SweetWorks

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SweetWorks is a candy and chocolate manufacturer. The company formed in 2002 by the merger of Oakleaf Confections of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Niagara Chocolates of Buffalo, New York; and Whetstone Candy Company, based in St. Augustine, Florida. [1] Before the merger the company was known as Niagara Chocolates, "a leading fund-raising and speciality chocolate manufacturer."[2] Sixlets was acquired from Hershey in 2003.[3] SweetWorks purchased the Ovation chocolate brand from Hershey Foods in January 2003.[2]

SweetWorks manufactures chocolate products for distribution to large retail outlets such as Walgreens and Kroger according to a former executive and makes "products made famous by Whetstone Chocolates" such as the Break-A-Part Orange and SeaShells.[1]

Niagara Chocolates[edit]

According to the SweetWorks website, Niagara Chocolates has been a family owned and operated candy manufacturer since 1956 and manufactures its product in Buffalo, New York

Oak Leaf Confections[edit]

According to the SweetWorks website Philip Terranova acquired Oak Leaf Confections, located in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, in 1998; including The Oak Leaf Confections 148,000 sq. ft. production facility and "approximately 240 full-time" employees. Oak Leaf makes ball gum, tablet gum, pressed dextrose candy and jawbreakers.

Whetstone[edit]

Whetstone Chocolates was founded in 1967 by Henry Whetstone and Esther Whetstone of St. Augustine, Florida. Whetstone Chocolates sold all their stock holdings in SweetWorks in 2004[1] It had been part of SweetWorks formation in 2002 by merging with Oakleaf Confections of Toronto, Niagara Chocolates of Buffalo, N.Y., and Whetstone Candy Company, based in St. Augustine.[1]

Whetstone Chocolates sold all their stock holdings in SweetWorks in 2004.[1] Control of SweetWorks was acquired by Philip Terranova, of Buffalo, N.Y., who is a part owner of Niagara Chocolates and who is now president of SweetWorks. [1]

Products[edit]

Sweet Works introduced kosher certified Florida Tropic Break-A-Part Oranges in milk chocolate toffee crunch, milk chocolate peppermint crunch, and milk chocolate almond in 2005. Each one with 18 wedges.[4]

Takeover[edit]

On April 9th 2014, it was announced that Swiss candy manufacturer Chocolat Frey acquired the majority of SweetWorks shares, effective per January 1st, 2014.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Peter GuintaWhetstone sells national line, keeps core business September 15, 2004 St. Augistine.com
  2. ^ a b Sweetworks acquires Sixlets brand 02-May-2003 Confectionery News
  3. ^ Sweetworks acquires Sixlets brand 02-May-2003 Confectionery news
  4. ^ Florida Tropic Oranges from SweetWorks in three flavors.(All candy expo official 2005 product preview) May 1, 2005 Professional Candy Buyer
  5. ^ https://online.wsj.com/article/AP5833227ce5454b55be026e2f5ba18f91.html

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