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FAIRFIELD, CALIF. - Jelly Belly Candy Co. has signed an agreement to acquire the candy manufacturing and trade name assets of Los Angeles-based Ben Myerson Candy Co. Ben Myerson Candy Co. manufactures the Christopher's line of chocolates and is the licensee of Sunkist confectionery products, including Sunkist Fruit Gems.
The family-owned, candy-making heritage of Ben Myerson Candy Co. is much respected and a good fit for Jelly Belly, according to Herman G. Rowland Sr., chairman of the board.
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Jelly Belly said it expects to move Myerson's candy manufacturing and shipping operations to the company's plants in California and Illinois. Other details of the deal will remain undisclosed until the acquisition is complete in early November.
The Ben Meyerson Candy Co. will continue to operate its business in the wine and spirits industry.
The proposed sale of the confectionery business coincides with the announcement of Robert Myerson's retirement after 65 years in the candy business. Three generations of the Myerson family have made candy, beginning with Ben Myerson, who started his career in the candy industry in 1912. Ben Myerson Candy Co. opened in 1937, and in 1955 the company acquired Christopher's, the oldest candy manufacturer in the country dating back to 1887.