SweetWorks, Inc. was founded in 2002 when three confectioner companies merged to form one. The companies that merged were Niagara Chocolates, Whetstone Candy and Oak Leaf Confections. However, the owners of Niagara Chocolates (a candy company founded in 1956) are also the owners of SweetWorks, Inc.
In 1998, Canadian company Oak Leaf Confections was acquired by Philip Terranova. This company’s facility had an area of 148,000 square feet and employed about 240 employees at the time. Oak Leaf was engaged in the production of tablet gums, gumballs, jawbreakers and dextrose candy (pressed).
In 2002, some unique confectioner labels were acquired by Niagara Chocolate. The company’s distinctive processes contributed to its products being a hit in the national market. In the same year, SweetWorks, Incorporated was created as a parent company for all of these labels. Among the company’s nationally popular brands are Sixlets® (chocolate coated candies) and Ovation® (sticks covered with dark chocolate).
Currently, SweetWorks, Incorporated is a middle-sized company that is known in the U.S. market as a leader in producing premium chocolate products. The company’s products are sold in major supermarkets in the country, as well as in convenience stores, drug stores, warehouse clubs and bulk merchandisers in Canada and the United States. Aside from its own retail brands, SweetWorks accepts contract manufacturing for other companies. The company does contract manufacturing in its facilities located in Ontario and New York. The company currently has three candy manufacturing facilities and all of these facilities are wholly owned by the company
Ever since the company started, its mission has remained to be to provide consumers with great customer service and especially with products that have great quality. This is why quality control and assurance is an important part of the company’s production process. Each manufacturing company has production lines that are highly efficient and are designed with apt features, contributing to the low retail cost of some of its products. The company also has more than 400 employees, all contributing their skills and expertise to the success of SweetWorks, Inc.
• Headquarters: Buffalo, New York
• Ownership Type: Private
• No. of Employees: 400
• Geography: USA, North America and Canada
• Demography: confectioner consumers, other candy companies
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