Spangler Acquires NECCO Brands, Expands Campus

Kirk Vashaw, Spangler Candy Co.

Bryan, OH — Spangler Candy Co. has purchased the Sweethearts, Necco Wafers and Canada Mints brands, which the company says “were obtained following a series of transactions precipitated by the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) bankruptcy. ” The company reports it has also purchased and plans to renovate a 20-acre campus adjacent to its current facility, formerly owned by New Era Ohio LLC, providing additional warehouse space, and allowing for future expansion and growth.

“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,” says Spangler Chairman and CEO Kirk Vashaw.  “Our new brands and our campus expansion will have direct benefits to our consumers, customers, suppliers, employees and the communities where we do business.”

Vashaw notes:  “Significant renovations have to happen at New Era to bring it up to food grade standards.”

Located next to Spangler’s existing Bryan, OH facility, the newly purchased campus also includes the Activate Health Clinic, which provides private family healthcare services to employees of Spangler and three other local business entities. Plans call for the expansion of this clinic.

Speaking on the purchase of the Necco brands, Vashaw says: “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.  We look forward to announcing the Sweethearts relaunch for the 2020 Valentine season, and hope to reintroduce Necco Wafers to the marketplace in 2019.

“Sweethearts and Necco Wafers are iconic brands with rich hundred-year-plus histories.  These are perfect additions to our portfolio of traditional candies,” Vashaw adds.  “We are particularly excited about the Sweethearts brand. Many people have memories of sorting through their box of Sweethearts to find just the right message to share.”

Necco Wafers date back to 1847, when Oliver Chase, an English immigrant, invented a lozenge-cutting machine with which he produced the wafers, the company reports.

Spangler has been family-owned and operated since 1906 and according to the company is one of the largest lollipop producers in the world with its Dum-Dums brand, and the only major candy cane producer in the U.S. C&ST