“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.”

“CandyWarehouse.com 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… CandyWarehouse.com 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”.
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


“[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 remainsrecession 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