Ohio-based confectionery maker Spangler Candy Company has acquired two brands, Sweethearts and NECCO Wafers, and associated equipment from the bankrupt firm New England Confectionery Company (NECCO), a recent press release announced.
In addition to the purchase of the candy brands, the company also said it plans to renovate a 20-acre site in Bryan, OH owned by New Era Ohio LLC for later expansion projects, including warehouse space.
“The combination of Dum-Dums, candy canes, Sweethearts, and NECCO Wafers will make Spangler a stronger company within the global confectionery market and will be a catalyst for growth,” Kirk Vashaw, chairman and chief executive officer of Spangler, said in a statement. “Our new brands and our campus expansion will have direct benefits to our customers, suppliers, employees, and the communities where we do business.”
Launched in 1901, Sweethearts are an well-known American candy brand associated with Valentine’s Day. NECCO Wafers were introduced in 1847. Spangler Candy also acquired the Canada Mints brand and associated equipment.
Along with NECCO’s financial problems prior to the sale of the brands, the company faced allegations of violating of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for preparation, packing, or storage in insanitary conditions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to NECCO on May 16 after agency investigators found evidence of rodent feces, nests, and gnaw holes in a food storage area and several other issues at the company’s Revere, MA manufacturing plant, Powder & Bulk Solids reported.
“There are a lot of manufacturing challenges and unanswered questions at this point, and we want to make sure these brands meet consumer expectations when they re-enter the market,” said Vashaw in the release. “We look forward to announcing the Sweethearts relaunch for the 2020 Valentine season, and hope to reintroduce NECCO Wafers to the marketplace in 2019.”
Spangler Candy was established 1906.