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Palmer Candy Company

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405 Wesley Pky
Sioux City, IA 51103
Last Updated: June 14, 2018

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About Palmer Candy Company

In addition to an exceptionally long tradition of providing high quality confections, the company prides itself on a unique history that is highlighted by five generations of family-ownership and management. In an era of mergers, buyouts and consolidation, the Palmer Candy Company operates today as not only one of the country's oldest candy companies but also the very oldest company of its size to be under continued family ownership in the United States!

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Today the great-great grandson of founder, E.C. Palmer, runs the Palmer Candy Company. Striving for confection, the company concentrates on its four business areas:

* Bulk sales of chocolate and other candies to Grocery and
  Specialty Stores
* Contract Manufacturing and Private Label
* Rebagging
* The Bing candy bar line

Even though the company has now grown to the level of producing and shipping massive candy orders to the very largest customers in the country, we haven’t forgotten our early roots making quality candies one batch at a time using the finest ingredients and careful time honored production techniques. We love making chocolate confections and enjoy living up to our 100 year old motto - “Making Life Sweeter Since 1878”!

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In hopes of offering the community a bit of nostalgia, history and delicious candy, the Palmer Candy Company relocated and expanded the Old Time Candy Shoppe in 2007.  Located convenientally close to I-29, the Shoppe contains a museum decorated with old pictures, antique advertising and packaging as well as other interesting company artifacts.  Our staff is happy to assist you with the hundreds of candy selections, including some classic favorites such as the Twin Bing, La Fama and our famous peanut clusters.

Palmer Candy

405 Wesley Parkway • Sioux City, IA

712-258-7790

www.palmercandy.com

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In 2004, the prospect of continued growth required that the company add another sizeable facility to its organization.  With the addition of a new building housing the packaging, warehousing, logistics,  non-chocolate and bark production, the company operations occupy more than 300,000 square feet of space.  The company continues to focus on chocolate and candy bulk sales to Grocery and Specialty stores, Contract Manufacturing and Private Label, Rebagging and the famous Bing candy bar line.

Palmer Candy

405 Wesley Parkway • Sioux City, IA

712-258-7790

www.palmercandy.com

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In 1979, the Palmer Candy Company purchased a bottling plant from the Chesterman Company which was gutted and rebuilt as a candy plant, big enough to last for the foreseeable future.  The president at that time, Bill Palmer, used his engineering background to automate the production processes by using gravity and piping to move chocolate and materials throughout the building.  Much of his innovative design is still used today!

Palmer Candy

405 Wesley Parkway • Sioux City, IA

712-258-7790

www.palmercandy.com

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In 1969, the fruit company closed its doors, allowing the Palmer Company to focus its energy on the candy business. As the company's growth continued, so did the need to expand into an updated, larger facility. In 1979, the Palmer Candy Company moved to a large factory remodeled exclusively for the production of candy.

Palmer Candy

405 Wesley Parkway • Sioux City, IA

712-258-7790

www.palmercandy.com

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The Palmers purchased Sioux City's Soo Candy Company and its peanut-roasting department in 1941. This was the beginning of the Palmer peanut and nutmeat business that still exists today. In 1956, the company purchased the candy division of the Johnson Biscuit Company, claiming the rights to the popular La Fama candy brand.  At the same time, the company began purchasing candy from other manufacturers and expanded into the repack and rack business.

Palmer Candy

405 Wesley Parkway • Sioux City, IA

712-258-7790

www.palmercandy.com

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The roaring 20s brought prosperity to our country and increased sales to the Palmer fruit and candy business. The year 1923, marked the birth of Palmer Candy Company's Bing candy bar. At the time, candy bars were an innovative concept that was rapidly sweeping the nation.  Bings originally came in four flavors; maple, vanilla, pineapple and cherry.  Today, the Cherry Bing is still produced by hand and remains a Midwest regional favorite!

Palmer Candy

405 Wesley Parkway • Sioux City, IA

712-258-7790

www.palmercandy.com

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Prior to the turn of the century, the Palmers identified the need to diversify and delved into the candy business, selling bulk and hard candy in wooden containers from the back of their fruit house. The company quickly outgrew its quarters and in 1900 moved into a new four-story building. They were extremely proud of their high-rise, modern facility that bragged such up-to-date technologies as ammonia cold storage and its own electric generator.  The factory made fancy hand-dipped boxed chocolates, penny candy, gumdrops and marshmallows.

Palmer Candy

405 Wesley Parkway • Sioux City, IA

712-258-7790

www.palmercandy.com

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It all began in 1878 when a fire destroyed the St. Joseph, Michigan home of Edward Cook (E.C.) Palmer. Instead of rebuilding, the adventurous E.C. decided to pack up his family and move to the fast-growing frontier town of Sioux City, Iowa to purchase a wholesale grocery operation. In 1892, E.C.'s eldest son, William B. Palmer, decided to go into business and opened up a wholesale fruit company with his father and brother, forming Palmer and Company.

Palmer Candy

405 Wesley Parkway • Sioux City, IA

712-258-7790

www.palmercandy.com

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Increase your bakery sales with Palmer Candy.  Your customers will be delighted with the quality and variety of products we have to offer.  As always, our focus is providing you with the best quality product at a great value.  Each product is available in a variety of packaging options.  Some customer favorites include:

  • Homemade Brittles including peanut and coconut.
  • Old fashioned Pecan Divinity
  • Coated pretzels offered in an endless variety of flavors and seasonal shapes.
  • Speciality Barks from classic Chocolate Almond Bark to a variety of two-layer barks such as Chocolate Peppermint or Cordial Cherry and Chocolate.

Packaging Options:

  • Tubs
  • Trays
  • Cannisters
  • Stand-up Recloseable Bags
  • Shippers

Palmer Candy

405 Wesley Parkway • Sioux City, IA

712-258-7790

www.palmercandy.com

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Cremini Mushroom Tartlets

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, diced small
  • 1 lb cremini mushrooms, sliced salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped, plus more for serving
  • or 1 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • ¾ cup grated Gruyere cheese (2 oz)
  • Sable & Rosenfeld Party Cups

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Place Sable & Rosenfeld Party Cups on baking sheet.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add shallot and cook, stirring, until soft, 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, until soft and browned, 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in thyme and remove skillet from heat.

Divide mushroom mixture and cheese among cups. Bake approximately 10 minutes. Sprinkle with more thyme. Serve warm.

Makes approximately 24 tartlets.

Sable & Rosenfeld Party Cups and other

specialty items are available at:

Palmer Specialty Foods

Located inside Palmer Candy

405 Wesley Parkway • Sioux City, IA

712-258-7790

www.palmercandy.com

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