Smarties Candy Company
|Industry||Food industry, confectioner|
|Headquarters||Union, New Jersey|
|Key people||Jonathan Dee, President
Eric Ostrow, Vice president
Smarties Candy Company (formerly Ce De Candy, Inc.) is a confectionery company well known for its candy, Smarties. Edward "Eddie" Dee founded Ce De Candy in Bloomfield, New Jersey in 1949. His son, Jonathan Dee, now runs the company. Smarties Candy Company operates plants in Union Township, New Jersey, and in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. Its headquarters are in Union Township.
While generally considered a Halloween staple, groups also give out Smarties to encourage people to buckle up and drive safely. Among these are Tampa Bays' Students Against Destructive Ideas (SADD) and Dum Dum or Smartie initiaties in schools.
In 1949, Edward Dee first began producing candy rolls in a rented New Jersey factory with one wrapping machine and one tablet presser. He called his product "Smarties". Dee later moved his American operations to Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1959 and then again to its current location in Union Township in 1967.
Ce De Candy's Canadian operations were first established in Toronto, Ontario in 1963, and were later moved to Newmarket in 1988. The Canadian Smarties go by the name Rockets to avoid confusion with Nestle’s candy coated chocolate Smarties. The company now produces Smarties around the clock in its two factories producing over 2.5 billion Smarties candy rolls per year.
In 1991, Mr. T and Ce De Candy collaborated to form Crusade for Kids. It encouraged kids to stay in school and say "no" to drugs. Crusade for Kids raised funds for the Children's Defense Fund charity. In October 2010, company vice president of sales and marketing Eric Ostrow was inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame.
The company also produces Mega Smarties, Giant Smarties, X-treme Sour Smarties, Tropical Smarties, Love Hearts, candy necklaces, Smarties Pops, and other candies. All Smarties products are vegan.
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- Dianne Wenz (10-28). "Meatless Monday with the Smarties Candy Company". Devil Gourmet. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
- "Rockets candy a Halloween treat with a Toronto history". CBC News. 2013-10-30. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
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- "Candy Hall Of Fame Inducts 14". National Confectioners Association. 2010-10-25. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
- "Smarties offers Love Hearts for Valentine's Day". New Jersey Online. 2014-02-12. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
- Maria Mooney (2014-03-11). "Smarties Executive, Liz Dee, Talks Compassionate Candy". Ecorazzi. Retrieved 2014-05-23.