Sweet Candy launches manufacturing, packaging subsidiary
Sweet Candy Co., Salt Lake City, UT, has launched a new subsidiary, Mount Olympus, to focus on its contract manufacturing/packaging and private-label business. Mount Olympus has invested in new equipment to increase its capabilities and capacities.
Expansion in the starch mogul, chocolate-enrobing, and packaging departments increases Mount Olympus' depth and breadth of abilities. The manufacturing facility uses HACCP systems, is kosher-certified and FDA-registered, and also is rated superior by AIB. Mount Olympus leverages Sweet Candy's 118 years in the confectionery business.
"The equipment that Mount Olympus has invested in makes the company an even more viable player in the contract manufacturing arena," says Greg Cater, vice president business development. "There aren't many U.S. manufacturers who have the variety of manufacturing and packing equipment that we do. We have the ability to make jujus, jellies, pectins, gummies, and marshmallows on the starch moguls. We can also make taffy and caramels, milk- and dark-chocolate-enrobed confections, and sugar and chocolate panned products.
"Furthermore," Cater adds, "Mount Olympus continues to push the envelope by offering all natural and nonGMO-ingredient products."
CPA ready to ‘Power Up!' at annual meeting
If the buying, selling, and managing of contract packaging services is your business, the Contract Packaging Association invites you to "Power Up!" at its annual meeting Feb. 24-27 at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, AZ.
The association announces its speaker roster and agenda for the meeting. They include:
• Jeff Hayzlett, who led the turnaround of one of the most iconic brands in the world as chief marketing officer at Kodak. His keynote presentation will be "The Mirror Test—Is Your Business Really Breathing?"
• Mark Burgett of Wind Point Partners will explore "Mergers and Acquisitions," and how they are affecting the contract packaging industry.
• Eric Greenberg, principal attorney at Eric F. Greenberg P.C., will help attendees Power Up! By "Brushing Up on the latest Legal News" in packaging law, and how it affects contract packaging and your business.
• Thomas Hudgin, president, Wilmington Quality Associates, will discuss "Where Did My Customers Go?"
John Riley, CPA president, will update attendees on association directives and initiatives, and an executive panel will hold a question-and-answer session covering a variety of industry-related topics.
Zelesnik retires as Contract Packaging Association executive director
Stan Zelesnik has retired as executive director of the Contract Packaging Association (CPA).
"After five years with CPA, and more than 45 wonderful years in the packaging business, it is time to move on," Zelesnik says. "I look forward to having the opportunity to spend more time with my family, enjoy my lake home, and relax a little. I may also do some consulting work from time to time, as a way to stay connected with this industry and with my longtime friends and colleagues."
"During Stan's tenure, the Contract Packaging Association has experienced significant growth and success," says John Riley, CPA president. "We appreciate his tireless efforts on our behalf, and wish him all the best in this new phase of his life."
Zelesnik began his career as a packaging trade press journalist, eventually leading to positions in senior management with Food & Drug Packaging, Packaging Technology & Engineering, BrandPackaging, and Flexible Packaging magazines.
He also served as director of education for the Institute of Packaging Professionals before joining CPA as executive director.
Ed Landon, principal at Landon, Farrey & Associates (the CPA's management company), will assume executive director duties for the CPA.