Lovely Candy will now be the sole manufacturer and distributor of Honey Acres confections in the U.S.
The Lovely Candy Co. LLC has announced that it is entering into the chocolate industry through its recent acquisition of the exclusive rights to Honey Acres’ innovative honey based chocolates.
“I’m delighted to build on Honey Acres 154 year old tradition in honey and bring these quality products to the masses. The clean ingredient profile of these chocolates is consistent with the vision Lovely Candy has been built upon,” stated founder and CEO of Lovely Candy Jackie Nakamura.
CEO of Honey Acres, John Gabrielian, is excited about combining the strengths of both companies. “As a six generation honey company, we have been making honey-based products for over 150 years. That’s what we are very good at. Lovely’s fast growing brand and aggressive sales and marketing will be very beneficial for both companies and the trade,” Gabrielian said.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed, however Lovely Candy Co. LLC will become the sole manufacturer, marketer and distributor for all confections bearing the Honey Acres marks in the U.S. “Although there will be a transitionary ramp up, we expect to be fully engaged in production and shipping to the trade by fourth quarter of 2016,” stated Brian Heiser, vice president of marketing and product development.
The companies will launch a line of dark chocolate honey truffles in cocoa, mint and raspberry flavors. The candies are foil wrapped and only have two or three ingredients. The products will be available in gusseted bags, three-pack trays and bulk.