Wilbur Chocolate Company

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Wilbur Chocolate
Industry Manufacturing
Founded 1865
Headquarters Lititz, Pennsylvania
Key people
Bryan Wurscher, President
Products Chocolate & Confectionery Ingredients
Parent Cargill
Website www.wilburbuds.com
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Wilbur Chocolate is one of four brands manufactured by Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate North America. Most of the Wilbur brand products are produced in plants chocolate manufacturing company located in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Wilbur Chocolate was founded in Philadelphia in 1865 by Henry Oscar Wilbur and Samuel Croft.[1] Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate NA produces hundreds of millions of pounds of chocolate and confectionery products a year. These ingredients are sold to food and candy manufactures across the Americas.

The company was bought by Cargill in 1992[1] and is part of that company's cocoa and chocolate labels, which also includes Peter's Chocolate (bought from Nestlé in 2002[1]), Gerkens Cacao, and Veliche Belgian chocolate[2]

Cargill plans to close the Wilbur Chocolate Factory in early 2016. [3]

Cocoa Sourcing[edit]

Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate is focused on sustainable cocoa farming through the Cargill Cocoa Promise and UTZ Certification

Wilbur Chocolate Candy Store & Museum[edit]

The company's Wilbur Chocolate Factory in Lititz sells an assortment of Wilbur chocolates and other candy, and features the free Candy Americana Museum that tells the history of the company and how their chocolate is made. The exhibits include antique chocolate molds, tins and boxes, as well as hand-painted European and Oriental antique porcelain chocolate pots. The museum was created by Penny Buzzard, wife of former Wilbur president John Buzzard, and opened in 1972.[4]

On March 31, 2008, then Senator Barack Obama visited Wilbur Chocolate Company, drawing it into the national spotlight.[5] President-elect Obama greeted a sizable crowd outside before venturing inside to taste-test various treats offered to the calorie-conscious candidate. The hometown newspaper, the Lititz Record Express, documented his visit with a photo gallery.

Wilbur Factory Closure[edit]

In January, 2016, Cargill will stop chocolate production at this historic landmark and lay off approximately 130 Wilbur employees. This will officially end Wilbur's celebrated 125 year old tradition of chocolate-making in Lititz, Pennsylvania.[6]

Wilbur Buds[edit]

Its most popular candy, the Wilbur Bud, was introduced in 1893.[7] The Hershey's Kiss which debuted in 1907, closely resembles a Wilbur Bud. The two products are also frequently compared due to the proximity of their manufacturers, Lititz being only about 20 miles (32 km) from the headquarters of The Hershey Company in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Wilbur Buds are not individually wrapped and have the word WILBUR on the bottom of the chocolate.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Timeline - Wilbur Chocolate". Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  2. ^ "Cargill: Cocoa and Chocolate". Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  3. ^ "Wilbur Chocolate plant to close in Lititz". WPMT FOX43. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  4. ^ http://www.wilburbuds.com/docs/museum.html Candy Americana Museum
  5. ^ Powell, Michael (2008-04-01). "Tempting Obama on the Trail". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ "Wilbur Chocolate plant to close in Lititz". WPMT FOX43. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  7. ^ "The History of Wilbur Chocolate". Retrieved 2007-12-15. 

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