries USA has purchased 30 acres of land in Macungie Township, Pa., to build a new $75 million bakery that will bring more than 100 jobs to the area and produce bread and buns for the Northeast, the company said.”

“[Kimmie Candy] has been growing 30 percent a year since [company owner Joe] Dutra relocated it from Sacramento, Calif., to Reno in 2007. He is finishing plant expansion now and anticipates he will need a larger building in 18 months.”
Las Vegas Review-Journal

“While most industries overall saw marked declines during the recent economic recession, people in the confectionery industry -that’s right, candy- say their business was and remains recession proof…[Hammond’s Candies] has a workforce of 120 employees and has recently acquired a taffy company.”
KUNC Radio

“The founder and chief executive officer of candy maker and marketer Promotion in Motion Inc. plans to add as many as 100 jobs at the company’s Somerset [NJ] factory by early 2013 to keep up with anticipated growth.”

“The Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company… has announced plans to open a new state-of-the art 30,000-sq.-ft. chocolate factory in the heart of its hometown later this year. Their new facility will double production on the first day and will increase production tenfold, the company says.”

“China-based candy manufacturer Au’some is opening its newest manufacturing plant in Sumter.  The firm announced in January that it would invest $6 million and bring 120 jobs to its first and only North American manufacturing plant in the central South Carolina site.”
Associated Press

Rocket Fizz, founded with a single store in Camarillo, Calif., three years ago now has 28 locations in six states.
Ventura County Star

Greco Nut and Candy has added a fourth bulk nut and candy store location, in Highland, Ind.
The Times

“The Wrigley Manufacturing Company will add 54 new jobs locally when a $409,244 expansion of its existing facility is completed.”

“FunkyChunky, Inc. is expanding its current warehouse space from 12,000 square feet to 17,000 square feet as a result of increased demand and additions to its product lines.”
Candy & Snack Today

“Topeka received some sweet news when Mars Inc. selected the capital city of Kansas for a new $250-million, 200-worker chocolate factory.”
Site Selection magazine

“The Hershey Company West Hershey plant expansion will add 340,000 square feet to the existing production plant. ‘We’re building for the next 50 or 100 years,’ said Wade Latz, vice president-global engineering operations, as he toured the facility Wednesday. ‘This is a quarter-billion dollar investment.’”
The Patriot-News

“Impact Confections, Inc.’s subsidiary Melster Candies has relocated to a 150,000-square-feet production facility in Janesville, WI, 20 miles away from its previous building.  The new plant is 50,000 square feet larger than Melster’s prior facility in Cambridge, WI, and will expand production capacity…”
Candy & Snack Today

“Spangler Candy Co. is embarking on a $400,000 expansion of its factory in northwest Ohio to make more candy canes… The company will add 20 to 30 jobs to handle the extra work.”
Columbus Business Journal

“Richardson Brands in Canajoharie, N.Y., which makes 80% of the world’s rock candy, has seen sales rise 5% a year during the economic downturn and expects to add 80 jobs in 2012.”
WRGB-TV Albany

“BestSweet, a confectionery products manufacturer, is investing $6.4 million over three years to expand its Mooresville [NC] operation… The company recently invested $14 million in its Mooresville operation to add 40,000-square-feet in manufacturing space, and a 140,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility. The company also recently added 70 new jobs.”
The Charlotte Observer

“Confectionery job growth trumps green energy job growth in Michigan.”
Michigan Capitol Confidential