Opening of Canada Candy Company Inc.

by John Hill

Cobourg’s newest industry, Canada Candy Company Inc.,  was officially opened on April 5. Joining the company’s Director of Operations, Tom Copping and other plant officials for the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Cobourg Mayor Gil Brocanier, Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi, the Hon. Jeff Leal, Minister responsible for Small Business and the Hon. Steven Del Duca, Minister of Economic Development and Growth.

The fully-automated  state-of-the-art manufacturer occupies space in Cobourg’s Northam Industrial park. The facility has been retrofitted  to manufacture and package gummy candies. It is the first in North America to offer peanut-free, kosher and halal products.

The Province of Ontario kicked in about $1.3 million from the Eastern Ontario Development Fund, slightly less than 10% of the investment required to have top-of-the-line equipment installed. The factory presently provides 29 full-time jobs and a second shift is in the planning stages.