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|Type||Privately held company|
|Founders||Gilbert W. Ganong &
James H. Ganong
|Headquarters||One Chocolate Drive
|Number of locations||Offices:
Moncton, New Brunswick
Vancouver, British Columbia
|Key people||David A. Ganong, David Pigott, Marc Lefebvre|
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
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.
- James H. Ganong, co-founder
- Gilbert W. Ganong, co-founder
- Arthur D. Ganong, president 1917–1957
- R. Whidden Ganong, president 1957–1977
- David A. Ganong, president 1977–2008
- Doug Ettinger, president 2008 to 2012
Chocolate Museum (New Brunswick)
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. 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.
- N.B. candy company to select boss outside family for first time
- Craigs, Melodie. Ganong, The Candy Family (1984) Literacy Council of Fredericton ISBN 0-920333-16-8
- Folster, David. The Chocolate Ganongs of St. Stephen, New Brunswick (1991) Goose Lane Editions ISBN 0-86492-115-2
- It Wouldn't Be Christmas without Chicken Bones (Excerpt: Ganong, by David Folster)
- Official company website
- The Chocolate Museum