Ganong Bros.

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Ganong Bros., Limited
Type Privately held company
Founded 1873
Founders Gilbert W. Ganong &
James H. Ganong
Headquarters One Chocolate Drive
St. Stephen
New Brunswick
Number of locations Offices:
Moncton, New Brunswick
Toronto, Ontario
Vancouver, British Columbia
Key people David A. Ganong, David Pigott, Marc Lefebvre
Products confectionery
The old Ganong factory is now functioning as the Chocolate Museum where one can learn about the history of Ganong Brothers.
The new Ganong factory is located appropriately on "Chocolate Drive;" it opened in 1990.
The new factory as it appeared in 2006.

Ganong Bros., Limited is Canada's oldest candy company; it was founded by James and Gilbert Ganong in 1873 in St. Stephen, New Brunswick where it is based to this day. The primary product is boxed chocolates. It now provides many chocolates for Laura Secord stores.

The Ganongs were descendants of Huguenots who fled persecution in France and emigrated to New Amsterdam in the second half of the 17th century, the family name "Ganong" is a corruption of the original French language name, "Guenon".

Ganong Bros.' Limited has been one of the chocolate industry's most important companies. Arthur Ganong was the first to make any sort of a wrapped chocolate bar; Ganong began selling the first chocolate bars in 1910. In 1920 they began using the brand name "Pal-O-Mine" for their chocolate bar.

The company also was the first to introduce a heart-shaped box of chocolates in North America. The heart-shaped boxes were originally used for presents over the Christmas season before it also succeeded around Valentine's Day

In 1911, Ganong Bros. purchased the bankrupt White Candy Company in Saint John, New Brunswick and operated a factory there until 1931.

Recent history[edit]

For the first time in its 135 year old history, Ganong selected a president and CEO from outside the family. Doug Ettinger, a senior executive in the food industry for the past 20 years, was approved by the Ganong board of directors as the top executive of Canada’s oldest candy company. David Ganong maintains an advisory role on the company’s board and remains the controlling shareholder.[1]

Executive history:

Chocolate Museum (New Brunswick)[edit]

Ganong's long history is showcased at the Chocolate Museum (Le Musée du Chocolat in French) which opened in 1999 in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. The museum is itself located in the old factory building. Exhibits describe the Ganong brothers and the company, and include hands-on and interactive displays about the process of making chocolate and candies historically and currently, and a display of historic chocolate boxes and antique candy-making equipment. Visitors can also taste chocolate samples. The building also houses the Ganong Chocolatier chocolate and candy store as well as the Town of St. Stephen In conjunction with the community, the museum co-hosts the St. Stephen Chocolate Festival, which has been held since 1985.[2] In 2000 the town was officially registered as "Canada's Chocolate Town".


Pal-O-Mine, a soft fudge, coconut and peanut bar covered in dark chocolate, is Ganong's oldest product still in production. It was first manufactured in 1920.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ N.B. candy company to select boss outside family for first time
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